unRequired Reading Blog

If you like ballet stories

Here are a few titles you might enjoy:

To Dance: A Memior by
Siena Cherson
In graphic format, the author shares her story of how, after being diagnosed with flat feet, she decided to take ballet classes at the age of six and was accepted to the School of American Ballet when she was eleven.

Life in the Fat Lane
by Cherie Bennett
Sixteen-year-old Lara, winner of beauty pageants and Homecoming Queen, is distressed and bewildered when she starts gaining weight and becomes a fat girl.

If you like The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

Here are some suggestions for other books that you may like. Next time it would help up find suggestions for you if we knew why you liked a certain book. The more info you give us, the better we can personalize your request!

If you like Kidnapped by Gordon Korman

You might try his Island series (Book one is Shipwreck, published in 2001; Book Two is Survival;Book Three is Escape).

Here are three other titles you might enjoy.

Downriver by Will Hobbs.
Fifteen-year-old Jessie and the other rebellious teenage members of a
wilderness survival school team abandon their adult leader, hijack his boats, and try to run the dangerous white water at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

If you like Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Here are a few books you might want to try. They are all fairy tale
type fantasy books.


The Goose Girl by: Shannon Hale.
On her way to marry a prince she's never met, Princess Anidori is
betrayed by her guards and her lady-in-waiting and must become a goose girl to survive until she can reveal her true identity and reclaim the crown that is rightfully hers.

If you like New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

Here are some other suggestions to keep you busy until the next Stephenie Meyer comes out:


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 one, it is part of a series - #2 is Rebel Angels and #3 is coming out soon The Sweet Far Thing.

 

If you like Squire by Tamora Pierce

You may already know, but Squire is from the series "Protector of the Small" - #1 First Test, #2 Page, #3 Squire, #4 Lady Knight. I also like reading books from that time period. There are so many good ones out there and it is hard to limit it to just a few! However, Here are some others that you may like:

If you like Chinese Handcuffs by Chris Crutcher

Just in case you
are not already familiar with Chris Crutcher's other titles, here are just a
few:


Ironman.
While training for a triathlon, seventeen-year-old Bo attends
an anger management group at school which leads him to examine his
relationship with his father.

 

Stotan!
A high school coach invites members of his swimming team to a
memorable week of rigorous training that tests their moral fiber as well as their physical stamina.

 

If you like Joe Grey mysteries

There are several in the Joe Grey series, in case you haven't read them all. Here are a few other suggestions:


The Cat Who Could Read Backwards by Lilian Jackson Braun.
Reporter Jim Qwilleran is so anxious to get back to work that he accepts a job covering the art world for the Daily Fluxion. When various people turn up dead, only Qwilleran and his "partner," Koko, the Siamese cat, can find the answers. There are about 20 books in this series now-so if you like this first one, there are many others to keep reading!

If you like Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

Since you enjoyed Just Listen by Sarah Dessen, you may enjoy some of her other books such as How to Deal, That Summer, and The Truth About
Forever. You might also enjoy the following:


Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer. (and anything by Joan Bauer)
When sixteen-year-old Hope and the aunt who has raised her move from
Brooklyn to Mulhoney, Wisconsin, to work as waitress and cook in the
Welcome Stairways diner, they become involved with the diner owner's
political campaign to oust the town's corrupt mayor.

 

If you like The Prophet of Yonwood by Jeanne DuPrau

Since you enjoyed The Prophet of Yonwood by Jeanne DuPrau, I am sending you some titles that I hope you will like just as much.


Countdown to the Year 1000 / by K.H. McMullan.
Alarmed by a prophecy that the world will end with the arrival of the
year 1000, the students of Dragon Slayers' Academy get some advice from Zack, a boy who has traveled back from 1999.


The Preacher's Boy : a novel / by Terry Pringle.
Relates the experiences of a young man growing up in a small Texas town in the shadow of his strict preacher father.