Fun Reading Material for a 13 yr old Girl-

DeLiah - posted on 11/03/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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I have a 13 yr. old daughter...she is not into reading...I have tried to get her books that are fun and interesting...but not having much luck- She is not in to the Twilight Series...so if there are any books that can be suggested that are fun, make you think...or have a sense of humor ( good clean humor) that would be great !

Thanks! :)

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Karen - posted on 11/05/2009

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How about "A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeleine l'Engle? There's a series of these books too, the library will be able to help you. All the ideas above are excellent!
Another thing I thought of- how about reading to her? She may not be a strong reader, so that's what puts her off. If you read to her, and make it a mother/daughter time, it might get her really interested in finding out more of the books- and she might pick one up herself one day!

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Beth - posted on 11/08/2009

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There is a magazine designed for pre teens called Kiki I saw it at the International Reading convention last year and ordered it for my daughter she loves it. Also there are lots of "fary tales" like Farest, Just Ella that my daughter like as well

Deanna - posted on 11/06/2009

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Can I can suggest some magazines. My 13 yr old daughter loves girls life and seventeen. Once she started reading those she read the entire twighlight series and i know what you you did last summer. it just got her interested in some of the "girl" things. she is so in love with jacob from twight now.

Marita - posted on 11/06/2009

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My son is older now, but when he was about your daughters age, he was the same way. Karen's idea of reading to her is great. What I did with my son is that he would read one page and then I would read the next one. Eventually, when he became more confident, he would read 2, sometimes 3 pages without realizing it. It got to the point that he was reading to me. He is 18 now and has been an avid reader for a few years now.

Denise - posted on 11/05/2009

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The various trilogies by Gordan Korman, my 13 year old is a reluctant reader and I started by reading a few pages a night of the first book. After a week he was hooked. They are not just for boys as one of the key characters is a girl.

Tracy - posted on 11/05/2009

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My daughter doesn't like reading either, she's 13 too! Try and get some books that either link to a programme she likes or a film, think it helps when they can identify with the characters.

Amy - posted on 11/04/2009

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I had a 12 year old son,he love books since the time he started reading.He love those fantasy books and other teenage books.He has Nancy Drew and Lizzie McGuire also.I've heard from my son's classmates this Hanna Montana books and there is a movie also,maybe you could try it for her .I've seen my son viewed that movie on you tube and it seems interesting to them.Good luck.

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It depends on what level of reading she's on and what she's interested in. If you can either give me some of that info here or message it to me, I'll be happy to see what I can think of and come up with-I'm about to finish a master's degree in children's lit.

Courtney - posted on 11/04/2009

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If she would be interested in fantasy type stuff, the Wheel of Time series has a children's series as well as an adult one. Its a great series! Also the Redwall books are lots of fun.

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I am a teacher, and one of my favorite books is the series called The Dark is Rising, another series that is good is Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. The Dark is Rising series is not difficult to read, the books are fairly short, but VERY good.

Jackie - posted on 11/04/2009

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Thanks for all of the responses! This isn't even my post but I have a terrible time getting my 13 year old to eanjoy reading. She has to for her English clas but it is always such a struggle. I too loved the Judy Blume and Nancy Drew series. Judy Blume really talks about "life" in my opinion and I should have thought about that long ago! Thanks for the input all of you :)

Mary - posted on 11/03/2009

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I loved all of the Judy Blume books and Nancy Drew. There is a series called Peter and the Starcatchers that is really good plus the Harry Potter books are great. Maybe if she tried listening to them on an audiobook while following along in the book. The reader of Harry Potter and Peter and the Starcatchers is really good (Jim Dale) and it makes the stories really interesting. You can download a lot of books free through a lot of public or county libraries.

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Take her to the local library and leave her with the librarian for a little while, let her browse (try to not hang over her shoulders) you may have to visit a few times, but dont pressure her to choose one. Choose a few of your own so she sees someone else and non-chalantly talk about your choices to her like your interested but its no big deal. She'll find her niche and will gravitate to that section each time you go.



I found its best to have them show you without much fuss what they like, all our kids love the library and will go to their own sections (even our non-reader will go to his own section) he cant read that well but he still loves a good book (his favs seem to be anything that could gross me out! lol)



Most kids no matter what age will find something that catches their eye, you just have to know what they like (or at least watch for the tiny clues they give you)

Betsy - posted on 11/03/2009

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You could try S.E Hinton books. I loved them as a young girl, and now my daughter does. Many books like that that have been made into teen movies are great for those that may not be into reading. You could rent the movie, then buy the book, so she may have an interest to learn more about the story, since a book as more detail.



Also the Chicken Soup collection has many books directed for the teenage girl, friends, mom and daughters, etc, and where they are broken up into short stories, they can keep the attention of someone who is not an avid reader. My daughter and her friends love those. One friend had the one for the teen girls and it was passed around. Now they are all buying all the ones for their age. They have good messages, which is a bonus for parents :-)

Taheasha - posted on 11/03/2009

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like what do you want her to read because its alot og good book out there she may not be a reader

Jennifer - posted on 11/03/2009

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Quoting Jennifer:

I really liked the Babysitters' Club series and Wide Awake in DreamLand around that age. Also, the Nancy Drew Series was pretty cool too. (I still like that one!) I was and am a reader, so I had loads of books but now cant think of any other titles/series than those! Good luck!

OH! Since she likes the Twilight series, she might enjoy the Harry Potter one too... just a thought!



Oops!! Just re-read your post she's NOT into Twilight! Sorry! She might still like the H.P. series though...

Jennifer - posted on 11/03/2009

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I really liked the Babysitters' Club series and Wide Awake in DreamLand around that age. Also, the Nancy Drew Series was pretty cool too. (I still like that one!) I was and am a reader, so I had loads of books but now cant think of any other titles/series than those! Good luck!



OH! Since she likes the Twilight series, she might enjoy the Harry Potter one too... just a thought!

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