unRequired Reading Blog
Having liked the book, The Key by Marianne Curley, here are some other titles you might enjoy reading.
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.
I hope you enjoy reading some of these books:
Doppelganger / Pete Hautman and Mary Logue.
Summary: High school newspaper reporter Roni finds an age-progressed
photograph on a missing children's website of a boy that looks just like
her sidekick Brian, throwing the pair into an investigation of Brian's
past and family heritage.
Good enough / Paula Yoo.
Here are some other books that I think
you may like.
A Bad Boy Can be Good for a Girl by Tanya Lee Stone.
Josie, Nicolette, and Aviva all get mixed up with a senior boy who can
talk them into doing almost anything he wants. In a blur of high school
hormones and personal doubt, each girl struggles with how much to give
up and what ultimately to keep for herself.
What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones.
Sophie describes her relationships with a series of boys as she searches
for Mr. Right.
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.
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.
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
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.