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Books for Reluctant Readers

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Have you ever tried to find books for a young person who doesn’t like to read? It’s hard. Here is a list of amazing book for girls who don’t liked to read.

Pretty much all the parents I interact with regularly say they want their child to be an avid reader. Most adults recognize the benefits of reading even if they themselves don’t read as much as they would like.

During the younger years, children are interested and engaged in reading. They love afternoon story time; they look forward to their bedtime story. As time goes on school, friends, and other activities take precedence over reading. Afternoon story times stop, bedtime stories become infrequent.

The child becomes too old, or too cool for such juvenile activities as reading. This is the situation I’m discovering with my 8 to 14-year-old nieces and nephews. From what I could gather, at their age, reading is an activity reserved only for the biggest of nerds. It’s something no cool person would ever do.

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Now, lucky for them, they have a very cool aunt who enjoys reading and if they want to spend summers and holidays with said cool aunt; they will have to read.

Obviously, there can be several root causes for a young person’s reluctance to read. I’m not qualified to help you deal with that. But what I can do is help you get past the peer pressure young people are facing when it comes to reading.

The simplest way to combat this is to find books that are interesting and relatable enough to engage young people and have them excited to find out what happens next.

Interestingly enough, my nieces and nephews were interested in very different books. Which is why I’ve made two lists.

With strong female leads and themes surrounding crushes and cooties, even the most reluctant young reader will find something engaging in these books.

Books for Girls who Don’t Like to Read


by Linda Urban

books for girls who don’t like to read a crooked kind of perfect by linda urban


224 Pages | HMH Books | September 1, 2007

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Ten-year-old Zoe Elias has perfect piano dreams. She can practically feel the keys under her flying fingers; she can hear the audience’s applause. All she needs is a baby grand so she can start her lessons, and then she’ll be well on her way to Carnegie Hall.

But when Dad ventures to the music store and ends up with a wheezy organ instead of a piano, Zoe’s dreams hit a sour note. Read More


by R.A. McDonald

books for girls who don’t like to read ada: legend of a healer by r a mcdonald


260 Pages | House of Lore | January 1, 2011

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No sickness, No injuries, No pain, No limits.

If you had the power to heal, what would you do?

For fifteen-year-old Ada discovering that she can heal feels more like a curse than a gift. When she learns of the mystery surrounding her mother’s disappearance, and sees the indifference of so-called friends, she sets out for Paris to find her. Read More

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by Sean Austin

Books for boys who don't like reading Echo's revenge by sean austin


254 Pages | AAA Reality Games | June 16, 2013

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The entire gaming community, including top competitor Claire Hamilton, is in awe of fourteen-year-old Reggie King who can take just minutes to destroy the demonic game boss, ECHO-6, in the bestselling video game, ECHO’S Revenge. Reggie can’t wait to test himself against the game’s new and improved monster: ECHO-7. To Reggie, ECHO’S Revenge is more than just a game; it’s his way to escape the harsh reality at home. Read More


by Lauren Tarshis

books for girls who don't like to read emma-jean lazarus fell out of a tree


199 Pages | Dial Books | March 1, 2007

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Emma-Jean Lazarus is a lovable oddball who thinks she can use logic to solve the messy everyday problems of her seventh-grade peers. It’s easy: she just follows the example of her late father, a brilliant mathematician. Of course, the more Emma-Jean gets involved, the messier her own life gets. Suddenly she’s no longer the person standing on the outside of all social interactions. But perhaps that’s a good thing? Read More


by Sharon Creech

books for girls who don't like to read heartbeat by sharon creech


208 pages | HarperCollins | December 6, 2012

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Run run run.

That’s what twelve-year-old Annie loves to do. When she’s barefoot and running, she can hear her heart beating . . . thump-THUMP, thump-THUMP. It’s a rhythm that makes sense in a year when everything’s shifting: Her mother is pregnant, her grandfather is forgetful, and her best friend, Max, is always moody. Everything changes over time, just like the apple Annie’s been assigned to draw. But as she watches and listens, Annie begins to understand the many rhythms of life, and how she fits within them. Read More

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by Alice Kuipers

Books for reluctant reader girls life on the refrigerator door by alice kuipers


220 Pages | Harper | August 28, 2007

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Claire and her mother are running out of time, but they don’t know it. Not yet. Claire is wrapped up with the difficulties of her bourgeoning adulthood—boys, school, friends, identity; Claire’s mother, a single mom, is rushed off her feet both at work and at home. They rarely find themselves in the same room at the same time, and it often seems that the only thing they can count on are notes to each other on the refrigerator door. Read More


by Sarah Dessen

books for girls who don't like to read lock and key by sarah dessen


432 Pages | Viking’s Children’s Books | April 22, 2008

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Ruby, where is your mother?
Ruby knows that the game is up. For the past few months, she’s been on her own in the yellow house, managing somehow, knowing that her mother will probably never return.
That’s how she comes to live with Cora, the sister she hasn’t seen in ten years, and Cora’s husband Jamie, whose down-to-earth demeanor makes it hard for Ruby to believe he founded the most popular networking Web site around. A luxurious house, fancy private school, a new wardrobe, the promise of college and a future; it’s a dream come true. Read More


by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

books for girls who don’t like to read one for the murphys by lunda mullaly hunt


224 Pages | Nancy Paulsen Books | May 10, 2012

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Twelve-year-old Carley Connors can take a lot. Growing up in Las Vegas with her fun-loving mother, she’s learned to be tough. But she never expected a betrayal that would land her in a foster care. When she’s placed with the Murphys, a lively family with three boys, she’s blindsided. Do happy families really exist? Carley knows she could never belong in their world, so she keeps her distance. Read More

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by Jen Bryant

books for girls who don't like to read pieces of georgia by jen bryant


166 Pages | Knopf Books | April 11, 2006

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Like her mother, Georgia McCoy is an artist, but her dad looks away whenever he sees her with a sketchbook. Sometimes it’s hard to remember what it was like when her mother was still alive . . . when they were a family . . . when they were happy. But then a few days after her 13th birthday, Georgia receives an unexpected gift–a strange, formal letter, all typed up and signed anonymous–granting her free admission to the Brandywine River Museum for a whole year. Read More


by Meg Cabot

books for girls who don’t like to read the princess diaries by meg cabot


283 Pages | Turtleback | July 1, 2001

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Mia Thermopolis is pretty sure there’s nothing worse than being a five-foot-nine, flat-chested freshman, who also happens to be flunking Algebra. Is she ever in for a surprise.

First Mom announces that she’s dating Mia’s Algebra teacher. Then Dad has to go and reveal that he is the crown prince of Genovia. And guess who still doesn’t have a date for the Cultural Diversity Dance? Read More

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