unRequired Reading Blog
I found some titles that I believe you might enjoy.
The Princess Academy by Shannon Hale.
While attending a strict academy for potential princesses with the other
girls from her mountain village, fourteen-year-old Miri discovers
unexpected talents and connections to her homeland.
The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden.
The adventures of a country cricket who unintentionally arrives in New
York and is befriended by Tucker Mouse and Harry Cat.
The Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins.
After reading about the book, it seems like the author does a good job of balancing the grief and sorrow that Dulcie feels with a sense of hope and humor. Based on this, I came up with some titles that I hope you will like.
Julia’s Kitchen by Brenda A. Ferber.
When her mother and younger sister are killed in a house fire, Cara struggles to find a way to deal with her emotions and to reach out to her grieving father.
Rules by Cynthia Lord.
Trickster's Choice is the first book in her series, Daughter of the Lioness.
You might want to look into reading the sequel, Trickster's Queen.
Meanwhile, I've listed 3 other books below that you may enjoy.
The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman.
In nineteenth-century London, sixteen-year-old Sally, a recent orphan,
becomes involved in a deadly search for a mysterious ruby.
Having liked the book, The Key by Marianne Curley, here are some other titles you might enjoy reading.
Having liked the book, Princess Academy by Shannon Hale, here are some other titles you might enjoy reading.
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.
The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine.
With her adventurous sister, Meryl, suffering from the the Grey death meek and timid Princess Addie sets out to find a cure.
Since you enjoyed Goose Girl by Shannon Hale, you might like to know that there is a sequel:
Enna Burning by Shannon Hale.
Enna hopes that her new knowledge of how to wield fire will help protect
her good friend Isi--the Princess Anidori--and all of Bayern against
their enemies, but the need to burn is uncontrollable and puts Enna and
her loved ones in grave danger.
Here are some other titles about princesses that you might
The Princetta by Anne-Laure Bondoux.
Here are some other books with
strong characters and family relationships/issues that I think you may
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.
The struggle of three brothers to stay together after their parent's
death and their quest for identity among the conflicting values of their
Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going.
You may want to read some other books by Tamora Pierce, if
you haven't already. Here are some other suggestions:
The Edge of the Sword by Rebecca Tingle.
In ninth-century Britain, fifteen-year-old Aethelflaed, daughter of King
Alfred of West Saxony, finds she must assume new responsibilities much
sooner than expected when she is betrothed to Ethelred of Mercia in
order to strengthen a strategic alliance against the Danes.
Bella at Midnight by Diane Stanley.
Here are some other
books with a mix of magic, fantasy, family, adventure, and/or mythology
that I think you may like:
Pirate Curse (Wave Walkers, book 1) by Kai Meyer.
In a place similar to the 1706 Caribbean, two fourteen-year-old
"polliwogs"--humans who can walk on water--rely on a mysterious figure
known as the Ghost Trader and a band of pirates to help them escape from
the evil that is chasing them.
The Night Tourist by Katherine Marsh.
Here are a few other suggestions of books that I think you might like:
The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot.
Fourteen-year-old Mia, who is trying to lead a normal life as a teenage girl in New York City, is shocked to learn that her father is the Prince of Genovia, a small European principality, and that she is a princess and the heir to the throne. (This is the first in the Princess series by Meg Cabot, who has written lots of other books that you may enjoy as well).