Recommendations for a 12 year old, strong female main characters needed

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  1. Ephrem Elpidius

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    HI everyone,

    my 12 year old cousin just finished Skyward, she was asking me what other books to read. I mentioned Artemis Fowl and she said she didn't like him (made me laugh a little, he is a bit of a different persona than usual).

    Can you all recommend anything?

    Harry Potter is her all time favorite series, Skyward is a close second (maybe even tying Harry Potter for her), and that is all she has read so far. She only recently started reading, so I want to steer her in the right path. I still think she is too young for Mistborn, maybe around age 14 for that. SHe is a bit timid and shy, has type 1 diabetes, and struggles a lot with self-confidence. I think Skyward might have helped her, so I want to keep trying to give her recommendations with female leads, but I just don't know what is good for that age? I feel like Mistborn is too brutal/gore towards the end, and she won't like that and I am not sure her parents would approve.

    Any recommendations would be greatly welcome, or advice in general! I'm just happy there is someone in my family who likes to read still... out of 90+ people there are only 3 of us still...
     
  2. Leira Galene

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    Tamora Pierce! Any of her series would be perfect, although the Alanna quartet is probably the easiest one to start with.

    Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull is another good option. The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer has a male MC but I had similar taste to her at that age and still loved it.

    I am positive I have a TON of more recommendations, so I will add more in the morning.
     
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    I saw the thread title and thought this!!

    Does she prefer fantasy or is she okay with other genres? I probably have a list I can make as well.
     
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    I only have the information I have shared already, I don't see this cousin particularly often, I do know she loves ART, at family reunions she is too shy to socialize and goes off on her own and paints (oil on canvas, etc) like actual painting, not crayola stuff. I think if I recommend her almost anything with a lot of enthusiasm she will give it a try, she trusts my judgement now thanks to Skyward recommendation. I'm willing to research any of your recommendations and have a list to go over with her to see if anything particular catches her eye. I know November 26th she is coming to my house to pick up the sequel to Skyward, I pre-ordered it, and told her she has dibs and gets to read it first. :joy


    this made me laugh :rofl Hope you are resting well, I appreciate this! Thanks!
     
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    Here are some of my recommendations. I don't know what the new stuff for mid-grade is nowadays but these are books I liked when I was younger and think are still good.

    Little House on the Prairie (series) by Laura Ingalls Wilder
    Enchanted Forest Chronicles (series) by Patricia C. Wrede
    Howl's Moving Castle (can be standalone but there are technically 3 in the series) by Dianna Wynne Jones
    Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
    Any Robin McKinley but my favourites are The Blue Sword and Beauty
    Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

    If I was going to pick absolutely only 1, I would choose Enchanted Forest Chronicles. The first one is called Dealing With Dragons.
     
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    Oh yes how could I forget Robin McKinley! The Blue Sword and The Hero and the Crown were hugely formative for me around that age. I second all of Juliya's suggestions :)

    I am a big fan of this age range type fantasy, honestly. There's a lot of it that's very well written and just so much fun to read.
    Percy Jackson series - male MC but she might really like Annabeth, the main secondary character, who wants to be an architect, since she likes art. And they are 12 in the first book
    Inkheart by Caroline Funke was especially dear to me as a young girl who loved to read, as that's who the MC is
    The Squire's Tales series by Gerald Morris are a humorous, age-appropriate take on Arthurian stories, several of them have female leads
    The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett - I didn't read this until last year but dearly wish I had read it when I was a young teenager
    Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine - the book is way better than the movie
    Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman is a diary of a girl in medieval England dealing with unwanted suitors. I remember finding it hilarious and it's pretty historically accurate.

    Looking through my Goodreads shelves, those are probably the ones I would recommend. When I was that age, I found a lot of books I loved just by walking through the library and pulling covers that looks interesting. Going to the library together might be a lot of fun!
     
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    The Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare
     
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    If she likes YA and apocalyptic genre, Hunger Games, The Testing or Divergent. Though compared to Skyward, those "worlds" is not as comprehensive :look
     
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    Thank you everyone, this is appreciated immensely. I am going to bookmark all of these in a special folder and have her go down the list with me reading descriptions and we are going to see if anything interests her. Then create a reading list, we are so lucky because if our Public Library doesn't have a book they will order it for us we just have to wait a few months.
     
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    I'm not the best at judging what age a book is suited for, but you should check out His dark materials if you haven't done so yet. I've only read The golden compass, but I liked it.

    I love Skyward :clap
     
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    His Dark Materials gets VERY dark after the first book :look
    And the storytelling goes down several notches too :(
     
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    I agree with Patricia C. Wrede’s Enchanted Forest Chronicles! In the first book the female lead decides she doesn’t want to be a stereotypical princess and runs away to live with dragons.
     
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    The Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander. The Belgariad, The Mallorean, Begarath the Sorcerer, and Polgara the Sorceress by David and Leigh Eddings.
     
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    Seconding Prydain Chronicles.

    Also Madeleine L'Engle. The Time Quartet is her best known, but also the Arm of the Starfish, Troubling a Star, and A House like a Lotus were amazing for me at that age. Deals with some adult themes (death, loss, sex) but in an age appropriate way.
     
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    The Paper Magician so far seems like it could be good :)
     
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    I loved all her books :love
     
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    Princess Eilonwy! :D