You’ve been asking for this list for a long time… and we’re happy to have it ready for you!

You’ve told us that our list of Books Boys Love (that aren’t just books for boys) has helped your boys go from feeling meh about reading to voraciously reading through stacks.

With this new list, we’re hoping to do the same thing for your girls.

Of course, there aren’t really “boy books” vs “girl books,” but at various points in our kids’ lives, it can be difficult to match up our kids with books they love. This often gets even trickier the older our kids get.

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Even if your daughter is happily reading through stacks of books in her younger years, she may suddenly find herself at the age when it feels like she “should” be choosing books from the Young Adult (YA) section of the library or bookstore.

But…have you been to the YA section of your library or bookstore lately?

There are some gems in there, to be sure (and we’ve included several in our list below!), but on the whole…

…if you’re a family that loves the kinds of books we recommend at RAR, you likely struggle to find what you’re looking for on the YA shelves.

That’s because YA is a genre, not a reading level.

I’ll tell you more about what I mean by that soon, but for now suffice it to say: YA books are not a level you need to pass through to get from middle grade novels (like the Chronicles of Narnia or Little House on the Prairie) to adult novels.

They are, rather, a kind of story (usually a coming-of-age story featuring a teenage protagonist, often pushing boundaries of what’s appropriate for young readers). Again, this is not true for all YA books. But it’s true for a whole lot of them.

This can be a real problem for parents who are looking for good, rich, engaging stories for their teen daughters.

In short…

If a quick google search of “books for teen girls” turns up books you’re not excited about handing to your own tween or teen, I bet you’ll feel differently about the list below.

Of course, every girl won’t love every book on this list. But there’s probably something here that will pique her interest!

And remember that these books are not just for girls. Several of these are also on the (newly updated!) Books Boys Love list, and my own teenage son has enjoyed a whole lot of the books on this one.

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Books for Girls 4-7

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The Prairie Thief

The Prairie Thief

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A fantastical twist to a tale of life on the prairie made this an instant family favorite at our house. Louisa Brody’s life on the Colorado prairie takes an unexpected turn when her father is locked away in jail and she is sent to live with the awful Smirch family. Can Louisa and her friends save her father from a guilty verdict?

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A Bear Called Paddington

A Bear Called Paddington

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When Paddington Bear moves in with the Browns, life changes forever. This classic series of tales about a well-intentioned bear who finds himself in many unfortunate predicaments delights young readers. Especially wonderful if you can read it with a British accent. ;)

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The Bears on Hemlock Mountain

The Bears on Hemlock Mountain

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Jonathan sets out to get a large pot from his aunt for a family Christening celebration, trekking over Hemlock Mountain. At least he won’t encounter any bears … right?

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Sarah, Plain and Tall

Sarah, Plain and Tall

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In the late 1800s, Anna’s father advertises for a wife and mother for Anna and her brother Caleb. Sarah answers the ad describing herself as “plain and tall,” but of course, she is so much more. Great for fans of Little House on the Prairie!

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All-of-a-Kind Family

All-of-a-Kind Family

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Set at the turn of the century, All-of-a-Kind family is about 5 kids living with their kids in New York. There’s lots of everyday life in this book, but there’s also a surprise just around the corner …

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Mercy Watson to the Rescue

Mercy Watson to the Rescue

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Mercy is a porcine wonder and very loved by the Watson family. A great way to introduce kids to the fabulous Kate DiCamillo.

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The Princess in Black

The Princess in Black

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Not your average princess tale. This one delights my girls and my boys equally. This is the first in a humorous, action-packed series for young readers. Your kids can meet author Shannon Hale at her Author Access video replay in RAR Premium.

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Princess Magnolia is having hot chocolate and scones with Duchess Wigtower when . . . Brring! Brring! The monster alarm! A big blue monster is threatening the goats! Stopping monsters is no job for dainty Princess Magnolia.

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Zita the Spacegirl

Zita the Spacegirl

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A fun tale of friendship and redemption from one of my favorite author/illustrators. Ben Hatke has given us an intergalactic hero we'll never forget in Zita. This is a graphic novel, so pull your kids close so they can see the panels while you read aloud.

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The Cabin Faced West

The Cabin Faced West

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Ann Hamilton's family has moved to the western frontier of Pennsylvania, and she misses her old home in Gettysburg. There are no girls her age on Hamilton Hill, and life is hard.

