I was tired. Actually, I’m always tired at the end of the day if truth be told.

The smells of Clairol Shampoo and Conditioner waft under my nose as I think of a good reason why we need to just say good-night and save our reading time for tomorrow. I just want some time to myself and I feel as though it will never come.

And yet even as I try to conjure up good excuses, I know none of them are truly good enough. I’ve been making them too much lately and the mama guilt creeps in, reminding me that I’m missing a chance to share my passionate love for books with my daughter who will be grown-up far too quickly and far before I’m ready.

Not to mention I’m a former elementary reading specialist and books in the 8-14 years old range make my heart beat a bit faster.

Did I mention my daughter turned eight this year?

Yes. Let the string of good reads begin.

Not long ago, I was asked for good book recommendations for young tween and teen girls. It’s been a few years since I was last teaching in a classroom but luckily, I’ve got some good reader suggestions to include.

Without further ado . . .

Ages 8 and up

1. On the Banks of Plum Creek (Little House)

  by Laura Ingalls Wilder (all in this series are wonderful but this one is our favorite!)

2. S.A.V.E. SQUAD BOOK 1: DOG DAZE

(haven’t read this yet but it’s strongly recommended!)

3.The Giver

by Lois Lowry (an absolute must-read)

4.Bridge to Terabithia

by Katherine Patterson (super sad but super good)

5.Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great

by Judy Blume (who doesn’t remember reading this?)

6.One Crazy Summer

by Rita Williams-Garcia (great history read!)

7. A Wrinkle in Time

by Madeline L’Engle (one of my own personal favorites)

8.Pippi Longstocking

by Astrid Lindgren (fabulous read!)

9.Betsy-Tacy and Tib Series

by Maud Hart Lovelace (super old-fashioned but we loved it!)

10.The Puppy Place #1: Goldie

by Ellen Miles (my daughter looooves this series)

Ages 9/10 and up (Many of these come recommended by my ten year old friend, Paige)

1.Island of the Blue Dolphins

by Scott O’Dell (a friend of mine said she had a hard time motivating her daughter to want to read this older classic BUT…read it before reading the sequel, Zia
, who is the niece of Karana, the heroine in Island of the Blue Dolphins.)

2.Hoot

by Carl Hiassen (master YA author – this one is filled with action, adventure, and is quite humorous!)

3.Sarah’s New World: The Mayflower Adventure (1620) (Sisters in Time #1)

by Colleen L. Reece (historical fiction series for young girls)

4.Number the Stars

by Lois Lowry (historical fiction based on events surrounding the Holocaust. Good to read with the Diary of Anne Frank)

5. Three Times Lucky

by Sheila Turnage (recommended by Paige and sounds so good I want to read it myself)

6.Same Sun Here

by Silas House (another recommended by Paige and another I want to read)

7.Turtle in Paradise

by Jennifer L. Holm (haven’t read this but it sounds amazing; Newbery Honor winner)

8.The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

by Avi (Avi wrote the Poppy series and Sarah looooved it. Excellent writer!)

9.Opal: The Journal of an Understanding Heart

by Opal Whitely (journals of a six year old orphan who later becomes a French princess)

10.Love, Ruby Lavender

by Deborah Wiles (a young girl writes letters to her only grandmother in Hawaii and in the process, learns much about herself and heals from her grandfather’s death)

Ages 13 and up (Disclaimer: I’ve read none of these books. I researched titles I thought sounded really good by consulting the fabulous website “A Mighty Girl.” You will absolutely want to check it out)

1. Speak

by Laurie Halse Anderson

2. The Fault in Our Stars

by John Green

3. Pictures of Hollis Woods

by Patricia Reilly Giff

4. Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project

by Jack Mayer

5. May B.

by Caroline Starr Rose

6. The Lions of Little Rock

by Kristin Levins

7. Rules

by Cynthia Lord

8. The Book Thief

by Markus Zusak

9. A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story

by Linda Sue Park

10. Daughters Of The Desert: Stories Of Remarkable Women From Christian, Jewish, And Muslim Traditions

by Claire Ruddle Murphy and others

11. The Bare Naked Truth: Dating, Waiting, and God’s Purity Plan

by Bekah Hamrick Martin (and a Whatever Girls contributor!)

And there you have it – now, if you’ll excuse me . . . I have quite a bit of reading to do.

If you are looking for some good adult recommendations? Click here and here.

OH. And I need to tell you the links above are Amazon affiliate links.

What books would you add to these lists?

Happy reading, sisters!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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