unRequired Reading Blog
Farm Team by Will Weaver.
With his father in jail and his mother working full-time, fourteen-year-old Billy Baggs finds himself in charge of running the family farm in northern Minnesota and having to give up the thing he loves most--baseball.
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko.
When twelve-year-old Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935, he has to contend with his extraordinary new environment, life with his autistic sister, not to mention the warden's daughter!
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin.
You may enjoy these titles, if you liked the adventure, suspense
and real-life problems of a teen:
"Un Lun Dun" by China Mieville.
"[Un Lun Dun] is a city awaiting its hero, whose coming was prophesied
long ago, set down for all time in the pages of a talking book. When
twelve-year-old Zanna and her friend Deeba find a secret entrance
leading out of London and into this strange city, it seems that the
ancient prophecy is coming true at last. But then things begin to go
shockingly wrong."--catalog summary
Here are some other titles by different authors you may enjoy.
Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath.
Eleven-year-old Primrose living in a small fishing village in British
Columbia recounts her experiences and all that she learns about human
nature and the unpredictability of life in the months after her parents
are lost at sea.
Ida B : --and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly)
Save the World by Katherine Hannigan.
If you enjoyed Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys, here are some other
titles you may like:
How to be Popular by Meg Cabot.
Summary: Sixteen-year-old Steph Landry finds an old book on how to be
popular and decides to change her social status by following its advice,
much to the bafflement of her two best friends. Surprising romance!
Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen.
Does My Head Look Big In This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah.
Australian 11th-grader Amal is smart, funny, outspoken, a good student, and a loyal friend. She is also a devout Muslim who decides to wear the hijab, or head covering, full-time. The story tells of her emotional and spiritual journey as she copes with a mad crush on a boy, befriends an elderly Greek neighbor, and tries to help a friend who aspires to be a lawyer but whose well-intentioned mother is trying to force her to leave school and get married.
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares.
Here are some other books that have danger, intrigue and some romance (or at
H.I.V.E. Higher Institute of Villainous Education by Mark Walden.
Swept away to a hidden academy for training budding evil geniuses, Otto,
a brilliant orphan, Wing, a sensitive warrior, Laura, a shy computer
specialist, and Shelby, an infamous jewel thief, plot to beat the odds
and escape the prison known as H.I.V.E.
Thieves Like Us by Stephen Cole.
If you like the Gossip Girl series, you
might want to try some of these:
Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson.
Three teenaged girls from very different backgrounds, thrown together to
pick peaches in a Georgia orchard, spend a summer in pursuit of the
right boy, the truest of friends, and the perfect peach.
Au Pairs: a Novel by Melissa de la Cruz.
If you liked the passion between Edward and Bella in New Moon you might
try one of these. The first three are horror or fantasy, and the last
two are just good love stories!
The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause.
A mysterious teenage boy harboring a dark secret helps Zoe come to terms
with her mother's terminal illness.
Haunted: A Tale of the Mediator by Meg Cabot.
Let me tell you about a few others that might appeal to
What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones.
Meet Sophie. She sees herself as the too-tall "Mount Everest of teenage
girls," who, along with her friends, often suffers from "lackonookie
disease." She's dating smoky, sexy Dylan, covertly chatting online with
"cybersoul"-mate Chaz, and secretly nursing a crush on sweet, geeky
Murphy. If you like this one, it has a sequel called What My Girlfriend
Here are some other suggestions since you like the Drama High
and It Chicks series:
Flyy Girl by Omar Tyree.
Growing up in the flamboyant 1980's, Tracy Ellison is a smart and
charming teenager who uses her good looks to attract any boy she wants.
With a life of promiscuity as she approaches womanhood, she learns
valuable lessons that impels her to examine her reckless lifestyle.
Coldest Winter Ever by Sistah Souljah.