Inspire Your Teen With 23 Important Books By Influential Women

These important women make it their life goal to motivate and inspire young girls

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These important women authors know what it’s like to be a teenage girl. They give seriously powerful life advice and act as healthy role models for teen girls to follow.

The books we’ve picked are a wide variety. But importantly, they are all written in a way that captures the attention of every teenage girl.

There’s no reason to skip out – books are the way dreams are born and worries are quashed. The first step is reading our handy descriptions of each book since you know your teen girl best!

#1 Awesome Advantages of Being a Tall Girl by Patricia Keith-Spiegel

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Being taller than the average adolescent girl (and, often enough, the average boy) during the early teenage years can contribute to emotional distress and negative self-image. Awesome Advantages of Being a Tall Girl offers the considerable positive research-based news to the 8% of female teens who are 5’8 or taller. Being called giraffe or lamp post are temporary assaults. The many positives of being a tall girl will last for a lifetime. These include: looking great in almost any outfit, being better at many sports, earning (on average) more money than shorter women, getting attention (which can come in handy), and being perceived of as more intelligent and as a leader, just to name a few.

#2 I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

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It doesn’t get more inspiring than this, the first-person account of Malala Yousafzai. Malala was not afraid to speak up against the Taliban, even though it meant risking it all. In 2012 Malala was shot in the head, but she miraculously survived. Since then, she has gone on to speak at the UN and to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. This book is a true story about vision, determination, and bravery.

#3 Code 47 To BREV Force by F Barish-Stern

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How about a new sci-fi trilogy? Does the reader get into the superhero craze? Code 47 to BREV Force by F. Barish-Stern is a superhero trilogy that chronicles the adventures of 2 college students, the Kane twins who try to save their friends, family and eventually the world from a computer virus and its holograms, and in the process become superheroes. As BREV Force they experience the responsibility of superheroes but also learn the burden that responsibility can hold. They learn that the trials and tribulations of having power also reveal their strengths and vulnerabilities, and when the costumes and masks come off, they hope that they can be accepted for who they really are.

#4 Tell It To The Future

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History can be dry but how about stories about times gone by that bring them to life. TELL IT TO THE FUTURE, Have I Got a Story For You about the Twentieth Century, by Bobbi Madry and Francine Cefola, is a compilation of stories taken from each decade of the 20th Century and written by the people who lived each time. Stories that come alive with details to bring each decade of the 20th Century to life and give the reader a front seat view of the times. Let TELL IT TO THE FUTURE take you back to an earlier time. a time most have forgotten, or never really know. The events of the 20th Century may be gone, but the amazing happenings have influenced out lives and left lasting results. Travel now back with us through the compilation of Stories written by the people who lived them in each decade of the 20th century.

Experience these 20th century stories 1900’s-1999; Immigrants, Roaring Twenties, Street Games World War II; 1950’s Catskill Mountain bungalows; 1960 flower children, assassinations; 1970’s disco era, 1980’s -1990’s Aids, New York Yankees, Desert Storm, Y2K; Music through the Century; Story telling that entertains informs and educates as it builds bridges to human understanding. TELL IT TO THE FUTURE, is storytelling at the core of history; told by the people who lived it…not famous people but by people from all walks of life. They share their overview of history and with timelines of events these stories written by writers age 18 to 93, really make history come alive.

Some stories are witty, some filled with wisdom, and other will pull at your heart strings. This book leaves personal messages that bind the generations together. It is our hope that people of all ages will get a better understanding of where we came from, how we got here and where our combined efforts can take us. Whether you lived those years, or just want to learn what life was like, everyone will find something in this book and by sharing our knowledge, hopes and dreams, together we can transcend …and TELL IT TO THE FUTURE!

#5 How to Write Your Book

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“Teen Girls more than any other age use writing as an outlet to connect to their feelings. Many girls find they also have great stories that they just want to bring to life. It is an exciting time to begin writing and How To Write Your Book is the gift of a lifetime.to experience your dream come true through writing!

Creative Writing is a gift that can last a lifetime. This book can help anyone who has a desire to write. HOW TO WRITE YOUR BOOK, From an Idea to Your Published Story, also written by F. Barish-Stern, and Bobbi Madry is easy to follow. But best of all it is fun, and interactive. The methods used have helped so many to achieve their dream of beginning, writing and especially finishing their story! Teen girls will love the 3 Wise Guides, the writer, the editor and the publisher who travel along the Write Road, to give them writer’s help all along the way. Through detours, bends in the road and road blocks, they help navigate the construction of a story that ends with a finished product. Written as a step by step 12 Chapter road trip, the guides provide the Power of 3 with their advice, quips and reviews that add to the tools every writer needs and most of all, they are there, sharing their expertise and who wouldn’t want the advice of a professional writer, editor and publisher when writing their book?”