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Lola Dutch

Lola Dutch

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Lola Dutch is a little too much. Any chance your kids can relate? The world is a big wonderful place, and Lola feels bursting with creativity! This one appeals to my girls and my boys alike. Listen to the husband/wife team behind this book on the RAR podcast.

Lola Dutch is a delightfully creative girl who is bursting with grand ideas.

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From the best ways to serve breakfast -- an elegant feast! -- to the ideal sleeping spot -- a majestic blanket fort, of course! -- Lola is inspired all day long.

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Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire

Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire

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Priscilla Cilla Lee-Jenkins is on a tight deadline. Her baby sister is about to be born, and Cilla needs to become a bestselling author before her family forgets all about her. So she writes about what she knows best--herself!

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Ramona the Pest

Ramona the Pest

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Ramona's big day has finally arrived! This is the day she starts kindergarten and it's even better than she could have imagined. Her teacher promises her a present. She learns a great new song about "the dawnzer lee light." There's show and tell, learning to write her name, playing Gray Duck, and marching with the old kids in the Halloween Parade.

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Madeline

Madeline

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Nothing frightens Madeline—not tigers, not even mice. With its endearing, courageous heroine, cheerful humor, and wonderful, whimsical drawings of Paris, the Madeline stories are true classics that continue to charm readers, even after 75 years!

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Clementine

Clementine

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Clementine is not having a great week. On Monday, she's sent to the principal's office for cutting off Margaret's hair. Things only get worse from here. This week? It's turning out to be a disaster. (If you loved Ramona Quimby growing up, don't miss the whole series about Clementine!)

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Hooray for Anna Hibiscus

Hooray for Anna Hibiscus

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This is a collection of four linked stories about family life set in modern west Africa. Anna Hibiscus lives in amazing Africa with her family in a wonderful house in a beautiful garden in a big city.

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Tumtum & Nutmeg: The Rose Cottage Tales

Tumtum & Nutmeg: The Rose Cottage Tales

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This book will make you want to brew a pot of tea nad whip up some scones! Don't be intimidated by its size—it's surprisingly engaging for even very young listeners. Tumtum and Nutmeg are a pair of mice your kids won't easily forget.

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Books for Girls 8 to 12

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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

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Minli sets off on an adventurous journey to find the Old Man on the Moon and change her family's fortune. Elements of fantasy and folklore intertwine as Minli discovers answers to her most pressing questions. Full-color illustrations by the author make this one a special treat! Your kids can meet Grace Lin in her Author Access video replay in RAR Premium.

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In the valley of Fruitless mountain, a young girl named Minli lives in a ramshackle hut with her parents. In the evenings, her father regales her with old folktales of the Jade Dragon and the Old Man on the Moon, who knows the answers to all of life's questions. Inspired by these stories, Minli sets off on an extraordinary journey to find the Old Man on the Moon to ask him how she can change her family's fortune.

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The Bark of the Bog Owl (Wilderking Trilogy)

The Bark of the Bog Owl (Wilderking Trilogy)

FROM SARAH:

The whole Wilderking Trilogy is one you don't want your kids to miss. Start here, with The Bark of the Bog Owl.  Ideal for kids 8-14, though you'll enjoy it every bit as much as your kids will. The less you know before reading it, the better, so try to skip reading reviews ahead of time, if you can!

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12-year-old Aidan Errolson, comes from a long line of adventurers. His grandparents were among the first settlers of Corenwald's Eastern Frontier. His father had been one of the kingdom's greatest warriors. Aidan, on the other hand, lives the quiet, comfortable life, of a nobleman's son. He never has any real adventures, and that, he believes, is the one great injustice of his otherwise happy life.

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Betsy-Tacy

Betsy-Tacy

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The first book in a sweet series. Betsy and Tacy meet in this book, and a beautiful friendship blossoms as the girls share adventures. Note: Sensitive kiddos could be upset by the death of Tacy’s baby sister.

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Heidi (Puffin in Bloom)

Heidi (Puffin in Bloom)

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Everyone is scared of Heidi’s grandfather, but when she moves to the Alps to live with him her sunny personality helps them form a connection. Soon, however, they are separated. Will they reunite? This classic is an excellent read-aloud for all ages.

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Understood Betsy

Understood Betsy

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Elizabeth Ann must leave her home to move to rural Vermont and live with relatives. She needs a little extra care, though, so will anyone there understand her? If you're a homeschooling family, you'll especially love this one! (The characters are 👌🏼.)

