As a follow-up to my previous post about dark books for teens, my daughter and I have been trying to make our own list of books to read. It’s tricky, because book reviews are so subjective. What one person loves may not appeal to another. So this is a list that might appeal to a younger teen girl who likes nature, fantasy and historical fiction. I haven’t actually read these yet (except for Jane Austen and Jack London), so I can’t vouch for them, but it’s a place to start:
Alexander, Lloyd Vespers Holly series
Austen, Jane Emma and Northanger Abbey
Bunce, Elizabeth C. Star Crossed and A Curse Dark as Gold
Bond, Nancy A String in the Harp
Hautzig, Esther The Endless Steppe
Holt, Kimberly Willis The Water Seeker
Isaacs, Anne Torn Thread
King, Laurie R. The Beekeeper’s Apprentice
Kingsolver, Barbara The Bean Trees
London, Jack The Call of the Wild
Lunn, Janet The Root Cellar
Milford, Kate The Boneshaker
O’Brien, Caragh M. Birthmarked
Perkins, Lynne Rae As Easy As Falling Off the Face of the Earth
Porter, Gene Stratton Freckles
Reeve, Philip Fever Crumb
On this list, you could add The Carbon Diaries, 2015 by Saci Lloyd, an “eco-thriller” which my daughter just finished. She found it interesting, and the premise made her ask questions about how much food we’re storing for a future with less carbon energy. I didn’t even know about this book, so I wasn’t trying to influence her – honest. She found it herself.
She also wants to read all of the Jean Craighead George books she missed, even though they are for a younger audience, and she might read the Anne of Green Gables series to herself, although I read them aloud to her years ago.
My boys want to add to the list the Terry Pratchett books featuring Tiffany Aching, starting with The Wee Free Men. They adored these books and absolutely cannot wait until their sister reads them.