What are the best novels for pre-teen girls?

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    #1Ella Enchanted

    Ella Enchanted

    Cinderella is forced to obey every order because of a 'gift' from her fairy godmother. In Ella Enchanted, Gail Levine's 1997 Newberry winning rendition of the Cinderella story, Cinderella goes on a journey to free herself from the curse forever.

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    Socorro Espinosa
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "my daughter likes reading Ella Enchanted because of a 'gift' from her fairy godmother she says that its her best novel ever"
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    #2Thirteen Reasons Why

    Thirteen Reasons Why
    Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher narrates how Clay Jensen learns about the reasons why his classmate, workmate, and crush, Hannah Baker took her own life. Hannah Baker left cassette tapes so Clay and everyone involved could listen and discover why.
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    Jason Armstrong
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "A story about a mystery surrounding a girl who took her own life and those who she left is left wondering why."
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    #3Dragon Slippers

    Dragon Slippers

    Dragon Slippers is the first book in the Dragon Slippers series written by Jessica Day George. Published on April 1, 2007 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens, the novel is about Creel and the dragon slippers she has to use to save the world.

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    Jeremy Weber
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Jessica Day George is rapidly becoming one of my new favorite authors. Her books are like cotton candy. They're light, sweet, and happy. There are antagonists and hurdles, but you know they'll be resolved and good will prevail in the end. Sometimes things work out a little too perfectly, but this comes across in a more cozy, heartwarming, makes-this-reader-happy way than in an annoying Mary Sue manner. When you just want to take a break from life and get lost in a "nice" book that'll make you smile, Jessica Day George delivers. "
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    #4Book of a Thousand Days

    Book of a Thousand Days
    Book of a Thousand Days is a novel by Shannon Hale. It tells the story of Dashti, who gets locked into a tower with her mistress, Lady Saren, after the lady refused her father's command to marry. Despite being sequestered, Dashti finds love.
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    Ishan Rodrigues
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This story is very heartwarming and inspirational. Based on an old fairy tail, this story is re-imagined to be something on its own and it is well written and keeps you hooked. Dashti's ability to overcome all of the hardship and troubles she goes through is very inspiring and the story of her finding love is great. All this because her Mistress, Lady Saren refuses to marry a man she despises. Dashti never gives up and is determined to keep them alive."
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    #5Snow White and Rose Red

    Snow White and Rose Red
    Snow White and Rose Red is a book about two little girls who lives with their mother in a small house. They do not have a lot of money but they are happy and kind. The two girls both love to play outside but they have different characteristics that makes each of them unique. 
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    Rogelio Vega
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Snow White and Rose Red by the Brothers Grimm is a classic fairytale about two sisters. It's included in the list of top 100 children's book. I remember reading it and loving it as a young girl. Too bad Disney ignored Rose Red."
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    #6Just Listen

    Just Listen
    Just Listen is a book by It tells the story of Annabel from a girl who has everything to a girl who has nothing. Her best friend dumped her, and her sister is anorexic. She feels unwanted. Her life starts to change when she meets a tall, dark and music lover Owen Armstrong.
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    Justin Chapman
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This is such a great young adult novel with lots of great turns that we've all been through as teenagers as Annabel discovers herself. The pace of the story is very easy and the characters are deep and developed."
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    #7Hansel and Gretel

    Hansel and Gretel

    Hansel and Gretel is a classic novel about two siblings who are left by their mother in the woods. While finding their way out,they saw a house of an old woman.They did not know that, that will start their nightmares. 

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    Zachary Bates
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "I have to disagree with the best novels for pre-teen girls. While it is fun there are much better titles out there. Please work on the plot since it is rather odd."
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    #8The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)

    The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)
    The Lightning Thief is the first book in Rick Riordan's series Percy Jackson & the Olympians. In this book, Jackson discovers that he's Poseidon's son and must stop a war between the gods by finding the thief who stole Zeus' master bolt. 
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    Brittany Alexander
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This book is about a guy, not a girl. It was still interesting to read though. It was fun reading about different Greek gods."
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    #9Dealing with Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles)

