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Old 02-10-2013, 02:13 PM   #31
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Old 02-10-2013, 02:20 PM   #32
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Books I'd recommend for a 16yo whose first language is not English...

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Rebecca
Cold Sassy Tree
The Little Prince
A Seperate Peace (are they still assigning that in grade school or high school?)
...And, of course, The Catcher in the Rye

These are not my favorite books, but they're very easy to read books I think a teen girl would enjoy.
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:08 PM   #33
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I don't normally jump into book threads because I can never pick just one (or shut up about books)
But as someone who hosted an exchange student AND recommends books for a living I thought I would chime in.
First off I think it's nice your friend wants to have so many things available for her student BUT

she will be an individual, with individual tastes, probably not very likely to be like an American teen's taste.

Our exchange student picked a book he had read before (in his own language years ago) for his 1st book assignment for Language Arts class. It was The Witches by Roald Dahl. Yes it is a kids book, but he reads English at a much younger level, and already knowing the jist of the story it was easier for him to understand the English.
For his other books for reading he choose philosophy and art books, He learned about those topics extensively in his country and he wanted to see how they compare in the U.S. I guess.
He did try to read the Lightning Thief, but he didn't care for it.

So I could give you a long list of favorites (though many PP have hit upon some good ones already) but I think your friend should put some of the free classics on the kindle. But wait until her student arrives and has a day or 2 (or 5 or 6) to settle in and has the choice as to what type of book she would be comfortable reading in English before she actually purchases anything for the kindle.
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Old 02-10-2013, 05:24 PM   #34
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Old 02-10-2013, 05:27 PM   #35
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Now that the above poster said it, I want to second it...because I thought it in the first place.

Kids that age can choose their own reading material. Also, if I were going to read books in the language I was learning, I would want to start with books I have already read in English.

We don't know how far along in her studies of English this girl has come. We don't know what she would really want to read.

It is nice to hand this girl books. It would be much nicer to ask her to help select one or two and then buy that for her. Also, ask her if she prefers a Kindle or a real book.
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Old 02-10-2013, 05:52 PM   #36
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"She's Come Undone" by Wally Lamb is quite good. "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy is one of the most haunting things I've ever read.
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:02 PM   #37
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"She's Come Undone" by Wally Lamb is quite good. "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy is one of the most haunting things I've ever read.
I despised "She's Come Undone". Really, really, hated it.

So many of my favourites have been mentioned, but "The Time Traveller's Wife" is my favourite of those that have already been mentioned. Also loved:

To Kill A Mockingbird
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn
Tuesday's With Morrie
The Hunger Games Trilogy
The Help
Secret Daughter

But my all time favourite, bar none, is "As The Crow Flies" by Jeffrey Archer, and another of his books, "Not A Penny More, Not A Penny Less" is a very close second.

Actually, I keep getting "A Tree Grows In Brooklyn" mixed up with another book, which I absolutely loved by can't for the life of me remember what it is (but apparently for the last 35 years, I thought it was "A Tree Grows In Brooklyn!").

It is about a young couple and if follows them through their courtship and early married life. The part I remember clearly is that they didn't have much money and the wife was an artist, so the husband sold his car to buy her painting supplies for Christmas. She, on the other hand, sold her art supplies to buy him tires for his car.

Does anybody know what book I'm talking about? It's not Gift of the Magi, she sold her hair!

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Old 02-10-2013, 06:08 PM   #38
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:14 PM   #39
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Death In The Long Grass

Though it's non fiction and probably wouldn't interest a teen girl unless she's fascinated with African animals and/or hunting.
A favorite of mine. I went to Africa for 6 weeks on my Honeymoon
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:18 PM   #40
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Some of my favorites are
Pride & Prejudice
Sense & Sensibility
Harry Potter Series
Gone with the Wind
Black Beauty
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:31 PM   #41
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The Lovely Bones was one of my favorite reads. I also really enjoyed these: So many more, just so hard to name only 1!

The Great Gatsby
My Sisters Keeper
The Bell Jar
The Fountainhead
The Master and Margarita

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Old 02-10-2013, 07:10 PM   #42
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The best book I have ever read was The Stand, without question.

I'd have a hard time picking a second, or a third. I really enjoyed Anne Rice's Interview With a Vampire series when I was a teenager. My favorite most recent book was The Art of Racing in the Rain. Loved every minute of it.
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:26 PM   #43
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My favorite book is The Time Traveler's Wife. I also really love The Five People You Meet In Heaven.
I'm currently reading 11/22/63 and I think I'd have to put that on my favorites list too.

I don't think any of them would appeal to a foreign teenager though
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:29 PM   #44
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Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow (same story told from different POV)
Her Fearful Symmetry (by the author of Time Traveler's Wife, and definitely on Kindle)

It's near impossible to pick just ONE favorite book.
I was going to say the Ender series. Orson Scott Card has been one of my favorite authors forever. I made my husband read Ender's Game and he had read all of the older series within the week!!
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:31 PM   #45
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Cool

From high school until this year (a long, long time) my favorite was a book titled, "Wind from the Carolina's" by Robert Wilder.

This year I read 11/22/63 by Stephen King and was blown away by his writing and imagination and story telling as well as his ability to tie everything up at the end. Wonderful Story about Time Travel.

I have known that King was a very prolific writer and to be honest most of his stuff was not to my taste, but this one hit the button.
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