#6 Teen Girls Q & A by Dr Stem Sithembile Mahlatini

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As a mental health professional, Parent and Teen Coach for over 20 years, I realized that there are many teenagers who were clue less about the topics I covered in this book. I wanted to make sure every teenage girl has a basic life 101 manual they can read about what is going on at every stage in their life as well as know how to deal with external and internal circumstances they will face. This is an easy to read that teenage girls and their parents can also use to address difficult issues and situations.

#7 Harley in the Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman

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“The Greatest Showman meets This Is Us by way of Sarah Dessen in this heart-wrenching, hopeful contemporary novel about a multiracial teen who risks it all to follow her dreams by joining the circus, from the critically-acclaimed author of Starfish.

Harley Milano has dreamed of becoming a trapeze artist for as long as she can remember. With parents who run a famous circus in Las Vegas, she spends almost every night in the big top watching their lead aerialist perform, wishing with all her heart and soul that she would be up there herself one day.

After a huge fight with her parents, who continue to insist she go to school instead, Harley leaves home, betrays her family, and joins the rival traveling circus Maison du Mystere. There, she is thrust into a world that is both brutal and beautiful, where she learns the value of hard work, passion, and collaboration. At the same time, Harley must come to terms with the truth of her family and her past-and reckon with the sacrifices she made and the people she hurt in order to follow her dreams.

From award-winning author Akemi Dawn Bowman comes a luminous, unforgettable examination of love, loyalty, and the hard choices we must make to find where we truly belong.”

#8 Evolution of Goddess by Emma Mildon

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By examining goddess myths, folklore, and archetypes, Mildon seeks to encourage her readers to look within themselves to find their own inner goddess. For someone who wants a light-hearted book with colloquial prose to help them explore their femininity, this one is it.

#9 The Cinderella Fix, Delving Deeper by Faithaline Hippolyte

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Teenage girls go through many challenges concerning their self-esteem and identity. This book uses themes from a beloved fairy tale that most teenage girls would be familiar with, to show how God’s care and personal involvement in a girl’s life can fill her with confidence and joy.

#10 My Beautiful Detour by Amy Oestreicher

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This book shares how my senior year of high school, after surviving sexual abuse by a teacher, I fell into a coma at 18 years old. The is an inspiring comeback story, after seven years unable to eat or drink, and 28 surgeries, my digestive system was miraculously reconstructed and I learned not only to survive, but thrive in spite of obstacles. The book shares the tools that help name, chairs my journey learning to online date after my 27th surgery, getting married, going through divorce, starting college at age 25, and learning how to become a woman, even when my life and body had changed seemingly overnight. I share how every teenage girl can tap into their inherent creative resources to learn how to be confident in who they are.

#11 Surviving Broken Promises by Cornelia Gibson

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“I am recommending this book for mature teenage girls because it showshow to survive and thrive after being involved in different relationships. Thisbook was once used as required reading for a high school program. This book will have the reader, laughing, crying, and inspired.

Surviving Broken Promises coversthe life of Cassandra, a sixteen year old black female, up through the age ofthirty-three. Cassandra’s character starts off young and naive but sheeventually progresses into a very intelligent woman. It tells how her life wasdrastically changed due to broken promises of boys and then men. Cassandrasurvived, endured and prospered through being a teenage mother, a batteredwife, adultery, being the other woman, an inter-racial relationship and mentalillness.”

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“Today’s girl has to deal with bullying, bad hair days, gossip, not to mention never-ending streams of violence, vampires and vapid entertainment. This book suggests they fill their minds with, as the

Bible quote says, whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy.

Whatever Is Lovely posits that girls can totally their life by changing their thoughts. With examples based on ordinary girls, each of these 90 devotionals will show readers how to fill their heads and their hearts with virtues taken straight from Philippians 4:8, helping them grow closer to God and the amazing life he intended for them.

Featuring a trendy color interior, a ribbon marker, and journaling lines to write thoughts, Whatever Is Lovely will inspire readers to reflect on the devotionals and fill their mind with uplifting thoughts instead of garbage.”

#13 Searching for God in the Garbage by Bracha Goetz

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Experience what goes on inside the mind of a Harvard grad who broke the habits that were imprisoning her in this raw and candid memoir about overcoming eating disorders.

#14 Joy Seeker by Shannon Kaiser

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Feeling the need to constantly do more and be better can leave you feeling anxious and hopeless. Inspirational speaker and life coach Shannon Kaiser is no stranger to the harmful patterns and routines we get ourselves into-in her new book Joy Seeker, Kaiser teaches readers how to focus on the things that matter most, regain hope and how to dig down deep and truly discover the person you’re supposed to be. This book also gives readers the chance to participate in journaling and other exercises that will help you break out of the routines that are holding you back from being your best self.