    Dealing with Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles)
    Dealing with Dragons is a book by Patricia Wrede that tells a story about Cimorene. She is a unique princess that has all the abilities of a strong man. She became bored with her life as a princess so decided to run away with her dragon.
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    Jonathan Morris
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "First book in the series from Patricia C Wrede. This book is labeled as a teen book, but don't think you won't enjoy it if you're older. It has that kind of timeless classic feel for all ages. And a pre-teen would enjoy it too, especially if they are of the curious, intelligent variety. That describes my friend's daughter perfectly, and she's the one who loaned me this book! And it has a real sense of humor, too!"
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    #10Fairest

    Fairest

    Fairest is a young adult romantic fantasy fiction novel written by Gail Carson Levine. This Snow White retelling tells the story of Aza who has a kind heart who attracts the heart of a prince.

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    Aaron Russell
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Fairest has all the elements of a good romantic novel, good characters, romance, and even some action. I enjoyed this book very much and once I started reading I couldn't put it down. I'd recommend this book to anyway who is a fan of the genre."
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    #11Beauty

    Beauty
    In Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast, Beauty goes to the enchanted castle in the forest as a willing prisoner. She tames the Beast during her stay and they lived happily ever after.
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    Vincent Spencer
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "The novel applies to pre-teen girls in many ways and they are likely to enjoy it. Alternately, I think some of the themes are a bit outdated compared to today's views on women."
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    #12The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia)

    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia)

    The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is the first book in the series Chronicles of Narnia. The story revolves around the journey of four siblings to Narnia where they fight with an evil witch.  

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    Catherine Schmidt
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis and beautifully illustrated by Pauline Baynes follows Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy as they journey into an unknown world through a wardrobe closet. I remember completely enchanted by this story as a young girl and thinking that my closet might be the doorway into another realm. This book is part of The Chronicles of Narnia series and all of the books in the series are good. I also remember the old PBS series that brought the tales to life on TV. This is a must read."
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    #13Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness)

    Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness)
    Alanna: The First Adventure, the first book in Tamora Pierce's Song of the Lioness series, is about Alanna, her twin brother Thom, and their pursuit of the life fated to the other. Alanna wants to be a knight, while Thom wants to be a mage.
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    Joshua Ramos
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "This story is filled with many plot lines. This makes for an interesting read that will have you wanting more. A somewhat easy read it still makes you think. And the characters are so developed. You'll feel like you're in the story."
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    #14The Mysterious Benedict Society

    The Mysterious Benedict Society
    The Mysterious Benedict Society is Mystery, Fantasy, Adventure and Young Adult Fiction novel by Trenton Lee Stewart, illustrated by Carson Ellis. It was published March 7, 2007 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.
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    Louis Bell
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "I was looking for a birthday gift for my daughter. She loves reading new and different things, so I figured I would search for the best novels for pre-teen girls and see what I could find. Luckily, I wound up finding the book " The Mysterious Benedict Society" and was instantly impressed. The book, by author Trenton Lee Stewart, can be described as a mystery, fantasy, adventure and young adult fiction all rolled into one. My daughter ending up loving "The Mysterious Benedict Society" and I would definitely recommend the book to others."
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    #15The Goose Girl (Books of Bayern)

    The Goose Girl (Books of Bayern)

    The Goose Girl is a young adult fantasy novel by Shannon Hale. It tells the story of Princess Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee and her magical ability to speak to birds. It is the first book in the Books of Bayern series.

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    Marilyn Kim
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale is a retelling of the Grimm Brothers' fairy tale of the same name. A princess must disguise herself as a goose girl until she is ready to take her rightful place as the wife of the kingdom's prince. The best thing about this book is the character development. The protagonist starts out as as a bit of a loner, and as a princess, she has people to take care of her every need. As a commoner, she has to be more self-sufficient, and to interact with people and make friends. I greatly enjoyed this book, and I'm certainly not in the target audience. Some parents may find some of the material in this book a bit mature for their kids."
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    #16Princess Academy

    Princess Academy

    Princess Academy is a novel by Newbery Honor-winning author, Shannon Hale. It tells the story of a girl named Miri as she attends a princess academy with other girls from her village, all in the hopes of becoming chosen by the prince.

