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Initial post: 17 Aug 2009 21:23:43 BDT
E. Ford says:
Anyone got any ideas for gripping reading for an 11 year old, non girly girl? She's quite a sophisticated reader, but isn't into the teenage girl snog books, or indeed the vampire stuff. Tricky!

Posted on 17 Aug 2009 21:58:50 BDT
How about some of the horsey books like My Friend Flicka? Or classics like Little House on the Prairie? The Just William books use really good English. And even Jeeves and Wooster can be fun.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Aug 2009 22:27:15 BDT
A. Smith says:
The turbulent term of tyke tyler is fab. Good for someone who is just leaving primary school. I forget the authors name but it is about a boy who is a bit of a scally in a school.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Aug 2009 22:28:40 BDT
A. Smith says:
I have just read the boy in the striped pyjamas. Very good read for someone who likes something more sophisticated and it is written for children but has a thought behind it.

Posted on 17 Aug 2009 22:43:14 BDT
P. Ward says:
The Comet's Child

Try this - an intriguing story, well written. Classed as a 12+ book because of the ideas and language.

Posted on 18 Aug 2009 10:10:20 BDT
Try "The Missing Extra" by Jacky Rom, it's about an 11yr old who gets her first film role and becomes a detective.

Posted on 18 Aug 2009 12:09:48 BDT
jsm999 says:
Some suggestions: Books by Peter Dickinson, Susan Cooper (e.g. Over Sea, Under Stone), Robin McKinley, Alan Garner (e.g. The Owl Service). The Earthsea series by Ursula Le Guin. The Hobbit. I agree with the poster who suggested Just William - the language is quite challenging but the stories very suitable. The Artemis Fowl books by Eoin Colfer.

Posted on 18 Aug 2009 18:39:21 BDT
Lynne says:
Take a look at 'Gertie Gets it Right (eventually)' if she likes humorous fantasy, or 'Zac's Destiny' if a bit of sword and sorcery might appeal! They are both available on Amazon by new fantasy writer Lynne North. Well worth checking out.

Posted on 18 Aug 2009 18:50:42 BDT
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F. Murray says:
Anything by Diana Wynne Jones would be a winner in my opinion, if she likes fantasy books. I would strongly recommend 'Fire & Hemlock'; I first read it when I was her age (with a similar reading age), and still re-read it now.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Aug 2009 19:35:25 BDT
Last edited by the author on 18 Aug 2009 23:43:40 BDT
LEP says:
Try her on Mary Stewart's books e.g. My brother Michael, This Rough Magic, The Moonspinners, for starters. The are romantic adventurous suspense thrillers. The three above set in Greece and her islands - very innocent, so suitable for her age and not "snog books" and nothing horrible in them. Also written a trilogy about King Arthur and Merlin which is very good.

Then there's Mary Renault's books, very gripping and adventurous, based on the Greek Myths (again innocent and suitable for her age).

If she likes historicals any of Jean Plaidy's, Anya Seton, Rosemary Sutcliffe, Philippa Carr (innocent i.e. no explicit sex and nothing horrible in them). NOT Philippa Gregory, too explicit for a child her age.

Also the wonderful very funny and witty Georgette Heyer for innocent Georgian/Regency novels (like Jane Austin) - she concentrates on the manners, speech etc., of the time as does Austin. The Grand Sophy is a good one to start.

Eva Ibbotson writes great books (both younger childrens/teens/adult).

Then try Harrowitz's Alex Rider books, for adventure.
Michael Morpurgo's lovely books, especially The Butterfly Lion.
Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl books
Lian Hearn, Across the Nightingale Floor (it's the first of a series I think).
The Curious Case of the Dog in the Night.
Try Henry Potty and the Pet Rock by Valerie Frankel, for humour.
Tom's Midnight Garden by Phillipa Pearce
The Hobbit, Tolkien
The Narnia series by C S Lewis
Swallows and Amazons series
There's another series about a girl going back in time to Eygpt, I'll have to look it up for you though.

Also look on www.flamingnet.com
It's a website that reviews childrens and teens books. It gives synopsis/content guides/age ranges. Click on Reviews when you go onto the site, then you can browse new books or alternaltely past reviews. Can buy through Amazon.

Posted on 18 Aug 2009 20:07:03 BDT
Fee fee says:
My daughter read the Maximum Ride books by James Patterson when she was 10 and absolutely loved them. She really couldn't put them down...I couldn't either!

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Aug 2009 23:41:30 BDT
LEP says:
Hi it's me again!
The series is called The Library of Athena. The first book is called The Crown of Zeus by Christine Norris. The second book is The Ankh of Isis.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Aug 2009 23:53:59 BDT
Last edited by the author on 19 Aug 2009 22:54:41 BDT
LEP says:
For classics, there's also, What Katy did.
Little Women.
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.
The Railway Children.
Children of the New Forest - set in English Civil War - Royalists escaping from Roundheads, so very adventurous.
etc.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Aug 2009 17:41:30 BDT
You could try the Barnaby Grimes series from the writer of the bestselling Edge Chronicles. It's probably aimed more at boys but should still appeal to girls with a sense of adventure. it's a dickensian mystery with a supernatural twist. no vampires involved really. quite funny too!

