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Posted on 26 Jan 2013 07:49:09 GMT
E. Harrison says:
I am 60 and my sister a year older but we have just read a book that I want my 30 yr old daughter to read , I would say its one of the best books I have read , feel sure your daughter would love it my sister was resitent as it got a fairy tale element but she loved it also it is called The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey I think it's a first novel but its a brilliant book,we had the kindle version from amazon.

Posted on 26 Jan 2013 08:52:16 GMT
Adam Stone says:
I JUST FINISHED READING THIS WITH MY GIRLS WHO ARE 10 & 12. It is a fantasy written for girls about a girl: Bringing back the Value to children's literature, Keys of the Dragon reminded me of The Narnia Chronicles only way better. The main characters, a red-haired orphaned slave and an elf-like woodling, travel through a war torn world seeking seven powerful keys. Each key represents a revered virtue, i.e., values such as compassion, sacrifice, love, and charity. When these magical forces are gathered they cast away evil. The book is full of positive messages like the Narnia books but a bit more exciting and mature. The girl is someone my girls loved. I don't want to give away an ending that stirred powerful emotions so just let me say that this fantasy novel has more truth, value, and love than fantasy. It left me glowing. My girls can't wait to get the next book which is supposed to be published in October.

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Posted on 26 Jan 2013 09:06:46 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jan 2013 10:26:45 GMT
elaine says:
I have tried typing this title in amazon and nothing comes up are you sure this is the title. The keys of the dragon.

Posted on 26 Jan 2013 11:05:09 GMT
Another fantasy series is The Key of Kilenya (Kilenya Series) And I see the first book is free. The MC is 14 if I remember correctly. And no swearing in this book either.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jan 2013 14:13:34 GMT
Jacqueline says:
Thanks K an excellent suggestion.. lord of the flies is a good one.. i think she may like that one

Posted on 26 Jan 2013 14:16:52 GMT
Last edited by the author on 26 Jan 2013 14:21:37 GMT
Jacqueline says:
I also thought would get her DR Jekyll and Mr Hyde something else to get her teeth into. she has read Little women, well started it but she wasn't to keen on that. I think sometimes we do forget the classics because they are old and do not translate very well. Having said that she read my Anne Frank last year and loved it, she couldn't stop talking about it. That's what literature is all about. Thank you though for your suggestions i will following up on them

Posted on 26 Jan 2013 20:01:26 GMT
Phillip Pullman's His Dark materials and anything by Cornelia Funke. What about books by Aiden Chambers and David Almond?

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jan 2013 21:52:07 GMT
Last edited by the author on 26 Jan 2013 21:55:20 GMT
I Readalot says:
elaine - I ,was curious after seeing your post so decided to try myself and nothing came up. Then I went into the Kindle Store and it does appear as about the 7th book on the list, it is a Kindle freebie. The look-inside feature seems a bit useless, all I can get is a larger picture of the cover, seems a bit suspicious to me especially as the poster has not answered you.

Lord of the Flies is a good book but might be a bit too dark for a 10 year old, rather disturbing, and I even found it so when I reread it a couple of years ago, especially the scene with Piggy.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jan 2013 22:11:55 GMT
Last edited by the author on 26 Jan 2013 22:15:45 GMT
monica says:
Re first para, w. those kindle thingies you need to scroll down from cover to get text. The text you then find is more often amusingly than depressingly bad, but it's a close-run thing.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jan 2013 22:48:05 GMT
I Readalot says:
I tried scrolling down but still just got a very large picture, maybe they forgot about the 'inside' bit.

Posted on 27 Jan 2013 08:09:48 GMT
Has she tried Sue Townsend?

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2013 09:18:50 GMT
elaine says:
Hi ,thanks I did find the book this time ,it just seemed odd I had tried several times in books and children's book and it never came up ,it does say advertisement at the side of it not sure what that means ,I also scrolled down and read a bit but it wasn't my kind of book,there are a lot of good suggestions for a young girl but do think the snow child was a lovely book ,about a childless couple who make a child in the snow this is set in Alaska and is quite spellbinding then you are quite unsure wether the child they meet is real or not ,my sister and I and also a freind enjoyed the book .

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2013 11:04:25 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Jan 2013 11:05:59 GMT
I Readalot says:
At least you got 'inside'. There is probably a reason why it doesn't come up in the other searches but it makes no sense to me. Also find it a bit odd that the poster didn't get back to you, especially after extolling the virtues of the book. Jeff Norton's new 'Metawars' series is good as well, I have read the first 2 and there are 2 more to come. They are set in a dystopian world where most people spend their lives online, fast paced adventure with a 'techie' edge, it also brings up a lot of moral and social issues and it has a strong female character.

Posted on 27 Jan 2013 11:19:06 GMT
Anita says:
If you are up for classics and don't mind translation, I'd suggest this (very sentimental, maybe mum would like it more? :) )
Nobody's Boy

For fun read a girl might like this
Slide

Posted on 27 Jan 2013 15:53:23 GMT
Poly says:
Another classic is The Silver Sword I loved this when it was read to the class in my last year at primary school and have read it many times since then.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2013 16:17:10 GMT
elaine says:
Thanks will take a look.

