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Charles asks…

What are some books you would suggest for a twelve year old?

What are some books you would suggest for someone around twelve years old (give or take a year or two)?
Favourite books are Harry Potter, Percy Jackson and the Hunger Games. Likes mysteries too.

New Niche Finder answers:

Maximum Ride series by James Patterson – A genetic experiment turns Maximum Ride and her friends into kids with unique abilites. Http://www.shvoong.com/books/science-fiction/2235852-james-patterson-angel-experiment-maximum/

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart – four children are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at a strange new school

The Sisters Grimm books by MIchael Buckley – two orphaned sisters, Sabrina and Daphne, are sent to live with their mysterious grandmother and encounter a hilarious mix of mysteries and fairy tale twists. (8 books in series) http://www.shvoong.com/books/classic-literature/1943589-sisters-grimm-fairy-tale-detectives/

The Magic Thief (Book One) and Found (Book Two) by Sarah Prineas – a young thief is pulled into a life of magic and adventure after picking the pocket of the powerful wizard.

The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forrester – Piper McCloud tries to keep her extraordinary ability to fly hidden, but when her secret is discovered, she is taken to a government facility for exceptionally gifted children called I.N.S.A.N.E. Http://www.shvoong.com/books/science-fiction/2200372-girl-fly/

Hope this helps!

James asks…

What popular teen books have a strong female character that could be a good role model?

Like Hermione Granger from Harry Potter or Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games.
I need to read more books that have strong female characters in them.
I really dislike characters like Bella Swan from Twilight, the damsels in distress types.

New Niche Finder answers:

Maximum Ride, from the Maximum Ride series (by James Patterson), is smart and is definitely not a damsel in distress. Summary: The books are about six or seven kids and teens who were genetically engineered to be 98% human, 2% bird. Basically, they have wings. The series is a fast paced action thriller type of book.

Alanna, from the Lioness Quartet (by Tamora Pierce), is smart, capable, and brave. Summary: The books are structured around a medieval country, Tortall. It is customary for men to become knights (or mages/sorcerers), and the women to be wives/mothers. Alanna and her twin, Thom, don’t want to follow the normal way of life. Alanna pretends that she is a boy, named Alan, and her brother goes to the convent where they instruct young apprentice mages.

Dicey, from the Homecoming series (by Cynthia Voigt), is a strong, brave character. Summary: Her family is poor and her mom is single (the dad left them). Her mom takes them to the mall but then has some sort of amnesia and forgets about them. Dicey, the oldest (13 years old), has to lead her family to their aunt’s house. They have $11 to get them there, and it takes them a few weeks.

Meg, from A Wrinkle in Time (by Madeleine L’Engle), is stubborn and smart. Summary: Meg longs for her father, who has mysteriously disappeared. She becomes friends with fellow student Calvin O’Keefe, who joins Meg and Charles Wallace in traveling by tesseract to other planets and provides Meg much-needed emotional support. Together they rescue Dr. Murry on the dark planet Camazotz. Meg ultimately rescues Charles Wallace from Camazotz as well, not through her own intelligence or strength but simply by loving him.

Tris, from Divergent (by Veronica Roth), is smart, brave, and selfless. Summary: Tris lives in a world where there are five factions: Abnegation (Selfless), Dauntless (Brave), Erudite (Smart), Candor (Honest), and Amity (Peaceful). At the age of 16, you pick your faction based on the apitude test you had a few days before. For almost everyone, the apitude test gives one result, which they then choose. However, Tris’s results are inconclusive. She could be part of the Erudite, the Dauntless, or the Abnegation. She is Divergent. After she chooses, she discovers an Erudite plot to take control of their city, and crazy stuff happens.

Hope this helps!

Michael asks…

What books are used in the TV show Supernatural?

Bobby and the boys are always researching their targets. I caught a glimpse of the inside of one of the books in the second episode of season 4, and I want it. I’m talking about the research books, not the fan fiction books. I’d like a list of all of them, please, or at least tell me who I can talk to to find out what the titles of the books are. Thanks in advance.

