Teen Book Match
Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen.
In alternating chapters, two teenagers describe how their feelings about themselves, each other, and their families have changed over the years.
Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris.
A young man with a mysterious past and a penchant for inventing things leaves the troll who raised him, meets an unhappy princess he has loved from afar, and discovers a plot against her and her father.
Acceleration by Graham McNamee.
Stuck working in the Lost and Found of the Toronto Transit Authority for the summer, seventeen-year-old Duncan finds the diary of a serial killer and sets out to stop him.
Black Mirror by Nancy Werlin.
Convinced her brother's death was murder rather than suicide,
sixteen-year-old Frances begins her own investigation into suspicious
student activities at her boarding school.
Hopefully you will enjoy some these titles, all of which feature a smart female sleuth!
The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer.
Enola, the niece of Sherlock Holmes, is drawn into two mysteries, both surrounding missing persons.
Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett.
When seemingly unrelated and strange events start to happen and a
precious Vermeer painting disappears, Petra and Calder combine their
talents to solve an international art scandal.
Owl in Love also has a bit of fantasy, so I wondered if that is another element that you might like, so I included a few of those. I also included a few light reads, since you mentioned liking that as well. Here are some titles I hope you'll enjoy:
Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause.
Having fallen for a human boy, a beautiful teenage werewolf must battle both her packmates and the fear of the townspeople to decide where she belongs and with whom.
If you haven't already read her
other books like "How to Deal," "That Summer," "The Truth About
Forever," and "Just Listen", you might want to check them out. Also, you might enjoy:
Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer. (and anything by Joan Bauer)
When sixteen-year-old Hope and the aunt who has raised her move from
Brooklyn to Mulhoney, Wisconsin, to work as waitress and cook in the
Welcome Stairways diner, they become involved with the diner owner's
political campaign to oust the town's corrupt mayor.
I'm guessing that you've already read the first one, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (but if you haven't, I would really recommend going back to it).
Here are a few other titles that I think you may like:
Girls in Pants by Ann Brashares.
In the third book in the series, the girls from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants graduate from high school and spend their last summer before college learning about life and themselves. Also, if you'd like to continue with the series, the 4th one is coming out in January, it will be called Forever in Blue.
If you enjoyed Forged by Fire by Sharon Draper, you might like some of these titles.
Begging For Change by Sharon G. Flake.
Raspberry tries to sort out feelings for her homeless, drug-addicted
Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson.
A boy learns to write out his emotions and feelings in poetry as he deal with the death of his parents and separation from his sister.
I am going to suggest some titles based on reviews and also based on comments of other readers. I am also going to take into account what you said you liked about the book. I have asked our library to order some titles by Hillary Frank, so that I can familiarize myself with her work. It is always fun to be introduced to a new author! I hope you will like some of these titles - all from the library's young adult collection.
Here are a few recommendations with a little romance, some happy some a bit sad, one paranormal, and one a beloved classic.
I'd particularly recommend The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray and A Great and Terrible Beauty.
A Nightmare's Dozen: Stories From the Dark illustrated by Michael Hussar edited by Michael Sterns.
Frightening tales from a multitude of authors promise to keep you awake at night.
Cirque Du Freak: A Living Nightmare by Darren Shan.
Two boys who are best friends visit an illegal freak show, where an
encounter with a vampire and a deadly spider forces them to make