unRequired Reading Blog

If you like The Series of Unfortunate Events

Here are some other books you may enjoy—some are a bit creepy, some adventurous and a few with orphans and evil relatives!

 

The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke.

Escaping the aunt who wants to adopt only one of them, two orphaned brothers run away from Hamburg to Venice, finding shelter with a gang of street children and their leader, the thirteen-year-old “Thief Lord," while also eluding the detective hired to return them to Germany.

 

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart.

If you like Letters from Rifka by Karen Hesse

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse.

In a series of poems, fifteen-year-old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family's wheat farm in Oklahoma during the dust bowl years of the Depression.

Witness by Karen Hesse.
A series of poems express the views of various people in a small Vermont town, including a young black girl and a young Jewish girl, during the early 1920s when the Ku Klux Klan is trying to infiltrate the town.

Yellow Star by Jennifer Roy.

If You Liked The A-List by Zoey Dean

Here are some other books that I think you may like:

 

The It Girl (series) by Cecily von Ziegesar.

Jenny Humphrey, kicked out of Constance Ballard prep school for being a bad influence, decides she'll do anything to become one of the popular girls at Waverly Academy. (from School Library Journal review).

 

Private (series) by Kate Brian.

If you like So B It by Sarah Weeks

Here are a few more books that I think you may like:

 

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech.

After her mother leaves home suddenly, thirteen-year-old Sal and her grandparents take a car trip retracing her mother's route. Along the way, Sal recounts the story of her friend Phoebe, whose mother also left.

 

Ida B. : and her plans to maximize fun, avoid disaster, and (possibly) save the world by Katherine Hannigan

If you like Until Angels Close My Eyes by Lurlene McDaniel

Until Angels Close My Eyes by Lurlene McDaniel

Did you know that Until Angels Close My Eyes in the last book of a trilogy by Lurlene McDaniel? In case you missed them, here are the first two books:

Angels Watching Over Me
Sixteen-year-old Leah is admitted to the hospital for treatment of a broken finger. Further tests indicate bone cancer. During her stay she meets Ethan, a handsome Amish boy, and is drawn to him despite the difficulties she has understanding his culture.

If you like Bass Ackwards and Belly up by Liz Craft and Sarah Fain

Although I haven't read this title, now that you've brought it to my attention, I want to!
Meanwhile, I have listed four titles below that I hope you might enjoy.

Footfree and Fancyloose: a Novel by Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain. (Rocehlle, it's the sequel to Bass Ackwards and Belly Up!)

Harper, Sophie, and Kate continue to pursue their dreams of writing, acting, and self-discovery through aid work, while their friend Becca explores college and her relationship with her boyfriend, Stuart.

Like Science Fiction? Try these!

hope that you will enjoy reading some of these books.

 

Unwind by Neal Shusterman.
In a future world where those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives "unwound" and their body parts harvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme lengths to uphold their beliefs--and, perhaps, save their own lives.

 

If you like more historical fiction

Cracker! : The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata.

A young soldier in Vietnam bonds with his bomb-sniffing dog.

 

Storm Warriors by Elisa Carbone.

In 1895, after his mother's death, twelve-year-old Nathan moves with his father and grandfather to Pea Island off the coast of North Carolina, where he hopes to join the all-black crew at the nearby lifesaving station, despite his father's objections.

 

Crispin : The Cross of Lead by Avi.

If you like Blue by Joyce Moyer Hostetter

I’m glad you liked Blue by Joyce Moyer Hostetter. The library has many more good historical fiction books. Here are a few you might also enjoy.

 

For Freedom: The Story of a French Spy by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.

Despite the horrors of World War II, a French teenager pursues her dream of becoming an opera singer, which takes her to places where she gains information about what the Nazis are doing--information that the French Resistance needs.

 

The Primrose Way by Jackie French Koller.

If you like books about high school kids

Here are some more titles about high school kids that I hope you will enjoy.

 

Hidden Talents by David Lubar.

When thirteen-year-old Martin arrives at an alternative school for misfits and problem students, he falls in with a group of boys with psychic powers and discovers something surprising about himself.

 

Dairy Queen :a Novel by Catherine Gilbert Murdock.