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Posted 20 November 2008 - 11:51 PM
She doesn't seem at all intimidated by big books (she's read the all of the Twilight books in the last 3 weeks), so book size isn't an issue, and seems to be a very good reader for her age. If any one has any suggestions, I'd love to hear them, both for stocking ideas (to pass on to Santa of course), and for ideas to pass on to her when she starts saying "what can I read?" It's great to have a reader, but sometimes its hard to keep up with them when they toss off 500 page books in a few days! Thanks!
Posted 21 November 2008 - 12:40 AM
I'd recommend David Eddings "Belgariad series. Five great books. The series continues with 5 more books called the "Mallorean" series. not as good as the Belgariad, but still good to read. I got all ten books for Christmas when I was 11, and I read them all between Christmas and New Years...
"Beauty" by Robin McKinley. All of her books are good, but Beauty is my favorite.
"Dealing with Dragons" and the rest of that series by Patricia Wrede are fun.
Inkheart and Inkspell by Cornelia Funk are good. A bit dark in places, but good reads. I keep waiting for her to write a third book in that series...
"The Goose Girl," "Enna Burning," and "River Secrets" by Shannon Hale are excellent. Also "The Princess Academy" by her is good too.
"The Giver" by Lois Lowery is sad, but good.
Those are just a few of the top of my head. Good for you (and Santa ) for encouraging reading! When I was in elementary school, my dad was the reading teacher at the high school. He'd pay me to read books and tell him about them. If you need more suggestions (or something besides Fantasy/Sci Fi), just say the word!
Posted 21 November 2008 - 08:06 AM
Diana Wynne Jones is a favorite with my 11-year-old. "Howl's Moving Castle" (there's a movie but of course, the book is better!), "Castle In The Air," "Charmed Lives" and "The Lives of Christopher Chant" are good ones by her.
A couple of others by Robin McKinley that she would probably love are "The Hero and The Crown" and "The Blue Sword".
"Ella Enchanted", by Gail Carson Levine, the whole "Betsy-Tacy" series by Maud Hart Lovelace but especially the ones dealing with high school and beyond are wonderful if you can track them down (Amazon).
How fun to have a reader in the house! Good luck.
Posted 21 November 2008 - 09:10 AM
Posted 21 November 2008 - 09:47 AM
She might enjoy the "Narnia" series by CS Lewis. The series has christian allegorical undertones...nothing offensive but it might not fit with your ethos.
That's what I was going to suggest. These would keep her busy for a while!
I suppose she's past the Little House age?? I love those, but I was an avid reader as a kid, too, so I'm sure I finished them by the time I was 11. If she hasn't read them yet, though...
What about the Nancy Drew series? Is that too "apple pie" for her? I read almost all of the Nancy Drews. Love, love, love them!
I don't know, these might be too juvenile for her. Sounds like she's reading way beyond her age level.
Posted 21 November 2008 - 10:06 AM
A quick suggestion is The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C Wrede. They look pretty short, and I haven't read them, but Charlotte said they're fun. I see Anna already mentioned them.
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Posted 21 November 2008 - 11:55 AM
Oh, and Anna suggested "The Giver"- fantastic book if she hasn't already read that!
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Posted 21 November 2008 - 01:42 PM
I know how you feel about finding books for them to read. It's great to have a reader but at the same time it gets a bit tough keeping them in good books.
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