I was talking to my roommate the other day and we were talking about books we read when we were the ages of 10-13. She thought that it was hilarious that I was reading Babysitter Club, Sweet Valley High, steamy grocery store romance novels and the Flowers in the Attic series.
She said that the range was too extreme from one to another, particularly for someone that age. We laughed about it, but I had never thought about it that way.
I have a little sister (12) and cousin (16) who have developed a love for reading and when I am looking for books for them, it is extremely hard. I don't want to give them "today's" version of Babysitter Club and Sweet Valley High, but I also don't think (nor will they want to) they will read the Autobiography of Frederick Douglass. I cannot find a perfect balance of the two. Something that can peak their interest but also instill knowledge.
When I was their age, my mom never restricted or monitored the books I read. Maybe she could not imagine that I was reading adult material at that age. She never once asked me what the book was about. I think she was too busy wondering where I even got the love of reading from since no one around me read.
I do not think I reading those books had some kind of impact on me (both good or bad) other than feeding my appetite for reading. However being that I am not their parent, I will not want to introduce them to books their parents would them deem unsuitable. For instance, I know for my little sister, her mother does not want her reading the "Twilight" series. Even though I am not interested in the series, I thought that it would have been a great thing for the both of us (like our own private book club for two) to do since we have a 16-year age difference.
With that being said, how can I expand the minds of these two young ladies? What books do you guys suggest I get them to read? Especially for the 16 year old who is preparing to go off to college in another two years.