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Initial post: 5 Oct 2011 00:02:04 BDT
monkeyduff says:
My 9 year old daughter is currently reading the first Tracy Beaker book and it has taken her almost 2 weeks to read 100 pages. She frequently starts books and loses interest half way through. I am finding it increasingly hard to identify books which she will read and finish. All recommendations gratefully received.

Posted on 5 Oct 2011 00:32:18 BDT
Last edited by the author on 5 Oct 2011 00:36:25 BDT
Would it help if she did the choosing - a good rummage through a book shop, library or charity shop? And there's loads on here (check out the 'customers who bought this also looked at' section), including lots of less familiar books.
She doesn't need to finish a book if she's not enjoying it - I wouldn't! Reading should always be a pleasure first and foremost.
Check if she's comfortable reading Tracy Beaker - is the story or vocabulary too hard or difficult to understand (and even, can she see the text). It might be easier if she read something easier to engage her.

I know girls who love Lauren St John (Dead Man's Cove (Laura Marlin Mysteries 1)), Lizz Kessler (The Tail of Emily Windsnap0) and Holly Webb (Rose). Don't forget Harry Potter and Roald Dahl.

Most of all: don't give up!

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Oct 2011 12:10:53 BDT
Alison says:
Have you tried the Diary of a wimpy kid series? - these are really popular with girls & boys who don`t enjoy reading as they are funny & don`t have too many words to a page or how about a book of short stories? Another option may be non fiction books like Guinness book of records or (if she is interested in animals) National geographic books. These kind of books can be dipped in & out of & so don`t need to be read right through. Good luck!

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Oct 2011 12:34:36 BDT
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Beanie Luck says:
Hi, i have found the trick is to buy them books that they reflect their personalities. What does she like doing outside of reading ? Does she dance, or do martial arts, or draw, if you use her hobbies and then find books about the subjects that she is interested in then she will read them.

Have you tried the Rainbow Magic fairy books ? there are books about everything and my 8yr old niece loves them.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Daisy-Meadows/e/B001IGONTE/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Posted on 5 Oct 2011 18:01:51 BDT
Dave says:
Hi. I assume she knows the Harry Potter story and will not be interested in that so I will recommend anything by Roald Dahl. First book I ever read as a child was called The BFG by Roald Dahl and I loved it.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Oct 2011 18:22:01 BDT
LEP says:
Try her on graphic books and yes I agree with the suggestion re. letting her choose her own.

Posted on 5 Oct 2011 19:07:35 BDT
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Posted on 5 Oct 2011 21:24:04 BDT
Bookworm says:
What about Charlie bone by jenny nimmo, i loved those books when i was 7, 8 +9, iam 11 now and still read them.
Also how about warrior cats / seekers by erin hunter, she's really good!!!

Posted on 5 Oct 2011 21:32:12 BDT
Bookworm says:
Charlie bone by jenny nimmo
warrior cats by erin hunter
seekers by erin hunter
PERCY JACKSON and Kane chronicles by Rick Riordan
Septimus heap by angie sage
read all these books when i was 7, 8 or , still read them now and i am 11.love them all, they have suitable content.

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Posted on 6 Oct 2011 10:05:51 BDT
I would recommend Mr Mejeika books. They are set in a school so kids can relate to them. My daughter who is also 9 and a reluctant reader loves them. Also, I find that reading books to my daughter helps her to see how enjoyable books can be, even if she is not keen to read them herself. I am optimistic that this will help her develop a love of books and will lead to more independent reading later on.

Posted on 6 Oct 2011 11:39:09 BDT
Y. Burfin says:
Have you tried the Enid Blyton books? I loved them from The Enchanted Wood series all the way through to the Famous Five. They may seem a bit dated for a modern 9 year old but I can't imagine any child not loving the heroics of the Famlous 5 and the Secret 7 and the escaoadaes in Mallory Towers and St Clare's made me beg to go to boarding school. I also loved the CS LEwis Narnia books - the stories are so good that they encourage you to want to know the end (assuming she doesn't know the film already of course!!)

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Oct 2011 12:32:05 BDT
Try "Warrior cats" by Hunter. My nearly 9 year old daughter loves this series. Also any Malory Towers, Famous Five by Blyton

Posted on 6 Oct 2011 16:38:32 BDT
Gobbilino the witch's cat. (perhaps a bit young for her - but nice short chapters)
Charmed life - Chrestomancy series - easy read and funny and interesting ideas of parallel worlds and finding out how to use magic once yo take the silver sixpence out of your pocket!. (Diana Wynne Jones)

Enid Blyton is good (I hate her, and refused to read more than one chapter aloud per book - but my daughter read lots - particularly the boarding school stories).

