inspiring books for teen girls
Today I’m going to share 9 inspiring books for teen girls.. My oldest daughter is 18-years-old and has become an avid reader in the past couple of years. She reads a variety of genres and is open to trying anything I put in front of her! However, I have found it challenging to provide fiction books that include exciting storylines and inspiring topics without questionable content (extreme language, graphic sexual situations, etc.). Here is a list of some fiction books she has enjoyed lately…
- The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins
- Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
- Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall
- The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
- The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
For her graduation this year, I gifted Carson a basket of books that I feel every teen girl should read. Because stories are the very best gift. This post is all about those 10 Inspiring Books for Teen Girls!
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The complete novels of Jane austen
The Complete Novels of Jane Austen includes stories of clever women, elusive love, and social mores. These stories have struck a chord with millions of fans who consider her work compelling, heartwarming, and essential. Adapted time and again for screen and stage, these enduring classics remain as enjoyable as ever. And they are the perfect addition to every home library. The collector’s edition I purchased for Carson includes all six of Austen’s completed novels: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, and Persuasion. Jane Austen was a rebel visionary who will make your teen laugh, think, and get her heart beating faster. These stories will inspire and entertain your teen while giving her a glimpse of history!
Anne of green gables by l.m. montgomery
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery was written in 1908. Since the mid-twentieth century it has been considered a classic children’s novel. The story is about the adventures of Anne Shirley, an 11-year-old orphan girl, who is mistakenly sent to two middle-aged siblings. Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert had originally intended to adopt a boy to help them on their farm in the fictional town of Avonlea in Prince Edward Island, Canada. The novel recounts how Anne makes her way through life with the Cuthberts, in school, and within the town. It’s a light, fun read for teens of all ages!
To kill a Mockingbird by harper lee
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee is one of the most cherished stories of all time. Mockingbird has been translated into more than forty languages. It was also voted one of the best novels of the twentieth century. This is a gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by prejudice. It views a world in the 1930’s of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, Scout. Scout’s father—a crusading local lawyer—risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime. This book teaches our teens the value of empathy and understanding differences. Which is extremely applicable in today’s times and will be something they can take with them into adulthood.
a chance to die: The life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael by Elisabeth Elliot
A Chance To Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael by Elisabeth Elliot is a vibrant portrayal of Amy Carmichael’s life. Carmichael was an Irish missionary and writer who spent fifty-three years in south India without a break. There she became known as “Amma,” or “mother,” as she founded the Dohnavur Fellowship, a refuge for underprivileged children. Amy’s life of obedience and courage stands as a model for all who claim the name of Christ. She was a woman with desires and dreams, faults and fears, who gave her life unconditionally to serve her Master. This book brings Amma to life through inspiring photos and compelling biographical narrative. And Elliot urges readers to examine the depths of their own commitment to Christ. This is at the top of my list for most inspiring books for teen girls.
Middlemarch by George Eliot
Middlemarch by George Eliot is set during the early part of the 19th century. It centers on the lives of people living in the fictitious town of Middlemarch. The themes of the novel are as numerous as its characters. The story addresses the status of women, the nature of marriage, politics, religion, and education in the 19th century.
The main characters are Dorothea Brooke, an energetic, intelligent, wealthy young woman and Tertius Lydgate, an idealistic, talented, yet naïve young doctor. Strong parallels can be drawn between the two characters; they both have great aspirations in their work and find themselves in marriages in which they are not happy with. In addition, numerous sub-plots draw together the lives of the inhabitants of the town. “Middlemarch” is considered one of the greatest achievements of English literature. It was incredibly popular when it was first published. And it remains to this day one of the finest examples of Eliot’s literary career.
the giver by lois lowry
The Giver by Lois Lowry is a Newbery Medal–winning classic and has become one of the most influential novels of our time. It’s main character is twelve-year-old Jonas. Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver does he begin to understand the dark secrets behind his fragile community. The book is symbolic of the change from the innocent mind of a child to the educated mind of an adult. And it is so powerful because it leaves the ending up to the reader. Lowry has written three companion novels to The Giver, including Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son.
Anne Frank: THe diary of a young girl by Anne frank
Anne Frank: The Diary of A Young Girl by Anne Frank is a book of true writings from the diary of 13-year-old Frank. It tells the story of her family, who live in Germany and suddenly have to go into hiding as a result of Hitler and the Nazi party’s treatment of Jews in Europe during WWII. They escape to Amsterdam where they go into hiding with other Jews. The family was apprehended in 1944 and Frank died of typhus in a concentration camp in 1945. The diary was given to Anne’s father, Otto Frank (the family’s only known survivor) just after the war was over. The diary has been published in over 70 languages and is a true story that our teens need to know and never forget.
the great divorce by c.s. lewis
The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis is a classic Christian allegorical tale about a bus ride from Hell to Heaven. It poses a vision of what Heaven and Hell mean in relation to one another. It is an extraordinary story about good and evil, grace and judgment. Lewis’s revolutionary idea in the The Great Divorce is that the gates of Hell are locked from the inside. Using his extraordinary descriptive powers, Lewis’ The Great Divorce will change the way we think about good and evil.
Hannah coulter by wendell berry
Wendell Berry’s Hannah Coulter is Berry’s seventh novel and his first to employ the voice of a woman character in its telling. Hannah, the now–elderly narrator, recounts the love she has for the land and for her community. She remembers each of her two husbands, and all places and community connections threatened by twentieth–century technologies. At risk is the whole culture of family farming. Hope is redeemed when her wayward and once lost grandson, Virgil, returns to his rural home place to work the farm. This story is not action driven. But this beautiful novel is worth suggesting to your teen girls.
I hope you’ll check out these 9 inspiring books for the teen girls in your life! And drop your teen girl’s favorite books in the comments below!
More reading resources for your teen girls…
- “6 Series of Books Christian Teen Girls Will Love“
- “Books For Teens And Why YA Is A Genre (Not A Reading Level)”
- “The Lowdown On Reading Aloud With Teens”
- “5 Books To Read Aloud With Teens”
Don’t worry, I also have you covered if you have teen boys in your life! Click here for “12 Character Building (and Fun) Books for Teen Boys”.
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