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Initial post: 22 Jan 2013 18:02:07 GMT
Jacqueline says:
Hello can anyone recommend books for a girl with a high reading ability but is only ten ( almost 11) please. She loved the Hunger Games but also liked the Potter books. For light reading she likes The witches of Turlington Academy. any recommendations gratefully received. Obviously no sex and or violence

Posted on 22 Jan 2013 18:43:09 GMT
Hi. My daughter has read The Hunger Games and Potter books too and we have a similar problem finding suitable but challenging stuff. She is enjoying Jacqueline Wilson at the moment, Tracey Beaker, Cliffhanger etc. she has started on "the classics" too, Treasure Island at the moment. I'd love to hear any other suggestions too.

Posted on 22 Jan 2013 19:06:11 GMT
Nikki W C says:
I enjoyed The Three Triads and the Rise of the Specials by a bloke named B J Mowlem. My boys also loved as it was right up their street. Aged between 11 and 16 years. I am surprised that it has not been star rated. I got it when it was free.

I also love J K Rowling and Terry Pratchett. Just finished his Jodger. Not the same as Disc World but still very enjoyable. This might be a stretch but you could try that as well.

Regards Nikki

Posted on 22 Jan 2013 19:30:32 GMT
Last edited by the author on 22 Jan 2013 19:33:13 GMT
Bubbles says:
My Daughter is the same, aged 10 with a YA reading age. She likes fantasy/adventure and has so far read
Harry Potter Books
Hunger Games
Terry Pratchett YA books e.g The wee free men
Percy Jackson books and the Heros of Olympus by the same author, Rick Rhiordan
Time Rider books by Alex Scarrow
Alex Rider books by Anthony Horowitz
Cherub series of books by Robert Muchamore
She has also really liked the River of Time Series by Lisa T Bergren (but these books only available on kindle)
Maximum Ride series for YA by James Patterson

Posted on 22 Jan 2013 19:33:35 GMT
I Readalot says:
There was quite a lot of violence in The Hunger Games in fact they had to tone it down for the movie to avoid a 15 cert. The Maze Runner, trilogy by James Dashner is worth reading but really aimed at the YA to adult market, similar kind of violence to HG. Why not try some of the classics, definitely challenging. I also had a very advanced reading age and was reading Dickens at around 8 but I still enjoyed Enid Blyton and many other books aimed at my chronological age after all reading should be fun. Be aware that most novels for the 15 + age group do contain sex scenes, it is becoming hard to avoid them completely. It is difficult to find suitable reading matter but then books aimed at an older audience will contain themes which will mean little to a 10 year old.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jan 2013 20:35:48 GMT
Last edited by the author on 22 Jan 2013 20:37:27 GMT
Hi, Jacqueline.

I just read a book for that age group, it's not on Kindle, and out of print, but it's quite a lovely dystopian book for kids. The MC is 15. so that should fit the bill, too. It's called Ring rise, Ring Set by Monica Hughes.

My friend Jenni James writes for YA and there's guaranteed no sex or violence in the books. Maye look up her profile and see? She does rewrite the Jane Austen books and has a few other books, exactly for the age group.

Posted on 22 Jan 2013 20:51:15 GMT
Tamburrt says:
Are you looking to extend her vocabulary; introduce her to other genres; keep her interest on reading etc. Without some idea any suggested books may not meet the objective.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jan 2013 21:24:55 GMT
Jacqueline says:
That is an extensive list. I will check these out! My daughter is quite specific in her tastes and diverse.. she had a period of loving Jacqueline Wilson.. read and re read them all but i will check out your recommendations.. thanks

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jan 2013 21:28:51 GMT
Jacqueline says:
Hi Tamburrt.. all of the above, as she is exploring and finding out what she does and does not like any suggestions are gratefully received... her reading is for fun, relaxation, broadening the mind, enlightenment and excitement isn't that why we all read at whatever age?

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jan 2013 21:33:22 GMT
Jacqueline says:
Matthew, i love the fact that they enjoy reading and want to encourage it, but at the same time need to keep an eye on the content. My daughter tried reading little women.. she was not too keen at all. :(

Loved the Hobbit though and then happily got to see the film to see how it compared to how she imagined it...

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jan 2013 21:34:57 GMT
Jacqueline says:

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jan 2013 23:34:03 GMT
Hi Jacqueline,

If your daughter reads ebooks, Mr. Planemaker's Flying Machine is free. The book is aimed at very bright kids.

Posted on 23 Jan 2013 15:56:01 GMT
RT LDN says:
try her on some old fashioned adult fiction - stuff that was written pre-50's won't expose her to much bad language or explicit content, and if her reading age is as good as you say it is then not only will she be comfortable reading them but it will develop her vocabulary and her understanding of literature, which will make her much better prepared for stuff she'll encounter at senior school, both in English and History classes.
Think about childrens books from other cultures and countries. I remember reading Chinese Cinderella in year 5 and being amazed to learn about the lives of other young children from around the world.
what about some Jane Austen books, which are great for young girls (although you should definitely let her know not to model herself too much on any of the characters! marriage is no longer the best a girl can hope for)? There are also plenty of films to keep her interested in these things, like how Clueless is based on Emma and so many based on Pride and Prejudice.
If it's helpful to you to keep her interested in reading by relating it to other stuff like tv, etc., what about the Sherlock Holmes books? And The Hobbit which has just come out.
If she's keen to continue with the fantasy genre after Hunger Games or Harry potter, then how about some books like Day of the Triffids or some H.G. Wells - kids love adventure and these writers are the originals!
Something like Animal Farm by George Orwell is another great choice. Not difficult to read and a great way to encourage her to analyse meaning in books, or start her off on a little politics/history lesson if you wanted to, or you could just let the book stand out of context simply as a great read.
She will most likely find some of the ones I have listed quite challenging, because of the language, but I managed these books when I was about 10 and I remember being so proud of myself that I had the ability to read books for grown-ups. Although the language will be difficult at first it's easy to get used to.
In a different category, when I was 10, I was obsessed with a series of books called The Menyms by Sylvia Waugh (Who is a great writer for kids, I definitely recommend her work), about living rag-dolls in suburban England.

