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Published February 29th 2016
“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body”

"It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth reading. Something that will stretch their imaginations—something that will help them make sense of their own lives and encourage them to reach out toward people whose lives are quite different from their own." —Katherine Patterson

Junior High is perhaps the hardest age group to find clean, fun, and engaging books. Over the years I've read plenty of books in that age group and have often been disgusted by their contents. Reading good books at an early age is essential. It teaches children morals, forms their minds and strengthens their imaginations.

I've compiled a list of my favourite books that increased my love of reading as a junior high student.

Exciting Adventure Books

Narnia Series by C.S. Lewis. I wonder who I'd be today without this book series. C.S. Lewis teaches many morals in these books, but he does so in a fun and exciting way. Without any knowledge of it, one's imagination and mind gets stronger and more intelligent. These books are truly amazing.

The Ranger's Apprentice Series by John Flannagon. These books are pure fun and adventure. They have exciting battles, romance, and good, clean humor. Definitely worth reading for those who enjoy page turners.

Artemis Fowl Series by Eoin Colfer. This series is most interesting and original. Artemis Fowl is a dangerous 12 year old genius. He uses his wit to cause mayhem to the fantasy creatures he's discovered.

Eragon Series by Christopher Paolini. First, I should point out Christopher started the first book when he was 15. It has dwarves, elves, dragons, evil urgals, love, revenge, adventure...everything a junior high student dreams of, packed into one book. It's undoubtedly long, but the story is so enticing that the pages fly by under your fingers and before you know it you're done and wishing for more.

Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw. Mara, a slave girl, becomes a double agent when she runs away from her cruel master only to have him replaced by two rivaling masters. The adventure, romance and intrigue in this book is enough to have one sitting at the edge of her seat.

Fun, Enjoyable Books

The Princess Academy by Shannon Hale. Even to this day I still love this book. It certainly isn't your stereotypical princess story. It has the traditional elements of a "romantic fairytale"-the handsome prince, the palace, the ball gown, etc. Yet, it isn't like that at all. It's a well written story that embraces goodness and beauty. It's books like this that junior high girls need to read.

The Books of Bayern (Enna Burning, The Goose Girl, River Secrets, and Forest Born) by Shannon Hale. These books are all about princesses, adventure, romance, magic, and much more.

Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris. This is another fun one. Trolls, dogs, an adventurous boy, a princess, and an evil mother. What could possibly go wrong? This story keeps you on your toes and is quite enjoyable.

Utensils Have Feelings Too by Leah Strofield. The way Leah managed to show the feelings of the utensils in this book so adequately is quite impressive. Although it's about utensils you can also take lessons in this book for humans as well. It helps you reflect on how you treat others. And her blurb is inspired. "Have you ever been mistreated? Neglected? Maybe run over by a car? Forks are used in most households during almost every meal, but how often do they get credit? They maintain the health, dignity, and cleanliness of each person they serve, and we often take them for granted! Has anyone ever asked them how they feel about this? What must they think of us? Utensils have feelings too, and they deserve to be respected!

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. This is an amazing, fast moving fairytale about love, magic, and many tragedies, but it's also very funny.

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Young Sara, the main character, goes through all sorts of trials, but through it all she has wonderful traits of wisdom, creativity, and a consistent positive outlook.

Still That Girl by Rebecca Dominick. This book is about loyalty, friendship, grief, and healing. It is beautifully written, especially considering the author published it at 16 years. A must read.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. This classic is full of triumph, tragedy, love, and beauty. It made me laugh, cry, and make smug faces. Definitely suggest it for young women.

Anne of Green Gables Series by L.M. Montgomery. This is a great book for those who enjoy spunky youths and strong role-models for young girls.

The best thing about books is that you can get them from the library, borrow them from friends, and/or sometimes you can find them for sale at thrift stores for very reasonable prices.
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Great post! I enjoyed many of these when I was younger.
by Ricci (score: 0|4) 1551 days ago
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