Posted on 19 Aug 2009 23:15:28 BDT
Try,
The Ringwood Tree
by M S Stanley

www.ringwoodtree.co.uk

Posted on 20 Aug 2009 16:11:06 BDT
Last edited by the author on 20 Aug 2009 16:16:09 BDT
CJ286 says:
'The Exiles', by Hilary McKay - definitely the 'non-girly girl' manual, and one of the funniest books I've ever read. 'The Chrysalids,' by John Wyndham, which I recently read to a Year 7 class of reluctant readers, and which seems to have something to grip everyone. Coraline, by Neil Gaiman, of course (kind of vampire themed, but definitely not in the 'Twilight' sense). 'The Green Book' by Jill Patton Walsh, very simple (reading age 10+), but gripping. 'This Time of Darkness' by HM Hoover and 'City of Ember' by Jeanne DuPrau are other good SF reads, with good strong female leads up against dire circumstances! Also 'Goggle Eyes' by Anne Fine, and 'I am David' by Anne Holm, both good gripping reads from the get go.

Posted on 20 Aug 2009 17:41:15 BDT
Chloe says:
I really enjoyed reading the Sally Lockhart series by Phillip Pullman when I was about 13 or 14 and I am now 16 and would happily read them again
They're kind of like mystery stories set in Victorian London

Posted on 21 Aug 2009 17:15:13 BDT
'How I Live Now' by Meg Rosoff, also I agree with Chloe about Philip Pullman!

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Aug 2009 06:43:19 BDT
Grame B says:
The Magic Scales by Sam Wilding is suitable for all ages. I know several 11-15yrs girls who have enjoyed it. It's fantasy based but is laced with humour and full of heart-racing adventure. It has a morden twist, in the dialogue and family tension etc, but avoids vampires and snogging.

The Magic Scales: Book One of the Denthan Series

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Aug 2009 12:49:30 BDT
F. McGarry says:
Look for authors like Michelle Magorian and Michael Morpurgo.
Mollie Hunter has written many good books for this age group, look at a Stranger Came Ashore
Classics like Alice in Wonderland, and many of Charles Dickens books (esp eg Oliver Twist and David Copperfield) are accessible reads. So are HG Wells and Jules Verne.
The Curious Case of the Dog in the Night - great read
Myths and legends from all cultures - the Norse Myths especially, given that they inform much of Tolkien's work. Celtic Myths are exciting and intriguing - completely different story arc compared with modern "happy ever after" thinking.
Hans Christian Andersen and the original Grimm's fairytales are challenging enough if read in their original forms, and underscore Western European values (too often adulterated in the modern context by "dumbed down" Disneyfied versions)

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Aug 2009 13:25:29 BDT
B. Griffiths says:
Hi , have you tried anything by EVA IBBOTSON. My grandaughter is the same ilk and loved JOURNEY TO THE RIVER SEA, THE STAR OF KAZAN AND THE DRAGONFLY POOL.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Aug 2009 13:44:51 BDT
Mary Vickers says:
Try The Midnight Charter, just out, it should be right up her street - see reviews on this site

Posted on 22 Aug 2009 19:14:57 BDT
I had the same problem, before the Twilight saga came out (which I would recommend anyway). I really liked the His Dark Materials trilogy by Phillip Pullman. Really different to The Golden Compass that was based on Northern Lights, the first in the set. Also try some classics, they can be a little slow in places, but will definately challenge her. I started Austen about then and thought they were amazing! Btw, I'm still in my teens now and like to reread these books, not like others I have...

Posted on 23 Aug 2009 13:04:21 BDT
Last edited by the author on 23 Aug 2009 13:05:50 BDT
Hi, I'm 14 myself (on Mum's account though!) and have always read a bit above my age "stereotype." I would really recommend The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins as it's not particularly heavy in it writting style but has quite a dark theme. It's also compleatly unputdownable! The Noughts and Crosses series by Malorie Blackman, is another I really enjoyed reading. It is quite a grown up series but I read it when I was 10 and got along fine with it- well more fell in love with it actually. You definetly need a box of tissues with you when you read it though!

Posted on 24 Aug 2009 18:45:04 BDT
Gm Howard says:
Why not try The Wishing Book by Grahame Howard available on Amazon or www.authorgrahamehoward.co.uk
This is the first in a trilogy and is about a bunch of children who find a book that has amazing powers once wished upon. The children have lots of small adventures but eventually end up on Planet Mars where they come up against Martian warriors, Termans (Flying creatures) and other ferocious creatures all intent on gaining hold of the book so that the Highness of Mars can rule the Universe. Gripping adventures with a can't put down theme from start to finish.
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