The theme of the fall issue of New Moon Girls magazine is Living and Loving — and this column features living and loving books for girls. From working out your family relationships, to moving to a new country, to building strong friendships, you’ll find books here to keep you company on your journey through life and love.
How to Find What You’re Not Looking For
After the Supreme Court decision in Loving v. Virginia makes interracial marriage legal throughout the U.S. in 1967, 12-year-old Ariel’s sister elopes with a man from India. Ariel, whose parents run a Jewish bakery that’s fallen on hard times, understands prejudice from the antisemitism she has faced. What’s harder is making sense of her parents’ prejudice against her sister’s new husband, and figuring out her own beliefs in the midst of it all.
The Year I Flew Away
When violence erupts in Gabrielle’s Haitian village, her parents decide it would be safer for her to live with relatives in the United States. Although she’s excited about what she thinks will be her glamorous New York life, she soon realizes that fitting into American culture is harder than she thought. She strikes a magical deal that will turn her into the “perfect American” — but at a high price. She loses the ability to speak her native language, leaving her unable to talk with those she loves most.
These Unlucky Stars
Annie has always felt like the odd one out in her family, and she’s had trouble getting close to anyone since her mom left. When she has to care for an elderly neighbor’s dog to make amends for a poor decision, she notices that the woman won’t be able to live on her own for much longer. As the two become friends, Annie begins to see the importance of letting others in and charting your own path.
The Other Side of Luck
In this fairy tale about making your own luck, Princess Una’s father promises a reward to anyone who can bring his daughter the rare silva flower. Taking her fate into her own hands, Una decides to find the flower herself. But she has a competitor — Julien’s only hope of saving his father from his overwhelming debt is to find the flower and claim the reward. As their destinies intertwine, they both find something more precious than the flower: a sense of belonging.
Be You, Only Better: Real-Life Self-Care for Young Adults (And Everyone Else)
A BIG part of living (and loving) is loving yourself. Growing up can be stressful, which is why it’s important to decide what matters most to you, rest, eat well, and practice other self-care practices every day. This book offers a road map to those dealing with anxiety or other mental health issues, or those who just want to live their best life possible.
More Living and Loving Books for Girls
The classic book about finding love and family in unexpected places, Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery is now available as a vibrantly illustrated graphic novel by Mariah Marsden and Brenna Thummler.
Get tips on widening and deepening your friendship circle in Make a Friend, Be a Friend by Erick Braun.
Frankie and Amelia by Cammie McGovern explores the friendship between a special cat and an autistic girl.
In Blue Skies by Anne Bustard, Glory believes in miracles … so doesn’t that mean her war hero father could still be alive somewhere, even though everyone says he died on Omaha Beach?
Two runaway girls and two homeless boys forge an unlikely family beneath a bridge in Chennai, India, in The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman.
What about you? Do you have favorite living and loving books for girls? Have you read any of the books above? Let us know in the comments below!