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Posted on 14 Feb 2010 11:24:46 GMT
When my daughter was 9, with a reading age of 13, she was still enjoying all the roald dahl stories. harry Potter is a must. When my other daughter was 11, she enjoyed Five Find outers and dog by enid blyton. I enjoyed them all too! the narnia stories are good too.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Feb 2010 12:31:35 GMT
Alison says:
Fairy Forest

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Mar 2010 18:55:26 GMT
A. O' Neill says:
Lauren St.John's books are great as is Linda Chapman's Stardust series and Sky Horses series, no boys or make up just lots of magic, animals, looking after nature and girls' friendships. My nine year old loves them. Hilary McKay's Permenant Rose series is beautifully written. Liz Kessler's books about fairies and mermaids: Emily Windsnap and Philippa Fisher are great too. They are a decent length so very suitable for a more able reader who still likes reading about magic.

Posted on 1 Mar 2010 21:51:11 GMT
V. Francis says:
Do the world a favour and keep her away from Twilight.

I recommend the Skulduggery Pleasant books. I read the first a while ago (I too was, and still am, an avid reader.) And I loved it. It can be serious but it never takes itself too seriously at times like some books e.g Harry Potter (Not to say that Harry Potter books aren't brilliant). They can be funny, dramatic, witty and, for want of a better word, kickass at the same time.

Posted on 2 Mar 2010 16:40:50 GMT
Dido says:
How to be a Pirate, How to Tame Your Dragon and all the other books in the Hiccup the Viking series by Cressida Cowell (film coming up at end of March which looks fun but it appears to have moved quite a way from the books. Also Joan Aiken - did it for me as child with a higher reading age and is still a guilty pleasure!

Posted on 2 Mar 2010 16:49:25 GMT
It's worth checking out the Carnegie Book Award website - their shortlist is usually aimed at 10 years and up and they often have a short synopsis of the book and a recommended reading age next to it.

I personally would recommend "My Swordhand is Singing" by Marcus Sedgwick - a gothic vampire tale (far better than twilight!!).

Posted on 4 Mar 2010 09:41:30 GMT
topsyjane says:
The Touchstone

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Mar 2010 20:52:45 GMT
Little Poem says:
I agree, my children (7 and 9) have enjoyed the classics too. I would also add Tom's Midnight Garden and Children of the New Forest to those - the later has very old fashioned language, but with the classics, once I had read a few chapters to them and they've got used to the language, they read on by themsevles (too impatient to wait!). They also love the 'Chrestomanci series' by Dianne Wynn Jones and the 'Star Gir'l Books by Jerry Spinelli and much to my surprise 'Holes' and other books by by Louis Sachar. My daughter's latest discovery is 'Warrior Cats Series' by Erin Hunter, she is completely hooked!

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Mar 2010 11:44:21 GMT
Scarlet says:
Our youngest daughter who is 8 will do almost anything else other than reading - including tidying her room. Having purchased so many books without even a glance from our youngest, and with her reading skills poor compared to her sisters, we purchased a set of 3 books by Hannah Frank as it was on her Book Club List of recommended reading. She absolutely took to them like a duck to water. They are very girly but with no traces of the usual Jacqueline Wilson style lipstick and nailpolish. The same character appears on all the books although the stories do not connect and I think she liked this as she related well to the character. They all have a magical element, but no goggledygook or wizards like the Harry Potters! They were definately more expensive than our usual book purchases, possibly because they are American produced? The books are very bright and colourful and the illustrations are unusual and delightful. Anyhow, would definately recommend them especially if reading is not high on your girls agenda usually! Our other daughters (10 and 11) have also read them and enjoyed them. The Ballet Shoes If I Had Three Wishes The Train to Baker Street

Posted on 5 Mar 2010 14:18:43 GMT
topsyjane says:
Try books by Andrew Norriss, Clever unpredictable stories with adventure and great humour.
The Touchstone is my favourite.
The Touchstone

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Mar 2010 16:27:56 GMT
Secret of the Sirens: The Companions Quartet: Book 1: Bk. 1

If she likes animals but is ready for something in the fantasy world, try this.

Posted on 7 Mar 2010 21:13:19 GMT
Emily Book says:
I think your daughter would really enjoy any of Joan Aiken's books maybe starting with the Wolves of Willoughby ChaseThe Wolves of Willoughby Chase. Her books are so well written and imaginative. I also thought of A Dog So Small by Philippa Pearce A Dog So Small (Puffin Books)
and The Peppermint Pig by Nina Bawden. The Peppermint Pig (Puffin Books) . They are all classics which I enjoyed at your daughters age.