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Thanks to her loving but over-protective guardian aunts, Betsy is a fearful, self-absorbed, nine-year-old hypochondriac. One of the most terrible items on her long list of fears is the horrid cousins her aunts never mention without shuddering. When her aunts are suddenly no longer able to care for her, Betsy is, incredibly, sent to live with those very relatives.

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Because of Winn-Dixie

Because of Winn-Dixie

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India Opal is at the grocery store when she makes a new friend -- a dog she names Winn Dixie (after the store, of course!). Winn Dixie helps Opal navigate Naomi, Florida, and find the inner courage to learn about her mom who left when she was 3.

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A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet)

A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet)

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Meg and her brother Charles are viewed as unintelligent, especially compared to their brilliant parents, one of whom has disappeared. Did he really leave their family, or was it perhaps a wrinkle in time? The 1963 Newberry Award winner. Get our free reading guide to go with it.

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It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.

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The Mysterious Benedict Society

The Mysterious Benedict Society

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"Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?" When Reynie Muldoon answers an ad looking for gifted children, he soon meets fascinating friends and finds himself on an adventure that will change his life... and quite possibly the world. First in a fantastic series.

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Little House in the Big Woods

Little House in the Big Woods

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The first in Laura’s story about her family of American pioneers. Join the Ingalls family as they celebrate Christmas and the harvest and their first trip to town.

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Surviving the Applewhites

Surviving the Applewhites

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The Applewhites aren't a family you'll quickly forget. This quirky homeschooling family welcomes the notorious (and notoriously bad) Jake Semple into their fold, and everyone is surprised at what happens next! Is Jake as tough as he seems?

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Wonder

Wonder

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August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face.

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The Penderwicks

The Penderwicks

FROM SARAH:

One of my tippy-top recommendations... if your kids haven't met the Penderwicks yet, it's time! A summer of misadventure ensues when four sisters meet a very interesting boy (and a couple of rabbits, too!) at a summer cottage in New England. Boys and girls alike enjoy this whole series. Hear Jeanne Birdsall talk about writing this series on her episode of Read-Aloud Revival.

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This summer the Penderwick sisters have a wonderful surprise: a holiday on the grounds of a beautiful estate called Arundel. Soon they are busy discovering the summertime magic of Arundel's sprawling gardens, treasure-filled attic, tame rabbits, and the cook who makes the best gingerbread in Massachusetts.

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Princess Academy

Princess Academy

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This is not a girl book. It's an adventure story. Miri lives on a mountain where, for generations, her ancestors have lived a simple life. But not so any longer. Action-packed and riveting! Meet Shannon Hale in her Author Access replay in RAR Premium.

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Miri lives on a mountain where, for generations, her ancestors have lived a simple life. Then word comes that the king's priests have divined her village the home of the future princess. In a year's time, the prince will choose his bride from among the village girls.

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The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book I: The Mysterious Howling

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book I: The Mysterious Howling

FROM SARAH:

The first in the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series will surprise and delight you at every turn. You see, the children of Ashton Place aren't ordinary children. They were found in the forest, and it appears they have been raised by wolves...

The audio book is absolutely exquisite.

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Discovered in the forest of Ashton Place, the Incorrigibles are no ordinary children. Luckily, Miss Penelope Lumley is no ordinary governess. A recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, Penelope embraces the challenge of her new position. Though she is eager to instruct the children in Latin verbs and the proper use of globes, first she must eliminate their canine tendencies.

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Henry and the Chalk Dragon

Henry and the Chalk Dragon

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It takes a special kind of courage to be an artist. Does Henry Penwhistle have what it takes? The adventures begin when a dragon he draws on the door wants to be seen and have a place in the world. A great read-aloud!

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The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic

The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic

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Ten-year-old Persimmony Smudge lives a boring life on the Island in the Middle of Everything, but she longs for adventure. And she soon gets it when she overhears a life-altering secret and suddenly finds herself in the middle of an amazing journey. Fantastically funny. Your kids can meet author/illustrator Jennifer Trafton at her Author Access video replay in RAR Premium.

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Ten-year-old Persimmony Smudge lives a boring life on the Island in the Middle of Everything, but she longs for adventure. And she soon gets it when she overhears a life-altering secret and suddenly finds herself in the middle of an amazing journey. It turns out that Mount Majestic, the rising and falling mountain in the center of the island, is not really a mountain - it's the belly of a sleeping giant!

