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I have a 14 year old daughter who struggles with reading.

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Initial post: 3 Sep 2011 10:35:19 BDT
D. Yapp says:
Hi I have a 14 year old daughter that struggles with reading, she also doesn't have a long concentration span. She does not read at her age level but below. I am trying to find books that would interest her age but not for her to struggle with. Has anyone got any suggestions?

Posted on 3 Sep 2011 11:09:48 BDT
bennybenny says:
Try 'Freak of Fortune' by Ali Sparkes and 'Lifters' by Joe Craig.
They are both part of a new range of short books for teenage readers with a short concentration span.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Sep 2011 14:22:52 BDT
D. Yapp says:
Thank you I will try that.

Posted on 4 Sep 2011 10:36:08 BDT
F says:
What sort of genre does she like?

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Sep 2011 11:39:11 BDT
D. Yapp says:
She likes watching romcoms and also enjoys watching the twilight series but the twilight books are too heavy weight for her.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Sep 2011 11:47:30 BDT
A. D. Jones says:
My daughter was always a reluctant reader. However two months ago for her 12th birthday she was given "Holly's Heart" Collection one by Beverly Lewis. It is 500+ pages, and she devoured it. She has just finished Collection Two (another 500 pages), and not only that she now shows more interest in reading other stuff as well. Worth a try perhaps.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Sep 2011 12:50:45 BDT
Cat Kins says:
Does your daughter ever listen to audio books? They can be downloaded onto Ipods now and it is a good way of enjoying books and gaining confidence in reading. I found reading hard work as a child and listened to story tapes (it was a while ago), this made it easier to read the books I had listened to and as a result reading became less of a struggle. Loads of people listen to audio books and there is a huge variety available, including the Stephanie Meyer books.

Posted on 4 Sep 2011 12:58:26 BDT
electricpro says:
guantanamo boy by anna perrrera
get her a kindle as you can get a voice to read out the book to you.
very good book

Posted on 4 Sep 2011 13:26:47 BDT
F says:
I'm sorry, I know nothing about the romance genre so I don't think there's much I can suggest. I do remember reading the Sweet Valley High books when I was a kid. I don't remember liking them all that much, but I seem to remember they do have plenty of romance in them. There were also books in the series that dealt with heavier issues, however, such as racism.

Posted on 4 Sep 2011 14:42:22 BDT
Ruth O'D says:
What about graphic novels, or comic books, with not so much text.

I used to like Asterix books and my daughters like the Death Note series Death Note: Volume 1 - they are Japanese, and a bit wierd.

Some classic books, and popular children's books are also available in this format - for example; Twilight: The Graphic Novel: v. 1.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Sep 2011 15:39:49 BDT
Mist by

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Sep 2011 15:40:30 BDT
Try Mist by Kathryn James. Easy reading and Twilight-lite :)

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Sep 2011 20:51:37 BDT
D. Yapp says:
Thank you that sounds like a good idea.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Sep 2011 20:52:09 BDT
D. Yapp says:

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Sep 2011 20:53:34 BDT
D. Yapp says:
Ok thanks for having a think about it, grateful for any suggestions.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Sep 2011 14:48:00 BDT
Mr. S. Bate says:
The Scaretaker
Hi ,She may like my dad's book The Scaretaker.

Posted on 5 Sep 2011 16:45:27 BDT
I have just discovered the Barrington Stoke books for reluctant readers for my son. They have a lower reading age but with an interest level for older readers. They have a good website and then you can buy the books from amazon!

Posted on 5 Sep 2011 21:19:51 BDT
Ann Herrick says:
If it's okay to mention my own books, she might like All's Fair in Love and Words, How to Survive a Summer Romance (or Two) and The Perfect Guy

The Perfect Guy was a "Reluctant Reader" book. I don't know if you can do a "search" for books that are for reluctant readers by keying in that phrase, but that might be a way to find a good selection.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Sep 2011 12:55:41 BDT
Last edited by the author on 6 Sep 2011 12:58:53 BDT
LEP says:
Just a thought, D Yapp. Has your daughter ever been tested for Dyslexia? Struggling with reading and short concentration spans, reading below age level can be connected with it.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Sep 2011 23:01:04 BDT
Last edited by the author on 6 Sep 2011 23:08:27 BDT
Kate 120 says:
I can highly recommend books published by Barrington Stoke ( They specialise in books for struggling readers with themes and content appropriate to the reader's actual age but a lower reading age. They get proper writers to write the books and they are all tested on real children before they are published. The descriptions give you an idea of both the interest age and the reading age. As a teacher I've known lots of kids who will read these when they won't read much else. A lot are aimed at boys but there's girly stuff too. She might like Fall Out by Rosie Rushton or Bad Wedding (a romcom)by Catherine Forde. Both of these are interest age 14+, reading age 8. (I don't work for them btw, I just think they're really good at what they do.) Good luck, and well done for trying to keep her reading against the odds!

Posted on 7 Sep 2011 09:20:38 BDT
Colin says:
Barrington Stoke books are worth a look. Lari Don has written a superb kick-ass heroine in The Mountain's Blood, she has also re-written Tam O'Shanter in the same series. They have a few cool pictures but don;t look like they are for younger kids.

Posted on 7 Sep 2011 09:36:19 BDT
I work for a local education authority and regularly come across reluctant young readers. I've recently published an ebook on Kindle that tries to encourage young readers through a combination of fast paced action, humour, semi-mad scientists and rooting for the underdog.
It's a 50,000 words detective novel set at the time of the forthcoming London Olympic Games. It's called "Gold Medal Saboteurs - The London Olympics Mystery". There is also a shorter (35,000 words) version with a slightly different plot line called "Geek Army Saboteurs".
You can read the synopsis and download sample chapters of both books. If the story is not to her liking, then it's cost nothing to find out. If it catches her imagination and she reads the whole book, perhaps she could write a review and post it on Amazon. This in itself may help encourage her to read more books.
Best of luck with your search.
Kind regards
David Hughston

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Sep 2011 12:00:12 BDT
FDay says:
i work for vrh volunteer reading help, I could offer many suggestions, however, if you have`nt allready, have you tried, just letting her explore in the library, let her pick out different books. It may take a little co-ercion, but with a LOT of patience it usually works

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Sep 2011 14:03:00 BDT
A. M. Hale says:
Skye & Lillys French Gymkhana is great for all ages and abilities. Good fun, adventure, animals and friendship with wonderful illustrations to bring the story alive and hold interest!

Posted on 7 Sep 2011 15:00:15 BDT
A.G.R. Moore says:
I'm not sure if my ebook would be any good, but it's just under 30,000 words. Bright colourful language and a grand fantastical adventure featuring pixies, a hero with limitless power, dark and peculiar monsters: The Unseen Chronicles of Amelia Black
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