my red bean is a voracious reader and i was challenged by her to come up with a list of my favorite books for the tween girl (she’s almost 12) that isn’t quite ready for ya. this was difficult but i came up with this list. there were plenty of others i read (sweet valley high series, flowers in the attic series come to mind) because i was largely ignored but this was the list that i felt comfortable with her reading and she has read the bulk of it.
:: Island of the Blue Dolphins (Scott O’Dell)
:: Anne of Green Gables series (L.M. Montgomery)
:: Watership Down (Richard Adams)
:: Tiger Eyes (Judy Blume)
:: Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret (Judy Blume)
:: Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself (Judy Blume)
:: The Princess Bride (William Goldman)
:: The Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank)
:: Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
:: To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
:: A Separate Peace (John Knowles)
:: Betsy-Tacy Books (Maud Hart Lovelace)
of course there are other, more contemporary books out now. harry potter series comes to mind as does the inkheart trilogy, both of which she’s read. i encouraged her to read the wrinkle in time l’engle despite the fact that i disliked it in my youth and disliked it still when i tried to reread it as an adult. i kept my dislike to myself until she came to me and said she didn’t find it remotely interesting. at least i can find comfort in knowing i’m not the only person i know to have not enjoyed l’engle.
have any favorites to add to the list?
ps: i’m happy to compile the list of suggestions into a pdf so everyone can benefit. i’ll post it sometime next week!