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A Reading List for Preteen/Early-Teen Girls


Yesterday I created a reading list for my older daughter. She loves to read, but gets little direction on what to read. She’ll be starting seventh grade in the fall, and I thought it was time I get her going in the right direction.

The list I created is a mix of popular stuff, classics, historic, worldly. All fiction, this list. There’s a couple of brand new, some older, some from my years. A feware a probably a little challenging for her, but I figure the challenge is okay. If it’s too much, she can come back later.

For every three books she reads, she earns either a Frappuccino or an ice cream treat. She has to summarize the book and its characters: either in writing or orally. If she wants to get creative, that’s okay, too.

So, I’ve decided to share it with you all. In the next couple of days I will create one for boys as well (I’ve had a couple of requests).

Summer Reading List for Preteen/Early Teen Girls

  • The Summer Before Boys–Nora Raleigh Baskin
  • Saint Anything–Sara Dessen
  • Homecoming–Cynthia Voigt
  • Anne Frank–The Diary of a Young Girl
  • To Kill a Mockingbird–Harper Lee
  • Tuck Everlasting–Natalie Babbitt
  • Out of the Dust–Karen Hesse
  • The Secret Garden-Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe–Fannie Flag
  • Harry Potter (any or all)-JK Rowling
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn/The Adventures of Tom Sawyer–Mark Twain
  • The Hobbit –JRR Tolkien
  • Where The Red Fern Grows–Wilson Rawls
  • Cry The Beloved Country–Alan Paton
  • The Power of One–Bryce Courtenay
  • The Chronicles of Narnia–any or all–CS Lewis
  • Summer of My German Soldier–Bette Green
  • I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings–Maya Angelou
  • The Outsiders–SE Hinton
  • Wuthering Heights–Emily Bronte
  • Jane Eyre–Charlotte Bronte
  • Pride and Prejudice–Jane Austen
  • Lord of the Flies–William Golding
  • Of Mice and Men–John Steinbeck
  • Wildwood–Colin Meloy & nCarson Ellis
  • Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children/Hollow City–Ransom Riggs

Do you have any suggestions? Any I should add? Let me know what you all think!

Keep reading and GO! Summer!!!!



I love to read; writing is my outlet. My blog is my way to combine the two, with a some life stories thrown in for good measure.

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