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11:24 pm: Ghost Story

Hey, while you are voting for me, page down and vote for Ghost Story, too. It is a REALLY good book.



Originally posted to Welcome to Arhyalon. (link)


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Date:March 23rd, 2012 08:54 am (UTC)
Hey, could you do ME a huge favor? I need a list of young adult books that would be appropriate for a 12 year old Orthodox Jewish girls. They've already read all of the Harry Potter books.

I'm hoping for something with limited violence (that's only needed to further the plot). Romance is kind of OK, but no physical stuff. These girls are quite aware of boys, but they are still very shy about their own pubescence and are not ready to deal with dating or crushes.

My friends (the moms) would be extremely grateful, and I have no idea what's out there that's good these days.

No hurry, but if you could PM me with some suggestions it would be awesome.

Thanks, and G-d bless!
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Date:March 23rd, 2012 11:36 am (UTC)
I will pass the question onto my teen librarian friend. Off hand, have they tried Percy Jackson and the other books by that author? Those are good!
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Date:March 26th, 2012 03:12 am (UTC)
Here you go. This is from:http://carbonelle.livejournal.com/

Happy to help. I'm going to use the HP books as a benchmark for what's an acceptable level of violence (Hunger Games would be right out)

Jessica Day George's books are good, especially the Dragon Slippers series and THE PRINCESS OF THE MIDNIGHT BALL. The sequel PRINCESS OF GLASS has a scene where the evil Cinderella (yes, she went bad. But she's redeemed by the end of the book) has to put her foot into a magically molten glass slipper. The author uses hitchcockian methods to imply how horrible it must have been so it's not graphic but is effectively aweful. I recommend previewing the scene first if you have a sensitive kid.

There's a new series called THE FAMILIARS (Adam Epstein) which is kind of a mild rip-off of a Harry Potter adventure, except the hero/heroines are all the familiar pets (cat, bluejay, frog) of the kid wizards. V. good fun. There's supposed to be a 3D animated movie coming out in 2014.

The CHARLIE BONE series is another Harry Potter rip off - set in the U.S.A. but most of the younger (9-12) year old fans don't care as it's a v. well done rip off.

I haven't read these myself as they are young - but a lot of 6th & 7th graders I know swear by Patrick Carman's Land of Elyon series. Book 1 is INTO THE MIST I've read several of his YA books and the sex, language & violence are completely in bounds, despite dealing with issues that really are appropriate only for teens (I wouldn't recommend his teen novels for sensitive kids *at all*)

SEPTIMUS HEAP by Flyte is good fun.


Lloyd Alexander's Chronicles of Prydain (THE BOOK OF THREE = book 1) are wonderful. Alex just plowed through those and loved them esp.

Anything by Nicholas Stuart Grey

Anything by Zenna Henderson

Don't forget Diana Wynne Jones! A great book to start Harry Potter fans off with is WITCH WEEK.

Andre Norton wrote some great reads with female characters where there is a romantic element, but it's based on friendship/partnership rather than Teh Hawtness/SEXXORS. Note that Norton was prolific, and not all of her titles are equally good fun (none cross the line sexually, but a couple have elements of horror that might trouble a very sensitve child: NIGHT OF MASKS, OR DREAD COMPANION & at least one short story: "The Toads of Grimmerdale" -ick!)



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Date:April 1st, 2012 03:03 pm (UTC)
If you don't mind a suggestion, I'd offer Ella Enchanted, Fairest, and The Two Princesses of Bamarre, all by Gail Carson Levine. The first two are fairy tale retellings (Of Cinderella and Snow White, respectively,) and are funny and sweet. The third is about a princess who has to go on a quest to help her sick sister. There's a romantic element, but its more based on friendship than anything else, and there's nothing inappropriate about it. There's some violence in Two Princesses, but nothing really graphic.
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Date:April 1st, 2012 09:07 pm (UTC)
thanks for weighing in!
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