Summer Reading for Girls, ages 10-14

Finding books that my two oldest girls - ages 10 and 13 - want to read is very, very difficult. Classics are too old. Historical fiction is too historical. Biographies are too boring. Fantasy or sci-fi is too boy. So what are my daughters reading this summer?  Thanks to Zondervan, we have put together an awesome pile of fun books full of great characters that demonstrate Christian character while solving mysteries, looking fabulous and figuring out how to be a good friend.

Here they are! We have:

Body & Soul by Bethany Hamilton and Dustin Dillberg (available from Zondervan for $19.99). I've already reviewed this one here so I won't go into a ton of detail. But just in case you don't have time to click over, this is a great book for girls as they're turning into young women. It discusses eating habits, attitude, exercise and more but all with the understanding that God created each girl to be different and unique. I would recommend this book for girls ages 11+. It may be a lot of information for 10 or even 11 year olds, but it's certainly nothing inappropriate. I think even older teens would enjoy this book.

Raising The Bar by Gabrielle Douglas (available from Zondervan for $19.99). This is another one I have a full review of available here. This book is a great one for bringing along to a picnic or poolside. My daughters like to flip through it, looking at the pictures and reading the clips from Twitter.  I would recommend this book for girls of any age, but especially 10-14.

                                                                                                                                                                                                         The Good News Shoes series by Jill Osborne is a new offering from Zondervan. Each book retails for $7.99 and is around 240 pages. The books are all about Riley Mae Hart and the adventures she has when she becomes the spokesperson for the Swiftriver Shoe Company's new outdoor sports collection. Shoes, friends, outdoors, mystery and a bit of danger? Perfect! The books follow Riley Mae on adventurous photo shoots for her new job while she's also trying to figure out how to talk to her friends about God, how to keep her parents happy and how to stay out of danger! Riley Mae is in seventh grade, but I would say these books are great for girls ages 10-12.

The Samantha Sanderson series by Robin Caroll is another new series from Zondervan. They retail for $8.99 and are around 250 pages. Samantha is a middle school cheerleader that dreams of following in her mom's footsteps and becoming a journalist. For now, she works on her school news paper. Along with her friend Makayla, Sam solves mysteries and writes about them, while trying to be a good friend and make Godly choices. Although Sam is also a seventh grader, I would say this book is a bit more mature than The Good News Shoes series. One of the books deals with bullying and has some discussions questions at the back of the book.  There is also a lot of tech talk in this one - texting, etc. This isn't a big deal in our house, but I thought it was worth mentioning. My 13 year old is devouring these books. I would recommend them for girls ages 12-14.

Andi Unexpected by Amanda Flower is a hardcover book that retails for $10.99. From the Zondervan site:

 The first in a new middle-grade mystery series, in Andi Unexpected, twelve-year-old Andi Boggs, discovers evidence of her forgotten namesake, a missing relative, which leads her into a family mystery rooted in the Great Depression. 

Andora "Andi" Boggs is dealing with some more serious topics as well. The book starts as Andi and her older sister Bethany are being dropped off to live with their eccentric aunt after the death of their parents. While Andi gets caught up in the family mystery surrounding another Andora Boggs from generations earlier, there is still an element of mourning through the book especially from Bethany. Andi and her friend Colin spend their time researching the mysterious Andora from the Great Depression. There is less talk of God or living for Him in this book.  I would recommend this book for ages 12+. 


So there you have it. These are the new books my daughters will be reading. And as much as they love new books, I love the classics. I'd love for them to each read one this summer. If you were going to add one classic book to this list, what would it be and why?

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{I received these books from Zondervan in exchange for a review. A good review was not guaranteed and all opinions are my own.}