Posted on 23 Jan 2013 18:17:38 GMT
Scholastica says:
Some suggestions - probably a good idea to read some of them yourself first. These are what I cut my 'reading teeth' on once I was beginning to move away from children's books:
My Family and Other Animals, Gerald Durrell
Monica Dickens
Agatha Christie
Noel Streatfield
John Buchan

also, a possibility To Kill a Mocking Bird

Posted on 23 Jan 2013 18:21:33 GMT
Last edited by the author on 23 Jan 2013 18:22:56 GMT
Oh, I have one more suggestion: all paperbacks. The Heartland series. It's about horses, but not too heavy. No violence and no explicit language.

Heartland Lauren Brooke Collection 17 Books Set (Coming Home, After the Storm, Breaking Free, Taking Chances, Come What May, One Day You'll Know, Out of the Darkness, Thicker than water, Every New Day and more) (Heartland Collection)

Should tick the box, too.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jan 2013 20:06:38 GMT
Jacqueline says:
Thank you Alison Mcvey, those are some good ones to consider...... i think that the subject matter of to Kill a mockingbird is still to old for her.. i will check out the other authors though... thanks

Posted on 24 Jan 2013 16:11:08 GMT
Mr Robinson says:
Seeing the fantasy connection this site might be of interest. I have no connection to the website, but I've found it a useful resource. I would especially recomment the Ursula LeGuin and John Bellairs novels: Childrens books that adults (or mature children) can appreciate.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jan 2013 17:30:45 GMT
Bajan Girl says:
Hi I had the same issue with my eldest who is now almost 14. She too loved Harry Potter and the Hunger Games. Have you tried the Twilight books? My daughter was obsessed with them so I read them all before she did and was impressed by the standard of writing (unlike some other YA books). She has since progressed to the Pretty Little Liars series, but I have not read any so not sure if they would be too advanced for your daughter. Good luck!

Posted on 24 Jan 2013 18:57:43 GMT
Poly says:
How about the Wind on Fire Trilogy by William Nicholson
or The Bartimaeus Sequence by Jonathon Stroud (was a trilogy but there are now 5 books so far).

Posted on 24 Jan 2013 20:26:48 GMT
Basement Cat says:
Twilight books are really not suitable for a 10 year old.

Posted on 24 Jan 2013 22:40:47 GMT
Louise Wise says:
Kimi's Fear (The Kimi Books) and Kimi's Secret are excellent books for preteens. If she liked Potter she'll like these. The main character is a girl, who's feisty and fearless. I loved it.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jan 2013 12:49:13 GMT
k says:
Why not try 'Lord of the Flies' by William Golding, about a group of youngsters who become stranded on a desert island.

Posted on 25 Jan 2013 21:03:58 GMT
RML says:
It sounds like your daughter is similar to how I used to be. I would also recommend William Nicholson Wind on Fire trilogy and Garth Nix Sabriel trilogy. Philip Pullman also a great read for that capability. I loved my fantasy fiction!

Posted on 25 Jan 2013 21:53:33 GMT
monica says:
Strongly agree with I Readalot that she should be introduced to classics. Little Women and Jane Eyre were the first that came to my mind. She'd certainly be well able for Dickens, though I leave it to someone who likes him to suggest which one. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis might suit her as well. And what about a collection of traditional folk tales from a region/country she seems interested in? (And for that matter, what about non-fiction books about a topic she seems interested in?)

There are some good books with adolescent & teen-aged protagonists that don't have vampires or wizards; I wish I'd known about Theroux's Mosquito Coast when I was 10. (I mightn't have understood every last detail, but that would have made it even more mysterious & appealing.) And I recently picked up a remaindered copy of a YA book whose characters were in mid-teens that was great fun to read: Chain Mail, by Hiroshi Ishizaki.

Did you reject To Kill a Mockingbird, which is a wonderful evocation of childhood (the two children are it's said Harper Lee and her friend Truman Capote), because a man in it--not one of the main characters--is accused of rape? When I first read it as a very sheltered child all I'd been told about rape was that it was a bad thing that very bad men did to women; I was satisfied with that and nothing in the book made me want to know more about it, though the novel did make me want to learn more about the way white Americans treated black ones.

In any case, I hope you'll consider books written by people who don't make the YA best-seller lists--or any best-seller lists. Good luck with it.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jan 2013 21:55:21 GMT
I Readalot says:
I agree with you there Basement Cat, and don't consider them to be particularly well written either. Miss R Lewis's suggestions of Garth Nix and William Nicholson are definitely better.

Carlos Ruiz Zafon's novels for YA are also very good, Midnight Palace and The Prince of Mists, they are a bit scary though but very well written with a lot of atmosphere and a beautiful use of language.
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