unRequired Reading Blog
Since you enjoyed Bloomability by Sharon Creech, and also books by Libba Bray, I have sent along a list of books that I hope you will enjoy just as much. Thank you for letting us know why you liked particular books as this helps us to make selections for you.
Did you know that A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray is the first in a series? The second book is Rebel Angels and the third is The Sweet Far Thing. You might want to check those books out as well.
The Ruby in the Smoke / by Philip Pullman.
Here are some more titles with action and adventure that I think you may like.
Bearstone by Will Hobbs.
Fourteen-year-old Ute Indian Cloyd Atcitty has grown up without parents or schooling. Later taken into the Colorado mountains to live with an old rancher, Cloyd secretly renames himself Lone Bear and calls upon the strength of his ancestors--first to battle his own hostilities and finally to discover the magical power of friendship.
Island of the Loons by Dayton Hyde.
I am glad that you enjoyed Pendragon.
Now you will want to continue through the series.
The next book is
Pendragon The Lost City of Faar.
The Princess and the Hound By Mette Ivie Harrison.
George has always felt burdened by his princely duties, and even more by the need to hide the magic through which he speaks with animals, but when he is betrothed to the strange princess of a neighboring kingdom, his secret, and the persecution of people like himself, must come to an end.
Tales from the Brothers Grimm and Sisters Weird By Vivian Vande Velde.
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.