Reading Recommendations

Hello! Welcome to “Lacey Recommends,” a monthly column updating you on some of the latest and greatest books being published for girls.

This month's theme is "What Do YOU Think?" to go along with the January/February issue of New Moon Girls magazine. One of the great parts about growing up is learning new things and exploring your views. Whether you're considering your future career or pondering a moral dilemma, these books are sure to get you thinking!

Non-Fiction

Fiction

  • What if what YOU thought should happen made a difference in the plot of the stories you read? The You Choose books allow you to imagine yourself as a character from history and take the story down different paths based on the choices you make. Books in the series include Ellis Island, The Child Labor Reform Movement, The Salem Witch Trials, and more.
  • Have you ever had to make a tough choice about friendship? In You Can't See the Elephants by Susan Kreller, 13-year-old Mascha must decide what to do when she learns that two of her new friends are being abused at home -- and how to cope when others don't believe her. 
  • In The Education of Ivy Blake by Ellen Airgood, Ivy must decide what to do when her mother, who throws embarrassing public tantrums and neglects Ivy at home, takes Ivy back when Ivy would rather keep living with her best friend. (If you like this book, check out its companion novel about Ivy's best friend, Prairie Evers.)
  • In Victoria Torres (Unfortunately Average) Birthday Glamour by Julie Bowe, a girl who is about to turn 12 has to choose between a traditional birthday party with her family, or a glitzy party with her friends in the mall's newest spa store. Which one would you choose?
  • Keeping a diary is a great way to explore what you think and remember it later. Deborah Zemke's book Bea Garcia: My Life In Pictures shows one girl's experience when her best friend moves away and a pesky boy moves in next door -- in her own words, and drawings!

OK, so now, what do YOU think? What books have you read that really got you thinking? Have you read any of the books recommended above? Leave a comment with your thoughts and recommendations!

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