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    Book Recommendations for Tween Girls

    DD is getting more into reading again! This is great! The bad news is that 8/10 books geared towards 12-14 yo girls are about teens having sex. She's 12 and going into 7th grade. I'm not opposed to mentions of sex (we've had the talk, she knows what it is, etc) but I just don't want her spending all her time reading books where it's the only/major plot line.

    I typically use commonsense media to see what "level" of sex is in her books but there are tons of books out there that aren't reviewed there.

    So! Any good recommendations for low-sex books for tween girls?

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    (those are both historical)

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    Also : Roll of Thunder, hear my call, Narnia Chronicles, Where The red Fern grows, From The Mixed up files of Mrs. Basil Frankweiler (?), Island of the Blue Dolphins

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    You are awesome! Thank you!

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    I have two twelve year olds who are voracious readers. What kinds of books does she like? (Funny, books about "real" kids in middle school, fantasy?)

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    Thanks for asking this, NK! My DD is the same age and we Havre been searching, as well.

    My DD loved The Selection Series as did all her friends.

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    Anne of Green Gables! Has she done the Harry Potter series yet? I also loved the Airborne series by Kenneth Oppel. It's YA steampunk - I think it's primarily directed at boys but there is a strong female character in it. The Septimus Heap books by Angie Sage might skew a little young - but they're good. They sound derivative of HP, but they're really not.

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    I'm clearly not going to be able to stay out of this thread. ;)

    Roller Girl is one of our absolute favorites.

    If you like graphic novels, anything by Reina Telgemeier is pretty great (Sisters, Smile, etc.). El Deafo by Cece Bell is fantastic. Ursula Vernon is aimed a bit younger, but her Harriet the Invincible books are a super fun fairy tale spoof, and the kids are currently eating up the Dragonbreath books.

    For more serious themes, The Meaning of Maggie is a terrific fictionalized autobiography about a girl in the sixth (?) grade who has a father with MS. We're halfway done with the audiobook It Ain't So Awful, Falafel which is another fictionalized autobiography about a girl who moved to California in the 70's during the time when the Ayatollah overthrew the Shah. It's funny, and has some terrific observations about the challenges of being from another culture.

    The Thing About Jellyfish is one of the better books I read last year for any age.

    Circus Mirandus is a great magical book with serious themes. Flora and Ulysses is amazing. Mockingbird by Katherine Erskine. I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest is edgier, but is a girl power story without any actual off-color content (adult themes are implied but not spelled out.)

    Any books by Stuart Gibbs or Carl Hiassen are entertaining.

    The Secret Series by Pseudonymous Bosch, followed by the Bad Magic trilogy.

    Liesl and Po by Lauren Oliver (preferably on audio, read by Jim Dale.)

    For funny and light; Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life or Max Crumbly. Foxcraft is a good fantasy series. Emily Windsnap has a giant following around here, as does the Mysterious Benedict Society series. Harry Potter, and the Hunger Games, of course.

    I'm sure I have more if I think a bit. This is just what we've gobbled in the last six months or so...
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    And Lois Lowry (Gathering Blue, The Giver, etc...)

    And the Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy. And Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf: Ginny Davis's Year In Stuff. The next one is called Eighth Grade is Making Me Sick.

    And The Girl Who Drank The Moon. (I'll try to stop now...)
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