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

Discussion in 'Non-WOT - Literature and Fiction' started by Ephrem Elpidius, Sep 21, 2019.

  1. Eluial Aldaran

    Eluial Aldaran A real gaydin Aes Sedai

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    Percy Jackson FOR SURE. Really anything by Rick Riordan. He's... really, really great for that age range. Just kinda a great guy all around.
     
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    Leira Galene Aes Sedai Head of the Brown Ajah Forum Moderator

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    Yes! I wish I had read them when I was younger, I'm a little obsessed now. They're addictive. And he hasn't pulled a Rowling and been kind of a trash person.
     
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    Elania al'Manir Aes Sedai Forum Moderator

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    I've read a bunch of books from that universe. The original series, the follow-up series, the published Apollo books, some of the Kane Chronicles... Most of that was as an adult, even though they're for kids/teens. :look
     
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    We've found this is a hard age to find engaging books that are suitable in content! My son is 11 and reads above grade level, so it's not about what he can or can't read, but what he should be reading at his age.

    You mentioned going to the library -- I would consult with the librarians in the children/teen sections for recommendations. The last time we went, one of the librarians gave me a list of award winning books for teens.

    Another thought would be to see if there are fiction books related to non-fictional interests? For example, my son did a research project in the spring on WW II, then he read Alan Gratz books over the summer.
     
  5. Ephrem Elpidius

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    This is a fantastic idea, I had never thought of asking the librarians, and it's such an obvious thought I want to smack myself... Thank you!

    Can you give some advice on how your 11 year old became interested in reading? I am really trying to get my niece to read, unlike my cousin, she doesn't read at all and hates it. My niece was in the foster system and still is, though my parents and I are adopting her in about two weeks and getting guardianship (super excited for this btw!!!!). She was always really behind in schooling, etc. Only recently has she improved. So as far as age recommendation goes for her, I have to do about 2-3 years under her current age of 10... so age 7-8 books. Can't be long books, or I won't be able to convince her to try... ideally she would give Skyward a try a couple years from now as progress continues. I will ask the librarian for some advice on this too and a list for her. ^^

    Also, thanks to everyone else, this is a fantastic list I can compile to help her. I have always been fond of the idea of taking other peoples top favorites of a hobby, and then focusing on those, but I prefer real people like here on this site compared to million view youtube channel. Cheers
     
  6. Narysse a'Jahar

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    Mark Reads is a terrific channel on YouTube if she likes audiobooks for fantasy series.
     
  7. Eluial Aldaran

    Eluial Aldaran A real gaydin Aes Sedai

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    GRAPHIC NOVELS! I can't stress that enough. They're generally fast paced, and they're a great place to help build a love of reading.

    Another good one, with lots of girl characters, is a graphic series called Princeless.

    I'd also recommend just checking any recs you get on Common Sense Media (https://www.commonsensemedia.org/). Books in that age range are... sometimes touch and go. At 12 she should not be reading much, if anything, that's labeled "YA" without extreme vetting. "Junior" books will be more in her age range, definitely.
     
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    Sounds like your niece has been through a LOT! ^^

    We’ve always read to our son, and encouraged him to read. We still do as many nights as we can as part of his bedtime routine. When he was little we would read a couple of his favorite books that he picked out. Later we got into chapter books - everyone takes a turn reading and usually a few pages up to a chapter a night. (We are currently reading a Harry Potter book, chapters are too long! :lol )

    Maybe you and/or your parents can start something as a new family tradition?

    Probably the main thing at her age will be letting her pick things to read that interest her. Let the librarian show her around, let her wander the aisle for something interesting. Good thing about libraries- the books are free!

    Get her teacher to make suggestions - kids here get assessments so teachers know what their reading level is. You can also look at magazines - National Geographic kids, highlights, etc.

    I think I’m rambling :look
     
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    Thank you so much all of you. I feel really motivated now, I am not going into this ignorant like I felt before.

    I really love the idea of graphic novels to get her started on reading too, I had never thought of that. Also, funny you mentioned National Geographic, I subscribe to that and she loves all things nature... too advanced for her I think, BUT I can do as you said and read it to her and have her read captions, and take turns that way. Then hopefully over time we can move to full articles or graphic novels, and then maybe we can progress from there. :yay

    Now that I think about it... one of the reasons I started loving reading was because of the card game magic the gathering, I was reading the little quotes all the time, and the names of the cards, and that slowly improved my vocabulary and peaked my interest. This is the same idea.
     
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    Heartily second Princeless! I met the author at a con actually, and have a signed copy of the first volume. ^^

    Another great comic series is Lumberjanes, which I think would 100% be appropriate for a 10 year old. It's about a group of 5 middle school girls who go to a summer camp where they encounter lots of mythical creatures.
     
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    Many of my first thoughts have already been said but I'm going to add one that wasn't.
    Into the Land of Unicorns is the first in Bruce Coville's Unicorn Chronicles and I adored those as a kid.
     
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    Seconding Howl's Moving Castle!
     
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    I should read that...
     
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    YES.
     
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    Noting this for me! :giggle Thank you!
     
  16. Ephrem Elpidius

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    Same, thanks Narysse Sedai. I just started a new job that allows me to listen to audiobooks all third shift. Also, for long road trips it will be nice, my grandpa and I went to an apple orchard today out in the country, 30 minutes of driving slow and he doesn't like music... but he is also silent the entire time... so... yeah I might just get some earbuds and finish my audiobooks when we go to the apple orchard and for work. :beer

    I almost said thank you to you too Jocasta Sedai... then I saw you are still just a Child... then I remembered I still have to bow before you as a Citizen since Child is still above me as a mere peasant civilian of Tar Valon. Dang Wheel of Time and it's extremely detailed hierarchies... :rolleyes:
     
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    Hahaha oh, my. I'm not sure Novice is above anybody. But I'll take it. ;)
     
  18. Elania al'Manir

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    True. :lol When I was reading New Spring, Moiraine thought that as initiates of the Tower, novices and Accepted would get some respect. But as soon as the women waiting in line for the bounty thought she might not be an Aes Sedai, they started getting rowdy and less respectful. So respect, sure, but not really deference.
     
  19. Ephrem Elpidius

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    I also came across this video, it was very insightful. If anyone is interested in strong female leads, I recommend this video.


     
  20. Toral Delvar

    Toral Delvar Archivist Gaidin

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    Coraline is great, but at 12, she might be in that age where she is a little old for it, but not old enough to appreciate it