More Than Books: Ages 12+

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Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
Generations of readers young and old, male and female, have fallen in love with the March sisters of Louisa May Alcott’s most popular and enduring novel, Little Women. Here are talented tomboy and author-to-be Jo, tragically frail Beth, beautiful Meg, and romantic, spoiled Amy, united in their devotion to each other and their struggles to survive in New England during the Civil War.

Beautiful Girlhood – Mable Hale
Every worthy book has a reason for its existence that is founded upon true purpose and desire. Whether the writer does justice to her subject or fulfills her purpose, it is the liberty of others to judge; it is her joy, however, to know that her purpose was true and her efforts sincere.
This little book is born of a desire to help and encourage our girls who are struggling with the problems that come up in teens. Youth has its problems, its heartaches, and disappointments. It is not always a smooth path to the perfection of womanhood.
If what I have written should help some girl to a nobler life and truer ideals, then I shall feel that it has accomplished the task I have set for it to do.
—Mabel Hale

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Rosa of Linden Castle – Christoph von Schmid
When all the trappings of Rosa’s life come crashing down around her, the virtues that had been taught to her by her godly parents provide her with direction and guidance even when they are no longer there to walk beside her through the darkened forests.

Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Little House series is based on decades-old memories of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s childhood in the Midwest region of the United States during the late 19th century. The best-known of the books is Little House on the Prairie. The books are told in the third person, with Laura Ingalls acting as the central character and protagonist, and are generally classified as historical fiction rather than as autobiography, although several of the later books are almost purely autobiographical.

Mothers of Famous Men
Take a step back in time and visit with the exceptional mothers of famous men like George Washington, John Wesley, Benjamin West, and Andrew Carnegie. Catch a glimpse of the hearts and character that shaped such unique greatness, and enjoy portions of history revealed.

Mary Jones and Her Bible
Mary Jones lived in Wales over 200 years ago. She worked hard, she loved her parents and was a happy girl. She was only missing one thing-a Bible of her own. She walked fifty miles on her bare feet, just to get a Bible, and she was changed forever.

Little Threads -Mrs. E. Prentiss
It was Mrs. Prentiss’ intent that this little gem would be a tool for children to learn obedience. Read about the contrasting lives of Tangle Thread and Golden Thread, one the cause of much grief for her godly mother, and the other the only bright spot in her poor mother’s world.

The Three Weavers – Annie Fellows Johnston
This is a special allegory for fathers to read to their daughters. As the story goes, once upon a time there were three weavers, and to each was born a daughter. The ‘watcher of weavers’ prophesied, “A royal prince shall seek to wed thy child,” but she must weave a mantle for the prince that will be fair to look upon with rich cloth of gold, and it must fit him as perfectly as the falcon’s feathers fit the falcon.

Christie’s Old Organ – Mrs. O.F Walton
Big Jack finds more at the seashore than a beautiful scene to paint. There is hope for his soul when God brings dear people across his path that were long forgotten. The old barrel organ from Christie’s Old Organ returns in this sequel to draw people together.

Christie, the King’s Servant – Mrs. O.F Walton
A heartwarming story about a young boy who is on a quest to find out how his dear old friend Treffy can get to “home, sweet home.” One of the most famous children’s novels of the Victorian era, Christie’s Old Organ continues to gently draw tender young hearts to the saving knowledge of Jesus.

The Lost Ruby – Christoph von Schmid
This is the story of young Lieutenant Wildberg and the heavy price he paid for succumbing to the subtle temptation of worldly logic. Though at first his “indiscretion” seemed to accomplish a great and noble good, it eventually brought grief and harm to those he loved. He learned that “even the most trivial lie is an evil seed.”

The Inheritance – Christoph von Schmid
A faithful grandson seeks to find help for his blind grandfather. When the old man finally opens his eyes, he sees a painting on the wall before him and realizes that this is the very house where he buried a wealthy man’s inheritance fifty years ago. To their surprise, much more is found than earthly treasure!