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Swallows and Amazons

Swallows and Amazons

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A classic summer adventure for a group of siblings, a boat, and wild imagination. This is the first in a series, so if your kids enjoy this one, there are many more!

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Tuck Everlasting

Tuck Everlasting

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When ten-year-old Winnie Foster stumbles on the Tucks' disturbing family secret, nothing is ever the same. But how can a spring that grants eternal life be anything but wonderful?

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Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat

Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat

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Who can resist a mystery about a very good girl, a talking rat, and a horrible, wicked nanny? This page-turner is laugh-out-loud funny and will keep you and your kids guessing to the very end.

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Chester and Gus

Chester and Gus

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The heartwarming and humorous story about the remarkable bond that forms between an aspiring service dog and an autistic boy in need of a friend. (nope, the dog doesn't die 😉)

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Chester has always wanted to become a service dog. When he fails his certification test, though, it seems like that dream will never come true--until a family adopts him. They want him to be a companion for their ten-year-old son, Gus, who has autism.

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The Chronicles of Narnia (Box Set)

The Chronicles of Narnia (Box Set)

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The hardcover box set of C. S. Lewis's classic fantasy series The Chronicles of Narnia, with cover art by three-time Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator David Wiesner and the full black-and-white original interior art by Pauline Baynes.

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The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street

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When their landlord decides he's not going to renew the Vanderbeekers' lease, the five Vanderbeeker kids launch a full-blown mission to change his mind. Highly recommended for kids of all ages (I read it to all six of my kids, from preschool through teen). A practically perfect family story that's first in a wonderful series. Meet the author, Karina Yan Glaser, in her Author Access replay in RAR Premium.

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Tuesdays at the Castle

Tuesdays at the Castle

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Series: Episodes, 085, Book 1
Tags: Episode 85, girls books 8-12

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On Tuesdays, the Castle changes. Sometimes it adds a new room, a turret, a staircase... or even a whole wing. This one is fun, fun, fun. I bet you'll hear "Just one more chapter, pleeeease!" from everyone in the room. Your kids can meet author Jessica Day George in RAR Premium in 2020.

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Tuesdays at Castle Glower are Princess Celie's favorite days. That's because on Tuesdays the Castle adds a new room, a turret, or sometimes even an entire wing. No one ever knows what the Castle will do next, and no one-other than Celie, that is-takes the time to map out the new additions.

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Ella Enchanted (Newbery Honor Book)

Ella Enchanted (Newbery Honor Book)

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At her birth, Ella of Frell receives a foolish fairy's gift—the “gift” of obedience. Ella must obey any order, whether it's to hop on one foot for a day and a half, or to chop off her own head! But strong-willed Ella does not accept her fate...

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Ballet Shoes (The Shoe Books)

Ballet Shoes (The Shoe Books)

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Pauline, Petrova, and Posy love their quiet life together. They are orphans who have been raised as sisters, and when their new family needs money, the girls want to help. They decide to join the Children's Academy of Dancing and Stage Training to earn their keep.

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Books for Teen girls

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On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness

On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness

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For fans of Lord of the RingsThe Princess Bride, and The Chronicles of Narnia. This fantastical journey is one our family's favorites. Excellent as an audio book, as well (and it's kind of long, so if that intimidates you, opt for audio!) Don't miss my interview with Andrew Peterson for Author Access in RAR Premium.

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Janner Igiby, his brother, Tink, and their disabled sister, Leeli, are gifted children as all children are, loved well by a noble mother and ex-pirate grandfather. But they will need all their gifts and all that they love to survive the evil pursuit of the venomous Fangs of Dang, who have crossed the dark sea to rule the land with malice.

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Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables

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The Cuthberts are expecting a boy to help work on their farm, Green Gables. Instead, they get “Anne with an e,” who will surely win girls’ hearts with her spunky personality and big imagination.

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The Goose Girl

The Goose Girl

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A retelling of the Grimm's tale by the same name, this well-paced plot will reel in your teens right from the start—and this one isn't just for girls! There's plenty of adventure, romance, and hand-to-hand combat to keep everyone engaged. This is the first in a series by Shannon Hale. Watch her Author Access replay in RAR Premium.

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Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree, spends the first years of her life listening to her aunt's stories and learning the language of the birds, especially the swans. As she grows up, Ani develops the skills of animal speech, but she never feels quite comfortable speaking with people.

