unRequired Reading Blog
If you like The Midinghters by Scott Westerfeld, you may like these titles. If you haven’t read the rest of the books in the trilogy, you’ll definitely want to start there (Touching Darkness is #2 and Blue Noon is #3). Here are some other books with magical aspects and teens doing cool things:
Here are some suggestions to try…
Remembering Raquel by Vivian Vandevelde.
Various people recall aspects of the life of Raquel Falcone, an unpopular, overweight freshman at Quail Run High School, including classmates, her parents, and the driver who struck and killed her as she was walking home from an animated film festival.
Cures for Heartbreak by Margo Rabb.
Because you liked Forever in Blue: the Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood, you may also enjoy these books:
TTYL - by Lauren Myracle.
Chronicles, in "instant message" format, the day-to-day experiences, feelings, and plans of three friends, Zoe, Maddie, and Angela, as they begin tenth grade. This book also has a sequel, TTFN.
The Shadow Thieves by Anne Ursu is part of a series (The Chronus Chronicles) so you may be interested in book 2, The Siren Song, if you haven’t already read it. Since you mentioned liking historical fiction and since The Shadow Thieves (and Percy Jackson) have mythology, I’ve included some books below that have both of these and also a couple with a little fantasy/magic. Here are some other books that I hope you will like:
You were looking for historical fiction, for teens but also possibly for adults. Since Angels Watching Over Me is also a Christian fiction title, I included a few YA books in that category as well.
It depends on what elements of sociology and psychology and what ages/grades you are interested in. However, here are some that you
might find useful for teens of various ages (both Giles and Hautman tend to write psychological fiction for teens). I hope these help--
Invisible by Pete Hautman (mental illness).
Doug and Andy are unlikely best friends--one a loner obsessed by his model trains, the other a popular student involved in football and
theater--who grew up together and share a bond that nothing can sever.
Here are three titles I hope you might enjoy.
Lily Dale: Awakening by Wendy Corsi Staub.
When seventeen-year-old Calla's mother suddenly dies, she goes to stay with her psychic grandmother in Lily Dale, a spiritualist community in western New York, where she discovers some disconcerting secrets about her practical, down-to-earth mother, and realizes that she herself may also have some psychic abilities.
If you like Confessions of a NOT IT Girl by Melissa Kantor, you may like these books:
Flavor of the Week by Tucker Shaw.
Cyril, an overweight boy who is good friends with Rose but wishes he could be more, helps his best friend Nick woo her with culinary masterpieces which Cyril himself secretly creates. Includes recipes from the story.
One Hot Second: Stories About Desire edited by Cathy Young.
A collection of eleven stories by award-winning authors that explore the many varieties of teenage desire, including first crushes, first kisses, and first times.
I have some suggestions if you liked A Walk to Remember, and The Notebook.
A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly.
In 1906, sixteen-year-old Mattie, determined to attend college and be a writer against the wishes of her father and fiance, takes a job at a summer inn where she discovers the truth about the death of a guest. Based on a true story.
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray.
Have you also read Garden of the Purple Dragon and Dragon Moon also by Carole Wilkinson?
Here are some other titles I think you may enjoy:
In an interview, Carol Wilkinson said she was reading The Amulet of Samarkand and was enjoying it immensely.
The Amulet of Samarakand by Jonathon Stroud.
Nathaniel, a magician's apprentice, summons up the djinni Bartimaeus and instructs him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the powerful magician Simon Lovelace.
Dragon's Keep by Janet Lee Carey.