The Hedge of Thorns – John Carol
Based on a true story, here is a gripping account of a young boy who learns the hard way that the choices we make can harm those we love the most. Because he desperately wants to know what is on the other side of a hedge of thorns, he puts his little sister in great danger. From his experience, we learn that God places boundaries in our lives because He loves us.

Anne of Green Gables
When Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert of Green Gables, Prince Edward Island, send for a boy orphan to help them out at the farm, they are in no way prepared for the error that will change their lives. The mistake takes the shape of Anne Shirley, a redheaded 11-year-old girl who can talk anyone under the table. Fortunately, her sunny nature and quirky imagination quickly win over her reluctant foster parents. Anne’s feisty spirit soon draws many friends–and much trouble–her way. Not a day goes by without some melodramatic new episode in the tragicomedy of her life. Early on, Anne declares her eternal antipathy for Gilbert Blythe, a classmate who commits the ultimate sin of mocking her hair color. Later, she accidentally dyes that same cursed hair green. Another time, in her haste to impress a new neighbor, she bakes a cake with liniment instead of vanilla. Lucy Maud Montgomery’s series of books about Anne have remained classics since the early 20th century. Her portrayal of this feminine yet independent spirit has given generations of girls a strong female role model, while offering a taste of another, milder time in history.

The House of Love – Mrs. E. Prentiss
Aurelia Wilde is cruelly selfish and downright miserable—a victim of her mother’s desperate attempts to place her delicate “prized possession” on an unreachable pedestal. But her glory is only surface deep. Aurelia’s complaining spirit is a stark contrast to that of her servant-girl, Doris, who knows that in spite of life’s troubles, she will one day “dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

The King’s Daughter/Other Stories
This has over 40 character building stories and 100 illustrations. It is recommended reading with the program “Training Our Daughters to be Keepers at Home.” One home school mother of four years says,”I have literally spent thousands of dollars on educational and character building materials…. and none have been as encouraging, nor as influential as your “old time-stories.”

Daughters of Destiny – Noelle Wheeler
With the skill of a woman who herself was nurtured in the garden of beautiful womanhood by loving Christian parents, Noelle Wheeler reveals to the reader the many character qualities of the woman of God: her love of home; her servant-like spirit; her confidence in Christ; her fervor in defense of family and freedom. The reader will meet frontier wives, patriot daughters, and faithful ladies who labored in the cause of Christ. This book is a compilation of true stories, some harrowing, and each more thrilling than the last, of those past women of faith and fortitude who comprise that great cloud of witnesses which God Almighty has given as a holy testimony of courage to those daughters of destiny who will stand in the 21st century.

Helen’s Temper – Mrs. George Gladstone
Helen and Betty could not be more different in their perspectives of the destitute people that live around them. When Helen, the old sister, hears the story of the Good Samaritan she is rewarded for her classroom achievements, while the other sister chooses to live the example of the Good Samaritan. As Helen lives for herself and is constantly worried about the opinions of others.

A Little Book of Manners: Etiquette for Young Ladies – Emilie Barnes
Beautifully illustrated and easy to read, this book offers hundreds of helpful tips for young ladies. It includes advice on phone etiquette, introductions, table setting and more. A great gift for your favorite young lady!

Journeys of Faithfulness – Sarah Clarkson
Venture into any Christian bookstore and try to locate a serious book written for young women, or girls. Much of what you find will be books written by youth workers trying too hard to be “too cool” with titles like If God is So Good, Why Is My Pizza Soggy, or My Parents Are Soooo Weird, Lord. Try to find a serious book for young women, one actually written by a serious young woman, and you may as well save your energy. But here’s a book that will fill that void, and fill it beautifully with feminine grace and insight.

The Hope Chest: Legacy of Love – Rebekah Wilson
Author Rebekah Wilson has managed to cover every hope chest related idea you could ever think of – and then some! She tells you about the history of hope chests, the need for hope chests, how to build or obtain a chest (and how to be sure that it will meet your needs), and of course, what to put in the hope chest. There are wonderful chapters on almost every aspect of home making and practical living, and every chapter is packed with ways that you can prepare your daughter for home making and how you can help her fill her hope chest with precious tools that she can use as she begins her journey as a grown lady.

