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What does your middle school/junior high-aged kid read for fun? Are there any books that you would say NO WAY reading?
Any good series?

Hoping to find a gift for middle school-aged (7th grade) niece who loves to read (she's read Twilight already)...

Thanks in advance!
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For a gift, I would get her Graceling or The Hunger Games series. Both outstanding reads, very easy, very quick, very engaging for a middle schooler.

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I don't censor the stuff my kids read. I generally like to read what they read and then discuss the books with them, especially if I have any concerns about something in the book (such as the way Edward treats Bella.) If you didn't have a problem with the sexual undertones or violence in Twilight, then I doubt you'd have a problem with anything at all from the "YA" section of the library or bookstore.

I wouldn't allow my children to read anything pornographic; if it can't be legally sold to minors, I won't let them read it. Other than that, I don't have a problem with any books they select.

As for suggesting good series, it depends on what kinds of books your 7th grader likes. DD2 likes fantasy books while DD1 prefers realistic books- and sometimes we'll find something they both enjoy (particularly if it's a fantasy series set in modern times- although the Eragon series is a huge hit with all 3 of us and it's set in another world equivilent to Earth during the Middle Ages.)

DD1 enjoys anything by Caroline B. Cooney, along with random other books selected as she wanders through the library. DD2, my fantasy lover, enjoys Eragon, Harry Potter, Leven Thumps and the "Foo" series, "So you want to be a Wizard" series, Pendragon, anything by Cornelia Funke or Tamora Pierce- and probably others that I can't think of right now.

OK, I just re-read the OP and realized that this is for a gift, and you want to purchase something rather than take the child to the library. In that case, I'd suggest a gift certificate to a book store, and let her select her own book(s). You might accidentally select something she already owns, or that isn't quite her taste. It's hard to guess her "style" of books from Twilight alone- she might like the fantasy/supernatural books, or she might like romances. She might enjoy any kind of vampire book, or she might be such a Twilight fan that she couldn't enjoy any books that portray vampires differently.

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Originally Posted by Oriole View Post
For a gift, I would get her Graceling or The Hunger Games series. Both outstanding reads, very easy, very quick, very engaging for a middle schooler.
The Hunger Game was featured on NPR as an award winning series--did I hear that correctly on NPR? If so, they sounded really interesting--a kind of reality series meet Mad Max or Waterworld? Maybe --maybe not. I will be sure to check that out.

Thanks for the thoughts--posters--I'm not keen on gift cards, they get forgotten in mom's wallet easily (her mom's that is)...and I will be sure to check out all the author suggestions before I make a purchase! That was really helpful!
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I'd second everything Ruthla said, especially Tamora Pierce and Cornelia Funke. My 8yo ds loves Funke's books, and I think he will probably re-read them in a year or two and find them even more exciting.

My 14you dd loves historical fiction, and enjoys all kinds of books of that sort. Jane Yolen is another author whose works span genres and age groupes. Avi, as well.

Good luck, i dislike giving giftcards, as well, but my kids seem to like them better than another copy of a book they already have.

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