Books! Yes, I was one of those kids who really enjoyed finding books under the Christmas tree and since I am regularly asked for recommendations about books, I thought I’d post some ideas for you while you still have time to order!
A little-known secret: The books on the shelves of your local Christian store represents only a small portion of what’s available. You can shop online at Amazon or Christianbook.com or any online retailer. I am a fan of actual bookstores and it kills me to see them closing – yet I also know most of what I recommend cannot be found on the shelves. Can’t fix that, unfortunately.
So we’ll start with girls! (I’ll list some boy ideas tomorrow!)
For tween & teen girls:
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Contemporary Fiction for ages 12 and up:
The Becoming Beka series
I don’t talk a lot about my own books on here because it’s weird and I don’t like hawking my stuff. But I’ll make a brief exception here because I still regularly get mail from readers who have just discovered these series and have fallen in love with Beka and her story. So if you know and love a girl aged 12 and up, then consider this series:-) You can read more about the Becoming Beka series here.
Jenny B. Jones
Jenny has several series out for teen girls including “A Charmed Life” and “In-Between” and several stand-alones that teen girls will love. Check out Jenny’s Website for all her book titles.
Check out Steph’s series “The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt” at her website.
For the girls in your life who adore the sci-fi/fantasy genre better than contemporary, then check out:
Lisa Tawn Bergren
Lisa’s “River of Time” series is a teen time travel trilogy that lands two teens in medieval Italy. For more info, check out her website!
You can get a hot-off-the-press novel with Jill’s latest sci-fi/suspense called Replication.
Might want to also check out the Solitary Tales series from Travis!
If you know an 8-12 year old who loves historical fiction, have you discovered The Daughters of the Faith series by Wendy Lawton? I love all her books, and there’s quite a few in this series about real girls in history whose faith affected their lives.
Kim Vogel Sawyer
Kim’s Katy Lambright series, likely good for both teens and tweens, follows a Mennonite girl named Katy
There are lots more but this should get you started!! Chime in if there’s something you’ve loved and maybe that will help someone find that perfect something!