The Bronze Bow – Elizabeth George Speare
This historical fiction book is about a boy who is consumed with anger for the Romans who killed his parents when they invaded his homeland of Canaan. After his grandmother died, he is forced to leave the rebel forces he joined to begin caring for his sister. This makes him even angrier and more bitter. But, in town he meets a man named Jesus who will change his life.

Glaucia the Greek Slave: A Tale of Athens in the First Century – Emma Leslie
After the death of her father, Glaucia is sold to a wealthy Roman family to pay his debts. She tries hard to adjust to her new life but longs to find a God who can love even a slave. Meanwhile, her brother, Laon, struggles to find her and to earn enough money to buy her freedom. But what is the mystery that surrounds their mother’s disappearance years earlier and will they ever be able to read the message in the parchments she left for them?

Mother – Kathleen Thompson Norris
This is a difficult age to be a woman. The woman who aspires to raise children for the glory of God, to develop the ministry of the home, or to co-labor with her husband is deemed “old-fashioned” or “unfulfilled.” The modern lure of independence and career has bewitched an entire generation to exchange the beauty of Christian womanhood for the temporary enticements of a society at war with the family. Amidst this confusion, Kathleen Norris’s Mother is a refreshing call to sanity. Mother is the fictional tale of a young lady who leaves home and repudiates family life in the hope of finding personal fulfillment through independence and a career. She decides that home life is a poor choice in the face of life in the big city. But God dramatically changes her heart, and she realizes that wealth and position are illusory and that independence can enslave a young lady. She discovers that the greatest woman she has ever known is her mother. Now she longs for home and for motherhood. After reading this book, one woman wrote, “As I turned the last page, tears filled my eyes. I knelt by my bed and asked God to forgive me for my bitterness and my unwillingness to trust and obey Him.” Vision Forum is pleased to offer this restored and revised version of the 1911 classic in the hope that girls will once again aspire to be like their mothers.

Elsie Dinsmore – Martha Finley
In the nineteenth century, millions of readers learned the meaning of godly womanhood from a little girl named Elsie. Her commitment to principle in the midst of adversity and her passionate love for Jesus Christ were the theme of twenty-eight volumes spanning her life. These are the original twelve volumes presented just as a young lady would have found them one hundred years ago. Over the last several years, I have heard hundreds of reports from homeschoolers and Christian families about the blessings these books have been in their lives. Elsie raises the standard of godly womanhood to new heights. Feminists will not be happy with Elsie. She is a God-honoring young woman who strives to solve problems while working through biblical authority structures.

Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus – Lois Tverberg, Ann Spangler
What would it feel like to sit at the feet of Rabbi Jesus, sensing his power and learning firsthand about his kingdom? By immersing yourself in the culture, customs, prayers, and feasts of first-century Jews, you can enrich your own understanding of the Bible and of Jesus — drawing near to the greatest of all rabbis.

Dear America Series
In more than two dozen novels for DEAR AMERICA, the contributing authors have chosen important events or periods of American history and written about those times through the eyes of a young girl. Fact and fiction join together in the DEAR AMERICA diaries to give a unique perspective to the glorious, and sometimes not so glorious, moments in America’s past. The young girls in this series are from all different backgrounds and each has a different story to tell. The novels also contain an “Historical Notes” section at the end that provides facts, photos, and other material highlighting the actual events that inspired their fictional stories.

A Little Princess – Frances Hodgson Burnett
Sara Crewe is a very intelligent, polite, and creative young girl. Born to a wealthy soldier in India, Sara was brought all the way to London in Victorian-era England for a formal education and to escape the inevitable hardships of India such as disease. At the upscale boarding school, Sara is forced to tolerate the haughty, disdainful headmistress, Miss Minchin. It only gets worse for poor Sara Crewe when a distressing event unfolds to leave her impoverished and at the mercy of the jealous Miss Minchin. Sara undergoes numerous trials as she humbly allows herself to be subjected to servitude, but with the help of several dear friends (both seen and unseen), she remains as proud and unwavering and imaginative as ever, proving to all that anyone can be A Little Princess.

