Q: Why am I recommending these books?
A: Because your children will read them!
I am a bookaholic, I buy books on a whim, am constantly reviewing and reading a variety of books, and devour the Waterstones Books Quarterly when it comes out. I am a member of a couple of book clubs and regularly download reading guides for discussion. But I know (from painful experience) that just because I read voraciously, doesn’t mean my children will, in fact they don’t. But I try not to give up and occasionally have stumbled on something sensible (to you) that they cannot put down and genuinely enjoy reading ! It’s not often that these gems come up, but don’t stop searching for those special books.
Here are the essential, readable books, my children are NOT into fantasy, so Harry Potter, Eragon, etc, were no good, neither was the very funny Artemis Fowl a hit, they like real life drama that they can relate to set somewhere in a recognizable time zone, that’s today in their language!
Try these for size if you have girls over 11!
by Robin Benway
Breaking up is hard, when Audrey decides to break up with her boyfriend Evan, everything changes. Evans’ band immediately becomes famous and popular, their songs hit the charts of every music station the world over. Suddenly Audrey becomes famous because she is Evans’ ex ! She now has to deal with all sorts of celebrity issues and all she wants is her old life back. It’s al based on love, life and friendship. Check out the song …
by Sophie McKenzie
Lauren is adopted, nothing new there, but maybe she was taken from her birth family without their consent, there’s only one way to find out the truth, go to America and get the facts. A gripping, sometimes violent story with disturbing issues but an ultimately uplifting book. My daughter (aged 11 at the time of reading ) couldn’t put it down!
The Summer I Turned Pretty
by Jenny Han
This summer was the summer that everything changed for Belly, she got a boyfriend ! She spends time with her favourite cousins every summer but this summer was the best, she was somehow treated differently, she got to go to all the late night barbecues and parties down by the beach. She was having the time of her life until –
by Cathy Cassidy
Making a sudden move away from their home town, Cherry and her Dad go to live in Somerset with Charlotte and her four daughters. Honey the eldest doesn’t get on well with Cherry unlike the other girls Coco, Skye and Summer who act like real sisters to her. Things get complicated when Cherry fancies Honey’s boyfriend Shay Fletcher. Obvious problems result. Read this book for a taste of what it’s like to be a teenager in a step family, a book that teenagers would easily relate to, written in an easy, informal style, that nonetheless deals with important issues in teenagers lives.
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