Best Books to Get for an Avid Advanced Reader 10 yr old Girl -

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rockinhippy Wed 09-Jan-13 23:15:39

I can't keep up with her, she can almost get through a book a day & I'm rapidly running out of ideas. I'm also finding its getting more awkward as her tastes & ability seem to be more teenage than 10, so as shes still quite young, I obviously need to take care with content too, hence why I'm asking for any recommendations heresmile - I don't mind horror etc, she understands it as make believe & is very sensible & not easily spooked, but nothing sexually explicit, or too much about drugs etc, odd swearing okay, as again she's sensible & probably hears worse in the street.

She's just finished Shift (Em Bailey) which she really loved, said its the best book she's read yet, so anything of that ilk would be great - I can't find any other Em Bailey books - are there more ?

She's now reading, but almost finished Eve & Adam ( Michael Grant/Katherine Applegate) again really enjoyed that & prior to these devoured the whole Karen Mc Combie, Alison world & others, enjoyed, but got a bit bored so wanted more challenging.

She's desperate to get her hands on mŷ old James Herbert books, I'm tempted as some I think she would love, but I just wish I could remember which if any don't have sex scenes - anyone ?

Or any other recommendations at all, she seems keen on anything with a bit of a twist, horror, thrillers & was reading a lot of teen school drama type stuff, but I think she'd want that to be a bit more of a twist to it now, if that makes sense

Any advice gratefully received

TIA smile

rockinhippy Wed 09-Jan-13 23:17:40

iPad fail blush excuse typos - hopefully it still makes sense

Try her on the dark materials series by Philip Pullman, I imagine that she would love them.

rockinhippy Wed 09-Jan-13 23:24:53

Thank you Maggie, unfortunately she did love them, she read them awhile back, I should have said, she's either read, or wasn't interested in all the obvious ones, Harry Potter, Lord of the rings, Twig light, - she really does seem to want more adult, or at least teen books, but there lies the problem, as in I need to make sure content is okay for her

HarrietSchulenberg Wed 09-Jan-13 23:28:53

The Philip Reeve's Mortal Engines quartet is keeping my 10 and 12 year old dses busy.

rockinhippy Wed 09-Jan-13 23:39:05

Ooo, thanks Harriet, I will look into those smile

Well, the is the chaos walking series which is amazing but it's very hard subject matter in places, I'm not sure how well a ten year old would deal with it.
Perhaps have a look yourself and see what you think.
I take it she's done the narnia series?

Oh oh madeline engel a wrinkle in time, is a great series. As is the shadow rising, another series and has she read any Alan garner?

HarrietSchulenberg Wed 09-Jan-13 23:51:41

Oh, definitely Alan Garner - Weirdstone of Brisingamen is a good one.

rockinhippy Thu 10-Jan-13 00:08:27

The Chaos walking sounds very interesting Maggie, - thank you - she loves a challenge, so if its difficult subject that might well grab her attention more & might slow her down a bit too, which would be good for me - grin so I will definitely look into that. She wasn't interested in Shadow Rising, though I thought they looked good, but might try again with that & no she's not read any Alan Garner, or the other one, so that's brilliant, will look into those too.

She has read Narnia, probably a couple of years ago, she's also at that preteen too,cool stage so it's difficult to get her interested in anything that's now a film that's aimed at a young audience - if that makes sense, she can bloody awkward to please, she seems to need it to at least think she's reading adult books :-/ but lots to go on there -thank you smile

rockinhippy Thu 10-Jan-13 00:10:18

Ooo, great, thanks Harriet, adding those titles to,mŷ library list smile

SorrelForbes Thu 10-Jan-13 00:18:12

What about:
Charlotte Sometimes
The Whispering Knights
The Silver Crown
The Mountain of Magic trilogy by Beverly Nih

SorrelForbes Thu 10-Jan-13 00:18:31

Sorry, 'Beverly Nichols

WhatWouldCaitlinDo Thu 10-Jan-13 00:25:12

How about the "across the barricades" series? It's set in Belfast during the Troubles and is about two teenagers, one Catholic and one Protestant, who fall in love. Not quite vampire and human, but if she likes the forbidden love with a twist thing she might enjoy it.

