-reccomends 77 books-
No, but here are a few:
1. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes
There's some swearing, I would say a mature 11 year old could read it.
Rating: 4.99999999 stars...I really don't like giving things a perfect 5 star rating but it comes sooooooo close
The Kevinian cult has taken everything from seventeen-year-old Minnow: twelve years of her life, her family, her ability to trust.
And when she rebelled, they took away her hands, too.
Now their Prophet has been murdered and their camp set aflame, and it's clear that Minnow knows something—but she's not talking. As she languishes in juvenile detention, she struggles to un-learn everything she has been taught to believe, adjusting to a life behind bars and recounting the events that led up to her incarceration. But when an FBI detective approaches her about making a deal, Minnow sees she can have the freedom she always dreamed of—if she’s willing to part with the terrible secrets of her past.
The summary doesn't really do it justice. It hooks you with the first line, however. This book is amazing. I haven't even finished it but it's already one of my favorite books.
2. Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaria
Some swearing, and some, uh, mentions of abuse. Mentions of alcohol and smoking as well.
Age Range: 12+ (I actually kinda agree with this one. A mature 11 year old could also read it)
Rating: 4.5 stars. I don't like to gives things 5 stars because that would mean they're perfect, but this comes close.
It began as an assignment for English class: write a letter to a dead person.
Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to the dead--to people like Janis Joplin, Heath Ledger, Amelia Earhart, and Amy Winehouse--though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating the choppy waters of new friendships, learning to live with her splintering family, falling in love for the first time, and, most important, trying to grieve for May. But how do you mourn for someone you haven't forgiven?
It's not until Laurel has written the truth about what happened to herself that she can finally accept what happened to May. And only when Laurel has began to see her sister as the person she was--lovely and amazing and deeply flawed--can she truly start to discover her own path.
Again, the summary doesn't really do it justice. I don't think any summaries ever do. It's definitely one of my favorite books. It's also being made into a movie, which I just found out.
3. Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk
Age Range: 10+
Rating: 4.2 stars
Growing up in the shadows cast by two world wars, Annabelle has lived a mostly quiet, steady life in her small Pennsylvania town. Until the day new student Betty Glengarry walks into her class. Betty quickly reveals herself to be cruel and manipulative, and while her bullying seems isolated at first, things quickly escalate, and reclusive World War I veteran Toby becomes a target of her attacks. While others have always seen Toby’s strangeness, Annabelle knows only kindness. She will soon need to find the courage to stand as a lone voice of justice as tensions mount.
The summary is reeeeaaaaalllly bad for that one, but I promise you it is an amazing book. It takes place during WWII and is probably one of the few historical fiction books I like.
I may recommend a few more later.