The Best Book Series For Teen Girls: The NorthParan Buzz List

I don’t care how many or how little presents we can cop for the kids, the one thing our girls are guaranteed to find under the Christmas tree every year is books. For Nick and I, the gift of reading is the most treasured of all, and we want our kids to know the value of a good book—that it is an honor and a privilege to discover and melt into a new story.  It’s not too late to extend that same gift to the kids on your Christmas list. North, MyBrownBaby’s favorite online bookstore, is pretty awesome for handpicking books our kids are sure to adore—great books for teen boys and books every newborn should have in their starter libraries. This week, just in time for Christmas,,  assembled this list of fun, thoughtful readers that speak to the experiences of African American teen girls. We love them, and so will your teen girls. Check them out. And remember: for every book you purchase at, a new book will be given to a child in need.

1. The Divas: Veronique, by Victoria Christopher Murray
New York City—are you ready for the Divine Divas? Because these teenage gospel music sensations are ready for you! Veronique wants to be a star just as much as her fellow Divas do, but there’s more to it than just fame for her.

The first book in an exciting and inspiring new series from national bestselling author ReShonda Tate Billingsley. Camille can’t believe her bad luck when she’s ordered to join a church youth group after hiding her boyfriend from the police. She’ll bide her time if that’s what it takes to get everyone off her back, but it’s the last place she ever expected to make a new friend.
Now in paperback: the New York Times bestselling book of inspirational advice and wisdom for young women, from the powerhouse public speaker, star of “CSI: NY,” and bestselling author of Letters to a Young Brother.
Twins Sydney and Lauren Duke attend Atlanta’s finest school and live in the most exclusive neighborhood. After their estranged father is released from prison and a murder is committed, their lives are plunged into a whirlwind of tabloid scrutiny, vicious gossip, and shocking revelation.
Mina Mooney is about to discover that when you’re at the top, the only place to go is down. It’s springtime in Del Rio Bay, and everyone’s heading to the O.C. to catch the varsity cheer squad compete at the Extreme Nationals. Everyone’s pumped, especially Mina Mooney, because making the elite squad has finally gained her entrance into the Upper Circle. Fun, fast-paced, and impossible to put down, That’s What’s Up! proves that when it comes to popularity, you better watch your back.
Let the fireworks begin! Now that she’s been accepted into a summer enrichment program in New York City, Gia knows she’s going to have the flyest summer ever. Especially since her mom and her annoying stepsister won’t be around. And best of all? Her best friend, Ricky, is joining her so they’re going to spend the entire summer together.

The North Paran Book Buzzlist is a weekly feature produced by that gives readers an entertaining digest of the most fascinating books that are being talked about by the black community today. Remember: For every book you purchase at, a new book will be given to a child in need!

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Denene Millner

Mom. NY Times bestselling author. Pop culture ninja. Unapologetic lover of shoes, bacon and babies. Nice with the verbs. Founder of the top black parenting website, MyBrownBaby.


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