Oh, Judith Kerr ' when Hitler sold pink rabbit, is an amazing series and getting hold of a copy of 'the silver sword', set in wartorn Poland is good too.

Would be a good idea too, even.

EcoLady Thu 10-Jan-13 00:34:39

If she enjoyed the Dark Materials, how about the Ruby in The Smoke series, also by Phillip Pullman? Female lead character, but set in Victorian London (initially).

Ruby in the Smoke
Shadow in the North
Tiger in the Well
The Tin Princess

Tiger in the well was a particularly dark book in that series and yes I second the recommendation.

exexpat Thu 10-Jan-13 01:12:11

DD is 10 and in the last few months has read pretty much everything Robert Muchamore has ever written, plus most of Cathy Cassidy. And loads of other stuff I can't remember at the moment.

Are you buying all the books for her (in which case I presume you have discovered the cheap book collections offered by Red House & the Book People - DD got about 20 books from them for Christmas), or does she have a school/public library to borrow from? Children's librarians can be quite good at the 'if you liked this, you might enjoy...' game - or you can look up books she has enjoyed on Amazon and see what suggestions they come up with (people who bought/viewed this item also bought...).

exexpat Thu 10-Jan-13 01:15:32

Oh, one thought if she likes horror - have you tried Anthony Horowitz's books along those lines? He's best known for Alex Rider etc, but DS read the Power of Five books around that age and enjoyed them. Also the Horowitz Horror short stories.

Startail Thu 10-Jan-13 01:33:04

I don't remember any human sex in James herriot, but there is a wonderful scene getting a bull to perform for AI material.

I watched the TV show and had them on tape as a child and loved them.

Read them and see, DD2 who's almost 12 would be fine with them, but she's reading Twilight (big sisters have a lot to answer for wink )

No chance she'll read them, both DDs make a point of ignoring my suggestions.

I'm guessing she's read Percy Jackson and the Kane Chronicles

Takver Thu 10-Jan-13 10:11:14

She's probably read most of these but dd likes:

Anne McCaffrey's Pern novels: Dragonsong trilogy is aimed at YA audience, you might want to skim the rest for suitability
Temeraire series (aimed at adults but very harmless)
Percy Jackson plus all the other various series by RR
Michelle Paver Chronicles of Ancient Darkness
Inkheart trilogy
Gerald Durrell's various books
Rangers Apprentice series
Hunger Games series
Casson family series by Hilary McKay (although the covers are very 'chicklit' they're perfectly inoffensive in content)
Artemis Fowl + Eoin Colfer's other books

sure there are lots more, will come back

itsallinmyhead Thu 10-Jan-13 10:17:12

Anything by Terry Pratchett smile

Takver Thu 10-Jan-13 10:20:43

YY, TP is a good suggestion. DD got Eric for Christmas and was giggling away - it came in a very smart grown-up looking '50 best SF novels' cover too smile

rockinhippy Thu 10-Jan-13 10:48:17

Thank you, loads of great suggestions there smile & I'll be hitting the library later smile -

though she informed me this morning that she's not interested in fantasy type books any more, she thinks they are younghmm - I still love fantasy now confused - but she says she now likes things that are more believable, like the 2 shes just read, which in her words "are almost scientifically possible" shock so seems its thrillers & some horror, but I'm hoping I can work on her later with some of the fantasy as some of the suggestions, such as TP I think are fantastic - someone in RL just reminded me that James Herberts Fluke is okay& I have that, so will start her with that & hopefully it will last her until I can get my hands on some of the others (library pre order)

& thank you expat - both buying & library, but at the rate she's reading, more library than buying, so your recommendation is fantastic - thank you.

Funny though, every things too young for her - according to her, but when she runs out, she goes back to re reading her old Junie B Jones - kids eh grin

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