Best Books For Tween Girls

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Every parent remembers when their child begins to read on their own. We sit on couches and snuggled on laps as our children first start to sound-out small simple words until one day, they can read a full book.

As the years pass their reading progresses and the love of books becomes a bond between parent and child…until finally your child reaches an age where you realize you are sharing books, looking for the book you were reading because somebody else has borrowed it, and giving each other book reviews and book reading ideas.

Now that my oldest daughter is a tween, I find we share not only a love of books  – but a love of enjoying many of the same authors.

I asked my daughter to give me a list of her FIVE current favorites. She actually made me a list of 25 books. I wish I could include them all!

5 Books Your Tween Girls Will Love

Because of Winn DixieThis is Kate DiCamillio's debut book and one of our favorites.Ten-year-old Opal, lonely in the Florida town where she has just moved with her preacher father, instantly takes a shine to a scraggly stray dog she encounters in the local Winn-Dixie supermarket. The pooch, named for their meeting place, becomes a trusted companion with whom Opal can share her thoughts and fears, and her hurt, confused feelings about the mother who left the family when Opal was three.”

The Invention of Hugo CabretAn amazing story by Brian Selznick – “Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo's undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy.

Island of the Blue DolphinA classic that will be enjoyed by all ages by Scott O'Dell –  “This is the story of Karana, the Indian girl who lived alone for years on the Island of the Blue Dolphins. Year after year, she watched one season pass into another and waited for a ship to take her away.

Princess AcademyBy Shannon Hale – “Miri lives on a mountain where, for generations, her ancestors have quarried stone and lived a simple life. Then word comes that the king's priests have divined her small village the home of the future princess. In a year's time, the prince himself will come and choose his bride from among the girls of the village. The king's ministers set up an academy on the mountain, and every teenage girl must attend and learn how to become a princess.”

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In Search of Mockingbird By Loretta Ellsworth. We both loved this book with the connection form between mother and daughter.  “A book is all that connects Erin to her mother, who died when she was a baby. But how much can Erin really learn about her mother from a tattered copy of To Kill a Mockingbird? On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, Erin decides it's finally time to find out. And so begins her bus journey from Minnesota to Alabama in search of Harper Lee, the reclusive author of Mockingbird.”

Rules for Secret KeepingBy Lauren Barnholdt – this is one of those totally tween books about the drama that envolves around middle school students. I loved this sort of storyline when I was my daughter's age and love the way Ms. Barnholdt lets this story unfold. 

Do you have some favorite books for tween girls to add to the list?

Image via Tracy Morrison 

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Best Books For Tween Girls

Tracy Morrison is a work-at-home mom to three daughters. After spending 15 years in the corporate marketing and sales world while traveling the world, she decided she was up to a bigger challenge and her children now fill her days with love, challenges, laughter and humility. Tracy started her personal blog Sellabit Mum in 2008 to document the lighter side of her parenting journey. She also works in the fashion industry and is a contributing writer at Savvy Sassy Moms. Her writing has also ... More

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3 comments

  1. DawnRichter says:

    Baby Sitter’s Club. Period.

  2. LadyP says:

    The Island of the Blue Dolphin is great! I loved reading that book over and over.
    Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume is a must read for every tween girl for generations. Well pretty much anything by Judy Blume
    The Face on the Milk Carton Series by Caroline B. Cooney is great too.

  3. Alison Lee says:

    They all sound great, I think I want to grab a couple for myself!

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