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My 13-year-old daughter has read a lot of teen fiction, but she's tired of dystopian and fantasy, and she's not really ready for relationship stories. She says she likes books with "quirky characters" (her words). Some of her favorites have been Rebecca Stead's LIAR AND SPY and WHEN YOU REACH ME.

Anyone have any recommendations of MG and/or YA that fit the bill? In time for Christmas shipping? :)

Thanks!
#1 - December 18, 2013, 07:48 PM
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Has she tried the Secret Benedict Society books, by Trenton Lee Stewart? 
#2 - December 18, 2013, 07:53 PM

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Counting by 7s. The MC is super smart and quirky. Also Millicent Min, Girl Genius by Lisa Yee.

#3 - December 18, 2013, 08:01 PM

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I second this series. Really fun books.

Also, what about the book where the three rich kids lose their parents in a house fire and go to live with their guardian's family...UNTIL their evil uncle? shows up and tries to steal their fortune (and kill the kids)? Obviously, I can't remember the name of the series. I believe the kids have minor powers. The eldest is a girl, the middle is a boy, and then there's a baby. 
#4 - December 18, 2013, 08:40 PM
PRUDENCE, THE PART-TIME COW, A CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK, BUSY BUS series, EMERGENCY KITTENS, and more!
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Wendy Mass has a lot of quirky characters (and a lot of MG novels  :yup ). 
#5 - December 18, 2013, 10:38 PM

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Anna and the French Kiss or any of the Ally Carter books.
#6 - December 19, 2013, 02:42 AM
The GILDED series (Skyscape/ACP)
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Based on her preference for Rebecca Stead's books, I'd recommend The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman by Meg Wolitzer and The Indigo Notebook by Laura Resau. A great book with a bit older (age) concept is What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell.
#7 - December 19, 2013, 03:55 AM
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Flora & Ulysses has a couple of quirky kids, and it's laugh-out-loud funny, too :lol3


And Jody, is it Lemony Snickett?
#8 - December 19, 2013, 04:12 AM
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2019, Dancing with Daisy (PB)
2019, Say What You Mean (MG)
2018, Talking to the Moon (MG)
2018, A Halifax Time-Travelling Tune (PB)

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YES, jan. Thanks for putting me out of my misery! A Series of Unfortunate Events.

By the way, I'm loving these suggestions. Looking forward to reading some of them over the break.
#9 - December 19, 2013, 04:37 AM
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One of my absolute favorites is Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick. Great voice, quirky MC, contemporary plot and although it hits some serious subject matter it has a fabulous uplifting end to it.


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#10 - December 19, 2013, 06:27 AM
BLACK FLOWERS, WHITE LIES, Sky Pony Press, 2016
PANDEMIC, Sky Pony Press, 2014
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Thanks, everyone! I'm going with Counting by 7s. But I'm definitely going to come back to this list for future recs.

#11 - December 19, 2013, 09:31 AM
"No furniture is so charming as books."
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I ordered Counting by 7s for my daughter, too, based on some reviews. It sounds like a good one.
#12 - December 19, 2013, 10:07 AM
THE DARING PRINCE DASHING, Sky Pony Press - available now!

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#13 - December 19, 2013, 11:17 AM
www.heleneboudreau.com

Author of the REAL MERMAIDS tween series, RED DUNE ADVENTURES chapter book series, I DARE YOU NOT TO YAWN (2013) and more.

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Ooo, this is great stuff! My almost-12-year-old daughter reads well above her age, but I'm looking for books that are less focused on romance/dating/etc and that are not terribly heavy. These are perfect suggestions!
#14 - December 19, 2013, 12:58 PM

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SAVVY by ingrid law



#15 - December 19, 2013, 01:32 PM
The Safest Lie in stores now
The End of the Line - VOYA Top Shelf & YALSA Quick Pick
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May be a little young for her, but the May Bird series, starting with May Bird & the Ever After by Jodi Lynn Anderson has the quirkiest of characters.


The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann
I'll put in a second vote for Savvy by Ingrid Law


I'm looking forward to seeing what others suggest. I love quirky characters myself!
#16 - January 01, 2014, 11:02 AM

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You could try Hilary McKay's series about the Casson family... Saffy's Angel, Indigo's Star, Permanent Rose, Caddy Ever After, and I think maybe one more.  They are quirky, funny at times, and poignant at others.


I'll also second the recommendation for Millicent Min, especially if Counting by 7s goes over well.
#17 - January 01, 2014, 01:06 PM

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Thanks! I keep adding these to my list.

I gave her Counting By 7s, and although she hasn't read it yet, I did, and I LOVED it. What a beautifully written, funny, quirky, satisfying story! I highly recommend. :)
#18 - January 01, 2014, 01:52 PM
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