This summer I entered the teen reading contest that is held by our local library. Some people are bookworms...I'm one of them. The hardest part of being in a reading contest is finding good books to read! My mother pre-reads every book before I read it, and she can't keep up with me. Some really good books I have read are these:
Title: The Hollow Tree; Author: Janet Lunn;
Title: Mercy Clifton Pilgrim Girl; Author: Peter Marshall;
Title: The Chronicles of Narnia; Author: C. S. Lewis
The Mandie Series
Rachel Yoder-Always Trouble Somewhere; Author: Wanda E. Brunstetter
Title: Gratefully Yours; Author: Jane Buchanan
Title: Hank's Story; Author: Jane Buchanan
Title: Goodbye Charley; Author: Jane Buchanan (Slightly good)
The Cul-da-sac kids; Author: Beverly Lewis
These books were extremely good. I looked up at the library the other books Janet Lunn made, because The Hollow Tree is my favourite book! The other books Janet Lunn made are on the next list, the books that aren't very good.
Title: Twin Spell; Author Janet Lunn
Title: The Root Cellar; Author: Janet Lunn
Title: Jip: His Story; Author: Katherine Paterson
The Wormling Books (they might be good for your brother, whom I'd advise to be 13 or up) Author: Jerry B. Jenkins
Red Rock Mysteries; Author: Jerry B. Jenkins
Left Behind: Kids Series; Author: Jerry B. Jenkins
Janet Lunn's book Twin Spell is very dark, if you search Greene County Library Reading Contest, and look on the second page of book reviews, you'll see the review on it.
The Root Cellar is about an orphan girl who goes to be with family and is very snobby and sassy.
Jip: His Story is about a Gypsy boy, and the book is quite dark.
The Wormling books are about a boy finding out he's a lost prince and has to fight the head dragon, who is representing Satan, the way Jenkins describes the dragon is quite disgusting.
Red Rock mysteries is about 13-year-old twins and they are quite sassy.
Left Behind: Kids Series is where some children are left behind from the Rapture, and they are very sassy.
I talked to a friend about the author Beverly Lewis, and she says she does not like the author. Beverly Lewis has very 'mushy' teenage Amish books, makes the teenagers look like they make all the right decisions, and makes it look like the parents are the 'bad guys', by keeping them from courting outside of the community, and punishing them.
My friend said that she doesn't want to fill her mind with those books, because when she get's to the age to make those decisions about who she wants to live the rest of her life with, and her parents start making decisions for her, she doesn't want to start thinking that they're the 'bad guys' like Beverly Lewis makes the parents in her teenage Amish books look like.
Her children's series The Cul-da-sac Kids, are very good, but I wouldn't advise anyone to read the teenager books from Beverly Lewis.
The good books I put on the 'Good Book' list were extremely good (minus Goodbye Charley), they would be worth reading.
Hope this post was helpful to you!