Posted on 27 Jan 2013 16:46:52 GMT
Jane E. (UK) says:
Ally Carter and Lauren Child.
My daughter has pre-ordered the latest Ally Carter she says there is no-one out there like her!
If she likes her adventure books then try Alex Rider series and Gone etc..
Sorry if already recommended.

Posted on 27 Jan 2013 16:51:29 GMT
Jane E. (UK) says:
Sorry but I work in Primary Years 5/6 and "classics" are so not in! Print too small for starters.
Unless you try what Jacqueline Wilson always advocates - read to your child even at aged 10/11.
Books are to be read aloud too/firstly?

Look at Red Books as well as Amazon for reviews by children who read these books!

Posted on 27 Jan 2013 17:05:01 GMT
Jane E. (UK) says:
Jacqueline, just asked my daughter : J.Wilson, Lord of the Flies or Little Women?
She has read them all and Wilson gets it every time even though read ages ago - "'cos the others are really, really boring!"
As adults we loved the classics and can perhaps still relate to the bygone eras - our children relate to J. Wilson and modern writers as they cover up to date topics. Good luck.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2013 19:49:55 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Jan 2013 19:52:15 GMT
I Readalot says:
When it comes to the classics there are many children's editions published which have larger print than the adult versions, some are abridged but not all. Many also have beautiful illustrations and even the hardbacks are inexpensive, many costing no more than a standard PB. Even in the adult editions the print size varies depending on which one you buy. I don't think any of us reading classics today can relate to bygone times, such as the Victorian era.

Posted on 28 Jan 2013 12:52:41 GMT
My must-read suggestion for your daught is Tamara Pierce - I found the first ones 25 years ago, and have revisited them as I grew up to read the newer additions to the Tortall series. Start with the Song of the Lioness Quartet, about Alanna, who is told that girls have to go off and be educated in a convent to be ladylike, and she enjoys fighting, so switches places with her twin brother. He goes to the convent, where they take boys too, and learns magic, she disguises herself as a boy and trains to be a knight. What I loved about them as a child was that her female characters don't sit there waiting to be rescued - they take active responsibility for their own fates. Later series' revisit the same world, a few years later, so you get to see some old friends again, but with a new protagonist, so it's always easy for young readers to relate to the main character. I've shared them over the years with adult friends and their teenage daughters, who've all loved them. Alanna is a fighter, and a lone hero, Daine; who appears in series 2, ends up with Wild Magic that helps her talk to animals; Kel, in the third quartet is allowed to train as a knight openly as a girl, and develops as a strong leader, who fights against bullies and injustice; Aly is Alanna's daughter, and gets a pair of books - she uses her brain to change the world; and most recently, a trilogy set in the past of Tortall featuring an ancestor of Aly, Beka, who is an early policewoman. The 5 lead characters are different enough that most girls will empathise with at least one of them.

I'd also say the people suggesting Terry Pratchett are on the right lines. I wasn't much older than your daughter when I started reading his adult Discworlds, but start her on Wee Free Men and the other Tiffany Aching books. And if you want a more accessible classic than Little Women, try the Anne of Green Gables books. If you want to start her browsing the adult section of the library, my mother gave me Jane Eyre for my 9th birthday, and suggested I read I Capture the Castle when I was around 12 (but to be honest, I didn't like that one so much then - it took until I was about 15 to really enjoy it), so you could try that, or maybe Agatha Christie. Markus Zusac also writes stuff that's at the cross-over with young adult and adult. Some of the themes in I Am The Messenger are possibly a bit grown up right now, but maybe not far off - I just reread that over the weekend. For children's classics, I'd maybe go with 20th century classics at first rather than earlier - Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising, or various things by Alan Garner, given you said she liked fantasy.

Posted on 28 Jan 2013 14:19:53 GMT
Fiona Hurley says:
Anne Shirley (of Green Gables) is a delightful and timeless heroine (she's apparently very popular in Japan). She's 11 in the first book, so an almost-11-year-old could certainly relate to her.

Ursula LeGuin's Earthsea novels are also excellent.
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In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jan 2013 14:35:49 GMT
P. Thomas says:
Good luck - had this problem with both my girls now age 13 and 15. "All the books are about boys and boobs," was the elder one's comment as she attempted to find a book that she liked. The Alex Rider books kept her reading but had no appeal for her sister.

Have you exhausted all Michael Morpurgo? My son also nearly 11 hasn't read a lot else for the last 6 months. Definitely agree with the Cornelia Funke recommendation. Eva Ibbotson is also worth a look. If she doesn't appeal now she is good to bear in mind as the problem doesn't go away.

At a similar age I loved Alan Garner and Rosemary Sutcliff. Older style of writing than JW but not so old as classics which neither of my girls would touch.

If I thought I could write a book I would have a go at one aimed at exactly this situation. There is a definite gap in the market but presumably numbers are too low to target. Eventually they all get old enough to enjoy Louise Rennison!
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