Both my children are dyslexic and reading was a struggle for my son - so the story had to move fast and be worth the effort. The first full books he read of himself were 100 page Dr Who series, then (!) the full version of Lord of the Rings (at 9).

What do you read? My parent Mum gave me Georgette Heyer and Agatha Christie and my Dad sat with me and listened to records (a long time a go) of Undermilkwood and Shakespeare - I thought it was magic to enjoy the same things as them.

My children didn't go a bundle over 'modern' stories - but Buffy the Vampire slayer might go down well!

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Oct 2011 19:18:27 BDT
lee says:
have you tried Jenny brown and the whispering caves by susan carr. it's a very fast paced fantacy adventure that keeps the reader hooked by swapping from the soul taker to jenny brown leaving the end of each chapter with a cliff hanger. there are also fabulous characters such as a night dragon and "snitz" a creature who is supposed to be fearless but is infact afraid of everything. mu 10 year old grandson read it after me and said it was the best book he ever read

Posted on 6 Oct 2011 21:40:12 BDT
Paul says:
Professor Atlas and the Summoning Dagger
paperback and kindle available

Posted on 6 Oct 2011 22:19:14 BDT
Maybe a bit old for her, but the Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy?

Posted on 27 Oct 2011 23:30:52 BDT
Daisy Drama Club and The Ghost Burglars You could try this ... inspired by my own daughter who set up a drama club with her best friend. We ended up putting on about ten plays in our village hall and even went on tour ...

Posted on 21 Feb 2013 20:57:03 GMT
G. L. Hills says:
I have this book and it is really great for a physically active girl, it is a very practical book that makes them want to read it to get all the tips! I really liked it fr my daughter, let me know what you think.....

Posted on 21 Feb 2013 22:34:11 GMT
Betty Bloggs says:
Try Cathy Cassidy's books for younger readers and maybe if she isn't into fiction try some non fiction type things like Horrible histories or believe it or not

Posted on 25 Feb 2013 12:33:04 GMT
J. Taylor says:
My daughter was also very reluctant and we later found out later that she was slightly dyslexic. My advice (as a former English teacher) would be to read up to her and let her read at a lower level to herself. For example, Harry Potter mentioned in another post is really aimed at 12 year olds, so if she is interested in it, make it a book that you read to her. My daughter loved the Mr Gum Your a very bad man books. These do not seem long and they are funny. You will find some very good classic (ie older) Scholastic books on Amazon such as 100 pounds of POPCORN and the Toothpaste Millionaire. Oh and the Island of the Blue Dolphins. These have good story lines but shortish chapters so your daughter will feel that she is accomplishing something.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Feb 2013 17:13:44 GMT
Kim D says:
Hello!
I've been researching how to get reluctant readers reading and talking to teachers, children's librarians and parents about the subject. I'm a children's writer with an interest in this area. In terms of books - it really does depend on the individual child. What suits one child won't suit another and with reluctant readers finding a way in is the difficult bit. Two teachers have written guest blogs for me, which I hope you'll find helpful. Here is the first link: http://electrikinc.wordpress.com/2013/02/03/improving-literacy/
Another teacher told me. 'We've noticed an increase in reading from our reluctant readers who've got Kindles'. It seems that the electronic screen element really appeals. Also they can enlarge the text which helps if they're dyslexic as they can read age appropriate books more easily. I thought this was interesting.
Good luck with helping your daughter. I have a nine year old son and I know how difficult it is to get him to do anything he doesn't want to do!
With best wishes
Kim Donovan

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donegalgirl says:
Up to five now - I imagine there are plenty more to follow and plenty more abuse reports to lodge with Amazon.

Posted on 6 Mar 2013 10:09:44 GMT
A. O' Neill says:
I would suggest the Daisy Books by Kes Gray - my reluctant daughter would read those and liked them because they looked approachable and not too text heavy. Also the shorter younger Jacqueline Wilson like Buried Alive and Bad Girls. If she likes pink and sparkly then The Tiara Club are great because they are so short - or Princess Katie's Kittens by Julie Sykes. If she likes ponies the Pony Camp Diaries by Kelly McKain.
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