George-isms: The 110 Rules of Civility and Decent Behaviour – George Washington
This is a text that George Washington wrote down when he was fourteen years old and used as a touchstone all his life. Now, George Washington’s one-hundred-ten rules are reprinted and handily “translated” into modern language that any young reader can understand. As a moral compass; as a glimpse of history; or as a peek into the mind of our Founding Father, George-isms is a book that no young American should be without.

Life of Faith Collection
Elsie Dinsmore, Millie Keith, Violet Travilla, and Laylie Colbert are ordinary girls who live different lifestyles, in different places, at different times. Yet each of them discovers the same thing–that the challenges of everyday life require extraordinary faith in God. Now you can experience their captivating stories in this wonderful literary collection of four complete novels–book one of each girl’s life story, available together for the first time.

Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends
Brothers and sisters are among the most important people in life, yet often they are also the most trouble. My brother, sister, and I have become concerned as we have observed the way many siblings fight, argue, and miss out on the close relationship that God intends for them to have. The problem is not just the surface battles, but the underlying attitudes, wrong concepts, and offenses. Many broken relationships never get fixed. Few enjoy the special life-long treasure that God intended. Our emphasis in this book is not merely “getting along” with your brothers and sisters, but making them your best friends. Since every chapter of the book has a section written by each of us, the book has three perspectives and three personalities. It includes many personal stories and insights about how we have learned to become best friends.

Sign of the Beaver – Elizabeth George Speare
Now that twelve-year-old Matt and his father have finished building a comfortable cabin for their family in the Maine wilderness, Matt’s father must leave to bring the rest of the family to the new settlement. Until the day his father returns, Matt must try to survive on his own. Matt is brave, but he’s not prepared for an attack by swarming bees, and he’s astonished when he’s rescued by an Indian chief and his grandson, Attean. As the boys come to know each other, Attean learns to speak English, while Matt becomes a skilled hunter. Many months pass with no sign of Matt’s family. Then Attean asks Matt to join the Beaver tribe and move north. Should Matt abandon his hopes of ever seeing his family again and go on to a new life?

Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan
Once the most deeply cherished book in English-speaking households other than Bible itself, John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress is the allegorical tale of Christian the pilgrim on his journey to the Celestial City. Along the way, Christian encounters both worthy companions and dreadful adversaries. Although this book was written more than three hundred years ago, this stirring spiritual narrative still bears the power to challenge and encourage readers on their own spiritual journeys.

Where the Red Fern Grows – Wilson Rawls
A loving threesome, they ranged the dark hills and river bottoms of Cherokee country. Old Dan had the brawn, Little Ann had the brains — and Billy had the will to train them to be the finest hunting team in the valley. Glory and victory were coming to them, but sadness waited too. And close by was the strange and wonderful power that’s only found…

Black Beauty – Anna Sewell
When the young Black Beauty is sold, he has no idea of the hardships he is about to face. Read his story in his own words as Black Beauty overcomes danger and cruelty, working at everything from pulling cabs in a smog-filled city to carriages in the country.

Kidnapped – Robert Louis Stevenson
This memorable favorite among students is the story of young David Balfour, an orphan, whose miserly old uncle cheats him out of his inheritance and schemes to have him kidnapped, shanghaied, and sold into slavery. But justice triumphs-after a spirited odyssey which includes a shipwreck, a hazardous journey across Scotland, intrigue, and narrow escapes. Rich in action and characterization, this exhilarating novel is considered by the author himself to be his finest work.

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  1. Hannah says:

    I’m 13 years old, and I have read and love lots of the books on your list! I can’t wait to read some of the other books you named! Have a great day!

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