Reading Room Blog
I selected a few titles that have some of the same elements as The Red Necklace…history, intrigue, a bit of the mystical and other interesting plot elements. I hope you enjoy reading some of these books!
Red Moon at Sharpsburg by Rosemary Wells.
As the Civil War breaks out, India, a young Southern girl, summons her sharp intelligence and the courage she didn't know she had to survive the war that threatens to destroy her family, her Virginia home, and the only life she has ever known.
Kindred by Octavia Butler.
Thank you for your Book Match request for I Can’t Tell You by Hilary Frank. As I don’t know your age or why you liked the book (other than the genre you selected as Romance) the books I am suggesting are based on the fact that I Can’t Tell You is a high school level book and an unconventional romance. Therefore, I chose books that have romance elements in them, but are also have other conflicts with friends, family, school, etc, since I Can’t Tell You also contains those themes. Here are some other books I hope you will like.
Here are some other fantasy stories with strong (mostly female) characters (some with a little romance) that I think you will like:
Stardust by Neil Gaiman.
The story of young Tristran Thorn and his adventures in the land of Faerie. He has fallen in love with beautiful Victoria Forester and in order to win her hand, he must retrieve a fallen star and deliver it to her.
Sabriel by Garth Nix.
Since you enjoyed Bloomability by Sharon Creech, and also books by Libba Bray, I have sent along a list of books that I hope you will enjoy just as much. Thank you for letting us know why you liked particular books as this helps us to make selections for you.
Did you know that A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray is the first in a series? The second book is Rebel Angels and the third is The Sweet Far Thing. You might want to check those books out as well.
The Ruby in the Smoke / by Philip Pullman.
Here are some more titles with action and adventure that I think you may like.
Bearstone by Will Hobbs.
Fourteen-year-old Ute Indian Cloyd Atcitty has grown up without parents or schooling. Later taken into the Colorado mountains to live with an old rancher, Cloyd secretly renames himself Lone Bear and calls upon the strength of his ancestors--first to battle his own hostilities and finally to discover the magical power of friendship.
Island of the Loons by Dayton Hyde.
I am glad that you enjoyed Pendragon.
Now you will want to continue through the series.
The next book is
Pendragon The Lost City of Faar.
The Princess and the Hound By Mette Ivie Harrison.
George has always felt burdened by his princely duties, and even more by the need to hide the magic through which he speaks with animals, but when he is betrothed to the strange princess of a neighboring kingdom, his secret, and the persecution of people like himself, must come to an end.
Tales from the Brothers Grimm and Sisters Weird By Vivian Vande Velde.
Here are some suggestions to try…
Remembering Raquel by Vivian Vandevelde.
Various people recall aspects of the life of Raquel Falcone, an unpopular, overweight freshman at Quail Run High School, including classmates, her parents, and the driver who struck and killed her as she was walking home from an animated film festival.
Cures for Heartbreak by Margo Rabb.
Because you liked Forever in Blue: the Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood, you may also enjoy these books:
TTYL - by Lauren Myracle.
Chronicles, in "instant message" format, the day-to-day experiences, feelings, and plans of three friends, Zoe, Maddie, and Angela, as they begin tenth grade. This book also has a sequel, TTFN.
I'm not sure if you only like books set during the U.S.
Civil War or books set against the backdrop of any war. So, I have come
up with the following suggestions based on my assumptions:
"A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens.
summary from the Publisher: "When the starving French masses rise in
hate to overthrow a corrupt and decadent government, both the guilty and
innocent become victims of their frenzied anger. Soon nothing stands in
the way of the chilling figure they enlist for their cause-La