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James asks…

What are some great books for a tween who reads teenage books?

She loves reading books like Harry Potter, the Hunger Games, Everlost, and anything like that? She hates twilight!

New Niche Finder answers:

Story of a girl – Sara Zarr
After she is caught with her brother’s friend in the back seat of his car, Deanna has to deal with a ruined reputation.

Wait for me – An Na
When Mina falls in love with a young coworker at her parents’ dry cleaners, she struggles between her mother’s dreams for her and true love.

Someone like Summer – M.E. Kerr
When Annabel, daughter of a contractor, and Esteban, a Latino immigrant, begin a relationship, they are at odds with many of the supercilious residents in the resort town of Seaview.

More than friends – Katherine Spencer
After her brother dies, Grace finds herself falling for his best friend Jackson, who has some serious problems of his own.

Enthusiasm – Polly Shulman
Fans of Jane Austen’s novels, Julie and Ashleigh decide to imitate their heroine and try to discover True Love in high school.

Undercover – Beth Kephart
A quiet girl writes love notes for the people in her school, but her feelings for one student may change her.

The Market – J.M. Steele
When Kate finds out that someone is rating all the girls in her class, she is determined to make sure her score rises, no matter what it takes.

Sixteen candles – Tia Williams
Tangie and her friends juggle romance, classes, and the arts with their friendship as the “It Chicks”.

Good enough – Paula Yoo
Patti is trying to get into an Ivy League school to please her parents, but this Korean-American teen also wants to have fun.

Divine Confidential – Jacquelin Thomas
After she moves from Hollywood to Georgia, Divine still wants to live her life as a diva and find romance.

A higher geometry – Sharelle Byars Moranville
In the late 1950s, Anna feels she must choose between the traditional role her parents expect of her and her dream of going to college to study mathematics.

Every crooked pot – Renee Rosen
Nina uses makeup and different hairstyles to hide her birthmark over one eye, in hopes of fitting in.

Maggie Bean stays afloat – Tricia Rayburn
Maggie has changed, through Pound Patrollers diet and exercise, but can she attract Peter Applewood and still keep her old friends?

Cures for heartbreak – Margo Rabb
After her mother dies and her father becomes sick, Mia deals with growing up and finding love.

Mistik Lake – Martha Brooks
Odella yearns to know the answers to family secrets that have affected three generations of women in her family.

Off-Color – Janet McDonald
A white girl and her mother are suddenly forced into public housing, where she struggles for acceptance while also discovering she’s biracial.

So not the drama – Paula Chase
Mina is determined that she will be as popular in high school as she was in middle school.

Donna asks…

What are some good books for a middle school girl?

I like a wide variety of books. I don’t really like sci-fi. Here are some books I’ve liked:

Pretty Little Liars (series)
Lying Game (series)
Twilight Saga (series)
Twenty Boy Summer
Blackthorn Winter
Maximum Ride (series)

That’s just a couple I’ve really liked. If there are any that are somewhat like those or maybe by the same author, I would love to hear your suggestions. Thanks!

New Niche Finder answers:

You might like one of these YA novels:

Story of a girl – Sara Zarr
After she is caught with her brother’s friend in the back seat of his car, Deanna has to deal with a ruined reputation.

Wait for me – An Na
When Mina falls in love with a young coworker at her parents’ dry cleaners, she struggles between her mother’s dreams for her and true love.

Someone like Summer – M.E. Kerr
When Annabel, daughter of a contractor, and Esteban, a Latino immigrant, begin a relationship, they are at odds with many of the supercilious residents in the resort town of Seaview.

More than friends – Katherine Spencer
After her brother dies, Grace finds herself falling for his best friend Jackson, who has some serious problems of his own.

Enthusiasm – Polly Shulman
Fans of Jane Austen’s novels, Julie and Ashleigh decide to imitate their heroine and try to discover True Love in high school.

Undercover – Beth Kephart
A quiet girl writes love notes for the people in her school, but her feelings for one student may change her.

The Market – J.M. Steele
When Kate finds out that someone is rating all the girls in her class, she is determined to make sure her score rises, no matter what it takes.

