Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesBooks & Authors · 1 decade ago

Are there any book suggestions for 12-15 yr olds?

I really wan't to step up my summer reading, but my dad wants me to start reading more "challenging" books, any suggestions?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Reading should first and foremost be fun. Sometimes a challenging read can be fun. Challenging shouldn't equal put you to sleep. Yes, you'll have to read Shakespeare for school--I seem to remember a play being required for each year in high school--but that doesn't mean you have to read his works for "fun."

    Gone With The Wind, Margaret Mitchell

    To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee

    Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery

    The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis

    The Hobbit, Tolkien

    Peter Pan, Barrie

    Peter and The Starcatchers, (Barry and Pearson)

    The Princess Academy, Shannon Hale

    The Diary of Anne Frank, Anne Frank

    The Giver, Lois Lowry

    Holes, Louis Sachar

    The Liberation of Gabriel King, K.L. Going

    Legend of the Wandering King, Laura Gallego Garcia

    Pepperland, Mark DeLaney

    Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson

    The Teacher's Funeral, Richard Peck

    The Schwa Was Here, Neal Shusterman

    The Lightning Thief, Rick Riordan

    Uglies trilogy by Scott Westerfeld (Uglies, Pretties, Specials)

    You might also try reading some young adult nonfiction books. There are some great authors out there on a variety of topics.

  • St N
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Anything by Robert A Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C Clarke is good and the latter two also wrote non-fiction. You might also try some of the 'for the masses' history such as "1066 and all that". Thurber, Mark Twain, Stephen Leacock all were excellent writers. You could also tackle some biographies from the library.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I would say the most innovative, exciting books are being written for your age group--Young Adult or YA. If you liked Harry Potter and are looking for something a step above that, try the "His Dark Materials" trilogy by Philip Pullman. The books are, in order: The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and the Amber Spyglass. They're fantastic! And tell your dad that these were recommended to me by professors at grad school when I was getting my Master's in Library Science. Also, your local public library will have a librarian who specializes in YA material. She/he can recommend some great stuff!

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    What is your favorite topic? What interest you? Do you have some favorite hobbies? Also, think about the movies you liked... where they sci fi or costume/historic? You are your best guide... When I was a kid I loved reading about dinosaurs, so I would pick up books about that topic. I loved the movie Dune, so as a 15yr old I read that. After seeing the movie Pride and Prejudice I went to a bookstore, bought it, and devoured it in a few days. So take some inspiration from you and start reading!

  • 1 decade ago

    It really depends what you like to read about. If you like magic, fantasy, etc... than i suggest Tamora Pierce. I loved and still love reading anything by her. I would start out with her series Alanna or her Wild Magic series.

    Alanna, is about a girl who wants to be a knight. She has to pretend to be a boy to become one since women are not allowed to be knights. The series follows her as she grows up and moves from page to squire to knight and her adventures as a knight. oh, did i mention that she is also a mage?

    Wild Magic is about Dane a girl who can talk to animals and heal them. It also follows her as she grows up and learns to control her gift. This is probably my favorite series because i love animals and i've always wanted to be able to talk to them.

    All of her books are easy to read but not so easy you will be bored by them and you might even be challenged. They also have some good messages in them and ideas that make you think about nature, the relationship that humans have with others, choosing the right path- even if it means going against the norm or excepted, and to keep an open mind because evil is in the eye of the beholder.

    They are a lot of fun to read! I hope you can find something you enjoy and your dad approves of!

  • 1 decade ago

    Most school systems have book lists for summer reading. Check out different school systems on the web. Also, check with your library. They also put out lists of books for reading during the summer months. You may hit on a good book, be it fiction or non-fiction, and find an author you enjoy reading.

    Good luck What are your father's favorite authors?

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Anything by Lurlene McDaniel is pretty good. She writes mostly about teenagers with deadly dieseses, and the books aren't very long.

    The Clique series by Lisi Harrison is also interesting, if you like to read about a group of stuck-up rich girls trying to remain popular in their school. Its very well-written, even if very few people relate to the characters. It does show you that even the rich kids have hard times.

    There's alot of good books i've read this summer, like the 'Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants' series, the 'Princess Diaries' series, 'The It Girl', and the 'Cheetah Girls' series. (I swear, it's nothing like the Disney movie)

    Some good authors are Lois Duncan, C.S. Lewis, J.K. Rowling, Laurie Halse Anderson, Scott Westerfield, and Meg Cabot/Jenny Caroll (Excluding the Princess Diaries series, she also wrote 1-800-Where-R-U? Series and the Mediator Series)

  • 1 decade ago

    Hi there. I'm the author of a new medieval fantasy book that you might like. The title is THE BLACKGLOOM BOUNTY. It's 445 pages of action, adventure, magic, mystery and mayhem. If you like Conan, LOTR or Harry Potter type books, this may be one you'll enjoy. And tell your dad this book is a challenge and that you will appreciate the main characters, both of whom are teenagers.

    Good luck, whatever you decide to read!

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    Library Journal

    "This series a good choice for fans of epic-style sagas and Scottish history."

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    "This terrific medieval fantasy...will elate readers for its fast-paced, action-thrilled story line starring a strong cast."

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  • 1 decade ago

    Try Kite Runner. My son just finished it and found it really exciting and an easy read.

    To Kill a Mockingbird. Harper Lee's only published book is really timely and moves fast for the reader.

    Love in the Time of Cholera. Gabriel Garcia Marquez. A timeless love story.

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