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Recommendations wanted

Discussion in 'Book Search & Suggestions' started by SFG75, Feb 14, 2010.

  1. SFG75

    SFG75 Well-Known Member

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    A family friend has an 11 year old girl whose reading level is that of a junior.

    What books can you recommend that would be challenging, yet age appropriate?
     
  2. The Butcher

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    The Lightning Thief,but I forgot the Authors name.It's not hard but she should enjoy it.

    Can she handle books that have killing/raping etc.?
     
  3. abecedarian

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    My girls loved The Anne of Green Gable series, as well as all the other books by LM Montgomery..and Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton Porter. I'll come up with more ideas later!
     
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    Point Horror? I remember back in the day they were quite a popular read. What types of books is she into?
     
  5. Fish Lady

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    Rick Riordan is the author of the Percy Jackson and The Olympians series. It's well written and entertaining (better than the Harry Potter books IMO)

    Anything by Lois Lowry is fabulous. Her trilogy that began with The Giver is excellent.

    Susan Pfeffer's trilogy that begins with Life As We Knew It was very interesting and well written.

    Anna Godberson has a great series set in turn of the century New York. The first of the series is The Luxe. I flew through those books. There are four of them.

    Libba Bray has a trilogy set in Victorian England that begins with A Great And Terrible Beauty that was totally enjoyable.

    Meg Cabot's Mediator series was great as well.

    I have a 13yo daughter who is a very reluctant reader, so I am constantly on the lookout for something that will capture her attention, and thus I read plenty of YA fiction. One of my favorite places to get book ideas is Teen Reads
     
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    I completely agree with Abc. My daughter read all the books by LM Montgomery and loved them.
     
  7. abecedarian

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    Another great writer to introduce is Ann Rinaldi. We 'met' her thru her Quilt Trilogy and then found some of her other books. Most of her work is historical fiction. I love how she usually has a section at the back where she talks about her writing process for the book and provides some background information pertaining to the book's topic. She doesn't write glossy sugar coated stories. Her characters deal with the harsh realities of their time periods. OTH, her works are never overly graphic, so I'm comfortable recommending her to adolescent readers.
     
  8. SFG75

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    O.K., I wrote down a few items that I think would be good. All I know about the kid is that she is extremely bright and is a voracious reader, kind of like your average reader here.:flowers:
     
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    I agree with the recommendations of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Anne of Green Gables series, and Girl of the Limberlost although I do think the Harry Potter series is better than Percy Jackson. More ideas:

    The Inkworld trilogy by Cornelia Funke
    The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
    Boy's Life by Robert McCammon
    Hoot by Carl Hiaasen, Flush by Carl Hiaasen
    His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman
    Alicia: My Story by Alicia Appleman-Jurman
    The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer
    The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
    The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
    Daniel's Story by Carol Matas
    Rules of the Road by Joan Bauer, Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer
    Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
    Anything by Fannie Flagg
    V is for Victor by Mark Childress
    The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
    The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
    At Risk by Alice Hoffman
     
  10. readsalot

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    I may sound like a broken record, but I'm a proponent of classic Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys (mid 90's series).

    Bean Trees might be kinda intense, but it was excellent.

    Ohhh, she might like Alexander McCall Smith's #1 Ladies Detective series. Wonderful books.

    Heir Apparent was also very good.

    (Even my books would fit your bill for thoughtful YA.)
     
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    If she is into fantasy then how about the author Anne Macaffrey , she has a huge range of books to choose from. Good ones to start on are the Dragonsong, Dragon singer Dragon drums trilogy. Then on to all the Pern stories and others. Although they are set in a fantasy style they are very much about people and real lives and emotions.


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    How is the book thief? I never heard of it before seeing that there was a movie of it. Didn't get around to seeing the movie either, though I think it'll be on the netflix list
     
  13. Meadow337

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    we do all know this thread is from 2010 right?
     
  14. readsalot

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    Yes, but there's somebody new to talk to :p
     
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    Hmm how about starting a new thread about childrens books so it doesn't feel quite so pointless offering suggestions for a situation that has long since been resolved.
     

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