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Summer Reading List: Top Books for Preteen Girls

Updated on July 25, 2017

Are You There God? It's Me Margaret

Author: Judy Blume

This book is about the rites of passages that all girls go through. I highly recommend any of Judy Blume's  books for preteen and teen girls who are looking for answers to their growing questions. This book in particular was a lifesaver for me, personally, when I was going through puberty without the explanations from parents. This book deals with issues that young girls face and stands the test of time. For me, it will always be relevant.

Chicken Soup For the Teenage Soul Journal

Author: Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Kimberly Kirberger

Though, not an actual book to read, this journal was a wonderful help during my own preteen and teenage years. I went so far as to buy two. One when I was in middle school and then another when I went to high school. It gives you a place to express yourself. It asks questions that make you think. It is filled with quotes and poems, as well as short stories from other teens. For a place to relate to other teens, this book is a perfect companion to any of the Chicken Soup For the Teenage Soul books.

The Uglies Series

Author: Scott Westerfeld

I am actually reading this book right now. I admit, it was not around when I was a teenage girl. However, it would be an excellent book for young girls to sit down and read. Set in a future far from our own days, it holds the truth that the issues are still the same. Bringing to light the difficult nature of a girls psyche, it talks about issues like body image, peer pressure, and confidence in yourself. There are four actual books in the series: Uglies, Pretties, Specials, and Extras - and a companion book: Bogus to Bubbly.

To Kill A Mockingbird

Author: Harper Lee

A classic book, that most kids will read in school. However, I found it to be a wonderful book for me growing up. It taught me about prejudice and justice. It taught me about inequality and pulled at my heartstrings. As a teenager, this was a book, I never wanted to put down. When you don't have ready resources available to teach these ideas and morals, this book will do the trick.

A Child Called It

Author: Dave Pelzer

I picked this book up from the library as something that looked interesting. I was about 15 at the time. I recommend this book, because the haunting tale has always stuck with me and it is shaped the kind of person I am today. The book is the real-life account of a boy who endures physical and emotional pain from his mother. His struggles and hardships will pull on anyone's heart and the journey is inspirational. There are two other books in the series: The Lost Boy, and A Man Called Dave.

Little Altars Everywhere

Author: Rebecca Wells

This is a two book series. Little Altars Everywhere and Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood are tales of the Walker family's dysfunction. For any young girl who has a dysfunctional family or a perfect one - this book is considered to be a tragic book peppered with comedy throughout. I found it to be a great book about the bonds between mother and daughter in relation to the bonds between friends through the times. It has since been turned into a movie.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Author: Ann Brashares

This series has since been turned into a set of movies, but the books are always better. That's true with any series. In this series, four girls find a pair of pants that magically fit them all. They take these pants on travels around the world, trading them back and forth. The books go through the journey of young friends seeing through the good and the bad times together. A book about magic, friendship, and possibilities.

The Princess Diaries

Author: Meg Cabot

A large series of books, starting with the day that a young girl finds out that her ordinary life is anything but. The books follow her on her journey to learning how to cope with being the heir to a small country. It deals with issues all girls face; from passing an Algebra Test, crushes on boys, and fights with best friends. A modern day rags to riches story that is sure to relate to all girls.

Sweet Valley High

Author: Francine Pascal

Growing up, my mother actually wouldn't allow me to read this until I was in high school. She had never read them, but said they were too old for me. So I would read them in secret. They are not that bad for younger girls. This large series of books is based on a set of very different identical twin sisters and their tales of life, love, relationships in high school. Set in California, the series is full of heartbreaks and fun in the sun.

Go Ask Alice

Author: Anonymous

This will probably and forever be my all time favorite book. I was thirteen when I read it and it has stuck with me since. About a girl who moves to a new town and gets in with the wrong crowd. Through a game of 'whose got the button' she accidentally takes drugs and becomes addicted. This is a book in journal form and I like the raw and emotional feel to it. It deals with drugs and addiction, running away and finding your way.


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      Melanie Chisnall 

      6 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Oh my goodness - Sweet Valley High! Now that brings back memories. I think at one stage I had about 40 Sweet Valley books. I was completely hooked. The University series was also very good. Great selection of books! Voted up and awesome :)

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      Rachael Fields 

      6 years ago from KC, MO

      @dkm27 - I absolutely love that book, thanks for suggesting it!

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      6 years ago from Chicago

      My reluctant reader's love A Child Called It. It is a fast read, plenty of white space, and the shock value draws them in. They then move on to the really good stuff.

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      Rachael Fields 

      6 years ago from KC, MO

      @pooilum - I am glad that you found this informative! Thanks for stopping and reading. :)

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      7 years ago from Malaysia

      This is good.. i will share it with my teenager friends. Voted up and followed

    • rgarnett profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachael Fields 

      7 years ago from KC, MO

      Thanks for the insight, Amber. I read all these books when I was pre-teen, but you are right, some may be more appropriate for teens. :)

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      Amber Colleen 

      7 years ago

      Good list, but I think some of these would be better suited for teen girls than for pre-teens.

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      7 years ago

      I agree with a lot of the books you suggested. I've read To Kill A Mockingbird and I absolutely adored it! I also have read some of The Princess Diaries series and they were so good! I also plan on reading The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and I've heard the Uglies was a really good series. Thanks!

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      8 years ago

      thx. My mom loves too kil a mockingbird, and my friend and i read the uglies series together. We're in fifth and sixth grade and it got confusing at some part, but would recommend it to anyone who likes reading dystopia book such as the uglies. also the book jane eyre is good and i would recommend it to middle school students.

    • rgarnett profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachael Fields 

      8 years ago from KC, MO

      njgirl, I am glad you found the list helpful! I know I enjoyed them all, hopefully you will too!

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      Chloe Lamela 

      8 years ago from Mahwah, NJ

      Thanks these r great books i will try and read these

      Thank You

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      Cassandra Mantis 

      8 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      I have read Sisterhood of the Traveling pants a,d I have seen most of these film versions of the books mentioned here. They are good movies for girls too. Girls need something that they can relate to and emote with. Great hub!

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      8 years ago from Chicagoland

      I am actually teaching Uglies to a middle school honors group this year. I find the themes of beauty, honesty, trust, betrayal, and identity to be extremely engaging.

    • rgarnett profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachael Fields 

      8 years ago from KC, MO

      I'm glad you enjoyed the list, iloveBOOKS

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      8 years ago

      Cool list. My favorite is To kill a Mocking bird. a very very great book. :)

    • rgarnett profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachael Fields 

      8 years ago from KC, MO

      My friend just picked up the Hunger Games. I am glad to hear others like it, I am thinking of trying it out too! Thanks for the recommendation.

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      8 years ago from Illinois

      I loved all these books and when I taught school, recommended many of them to my students. I am enjoying The Hunger Games series (the final book comes out in a few days.) It is along the lines of Uglies. I also love Ella Enchanted and recently finished Book of a Thousand Days. both excellent with strong female leads.

    • rgarnett profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachael Fields 

      8 years ago from KC, MO

      Glad you liked it! I appreciate your comment :)

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      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Wow. good information. I think teenager must have one of these hub. Most of this hub are best seller. I like Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Thanks for share with us.



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