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Book of a Thousand Days

Book of a Thousand Days

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As food runs low and the days go from broiling hot to freezing cold, it is all Dashti can do to keep them fed and comfortable. But the arrival outside the tower of Saren's two suitors―one welcome, and the other decidedly less so―brings both hope and great danger, and Dashti must make the desperate choices of a girl whose life is worth more than she knows.

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Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

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Pride and Prejudice is a novel of manners by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows the main character, Elizabeth Bennet, as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of the British Regency.

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Bud, Not Buddy

Bud, Not Buddy

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"It's funny how ideas are, in a lot of ways they're just like seeds. Both of them start real, real small and then... woop, zoop, sloop... before you can say Jack Robinson, they've gone and grown a lot bigger than you ever thought they could." This is one of my top recommendations for teens. An absolutely unforgettable read-aloud.

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It's 1936, in Flint, Michigan. Times may be hard, and ten-year-old Bud may be a motherless boy on the run, but Bud's got a few things going for him...

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Hattie Big Sky

Hattie Big Sky

**Description from Amazon: This Newbery Honor winning, New York Times bestseller celebrates the true spirit of independence on the American frontier.For most of her life, sixteen-year-old Hattie Brooks has been shuttled from one distant relative to another. Tired of being Hattie Here-and-There, she summons the courage to lea...

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Moon Over Manifest

Moon Over Manifest

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Abilene Tucker's father sends her ot hte immigrant town of Manifest in rural Kansas with little explanation, and Abilene feels abandoned and alone. In her room, she discovers a a hidden cigar box full of memories... memories that will change Abilene's experience forever. Gorgeous language, a compelling plot, and characters who will stay with you long after you close the pages.

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Brown Girl Dreaming

Brown Girl Dreaming

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My favorite novel in verse. This book makes me want to write poetry, but mostly it just leaves me gobsmacked with what a good story and beautiful language can do to the heart. Especially wonderful on audio.

Recommended for ages 12+.

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Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement.

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The Wednesday Wars

The Wednesday Wars

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Meet Holling Hoodhood, a seventh-grader at Camillo Junior High who must spend Wednesday afternoons with his teacher. Mrs. Baker doesn’t like Holling—he’s sure of it. Why else would she make him read the plays of William Shakespeare outside class? This story will make you want to eat a cream puff, read a play, hug a vet, and get some yellow tights. Well okay, maybe not the yellow tights. Gary Schmidt is easily one of today's best writers for teens. Meet him in the Author Access replay inside RAR Premium.

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Okay for Now

Okay for Now

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I want to give this book to every teenager I know. It's a book that will make you want to hug a mean kid, stare at Audubon paintings, thank a veteran, read Jane Eyre, and get an orchid. Even if you ignore every other book I recommend, read this one. Highly, highly recommended. Meet author Gary Schmidt in the Author Access replay in RAR Premium.

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At once heartbreaking and hopeful, this absorbing novel centers on Doug, 14, who has an abusive father, a bully for a brother, a bad reputation, and shameful secrets to keep. Teachers and police and his relatives think he's worthless, and he believes them, holding others at arm's length.

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Hattie Ever After

Hattie Ever After

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After leaving Uncle Chester's homestead claim, orphan Hattie Brooks throws a lasso around a new dream, even bigger than the Montana sky. She wants to be a reporter, knowing full well that a few pieces published in the Arlington News will not suffice.

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When You Reach Me

When You Reach Me

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Shortly after a fall-out with her best friend, sixth grader Miranda starts receiving mysterious notes. It would be easy to ignore the strange messages, except that whoever is leaving them has an uncanny ability to predict the future. If that is the case, then Miranda has a big problem—because the notes tell her that someone is going to die...

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The Mother-Daughter Book Club

The Mother-Daughter Book Club

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But what begins as a mom-imposed ritual of reading Little Women soon helps four unlikely friends navigate the drama of middle school. From stolen journals, to secret crushes, to a fashion-fiasco first dance, the girls are up to their Wellie boots in drama. They can't help but wonder: What would Jo March do?

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Homeless Bird

Homeless Bird

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In this historical novel, Koly, a thirteen-year-old girl in India, must leave her childhood home to face an arranged marriage. After the ceremony is complete, however, Koly learns that her future has been traded for a dowry, and her life changes abruptly. Gloria Whelan writes some of the best books for older kids and teens today- don't miss this one!

