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Posted on 26 Jun 2011 19:18:07 BDT
Have been trying to work out the link system for about and hour to make it easy to find the book, think I'm there - so here goes. It seemed to work just now and I hope the book will be of interest

Hocus Pocus and the Pentacle Pendants (Celestial Seven)

Posted on 27 Jun 2011 14:20:00 BDT
maggie says:
My daughter loved The Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis

Posted on 27 Jun 2011 22:56:43 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 Jun 2011 02:06:29 BDT
P says:
OP, you say that your daughter doesn't like to have people isolated or humiliated - does that mean that it can't happen anywhere inside the book, or just in the end?

If she doesn't like it anywhere, then some splendid children's authors are going to pass her by - Diana Wynne Jones often has characters who feel (and often are) isolated. I would also say that one of the great fantasy classics - Le Guin's "Wizard of Earthsea" trilogy will not suit her, or at least not yet. Alan Garner too has some bits which (aged 7) I found very scary, but compelling too - I couldn't stop reading.

Still there are others - nobody has mentioned the Arthur Ransome "Swallows and Amazons" books, where confidence and companionship are the essence of the children's experiences. They are not "girly", but might appeal to her all the same. Also not "girly" is "The Hobbit" whose scary bits are well spaced out - of course there being a forthcoming film may help.

Try finding "The Little White Horse" by Elizabeth Goudge, which is as comforting as anyone could wish, and still eminently readable with a higher reading age - when she wrote it half a century ago, children were expected to have a more demanding vocabulary! And that one is girly squared! I know of more than one tough and independent girl whose fondness for "The Little White Horse" is a well-kept secret! Please ignore anything you may have come across from the film - it has none of the charm of the book.

Edit: I've just seen that you can get 2nd hand copies of the paperback I used to own. It has really charming illustrations, and no reference to the film (which is usually a good thing, IMO) You'll have to enter "The Little White Horse" into the search box, and then chose the Knight Edition. You can get it through Amazon for the price of postage. I do think it's just what your daughter would like.

I notice that no one has mentioned E E Nesbit - especially "The Railway Children" (though that does feature a really sensitively handled transition at the beginning when the children's father is sent to prison.) There's also "Five Children and It" or "The Phoenix and the Carpet."

I would warn you away from Joan Aiken's books - "The Wolves of Willoughby Chase" and its sequels are excellent books, but definitely not for a girl who dislikes isolation or humiliation - JA's characters are sometimes in truly horrific situations, all the worse for being historically accurate. Still, when she is a little bit more confident she may enjoy them.

You could try some of Helen Cresswell's books - particularly the funny "Bagthorpes"series, or the lovely fantasy book, "The Moondial".

There's also the charming "Dealing with Dragons" series by Patricia Wrede, suitably feminine, but not passive.

Oh, and I disagree with the teacher earlier who said that "stretching" a child was the job of her school - or rather I disagree with the assumption that you can rely on the school to do it. Slip in the odd bit of stretching as well - not just intellectually. See if you can find books that are just outside her "comfort zone" - not something that will make her "uncomfortable", but something that might stretch her ideas about what she would enjoy - I mention the Arthur Ransome books as an example.

There is one other thing which will help your child - make sure that she sees you reading books which she might like one day. I hesitate to mention it, but if you're stuck into "Pride and Prejudice" or "Jane Eyre" or "David Copperfield" or "The Time Machine" or "Animal Farm", then she will start wanting to be able to read them too. I've been into quite a lot of family houses recently (house hunting!) and it was dispiriting to see how many of them had one small bookcase in each child's room and no evidence that the adults ever read for their own pleasure at all. What does a growing child learn from that?

Posted on 28 Jun 2011 21:12:47 BDT
M. Gibson says:
Seriously Sassy series from Puffin. Fun books with strong moral and ethical centre. Oh, and I'm the author.

Posted on 28 Jun 2011 21:40:07 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jun 2011 09:43:04 BDT
Your daughter might enjoy my book, The Caves of Caerdraig. It is a magical fantasy and has its scary moments ... but everything works out O.K. in the end. She should read the synopsis and the free sample on Kindle to see if she likes it.

Posted on 13 Sep 2011 16:11:49 BDT
Auntie Sue says:
Try this one!The Wrong Night

Posted on 13 Sep 2011 16:13:29 BDT
Auntie Sue says:
Try this one: The Wrong Night

Posted on 14 Sep 2011 13:11:35 BDT
A. M. Hale says:
Skye & Lilly's French Gymkhana (Paperback)
Lovely story of friendship and adventure between Skye, a welsh mountain pony and her best friend Lilly, a rare breed Hebridean sheep.

Posted on 24 Sep 2011 10:52:30 BDT
D. P. Stone says:
How about Wiggles and the Loch Ness Monster (Wiggles the Flying Pig). It's a fun-packed adventure story with wonderful illustrations throughout. Also, 10 percent of the profits go to the Born Free Foundation, and charity that protects wild and endangered animals.

Posted on 24 Sep 2011 21:04:23 BDT
susanamaria says:
My daughter LOVES the "Humphry" books by Betty G Birney.
They are about the class pet hamster and are really funny. I love them too !
She will be 8 next month and has just gone into year 3 at school.
I know your daughter will love these books - nothing for the mums to worry
about in the content.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Sep 2011 21:32:57 BDT
LEP says:
Charlotte dies in Charlottes Web, so may be too sad.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Sep 2011 21:42:37 BDT
Last edited by the author on 24 Sep 2011 21:47:26 BDT
LEP says:
Try The Animal Ark Books for ages 8+. About the children of a Vet who's clinic is called Animal Ark. Nothing sad etc., in them and all have a happy ending.
Little Animal Ark is for 4+, so avoid those.

