I am 13. Please suggest some novels that I should read - perhaps some mystery novels if you know of some.
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I am not a big science fiction fan, but I loved the series by Orson Scott Card entitled Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow. These are well written, meaningful, and very visual novels. The are told about children being manipulated by adults, but for a rather important reason. Ender's Shadow is the same story as Ender's Game, but it's told from a different perspective, and so it's an entirely different novel.
I try to keep lists of things my students enjoy in different years of high school. Girls in 9th grade (well, in most all grades) seem to love Nicholas Sparks. Though romance is his forte, he always includes some sort of a plot twist that keeps the reader turning pages just like in a mystery.
Other titles that have come up and been passed around are:
- Sara Shepard Pretty Little Liar series (teen drama)
- Artemis Fowl series (well liked fantasy books)
- Speak and Winter Girls by Laurie Anderson
- Jodi Piccoult is a popular author among many women in general who writes page-turning books (not necessarily mysteries, but again, keeps you reading and usually a major revelation right at the end).
Suzanne Collins is enjoying immense popularity with her The Hunger Games trilogy (Catching Fire and Mockingjay are the 2nd and 3rd novels). With a quick glance at the cover jacket you think they sound violent, brutal, and depressing -- the novel is set in a distopian future of the what used to be the United States, and the hunger games is actually a yearly contest to the death of 24 young people. But once you start to read, you quickly see the depth of the characters and what they stand for. Katniss Everdeen, the young heroine of the series, is someone to cheer-on!
At the risk of sounding old-fashioned, the Nancy Drew mystery series might something that is engaging and interesting for you. Great mystery stories are timeless. I loved reading Nancy Drew novels when I was 13.
If your parents are OK with it, I'll bet you would love the Twilight series of novels. They tell a wonderful love story with a supernatural twist, and I would recommend them to my own daughter if she were 13. Millions of young women (and adult women) have loved these books.
I agree with the lynnebh. The fact that you're asking for something worthwhile to read tells me you are capable of reading the best things, not just the popular things. It's difficult to know exactly what a ninth-grader has already read, but the list above is a good start. I have several to add to the list:
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli is a perfect read for a teenage girl (or boy, for that matter) because it's a reminder that being unique is not a bad thing at a time when trying to "fit in" seems so important.
Peace like a River by Leif Enger is another good read and is narrated by a girl about your your age. She's precocious and witty and lives some rather dramatic events about which she writes.
Blue Hole Back Home by Joy Jordan-Lake is also narrated by a young girl, and this book also addresses the value of every person, not just those who happen to look like everyone else.
Madeleine L'Engle has written several outstanding works for young people, as well. (I must confess, I still enjoy reading her work.)
Best of luck with your reading!
Since you are only 13 and asked for novels, I would suggest you begin reading some well-written, classic novels that you can begin adding to your novel repertoire as you advance through high school. There are all sorts of wonderful novels. Do not limit yourself to "chick lit" however, or even mysteries. Mysteries are enjoyable, but don't limit yourself. If you have not already read the following novels, these are good ones to start with and many feature girls and teen girls but are also considered great literature.
To Kill a Mockingbird
Jacob Have I Loved
The Lovely Bones
The Secret Life of Bees
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
The Hiding Place
Number the Stars
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
These are just a few. Perhaps other teachers will respond and send you their favorites. I suggest you read about these novels here on eNotes to get an idea of what they are about.
Also, you might consider moving your question to a discussion board. I moved it into the "Literature" group because I thought you might get more responses that way.
i think you will love David Almond's "SKELLIG" its about a boy who was depressed and problematic because of stuffs in school and his family especially his ill sister, until he found a creature…Unknown if it’s a beast or an angel. And before he knew it, all the problems were gone, a new hope has come. Suddenly, the creature—“Skellig” is gone, leaving him questions and enlightenment at the same time! This story is exciting, very realistic although with an element of mystery, full of emotions as well.
Another is “Heaven Eyes”, also by David Almond. It’s about Erin, an orphaned girl who lost her mom during childhood; she sees the world as an ugly place, there’s plenty of negative thoughts and hatred in her mind. She wants some excitement in the boring and suffocating orphanage, that she made an escape, a journey with two equally interesting characters. Until they found a strange place… and met the character of GRAMPA and “Heaven Eyes”, who later on changed their lives…
As you read on either writings of David Almond, you will also encounter plenty of quotable lines like: “We come into the world out of the dark. We haven't got a clue where we've come from. We've got no idea where we're going. But while we're here in the world, if we're brave enough, we flap our wings and fly.”—Erin (Heaven Eyes)
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