Books of Integrity for Teen Girls

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For the past six years, my daughter has participated in the Young Women organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This organization is for girls ages 12-18 and includes weekly Sunday classes, weekly activities and summer girls camps. There is also a value-based, goal setting program called, Personal Progress.

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For each value, my daughter completed six value experiences, which helped her incorporate the value into her life. An example (see value #3) of a value experience for Integrity is to remember our Savior, Jesus Christ, as the highest example of Integrity and to ponder select scripture passages, including the book of Esther, to seek out other examples of Integrity.

“Integrity is the willingness and desire to live by our beliefs and standards.”

Along with the value experiences, the young woman goes on to complete a ten-hour project for each value. Integrity was the last value Marissa worked on, and as part of her ten-hour project, she created a Pinterest board featuring several books she has personally read and can recommend to other teen girls. These are books she considers to hold Integrity- they are morally clean, have strong characters, beautiful stories, and no bad language. I am only highlighting a sampling here, so be sure to check out her Pinterest board for more great choices:

Classics-

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Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery, which is a series as you know.

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Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott

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The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis, which is a series as you know, and is best read in order, starting with, The Magician’s Nephew.

Newer favorites-

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Cinder and Ella, by Melissa Lemon. If you’ve never heard of Melissa Lemon before than you are in for a real treat, especially if you enjoy reinvented fairy tales. Check her out! Find her blog here.

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Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem, by Melissa Lemon

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Blackmoore, by Julianne Donaldson. Her books are considered to be “Jane Austen approved”. Find her blog here.

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Edenbrooke, by Julianne Donaldson

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Journey to the Fringe, by Kelli Swofford Nielsen. This is the first in a series.

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Marissa received her Young Womanhood medallion last month, as recognition for completing all of her Personal Progress requirements, following in the footsteps of her mama and her big sister. ♥  If your teenage daughter has a favorite book of Integrity, be sure to leave a comment below. We are always on the lookout for worthwhile reads.

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11 thoughts on “Books of Integrity for Teen Girls

  1. You’re right! That is a wonderful series. It’s funny, we’ve never read Little House in our homeschool, but my oldest son owns the set which he read in elementary school, on his own. I should borrow his set! 😉

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  2. THANK YOU for her book recs! I will be going to Pinterest. We’ve been struggling with this a little in my family. Some of the book covers and descriptions of these books now-a-days make it difficult to figure out if the message is clear or twisted in these books. I wish I had time to read all the books they do (I have four and one is a toddler.)! But I simply don’t. One time, though, I did make time to read one, and I said, “No. This message is not clear. It is twisted. Who is good? Who is bad?” (Ha! Probably akin more to real life, but since tweens are more black and white, I think they need that clear message right now…) Which I don’t do very often. But after reading it, it got me gun-shy. And I keep on them about, “Is that okay? What’s it about?” So this list will help me, and several at the end seem to be my kids’ genre preference, the re-invented fairy tales. Again, thank you. Blessings to you and your family!—Terri F

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    • I know what you mean. I have personally read Melissa Lemon’s novels so can easily recommend them to tweens and teens (plus I know Melissa in real life). She has another novel called, Sleeping Beauty and the Beast, and her Peter Pan story, Escaping Neverland, is nearing publication.

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