I would agree re. What Katy Did and What Katy Did Next and Anne of Green Gables, the latter is a series that takes Anne right up to marriage. I'd say Little Women, but of course Beth dies early on in it, so this may be a no-go.

What about some of the various school series? Enid Blyton's written 2 and then there's The Chalet School etc.

Then there's The Ballet Shoes series - Noel Streatfield.

Also The Skate School series - Kate (Kay?) Woodward

Posted on 25 Sep 2011 18:12:59 BDT
Shakira says:
Check outThe Spell of the Witch Queen This is a great fairy tale with
wonderful metaphors for young girls to be able to deal with difficult situations.

Posted on 1 Oct 2011 09:56:20 BDT
TerryR52 says:
A bit of family promotion I'm afraid, but you could try 'Arrowroot The Goblin' by Gillian Runham. A good read for her age range with the added benefit that all proceeds from any sales will go to cancer research.

Posted on 1 Oct 2011 13:09:48 BDT
Why don't you try "A Dollop of Ghee and a Pot of Wisdom" - it is a set of fun stories from India

Posted on 1 Oct 2011 13:29:43 BDT
Last edited by the author on 1 Oct 2011 13:30:35 BDT
If you're looking for a children's story suitable for readers aged 8-10, do take a look at The Secret Lake This is a 'time-slip' mystery adventure with lots of twists and turns. It's about Stella (11) and Tom (8) who, when trying to find their elderly neighbour's missing dog, discover a tunnel and lake that take them back in time to their home and its shared gardens 100 years in the past where they meet the children living there ... I've only published it very recently and it's starting to get some lovely reviews both in the UK and the US You can see more using the 'look inside' feature on Amazon or by going to www.thesecretlake.com Best wishes, Karen Inglis

Posted on 2 Oct 2011 15:44:14 BDT
Paul says:
Professor Atlas and the Summoning Dagger

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Oct 2011 09:15:00 BDT
Grey Wolf says:
Also try The Dragon Chronicles. It is based on a journal kept by an old wizard, who is sent by his dying king on a dangerous quest. He is commanded to take the king's son, Prince Bandred to mentor him ready to take the crown. The story also has a strong female character in the form of a young peasant girl who stows away on board their ship. Once the wise old wizard realizes she has 'the gift of magic' he makes this girl his apprentice. The storyline has lots of discussions about life issues e.g.: friendships, peer pressure, relationship with parents. Lots of food for thought, about issues that they come across and ones they had never considered. It's about courage and overcoming adversity. The look of the book is like a really old journal. With great illustrations, diagrams and specimens found on the journey and recorded by the old wizard. Looks like antique leather bound tome, so once read this book will look good on the shelf forever!

Posted on 3 Oct 2011 16:44:02 BDT
Pocketwatch says:

A brilliant set of books for this age group is the "Snow Spider Trilogy" By Jenny Nimmo.
The Snow Spider Trilogy

There's 3 books, and they deal with welsh legends re-told through the life of a young magician called Gwyn and his friends. They're not a bit like Harry Potter - far more real life in some ways.

I read them when I was about 8/9 and loved the series. The first 2 books are definitely fine, the 3rd book (The Chestnut Soldier) deals with some slightly more challenging content, but nothing too grown-up.

Plenty of magic and adventures and good portrayals of friendships and loyalty.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Oct 2011 17:47:32 BDT
I agree - I loved The Snow Spider even as an adult! The use of Welsh phrases at the start is a bit challenging (as I recall) but it should not put you off! This is a very special book. In case anyone missed my earlier link I hope you don't mind my adding it again - which is to my own book recently published and equally 'special'. Do read the reviews just in from the children on my website www.thesecretlake.com

And by the way, I'm now reading The Secret Garden; I never read this as a child but it's wonderful.

The Secret Lake

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Oct 2011 14:15:13 BDT
Last edited by the author on 4 Oct 2011 14:15:32 BDT
Squishy says:
If she is quite sensitive you could try C.J.Bloom and The Worry List which is only available to download on Kindle but is a really beautiful story about a 10yr old girl who worries so much that she can't enjoy her life. A magical old lady comes to stay with her and teaches her ways to how to learn to love life and have fun with a gentle introduction to positive thinking and self esteem. My daughter was about 9 or 10 when she read it and she absolutely connected with it.

Posted on 5 Oct 2011 21:33:21 BDT
Bookworm says:
Charlie bone by jenny nimmo
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.

Posted on 5 Oct 2011 22:03:15 BDT
R. M. E says:
Hiya - my daughter is the same age and also hates characters ending up in trouble/humiliated. I echo Malory Towers and St Claires .. new author Pamela Cox churning them out in Enid Blyton's name and style so the collection is ever-growing.

Def agee with Eva Ibbotsonn esp Secret of Platform 13 and Beasts of Clawstone Castle. Star of Kazan is aimed a bit older, maybe? (I'm thinking length) Trying my daughter with Butterfly Pool next.

Michael Morpurgo lovely but go for Tom's Sausage Lion or Kensuke's Kingdom, they are less upsetting than some of his others.

Re-read it recently and I think beloved Ann of Green Gables is a too much of a big leap up from Rainbow fairies in terms of vocab...
good luck!

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Oct 2011 23:08:37 BDT
Last edited by the author on 5 Oct 2011 23:11:13 BDT
Nino says:
Hi, my daughter is 7 with a reading age of almost 10 and doesn't like scary/sad stories. We have just read The Dolls House by Rumer Godden. It's beautifully written and we were gripped every night to know what would happen next and quite sad when we got to the end! A really nice story by a talented author.
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