unRequired Reading Blog
Angus, Thongs And Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison.
Presents the humorous journal of a year in the life of a fourteen-year-old British girl who tries to reduce the size of her nose, stop her mad cat from terrorizing the neighborhood animals, and win the love of handsome hunk Robbie. [first in a series]
My Life And Hard Times by James Thurber.
His story, "The Night the Bed Fell on Father," never fails to make me laugh.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.