NPR’s list of the 100 Best Books for Ages 9-14


NPR just complied a list of the  100 must-read books for ages 9-14.  Some of our favorites (all featuring strong female characters, of course) made the list:


House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros

The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Elizabeth George Speare

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank

Tuck Everlasting, Natalie Babbit

Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

Walk Two Moons, Sharon Creech

Sarah, Plain and Tall, Patricia MacLachlan

Anne of Green Gables Series, L.M. Montgomery

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, Judy Blume

From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, E.L. Konigsburg

Ella Enchanted, Gail Carson Levine

A Wrinkle in Time, Madeline E’lengle

Julie of the Wolves, Jean Craighead George

Island of the Blue Dolphins, Scott O’Dell


What do you think? Did NPR (or GENaustin) miss any really amazing books for girls 9-14?

Also check out our list of Seven Heroines Who Inspired Us for more recommendations!



Vanessa Wright