I am torn really - my DD has really come on leaps on bounds with her reading ( at the start of y1 she had trouble reading key words like, they, went etc) she has just started Y3 but towards the end of Y2 started reading independently by choice she loves reading so much now. Because her Nan quite innocently got her the Jacqueline Wilson magazine she became interested in her books - she knows her idol - her 17 year old cousin used to read them when she was younger - I must admit I even convinced myself I'd bought her some JW books at DD age!! I did not realise how advanced some of the content is - talking about sex (not literally but in passing) etc until she just read a chapter to me.
Part of me wants to run and get her some nice innocent Enid Blyton or CS Lewis or Rainbow Fairies or something - she is a young and innocent 7yr old - July born.
But the other part of me remembers how enchanted I was with books at her age and how I learn't so much about the world reading books I probably shouldn't of Judy Blume anyone lol). I should be honest with her when she asks about these issues shouldn't I ?- surely it can't do her too much harm I mean JW is quite sensible in her approaches to sensitive subjects.
So if you have a DD what age did you let her start reading JW books and what age would consider an appropriate age to let them read?
She is currently Candyfloss - a hand me down from her cousin.
katharine Girls in Love was the book that dd1 didn't like. It is def for older readers and should probably have been in the teenage section at the library, in fact...I will let them know next time I'm over there.
I would LOVE dd1 to get interested in some of the classics but the narrative does drone on and on and on. She started the secret garden but it wasn't fast-paced enough <impatient>
My dds have read JW from about 6 or 7, but I agree there's a big difference from the younger books and the teen ones, and it would be helpful if you could see that clearly on the cover. I don't censor them for my dds but they have tended to avoid the teen topics til recently (aged 10 and 11 now). Some of them are much better than others (I have discovered recently from a phase of having JW audio CDs in the car). Sleepovers was crap. Girls in Tears etc seems silly. Others I really like.
If they find Secret Garden a bit slow you could try a Little Princess, that has been very popular with my dds, I loved it too as a child.
and yy to Jennings and Darbishire, though you don't see them around these days. Nor do you find Biggles very often, another of my old favourites (and massively un pc all round).
I don't care for Jacqueline Wilson's work. I was surprised to read that she is a Dame and is/was? the Children's Laureate. However, I confess to having read very little of her books. My daughters have read several, ostensibly those aimed at the younger reader, I believe (and hope). I did not appreciate my eight year old asking me what a 'hooker' is, amongst other things. Tracey Beaker and its offshoots seem to be on the television morning, noon and night in my house. (Yes, I know, I'm the mummy and I can turn it off - if I can brace myself against the outcry). I can't stand the sight and sound of the characters' voices droning on and I feel that these programmes have a detrimental effect on my kids. Also, in one JW on tv last night, one of the characters mentioned, 'mum kept most of his milk teeth'. In the Suitcase Kid, Father Christmas's existence is blatantly called into question. These aspects are unnecessary and an author who really cared about kids would not include them, but I get the feeling Jacqueline Wilson enjoys writing that sort of thing.
A few years ago I was instructed to hear a group of girls read this latter book over a several weeks in school. I think the children were in the early weeks of Year 4. I found the book depressing and rude and was so pleased when after about a third to a half of the book the girls, en masse, asked if we could please stop reading it as they found it rude and unpleasant. And no, I don't think I brainwashed them. The teachers all seemed it think the book was good, though, and beneficial to children whose parents have separated. (My daughter read this as a class book when her dad and I had just separated and she said it made her feel quite depressed, and even more worried about the future).
I have read sections of JW's work which were inoffensive and readable. My elder daugher assured me, too, that Hetty Feather was inoffensive. However, I have read bits that just make feel feel - well - yucky. And no, there is no cathartic feeling. And some of the characters say things that are adult which are just not realistic. She had a child say that she wished a teacher or someone-or-other had worn a sports bra whilst dancing at a party. Well, I do not think any young child would think that, and there was no useful purpose served by the comment that I could see. She just has some nasty characters. In fairness, having slated her, I should go and read her whole body of work in order to be properly objective.
Dd3 is nearly 6 and has read some JW, mainly 'borrowed' from her sisters' bedrooms!
Hate to break this to you OP, but if you have a keen reader, you won't be able to monitor what they read for much longer. They'll get their hands on all sorts of books from school, the library, borrowed from friends etc. I can't keep up now with what dd2 reads, she gets through them v quickly.
It's good to read a wide range and if your dd wants to read JW that's fine IMO, the younger ones are fine for her age.
DD2 (11) devours JW, Cathy Cassidy and other similar stuff and likes them being like real life and has since she was about 8 or 9. DD1 and I agree with ummlilia's DD that they are depressing.
Suit Case Kid should be compulsory reading for parents thinking of splitting up, but I'm less sure about DCs.
DD1 (and me) like HP, Percy Jackson, Alex Rider and the like.
DD1 likes the hunger games, which I can't bring myself to read (the basic premise gives me the shivers). She also devours fantasy,dragons, vampires and the like. She started Lord of the rings and bought the DVD
Neither will read the classics, DD2 just looks at you in that way only preteens can.
DD1 is dyslexic and they are just too wordy. I'm mildly dyslexic too and moved from The twins at st. Claires to adult thrillers s and lace and never read any either.
Two things the DDs do agree on. They like Twilight and most Michel Morpergo's are too sad.
In any case you Dancergirls right you won't keep up with DDs aquiring of books. DD1 had read all the sixth form only section by 14 (she's a librarian)