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Good Books for Tweens and Young Adult Girls

on March 13, 2009

I admit. I’m not a Twilight fan. I love the romance, but I don’t care for Bella’s character. She’s whiny, obsessed, and seems to have no other goal in life than to be someone’s vampire wife.

When I’m working with the young ladies in juvenile detention, they are often eager to find a book to read. There are many lonely hours to fill while in the small cells.
So what am I recommending to the young ladies I write with in juvenile detention? Books with characters who are real, face challenges, and are empowered to solve those challenges with their wit, courage, and intelligence.

Some of my favorites recently have been:

1. Ten Cents a Dance by Christine Fletcher
2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
3. Sovay and Pirates by Celia Rees
4. Gilda Joyce and the Ghost Sonata by Jennifer Allison
And be sure to read the first two in this series about Gilda Joyce Psychic Detective.

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