Monday, April 25, 2011

Our Book Recommendations for your Tween-age Girl

tween (twn)  n. : A child between middle childhood and adolesence, usually between 8 and 12 years old.  [Blend of teen and between.]

Are you ready for your tween-age daughter to start hovering in the YA section, reading books about lusty vampires, bloodthirsty werewolves, and gossipy girls? 

I'm not. And neither, apparently is my sister.  She called me the other day -- not quite ready to send her daughter into the increasingly dark world of YA lit -- she wanted some book suggestions that were both interesting and appropriate for a ten-year-old girl.  Many thanks to my fellow RFS reviewers, as well as author Tristi Pinkston, and Melissa McCurdy of Gerbera Daisy Diaries for helping compile this list.  You are angels! 

(Your son might like a few of these as well.  Please comment to let us know which ones we've missed)

Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
The Allegra Biscotti Collection - Olivia Bennett
Alvor – Laura Bingham
Anne of Green Gables Series – L.M. Montgomery
Aquamarine - Alice Hoffman (RFS Review)
Because of Winn Dixie - Kate DiCamillo
The Betsy Tacy Series (the more recent ones) - Maud Hart Lovelace
The BFG - Roald Dahl
The Blue Sword - Robin McKinley
Caddie Woodlawn - Carol Ryrie Brink
The Cay - Theodore Taylor
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
The Chasing Vermeer Series - Blue Balliett
The City of Ember Series - Jeanne DuPrau
Dragon Slippers Series - Jessica Day George
Ella Enchanted - Gail Carson Levine
Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
Esperanza Rising - Pam Munoz Ryan
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate – Jennifer Holm
Fablehaven Series – Brandon Mull (RFS Review)
The Family Under the Bridge - Natalie Savage Carlson (RFS Review)
Far World : Water Keep – J. Scott Savage
The Forgotten Warrior – Kathi Oram Peterson
Frindle - Andrew Clements (RFS Review)
A Girl of the Limberlost - Gene Stratton Porter
The Girl Who Could Fly - Victoria Forrester (RFS Review)
The Giver - Lois Lowry (RFS Review)
Green Angel - Alice Hoffman
Gregor the Overlander - Suzanne Collins (RFS Review)
Hatchet - Gary Paulsen
Heidi - Johanna Sypri
The Hero and the Crown - Robin McKinley
House of the Scorpion - Nancy Farmer (RFS Review)
James and the Giant Peach - Roald Dahl
Kandide and the Secret of the Mists - Diana Zimmerman
The Little House Series - Laura Ingalls Wilder (RFS Review)
Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
A Little Princess - Frances Hodgson Burnett
Love, Ruby Lavendar - Deborah Wiiles
Make Me a Home - Tamra Norton
Make Me a Memory – Tamra Norton
Maniac Magee – Jerry Spinelli
Charlie Bone Series - Jenny Nimmo
Misty of Chincoteague Series - Margauerite Henry
Mockingbird - Kathryn Erskine (RFS Review)
Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism - Georgia Byng
Moon Over Manifest - Claire Vanderpool (RFS Guest Review)
The Mother Daughter Book Club Series - Heather Vogel Frederick
My Body Fell Off! - BJ Rowley
Nancy Drew Series - Carolyn Keene
Number the Stars – Lois Lowry
An Old Fashioned Girl - Louisa May Alcott
One Crazy Summer - Rita Williams Garcia
The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog – John R. Erickson
Our Only May Amelia - Jennifer L. Holm
Percy Jackson & the Olympians Series - Rick Riordan (RFS Review)
Princess Academy - Shannon Hale (RFS Review)
Savvy – Ingrid Law (RFS Review)
The School Story - Andrew Clements
The Schwa was Here - Neil Shusterman (RFS Review)
The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
A Series of Unfortunate Events (all of them) - Lemony Snickett
Serpent Tide - KL Fogg
The Sign of the Beaver - Elizabeth George Speare
A Single Shard - Linda Sue Park (RFS Review)
Spindle’s End - Robin McKinley
Stargirl - Jerry Spinelli (RFS Review)
Sting - BJ Rowley
Stone Fox - John Reynolds Gardiner
The Stone Traveler - Kathi Oram Peterson
Surviving the Applewhites - Stephanie S. Tolan
The Tale of Despereaux - Kate DiCamillo (RFS Review)
Tennyson – Lesley M. M. Blume (RFS Review)
The Tripods Trilogy - Christopher John
Turtle in Paradise - Jennifer Holm
Warriors Series - Erin Hunter
The Wednesday Wars - Gary Schmidt
The Westing Game - Ellen Raskin (RFS Review)
When You Reach Me - Rebecca Stead
Where the Red Fern Grows - Wilson Rawls
Wild Girls - Pat Murphy
Wings of Light - Laura Bingham
Witch of Blackbird Pond - Elizabeth George Speare
Wizard’s Hall - Jane Yolen (RFS Review)
A Wrinkle in Time Series – Madeline L’Engle

(but are still appropriate)

Beauty - Robin McKinley
Calico Captive - Elizabeth George Speare
Countess Below Stairs - Eva Ibbotson (RFS Review)
Flipped - Wendelin Van Draanen (RFS Review)
The Gallagher Girls Series - Ally Carter (RFS Review)
The Goose Girl Series - Shannon Hale
Once Upon a Time Series - Cameron Dokey (RFS Review)
Princess of Glass - Jessica Day George
Princess of the Midnight Ball - Jessica Day George
Song of the Lioness Series - Tamora Peirce
Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow - Jessica Day George
The Swan Maiden - Heather Tomlinson (RFS Review)
Uglies Series - Scott Westerfeld (RFS Review)
Wildwood Dancing - Juliet Marillier

And some of our favorite tween-ish authors
(feel free to help us add to this list)

Ally Carter
Brandon Mull
Bruce Coville
Eva Ibbotson
Frances Hodgson Burnett
Gail Carson Levine
Janette Rallinson
Jennifer Holm
L.M. Montgomery
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Louisa May Alcott
Madeline L’Engle
Margaret Peterson Haddix
Pam Munoz Ryan
Rick Riordan
Roald Dahl
Shannon Hale
Tamora Pierce

And if that isn't enough, here are


Kim said...

My girls (who are the epitome of tweens at age 9 and 11) and I are reading a fun book entitled "Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat" by Lynne Jonell. We are loving it so far!

Melissa said...

thanks to everyone who contributed to this list. I really appreciate your time and expertise in this area. Thanks to my sister too. When I called you about some books, I was just hoping for a few good suggestions. This went way above what I was thinking. You're the best. Thanks min!

the Petterson Family said...

My fave tween book of all time is Walk to Moons! I also love Roll of Thunder,Hear My Cry. Bridge to Terabithia,and The Witch of Blackbird Pond. I love this category. They are all fun, easy reads and mostly clean!

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Anna said...

I truly love the candy apple books (;
They are so great for girls ages 10-12
I also like Theodore Boone;kid lawyer but that's the tomboy side of me talking (:
Now, I'm reading The Boy On Cinnamon Street, which I was scared to read when I was smaller because it was so big to me, but now its really good and surprisingly smaller in my point of view (;

Anonymous said...

Anything by Liz Kessler - the Emily Windsnap series and all her other books. My daughter is waiting impatiently for her next release in Feb 2013!


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