Posted on 7 Mar 2010 23:27:21 GMT
author says:
Try "birds are pretty clever things". It's thought provoking, entertaining and educational. I am of course biased because I wrote it but I haven't had a bad review from either children or adults yet.

Posted on 11 Mar 2010 14:20:47 GMT
hill-dweller says:
Have you tried the Grim Gruesome Viking Villain books? They're really exciting and lots of fun, and have been compared to Roald Dahl. And they feature strong girl characters in nail biting adventures. The website is www.grimgruesome.com Grim Gruesome Viking Villain: The Cursed Sword Grim Gruesome Viking Villain: The Queen's PoisonGrim Gruesome Viking Villain: Trolls' Treasure

Posted on 11 Mar 2010 14:46:45 GMT
Scarlet says:
Again, try any of the Hannah books - they worked with my daughter a treat. The Train to Baker Street, The Ballet Shoes, If I Had Three Wishes.

Posted on 11 Mar 2010 15:42:08 GMT
ajk77 says:
Varjak Paw by S F Said
The Pig Scrolls by Paul Shipton
Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by R O'Brien
The Silver Brumby by Elynne Mitchell

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Mar 2010 17:32:04 GMT
Michaela says:
I am so glad someone else rates "Varjak Paw", as it is one of those books which can be read on many levels depending on your age - great illustrations too.

Posted on 11 Mar 2010 20:34:16 GMT
Rachel says:
The Family from One End Street (Puffin Classics) by Eve Garnett - great series of books about the adventures and misadventures of the Ruggles' large family, from Lily Rose down to baby William - great fun; everything from measles to an escaped tiger, via the twins' adventures with the Black Hand Gang.

Also The Saturdays (Melendy Quartet) by Elizabeth Enright - another fantastic series about an American family first published in 1941; Mona, Rush, Randy & Oliver are the kind of characters any child would like to know and be friends with - not to mention the ever-comforting, would-be strict Cuffy. Enjoy!

Posted on 13 Mar 2010 15:11:51 GMT
Nicole Mehta says:
The Various trilogy by Steve Augarde is lovely - not quite a fairy story, but making it tie in with everyday. Really good reading at most ages. The Book of a Thousand Days is a lovely read too, a little old fashioned in a way too, but a really engaging story. The Artemis Fowl books are great too, a bit adventure-y, and fun. Congratulations on encouraging your daughter to read, she's years of fun ahead with books.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Apr 2011 16:34:41 BDT
Gogindy says:
She might like, Flotsam, By Stephanie Skeem. Flotsam

Posted on 12 Apr 2011 17:02:02 BDT
Annie says:
try Kate Anders - the Ninian Fire one. It'll get her interested in languages but it moves fast and is very exciting.
Mollie

Posted on 12 Apr 2011 18:52:24 BDT
Pippi says:
My favorite book when I was around that age was The Brothers Lionheart by Astrid Lindgren. I still love it.

Posted on 12 Apr 2011 22:21:27 BDT
Outstanding books for youngish girls (according to my daughter, aged 11). These books are all in series, with at least 3/4 books to enjoy if you like the first one...

The Worst Witch (Jill Murphy); Cat Royal books (Julia Golding); Ingo (Helen Dunmore); Rose (Holly Webb); Dragonkeeper (Carole Wilkinson); Dragonsdale (Salamander Drake); Molly Moon (Georgia Byng); Agent Angel (forget author, sorry); Jane Blonde (Jill Marshall); all the Lauren St John animal books, anything by Julia Golding, Cornelia Funke or Gwyneth Rees.

Posted on 13 Apr 2011 13:20:52 BDT
The Stolen Christmas - but only on Kindle. Writers World do not have permission to sell my book. I am going to republish it under a new ISBN number. I wish Amazon would withdraw it but can't seem to get them to do so.

Posted on 13 Apr 2011 14:35:07 BDT
First Review says:
Molly Perkins-Time Travel Detective!
I think she will love this. Five star review, funny intelligent and imaginative time travel in which the main character Molly, aged aroud ten, is joined by decendents from the future, and together they solve crimes and visit historical events. The auto-wash machine, which is their time travel device, develops a mind of its own!
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