unRequired Reading Blog

If you like Elizabeth I, red rose of the House of Tudor by Kathryn Lasky

Since you say you really enjoyed the Lasky book about Elizabeth I, I
think you should be aware that there are 19 more books in that series by a variety of authors. They cover many female world leaders such as
Queen Victoria, Mary: Queen of Scots, Anastasia, etc. You can find them
in our catalog by searching "series" and typing in "royal diaries."

If you like historical fiction

BOSTON JANE by Jennifer L. Holm.
Schooled in the lessons of etiquette for young ladies of 1854, Miss Jane Peck of Philadelphia finds little use for manners during her long sea voyage to the Pacific Northwest and while living among the American traders and Chinook Indians of Washington Territory.

If you like The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman

Here are some other titles you might enjoy reading.

Sabriel by Garth Nix.
This is a part of a trilogy. The 1st book is called Sabriel, and introduces us to the daughter of the necromancer Abhorsen, who must journey into the mysterious and magical Old Kingdom to rescue her father from the Land of the Dead. The 2 books that follow are Lirael and Abhorsen.

More books for thirteen-year-olds

Here are some titles that
other thirteen-year-olds have enjoyed.

Capt. Hook: The Adventures of a Notorious Youth by J.V. Hart and Brett Helquist.
Describes the youthful adventures of J.M. Barrie's classic character,
Captain Hook, from his days at Eton to his voyages on the high sea.


If you like All American Girl by Meg Cabot

Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen.
In alternating chapters, two teenagers describe how their feelings about themselves, each other, and their families have changed over the years.

Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris.
A young man with a mysterious past and a penchant for inventing things leaves the troll who raised him, meets an unhappy princess he has loved from afar, and discovers a plot against her and her father.

If you like books for sixteen-year-olds

All of these books are from our young adult collection.

The Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz.
After the death of his guardian uncle, Alex Rider is coerced to continue his uncle's dangerous work for Britain's intelligence agency. The first book in the series is Stormbreaker and there are now six titles in the series.

If you like Kill me First by Kate Morgenroth

Acceleration by Graham McNamee.
Stuck working in the Lost and Found of the Toronto Transit Authority for the summer, seventeen-year-old Duncan finds the diary of a serial killer and sets out to stop him.

Black Mirror by Nancy Werlin.
Convinced her brother's death was murder rather than suicide,
sixteen-year-old Frances begins her own investigation into suspicious
student activities at her boarding school.

If you like school stories

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray.
After the suspicious death of her mother in 1895, sixteen-year-old Gemma returns to England, after many years in India, to attend a finishing school where she becomes aware of her magical powers and ability to see into the spirit world. If you like this title, then there is a sequel called Rebel Angels.

If you like Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause

Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause

Here are some other vampire and werewolf titles that you may enjoy, too.

In the Forests of the Night by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes.
Risika, a teenage vampire, wanders back in time to the year 1684 when,as a human, she died and was transformed against her will. There is a sequel to this called Demon in my View. Atwater-Rhodes has written a number of other really good vampire and vampire hunter titles.

If you like humorous romances

Here are some humorous romance titles from our Young Adult Fiction collection that I hope you will enjoy reading.

Thwonk by Joan Bauer.
A cupid doll comes to life and offers romantic assistance to A.J., a
teenage photographer suffering from unrequited love.

Princess in Love by Meg Cabot (Princess Diaries, v. 3).
In a series of humorous diary entries, a New York City ninth grader
agonizes over her love life, final exams, and future role as the
princess of Genovia.