New Niche Finder answers:

Yes. I’ve recently discovered that there are books written by different authors. Unfortunatly, I havent read any of them, so I cant tell you how true to the show they are. I do know that they dont “re-tell” the show series though.

By Keith R.A. DeCandido:
“Supernatural: Nevermore”
“Supernatural: Bone Key”
“Supernatural: Heart of the Dragon”

“Supernatural: The Unholy Cause” by Joe Schreiber

“Supernatural: Witch’s Canyon” by Jeff Mariotte

“Supernatural: War of the Sons” by Rebecca Dessertine

There are also movie companions (“Supernatural: The Official Companion Season 1” (2, 3, etc…) by Titan books.


The “Supernatural Book of Monsters, Spirits, Demons, and Ghouls” and “John Winchester’s Journal” by Alex Irvine. Which both focus on the monster mythology.

“In the Hunt: Unauthorized Essays on Supernatural” put out by supernatural.tv and published by Benbella Books.

And a mini comic book series, published by Wildstorm, that is a prequel to the show called “Supernatural:Origins”, and another comic series that follows that up called “Supernatural:Rising Son.”

Nancy asks…

What are some good books for a young teen?

I really love reading but I’m pretty picky when it comes to books, if anyone can suggest a book with some of the details I will list, I would really appreciate it.

Ok so I like books that are about teens an what they go through, like romance, depression, friend troubles, and stuff like that.

I also like books that are kinda mysterious and scary. With a mystery that you wouldn’t expect and a scary outcome.

I also like when books have kind of a fantasy side, (ex warriors) with characters that are different and stuff.

Sorry I’m not really good with details but if anyone has any suggestions, don’t be afraid to let me know! Thanks a bunch!

New Niche Finder answers:

Okay, I can help. My favorite books while growing up were:

Take a Thief by Mercedes Lackey
Skif was an orphan who would have died from malnutrition and exposure if he had never met Deke the pickpocket. By the time he was twelve, Skif was an accomplished cat burglar. But it wasn’t until he decided to steal a finely tacked-out white horse, which was, oddly enough, standing unattended in the street, that this young thief discovered that the tables could turn on him–and that he himself could be stolen!

Dragon Joulsters by Mercedes Lackey
Hunger, anger, and hatred are constants for young Vetch, rendered a brutally mistreated and overworked serf by the Tian conquest of his homeland. But everything improves when a Tian jouster requisitions Vetch to become the first serf ever to be a dragon boy. His training is intense, and his duty clear-cut: to tend his jouster, Ari, and his dragon, Kashet. He discovers that, because Ari himself had hatched Kashet, the dragon is different from others that have been captured live in the wild and must be drugged to be made tractable. Giving anything else away will ruin the book.

The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan
After getting expelled from yet another school for yet another clash with mythological monsters only he can see, twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is taken to Camp Half-Blood, where he finally learns the truth about his unique abilities: He is a demigod, half human, half immortal. Even more stunning: His father is the Greek god Poseidon, ruler of the sea, making Percy one of the most powerful demigods alive. There’s little time to process this news. All too soon, a cryptic prophecy from the Oracle sends Percy on his first quest, a mission to the Underworld to prevent a war among the gods of Olympus.

Mary asks…

What books should young archaeologist/historian hopefuls read?

I love reading, and I would love to find a list of books that I could just check off that will prepare me for a future in archaeology.

New Niche Finder answers:

This is a huge and exciting field. Some recent solid introductions to the subject can be found in:

Colin Renfrew and Paul Bahn–Archaeology: Theories, Methods, and Practice
Brian M. Fagan and Christopher R. DeCorse–In the Beginning: An Introduction to Archaeology

Fagan has also written Archaeology: A Brief Introduction. Renfrew and Fagan are the giants in this field.

Beyond the general intros, there are hundreds of works specializing in specific areas. One example would be Ancient Cities by Charles Gates, centering on ancient Greece and the Middle East.

An interesting study of the recent developments in the field of prehistory can be found in The First Human: The race to Discover Our Earliest Ancestors by Ann Gibbons.

I hope this helps. Good luck!

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