Books for High School Girls

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Ever since I could read, it seems as if I was always found with a book in hand.  My mom even said that she didn’t want to teach me to read too early, because she is very wise and discerning and knew that I would devour any good book I could get my hands on :).  Through her recommendations and many other close friends’, I have read many good books for school and leisure that have stuck to my must-read-again list.  Even classics have proven time and again to be so much more interesting than contemporary novels if one takes the time to understand the writing styles.

However, since there have been books I have read with awkward parts in them, I hope that in making this list it will steer you towards that which will benefit your mind and your time.  There are so many books out there for young women nowadays, but a good amount of them have unpleasant scenes that some girls would rather skip over.  Therefore, the following list is one with books I have chosen because of their lovely truths, good characters, and gripping plots that will make any of these books worth your time.

Historical Fiction

American History

  • Laddie by Gene Stratton-Porter
  • The Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter (loosely a sequel to Laddie)
  • The Keeper of the Bees by Gene Stratton-Porter
  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
  • The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
  • Calico Captive by Elizabeth George Speare
  • The Yearling by Marjorie Kinman Rawlings
  • Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
  • A Life of Faith series Millie books by Martha Finley
  • Boston Jane: An Adventure by Jennifer L. Holm
  • Our Only May Amelia by Jennifer L. Holm
  • John Adams by David McCullough
  • Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough
  • Christian Heroes, Then and Now books by Janet and Geoff Benge
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mark Twain
  • Pollyanna by Eleanor Porter
  • Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggins
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Indian Captive by Lois Lenski
  • Brady by Jean Fritz
  • Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand (Be sure to skip the first two pages and 1/2 or so of chapter 6; has a handful of swear words and 1 “f” bomb)
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • When Character Was King by Peggy Noonan

World History

  • The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes Volume 1 by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
  • Adam of the Road Elizabeth Janet Gray
  • Otto of the Silver Hand by Howard Pyle
  • The Door in the Wall by Marguerite De Angeli
  • Banner in the Sky by James Ullman
  • The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain
  • The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
  • Mara: Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
  • Master Cornhill by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
  • Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
  • The Singing Tree by Kate Seredy
  • The Runaway by Patricia St. John
  • King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table by Roger Lancelyn Green
  • Robin Hood by Roger Lancelyn Green

So Classy

  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes Volume 1 by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Innocence of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott
  • Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott (sequel to Eight Cousins)
  • An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott
  • Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  • Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggins
  • Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Character Building

  • The Keeper of the Bees by Gene Stratton-Porter
  • Laddie by Gene-Stratton-Porter
  • The Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter (loosely a sequel to Laddie)
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott
  • Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  • Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris
  • not a fan by kyle idleman
  • A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Victory Over the Darkness by Neil Anderson

Christian Fiction

  • This Present Darkness by Frank E. Peretti
  • Piercing the Darkness by Frank E. Peretti
  • The Tombs of Anak by Frank E. Peretti
  • The Door in the Dragon’s Throat by Frank E. Peretti
  • Trapped at the Bottom of the Sea by Frank E. Peretti
  • Escape from the Island Aquarius by Frank E. Peretti
  • Hangman’s Curse by Frank E. Peretti
  • Nightmare Academy by Frank E. Peretti (loosely a sequel to Hangman’s Curse)
  • The Visitation by Frank E. Peretti
  • Prophet by Frank E. Peretti
  • Until We Reach Home by Lynn Austin
  • Wonderland Creek by Lynn Austin
  • Thr3e by Ted Dekker (thriller)
  • Blink by Ted Dekker
  • The Chronicles of Narnia series by C. S. Lewis
  • Curse of the Spider King by Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper
  • Venom and Song by Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper (sequel to Curse of the Spider King)
  • A Life of Faith series Millie books by Martha Finley
  • The Runaway by Patricia St. John
  • The Postcard by Beverly Lewis
  • The Crossroad by Beverly Lewis (sequel to The Postcard)
  • Island Girl by Sandra Byrd
  • Daisy Chains by Sandra Byrd
  • Red Velvet by Sandra Byrd
  • Chopstick by Sandra Byrd
  • Isle of Swords by Wayne Thomas Batson
  • Isle of Fire by Wayne Thomas Batson (sequel to Isle of Swords)

Fun Reads

  • Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
  • Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  • Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
  • Michael Vey by Richard Paul Evans
  • Emily Climbs by L. M. Montgomery
  • Rules of the Road by Joan Bauer
  • Nick of Time by Ted Bell
  • The City of Ember by Jeanne Du Prau
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  • Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielson
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