unRequired Reading Blog
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
Icing on the Lake by Catherine Clark.
Here are some other titles you might enjoy reading. The first titles are fiction, followed by a link
to our African American History Booklist.
Kindred by Octavia Butler.
A young black women living in the contemporary world is transported back
and forth to the time of slavery in the US. It is historical and
contemporary fiction wrapped up into one. It is most appropriate for
older or more mature girls because the theme is strong and some of the
descriptions are graphic.
If you enjoyed Prime Choice, here are some other titles you may like:
Torch Red: Color Me Torn by Melody Carlson.
Feeling like she is the only virgin on the planet, a high school junior
wrestles with questions about love and sex before ultimately choosing to
give herself to God instead of her boyfriend. This is part of the True
The First Part Last by Angela Johnson.
Bobby's carefree teenage life changes forever when he becomes a father
and must care for his adored baby daughter.
Sure fire by Jack Higgins with Justin Richards.
Resentful of having to go and live with their estranged father after the
death of their mother, fifteen-year-old twins, Rich and Jade, soon find
they have more complicated problems when their father is kidnapped and
their attempts to rescue him involve them in a dangerous international
plot to control the world's oil.
Cross my heart and hope to spy by Ally Carter.
If you haven't read the sequels to Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging,
you should give those a try:
On the Bright Side, I'm Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God: Further
Confessions of Georgia Nicholson.
Knocked Out by My Nunga-Nungas: Further, Further Confessions of Georgia
Dancing in My Nuddy-Pants: Even Further Confessions of Georgia Nicolson.
Away Laughing on a Fast Camel: Even More Confessions of Georgia Nicolson.
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.