Sixteen candles – Tia Williams
Tangie and her friends juggle romance, classes, and the arts with their friendship as the “It Chicks”.

Good enough – Paula Yoo
Patti is trying to get into an Ivy League school to please her parents, but this Korean-American teen also wants to have fun.

Divine Confidential – Jacquelin Thomas
After she moves from Hollywood to Georgia, Divine still wants to live her life as a diva and find romance.

A higher geometry – Sharelle Byars Moranville
In the late 1950s, Anna feels she must choose between the traditional role her parents expect of her and her dream of going to college to study mathematics.

Every crooked pot – Renee Rosen
Nina uses makeup and different hairstyles to hide her birthmark over one eye, in hopes of fitting in.

Maggie Bean stays afloat – Tricia Rayburn
Maggie has changed, through Pound Patrollers diet and exercise, but can she attract Peter Applewood and still keep her old friends?

Cures for heartbreak – Margo Rabb
After her mother dies and her father becomes sick, Mia deals with growing up and finding love.

Mistik Lake – Martha Brooks
Odella yearns to know the answers to family secrets that have affected three generations of women in her family.

Off-Color – Janet McDonald
A white girl and her mother are suddenly forced into public housing, where she struggles for acceptance while also discovering she’s biracial.

So not the drama – Paula Chase
Mina is determined that she will be as popular in high school as she was in middle school.

Lisa asks…

How much is 300 pounds in a 1958 bank account worth now?

My friend has discovered the bank book of his deceased mother in a Barclays bank account from 1958 for 300GBP. What is the likely balance today? What kind of interest rate is likely? How could I verify the interest rates for this period.

New Niche Finder answers:

£300 will still be worth £300 today unless of course they’ve been paying her interest. It would be unlikely for them not to be. Also, in order to access the money & close the account he’ll need to go into Barclays with her death certificate. It would be difficult to gain interest rates from that far back.. If not impossible. You could work it out from the interest she was paid monthly or annually into the account when compared to the balance at the time. The bank only holds 6 years worth of statements though so I doubt you’d be able to go back any further than that. The kind of interest rate is totally dependent on the type of account, a current account will have a much lower interest rate than a savings. Best to ask your friend to go the branch they’ll be able to give him some information.

Susan asks…

What’s the name of the fiction book about a secret book in Spain?

I read it a couple of years ago so I know it’s a newish book. I believe it takes place in Spain and is a love story. A father takes his young son to a secret library where the boy discovers a very rare book. As he grows, he falls in love and becomes obsessed with the book’s history.

New Niche Finder answers:

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I have the book. It’s really good! :)

Mark asks…

Whats a really good beginner book for witchcraft and a good book for herbal information?

Just basically a beginners books to Craft and a herbal book to make the spells.

New Niche Finder answers:

Hi there.

You have some good suggestions so far. It’s interesting you are saying ‘craft’ rather than Wicca – Craft to me means ‘Old Craft’ ie pre wicca.

Here is an excellent source of Old Craft books, their herbals and lore books are outstanding.

Http://www.ignotuspress.com/

I would take much of what Scott Cunningham says about herbs with a pinch of salt (lol) he’s good on the info but not so good on the warnings about when not to use it (like camphor around anyone with asthma)

For better info check out books by Anna Franklin (again a UK author) I believe she has a herbal book that is excellent.

However for herbal information you can’t beat a really good actual herb book, Culpepers Herbal – very old but still a good one – is excellent, along with any modern herbal you can get your hands on (some of culpeper has the old lore but not the recently discovered warnings)

Beginners books for the Craft

Anything by Kate West
Anything by the Farrers if you are interested in Wicca
Wicca by Vivianne crowley – again excellent.
13 moons by Fiona Walker Craven – this is a combined coursebook and intro book, very highly reccomended (Old craft)
Again anything in the Ignotus stable

Another publisher – again UK – sorry but most of my experience is with UK books – is Capall bann, find their books online at their website :)
Bright blessings and welcome to the path.

Sorry to be a downer, some of the lewellyn books are very good but equally a good few of them are rather more fluffy than you may be wanting. Look for other publishing houses rather than them.

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