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    Mark Richardson
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "seems like winner for any pre-teen girl"
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    #17Thumbelina

    Thumbelina

    Thumbelina is a book about a girl that is as big as a thumb. She worries about how she will find true love with her size, but he met a fairy price and she became happy. Things are only getting better when she was kidnapped and that started her journey of escape. 

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    #18The Ugly Duckling

    The Ugly Duckling

    The Ugly Duckling is the first book in the contemporary romance series The Ugly Duckling written by Annabelle Costa which centers on the relationship of Libby Saunders and Will Kaplan. 

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    Emma Xu
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I think that this book highlights some really important and valuable life lessons for young girls in particular. I don't know that there will be many readers outside of that demographic that will be all that interested in the book however. Although I found that the main character, Libby, was empathetic, there were times where I really grew frustrated with her. I understand that all characters have their flaws, and I am sensitive to the reasons that motivated her behavior, but I still had trouble connecting with her character."
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    #19Never Sit Down in a Hoopskirt and Other Things I Learned in Southern Belle Hell

    Never Sit Down in a Hoopskirt and Other Things I Learned in Southern Belle Hell
    Never Sit Down in a Hoopskirt and Other Things I Learned in Southern Belle Hell is a coming-of-age novel for young adults written by Crickett Rumley. It was first published in June 2011. 
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    Andrew James
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I read this novel before an year, this describes about the positive of our mindset, this encourage us on the time while we are in sad and very depressed moment. Obviously this motivate all the people in all the tie. Keep read this book and feel better."
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    #20Annabeth's War

    Annabeth's War

    Annabeth's War: By the Sword is a romance and adventure novel for young adult written by Jessica Greyson. It was first released in December 2012. It is considered as an adaptation of the Robin Hood story with a female character.

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    Douglas Howard
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "for the teens here is your moments to have fun with robin hood i liked the content of this book and the story created in"
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    #21Emma in the Night

    Emma in the Night

    Emma in the Night is a coming-of-age novel written by best-selling author Wendy Walker. It was released in August 2017. It is about sisters who disappeared for three years and only one returned to their home.

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    Olivia Franklin
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "I didn't like how complicated this story was because of all the twists and complicated lives the characters lead. I thought there would be more to the ending since the story itself was so complex, so that was a bit disappointing."
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    #22The Magnolia League

    The Magnolia League
    The Magnolia League is a thrilling fantasy novel for young adults written by Katie Crouch. It was first released in 2011. It is about a 16-year-old girl finding out about her true lineage after her mother's untimely death.
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    #23Someone Else's Fairytale

    Someone Else's Fairytale

    Someone Else's Fairytale is the first book in E.M. Tippets romantic series of the same title. IT was released in January 2012. It is about a Hollywood actor falling in love with a woman who isn't interested in him.

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    Judith Daniels
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "What little girl doesn't love reading romance. Most parent's are worried it will go overboard but this book is well written keeping teens in mind."
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    #24No Good Deed

    No Good Deed

    No Good Deed is an adaptation and retelling of the classic Robin Hood tale written by Kara Connolly with a female lead character. It was first released in July 2017. It's about a modern archer who was sent back to the time of Robin Hood.

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    Tammy Taylor
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This was just what I was looking for. It's a great adventure book with a strong female character in an imaginative setting. "
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    #25The Allegra Biscotti Collection

    The Allegra Biscotti Collection

    The Allegra Biscotti Collection is a coming-of-age novel for pre-teen girls written by Olivia Bennet. It was originally released in November 2010. It is about a girl who created a secret identity to survive her teen life.

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    George Johnston
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "are you looking for the best novels for pre-teen girls? get her The Allegra Biscotti Collection is a coming-of-age novel for pre-teen girls written by Olivia Bennet. It was originally released in November 2010. It is about a girl who created a secret identity to survive her teen life."

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Best What are the best novels for pre-teen girls
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Ella EnchantedBooks 57 Paid
2Thirteen Reasons WhyBooks 52 Paid
3Dragon SlippersBooks 48 Paid
4Book of a Thousand DaysBooks 46 Paid
5Snow White and Rose RedBooks 39 Paid
6Just ListenBooks 34 Paid
7Hansel and GretelBooks 32 Paid
8The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)Books 29 Paid
9Dealing with Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles)Books 25 Paid
10FairestBooks 23 Paid
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