Recommendations for YA with brainy protagonists
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Her current favorite is Mr Penumbra's 24 Hour bookstore. She's read and loved everything by John Green. She has read Alan Bradley's Flavia series but it's not her favorite, because she prefers contemporary.
Suggestions? Thanks in advance!
A Wrinkle in Time, of course.
Empress of the World
Juniper, Gentian, and Rosemary
Magic or Madness
Surviving the Applewhites
The Westing Game
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
I read most of these from about the ages of 12-16 myself. I guess I liked brainy protagonists at that age too.
Other cerebral recommendations:
Nothing by Janne Teller (very philosophical)
Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork (narrated by an autistic boy who is fascinated by music and religion)
The Freak Observer by Blythe Woolston (about a girl very interested in science)
How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford (amazing and smart characters)
Edit to add: If she likes fantasy, or is open to some really well written fantasy with strong characters, I would also recommend anything by Tamora Pierce. In particular, the Circle of Magic quartet has some elements of science in them. (Its been a while, but the 4 main characters each have a different elemental magic and have to understand how that element affects the world around it).
Evolution, Me, and Other Freaks of Nature by Robin Brande was pretty good.
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart is a lot of fun.
So is Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern.
The Opposite of Hallelujah by Anna Jarzab is less fun, more thoughtful, but the main character is a science geek.
No and Me by Delphine de Vigan has a gifted 13-year-old as the main character.
That's all I have for now. Hope some of these appeal to her!
Genesis by Bernard Beckett - set in the future but would be of interest.
August by Bernard Beckett - also set in a near future
Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder - philosophy
more fast paced YA thrillers -
Brainjack by Brian Falkner - hacking
Erebos by Ursula Poznanski - computers