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Like many girls her age in India, thirteen-year-old Koly faces her arranged marriage with hope and courage. But Koly's story takes a terrible turn when in the wake of the ceremony, she discovers she's been horribly misled--her life has been sold for a dowry. Can she forge her own future, even in the face of time-worn tradition?

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Piecing Me Together

Piecing Me Together

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Jade believes she must get out of her poor neighborhood if she's ever going to succeed. Her mother tells her to take advantage of every opportunity that comes her way. And Jade has: every day she rides the bus away from her friends and to the private school where she feels like an outsider, but where she has plenty of opportunities. But some opportunities she doesn't really welcome, like an invitation to join Women to Women, a mentorship program for "at-risk" girls.

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The False Prince (Ascendance Trilogy Book 1)

The False Prince (Ascendance Trilogy Book 1)

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For when you need a page-turner. This one will make you ignore the laundry and all of your household duties, so don't say I didn't warn ya. 😆 Recommended for ages 12+.

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In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king's long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince.

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Meet the Austins: Book One of The Austin Family Chronicles (Austin Family Series 1)

Meet the Austins: Book One of The Austin Family Chronicles (Austin Family Series 1)

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For a family with four kids, two dogs, assorted cats, and a constant stream of family and friends dropping by, life in the Austin family home has always been remarkably steady and contented. When a family friend suddenly dies in a plane crash, the Austins open their home to an orphaned girl, Maggy Hamilton. And that's when it all changes.

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The Giver

The Giver

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The Giver, the 1994 Newbery Medal winner, has become one of the most influential novels of our time. The haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver.

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Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster

Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster

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Jonathan Auxier is one of my very favorite storytellers- don't miss his episode on the Read-Aloud Revival podcast. He's also a favorite WOW: Writers on Writing presenter in RAR Premium! This is my favorite of his books and also one of my all-time favorite reads. I learned so much, and my heart grew five sizes. Recomended for ages 10+. Or just read it yourself!

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Eleven-year-old Nan Sparrow is quite possibly the best climber who ever lived. With her wits and will, she's manage to beat deadly odds time and time again. But when Nan's Sweep disappears suddenly and then she's caught in a chimney fire, everything changes. It starts with a black piece of coal.

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A Fall of Marigolds

A Fall of Marigolds

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Susan Meissner is my very favorite adult novelist, and this is the book I recommend most often for teens who are just getting started with her work. It's also a great place for mamas! Weaves together two tales—one from 9/11 and the other from the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. And in traditional Susan Meissner form, your heart will be bigger by the time you finish.

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Two stories thread together: one of Clara Wood, who must sort out her world after the catastrophic Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911, and the other of Taryn Michaels, who is rebuilding her life after losing her husband in the 911 attacks. A testament to the power of the shape of history on our life in the present.

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Cinder

Cinder

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The first book in the #1 New York Times- and USA Today-Bestselling Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer! See where the futuristic YA fairytale saga all began, with the tale of a teenage cyborg who must fight for Earth's survival against villains from outer space.

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A Night Divided (Scholastic Gold)

A Night Divided (Scholastic Gold)

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A Night Divided joins the Scholastic Gold line, which features award-winning and beloved novels. Includes exclusive bonus content! With the rise of the Berlin Wall, Gerta finds her family suddenly divided. She, her mother, and her brother Fritz live on the eastern side, controlled by the Soviets.

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Keeper of the Lost Cities

Keeper of the Lost Cities

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A New York Times bestselling series A USA TODAY bestselling series A California Young Reader Medal–winning series In this riveting debut, a telepathic girl must figure out why she is the key to her brand-new world—before the wrong person finds the answer first.

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The Book Thief (Anniversary Edition)

The Book Thief (Anniversary Edition)

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Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.

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Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution

Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution

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It's 1966, and twelve-year-old Ji-li Jiang has everything a girl could want: brains, popularity, and a bright future in Communist China. But it's also the year that China's leader, Mao Ze-dong, launches the Cultural Revolution—and Ji-li's world begins to fall apart... a breathtaking true story your teens won't soon forget.

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Meet Me at the Well: The Girls and Women of the Bible

Meet Me at the Well: The Girls and Women of the Bible

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Jane Yolen and Barbara Diamond Goldin's masterful retellings pairs eloquent profiles with stunning art, answering one question: What makes these women heroes? From first woman, Eve, to Deborah the judge, to Queen Esther, savior of her people, females in the Hebrew bible are resourceful and courageous.

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