Fourteen and fifteen year old girls are cementing their moral values while continuing to explore the world around them. These 10 Must Read Books for 14 and 15 year old girls are an excellent way to introduce your girls to history, different cultures, adventure, and life-changing characters. Encourage your daughter to read one of these amazing books today!
The Hobbit is a masterfully written fantasy story that delves into the fight between good and evil. Even more, it explores themes of greed and contentment, and true friendship that does what is right even when it makes the friends angry. Even if you have seen the movie trilogy, read the book. It is much deeper!
The Lord of the Rings is a sequel series to The Hobbit. It is harder to read and more complex in plot than The Hobbit. These adventure stories are exquisitely written with amazingly believable characters and dynamic struggles between good and evil, as well as the internal struggle to keep on courageously fighting when all seems lost.
O. Henry writes short story collections about life in New York City and in the American Wild West from the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s. Every story has an unexpected twist at the end and vivid characters you won’t soon forget! These stories are light-hearted and fun.
Set during the time of the Irish potato famine, Nory Ryan’s Song pulls readers into history in a very personal way. Nory Ryan must battle hunger and sickness as she seeks to take care of her younger brother and an elderly neighbor. Though depressing, this is a story of endurance and the strength of family and friends in the middle of an impossible situation. Don’t miss the excellent sequel, Maggie’s Door.
Miyax, a 13 year old Eskimo girl, is faced with a terrible decision: Stay with her village and the boy that she has been forced to marry, or run away to a new world in San Francisco where she might be able to live with a pen pal she has never met. She chooses to run, but ends up hopelessly lost on the Alaskan tundra. Her only hope of survival lies in being accepted by a pack of wolves. This is an amazing adventure story! Don’t miss the sequels to this book, Julie and Julie’s Wolf Pack.
While this is a book about a boy and his horse, it is also so much more! Ken McLaughlin is a ten-year-old boy who is struggling in school, struggling with responsibility, and struggling to meet everyone’s expectations, especially those of his father. Will breaking the horse Flicka give Ken a chance to prove himself? Note: There are a couple of instances of mild swear words, including “God” and “dam.”
The Nancy Drew Series offers light and fast paced reading and intriguing mysteries solved by an 18 year old sleuth, Nancy Drew. These books could definitely be read by younger girls, but would also make excellent reading for an older girl who might be struggling a bit with the harder books.
Louisa May Alcott’s classic story Little Women is a beautiful tale of coming of age. This story celebrates close family ties, friendship, and the gentle ups and downs of real life. And, if you love this book, make sure to read Little Men and An Old Fashioned Girl as well.
Another classic story, this book by George Elliot tales the story of a recluse, gold-hoarding weaver and the orphan girl who changed his life. This story includes elements of drunkness, bad moral decisions, and a foolish marriage – but all of these sins come to haunt the sinner in the end. This is an old story and the sentence structure and long descriptions may make it difficult reading for the modern reader, but the story is well worth the effort.
Travel to the Italian countryside and experience the most dangerous of all horse races, visit Assateague Island during the famous wild horse round-up, or tramp through the hills of Vermont during the 1700’s with a school teacher and his horse – Marguerite Henry’s books offer history, geography, and adventure in a way that is thoroughly enjoyable. Some of these books are available for purchase independently, but many are not and must be purchased in this set.
Which books would you recommend for 14 and 15 year old girls? I would love to hear your suggestions. Please scroll down to comment.