#15 Fearless Public Speaking by Joy Jones

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Every woman needs to find her voice and if she begins while she’s still young – so much the better! Outlining, ad-libbing, composing, performing, writing and reciting – everything you need is found in this fun yet practical guide. In addition to easy-to-read text, the book features easy-to-implement exercises that reinforce the concepts.

#16 Living Cancer Free by Sara Quiriconi

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“As the author of the book, I can openly say it’s more about teenage struggles and finding my SELF than it is about cancer. 18 years I struggled with an Eating Disorder, self-acceptance, esteem, and learning to feel and be intuitive in my own skin.

Feedback from readers have openly expressed This was so insightful for me as a mother, and I definitely want my daughter to read this.”

#17 Seraphina Does Everything by Melissa Gratias

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Seraphina Does EVERYTHING! is an inspirational storybook with a meaningful parable for girls and the women in their lives. The storyline follows a girl named Seraphina through her various hobbies, clubs, sports, etc., who ultimately finds herself overwhelmed and underprepared to succeed in her jam-packed schedule of activities. Seraphina is a thought piece around weighty issues such as mental health, confronting perfectionism, and prioritization of tasks and opportunities. Seraphina helps readers avoid burnout before it begins.

#18 Oystercatchers by Susan Fletcher

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“Never have I ever read such a dull female character in my reading experience. Still Moira Stone manage to motivate me to study.

Yes, she does not inspire me going against the injustice or anything. She just keeps studying in the book and become a successful Doctor.

It is important for teenage girls to understand that high-education is not an option but becoming a necessity in this society.”

#19 Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

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“What I found most endearing about this book is its whimsical weirdness. Made you up is a fascinating read, narrated by a paranoid schizophrenic girl named Alex. Alex is an unreliable narrator, driving us through a journey in which we try to make sense of her hallucinatory reality. She goes so far as to take pictures to navigate reality. Trusting that her hallucinations will disappear, but the truth will be left behind in the picture.

The plot of the book occurs over the full span of senior year, and it contains the usual things you’d expect to find in a high school. This YA contemporary features a deep cast of characters, a vivid setting, witty dialogs, and a complex and thought-provoking plot making Made you up a true page-turner in my opinion.”

#20 Beneath The Makeup by Sue Perez

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This book is inspiring for women of all ages but especially young women because the author really encourages beauty from within, and this is a strong message inside the lessons of the book. Working for years as a beauty expert and in television with celebrities every day, Sue Perez saw first hand the insecurities many women face and the struggle to keep up with an idealized image of perfection. “I wanted my book to be a different beauty book, yes I wanted to share my personal journey and inspire other makeup artist’s but also inspire women to discover how they could create a positive self image, and a daily beauty routine ( 15 minute Makeup ) that was easy yet uniquely there own.”

#21 Slater Mountain: The Journey by Judy Ricketts-White

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Slater Mountain Books are fun, fictional adventures about a smart, strong, brave and capable young woman, who expresses joy and laughter as well as compassion and understanding. In Book One, Bailey Mathews lives with her family on Slater Mountain, at the edge of the wilderness. Bailey is passionate about horses, she rides everyday, and studies solid horsemanship principles with her mom, a clinician and horse trainer. She even documents a herd of wild mustangs. At fifteen, Bailey’s life seems perfect, but her life is about to change. When disaster strikes, her grandpa is injured. She makes a difficult decision, summons all her courage and skills, and sets out alone, on a dangerous journey on horseback, through the rough, back country to get help.

#22 Slater Mountain: The Legend by Judy Ricketts-White

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In Book Two of the series, Bailey Mathews and her friend Noah Collins go on a trail ride to observe the herd of wild horses that she has been documenting. They continue riding to an overlook spot Bailey had discovered in the wilderness. Through strange and dangerous circumstances, the two riders accidentally stumble into a beautiful and forgotten world, and find themselves trapped. Bailey and Noah need to survive and find a way out. Noah realizes that he has a connection to the ancient site and shares his knowledge with Bailey. Will pooling their talents be enough to get them home and help them protect this ancient spiritual place?

#23 Wishwork Book

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“With gentle encouragement, Alexa guides you on a 21-day journey. Each day includes a short passage to read and a small action step to complete. Complete each step. Feel your optimism grow. After 21 days, you’ll be significantly closer to having your wish-or something that’s very close!

Whatever you want to create in your life-whether it’s big or small, easy or difficult-you have the power to make it happen. There’s nothing more powerful than a human mind and heart. With positivity and determination, you can make your own wishes come true. This book will help you stay committed to your dreams, get there faster, and enjoy each day of the journey!”

Written by Eve O'Rourke

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