The quest for the perfect gift continues. Last week we shared a list of ten books that were sure to interest the teen boys in your life, this week we’ve got a list just for the teen girls.
1. If I Stay by Gayle Forman: While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weighs whether to live with her grief or join her family in death.
2. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak: Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel–a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.
3. Hope was Here by Joan Bauer: When sixteen-year-old Hope and the aunt who has raised her move from Brooklyn to Mulhoney, Wisconsin, to work as a waitress and cook in a diner, they become involved with the diner owner’s political campaign to oust the town’s corrupt mayor.
4. Goose Girl by Shannon Hale: On her way to marry a prince she’s never met, Princess Anidori is betrayed by her guards and her lady-in-waiting and must become a goose girl to survive until she can reveal her true identity and reclaim the crown that is rightfully hers.
5. What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen: Following her parents’ bitter divorce, moving from town to town with her father, seventeen-year-old Mclean reinvents herself at each school she attends.
6. True Grit by Charles Portis: In the 1870s, young Mattie Ross learns that her beloved father was gunned down by his former handyman. But even though this gutsy 14-year-old is seeking vengeance, she is smart enough to figure out she can’t go alone after a desperado who’s holed up in Indian territory. With some fast-talking, she convinces mean, one-eyed US Marshal “Rooster” Cogburn into going after the despicable outlaw with her.
7. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli: In this story about the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity, and the thrill of first love, an eccentric student named Stargirl changes Mica High School.
8. It’s a Mall World After All by Janette Rallison: While working at the mall, organizing a school fundraiser, and trying to prove that her best friend’s boyfriend is seeing another girl, high-school student Charlotte’s best intentions always seem to backfire.
9. Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson: Feeling deprived all her life of schooling, friends, mother and even her name by her twin sister, Louise finally begins to find her identity.
10. Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock: After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback for her school’s rival football team, sixteen-year-old D.J. decides to go out for the sport herself, not anticipating the reactions of those around her.