unRequired Reading Blog
Does My Head Look Big In This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah.
Australian 11th-grader Amal is smart, funny, outspoken, a good student, and a loyal friend. She is also a devout Muslim who decides to wear the hijab, or head covering, full-time. The story tells of her emotional and spiritual journey as she copes with a mad crush on a boy, befriends an elderly Greek neighbor, and tries to help a friend who aspires to be a lawyer but whose well-intentioned mother is trying to force her to leave school and get married.
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares.
Here are some other books that have danger, intrigue and some romance (or at
H.I.V.E. Higher Institute of Villainous Education by Mark Walden.
Swept away to a hidden academy for training budding evil geniuses, Otto,
a brilliant orphan, Wing, a sensitive warrior, Laura, a shy computer
specialist, and Shelby, an infamous jewel thief, plot to beat the odds
and escape the prison known as H.I.V.E.
Thieves Like Us by Stephen Cole.
If you like the Gossip Girl series, you
might want to try some of these:
Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson.
Three teenaged girls from very different backgrounds, thrown together to
pick peaches in a Georgia orchard, spend a summer in pursuit of the
right boy, the truest of friends, and the perfect peach.
Au Pairs: a Novel by Melissa de la Cruz.
If you liked the passion between Edward and Bella in New Moon you might
try one of these. The first three are horror or fantasy, and the last
two are just good love stories!
The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause.
A mysterious teenage boy harboring a dark secret helps Zoe come to terms
with her mother's terminal illness.
Haunted: A Tale of the Mediator by Meg Cabot.
Let me tell you about a few others that might appeal to
What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones.
Meet Sophie. She sees herself as the too-tall "Mount Everest of teenage
girls," who, along with her friends, often suffers from "lackonookie
disease." She's dating smoky, sexy Dylan, covertly chatting online with
"cybersoul"-mate Chaz, and secretly nursing a crush on sweet, geeky
Murphy. If you like this one, it has a sequel called What My Girlfriend
Here are some other suggestions since you like the Drama High
and It Chicks series:
Flyy Girl by Omar Tyree.
Growing up in the flamboyant 1980's, Tracy Ellison is a smart and
charming teenager who uses her good looks to attract any boy she wants.
With a life of promiscuity as she approaches womanhood, she learns
valuable lessons that impels her to examine her reckless lifestyle.
Coldest Winter Ever by Sistah Souljah.
Here are some other titles you might enjoy reading.
Fablehaven by Brandon Mull.
When Kendra and Seth go to stay at their grandparents' estate, they
discover that it is a sanctuary for magical creatures and that a battle
between good and evil is looming.
The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray.
Here are some titles that I think you might enjoy.
The author of Jeremy Fink wrote another book that you might enjoy:
A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass.
Afraid that she is crazy, thirteen-year-old Mia, who sees a special
color with every letter, number, and sound, keeps this a secret until
she becomes overwhelmed by school, changing relationships, and the loss
of something important to her.
Tunnels by Roderick Gordon.
I found some titles that I believe you might enjoy.
The Princess Academy by Shannon Hale.
While attending a strict academy for potential princesses with the other
girls from her mountain village, fourteen-year-old Miri discovers
unexpected talents and connections to her homeland.
The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden.
The adventures of a country cricket who unintentionally arrives in New
York and is befriended by Tucker Mouse and Harry Cat.
The Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins.
After reading about the book, it seems like the author does a good job of balancing the grief and sorrow that Dulcie feels with a sense of hope and humor. Based on this, I came up with some titles that I hope you will like.
Julia’s Kitchen by Brenda A. Ferber.
When her mother and younger sister are killed in a house fire, Cara struggles to find a way to deal with her emotions and to reach out to her grieving father.
Rules by Cynthia Lord.