books for 9 year old girl...

(29 Posts)
timetosmile Wed 06-Feb-13 13:37:32

Apologies, I know this has been done a thousand times before. If I give you likes and dislikes, can you give me some suggestions...

Likes Enid Blyton School stories, dislikes the Adventure/famous five ones.
Likes Darcy Bussell magical ballet shoes, dislikes Harry Potter
Loves Roald Dahl, hates Rainbow Fairies grin
Likes Jeremy Strong and Horrid Henry, dislikes Susan Cooper

She likes magical stuff without it becoming too unicorny and stories with a strong narrative to keep the pages turning. I think she's an average/good reader for her age but not especially advanced.

When she gets 'into' something she likes I don't see her until she's read it, and when she likes a series, she'll disappear for weeks. But currently casting round for the Next Really Good Book.

Are the Faraway Tree ones too young for her now?

Thanks for your suggestions.

LeMousquetaireAnonyme Wed 06-Feb-13 13:47:32

DD1 (8) likes the adventure island series by Helen Moss, but then she loves the famous five too, so may be not for your DD.
Wizard of oz, Alice in wonderland, E. Nesbit (a bit difficult she reads it with her father because we only have unabridge versions) i.e. magic castle and the phoenix of the carpet (or something)
Horrible science
Will have a go at Horrible History soon and Morpugo too.
She had treasure Island and Peter pan for Xmas too still waiting.

What about Narnia for magical?

timetosmile Wed 06-Feb-13 13:58:43

thanks, we've 'done' Narnia with us and her reading bits as its a family favourite, and she's enjoyed Horrible Histories here and there but not wanted the whole series.

I bought the Helen Moss ones for Christmas and she doesn't like them much (gah!)

Morpurgo - she loved the butterfly lion, so I will dig some of the easier ones out of DSs bedroom for her...

booksteensandmagazines Wed 06-Feb-13 14:10:07

Ballet Shoes - Noel Streatfield (classic)
Soldier Dog - Sam Angus

NTitled Wed 06-Feb-13 14:14:55

My DD (8.5) loves all the books your DD loves (Malory Towers is her current top reading), and hates anything pink and/or princess and fairy-related. She found Enid B's Island of Adventure etc too long-winded, but did love the Helen Moss adventure stories. Has your DD read the Mr Gum stories? My DD chortled over them. I think the Faraway Tree would be too young now. How about the Giltterwings Academy series (Titania Woods)? Completely ripped off Malory Towers, but a good read - I've read them, even if DD is put off by the fairy element!

NTitled Wed 06-Feb-13 14:15:42

Sorry - typing in haste. Glitterwings, not Giltterwings!!

bigbadbarry Wed 06-Feb-13 14:21:09

She has very similar taste to my DD. Has she tried some of the children's classics: Charlotte's Web, What Katy Did, Ballet Shoes, the blue door theatre (I thin it is actually called the swish of the curtain)...? She recently loved the hobbit and anything by David Walliams (she read them all one after the other!). There is a gorgeous new reprint of some real old favourites out now so for her birthday next month I am planning to get heidi and possibly swallows and amazons.
She has read the shakespeare stories you can get from the book people over and over.

NTitled Wed 06-Feb-13 14:21:59

Yes, David Walliams is v popular with my DD too!

bigbadbarry Wed 06-Feb-13 14:25:04

these are the new editions: how beautiful smile

timetosmile Wed 06-Feb-13 14:27:14

bbh she has a fantastic audiobook collection of all the 'classics'-ballet shoes, little women, secret garden etc which is wonderfully done so I don't think she'd neccessarily want to books too.
I think I have to get over my instinctive and baseless creeped-outedness of David Walliams tv stuff --just WHY is it funny??--and see what the children's books are really like!

bigbadbarry Wed 06-Feb-13 14:28:54

I don't like him either smile

ChiefOwl Wed 06-Feb-13 14:30:51

David Walliams, try mr stink... The worst witch by Jill Murphy,

mrspink27 Wed 06-Feb-13 14:34:21

Marcus Sedgwick?

Seeline Wed 06-Feb-13 14:35:54

My DD (8) likes the Lauren St John books - The White Giraffe etc, as well as teh Laura Marlin books
Also like Beswitched/Wizz Pop Chocolate Shop - bit magicky
Recently read A Traveller in Time, A Stitch in Time and The Little White Horse - also all a bit magic/time travelly etc
Read the first Percy Jackson book which she enjoyed, but don't think she wants to do the rest of the series.

NTitled Wed 06-Feb-13 14:41:43

I can't bear DW, but DD thinks his books are hilarious...

timetosmile Wed 06-Feb-13 15:07:16

I'm amazed..I thought everyone except weird-little-me though DW hilarious!
Thanks for all the suggestions

bigbadbarry Wed 06-Feb-13 15:35:42

No, he is vile. But that is not the majority view.

My dd enjoyed the Land of Stories, with fairy tale characters whose lives have moved on a bit - e.g. Red riding hood with a thing for Jack from the beanstalk etc. I would say it is 8+, a bit slow to start but gets going once they go into the book.

She has nearly finished Philip Pullman's Grimm Tales - with all the original endings, written for an older audience. She also likes Helen Moss and David Walliams, Roald Dahl etc. Hasn't really got into Enid Blyton - despite having all my originals - trying to brainwash dd2 instead!

goldmum Thu 07-Feb-13 18:21:41

Has your DD read anything by Sally Gardner? My DD (nearly 8) just finished Operation Bunny and loved it. There is a new one out this month I think too. She also really enjoyed the Secret Hen House Theatre, not sure of author.

martinodv Tue 29-Sep-15 22:09:57

My daughter has loved the following...
The Snow Merchant Paperback by Sam Gayton
Brownies books- Plaisted, Caroline
The curse of the chocolate phoenix - Saunders, Kate
The whizz pop chocolate shop - Saunders, Kate
Genie in training Ciaran Murtagh
Adventure Island - Helen Moss
Far-flung Adventures - Paul Stewart
Girls are best - Sandi Tosvig
Fairy Detective Agency - Sally Gardner
Thea Stilton books !!
Ottoline books - Chris Ridell
Zita the space girl books - Ben Hatke
Atticus Claw books - Jennifer Gray
The wolves of Willoughby Chase - Joan Aiken
Athena the brain - Joan Holub
Peter Nimble and his fantastic eyes - Auxier, Jonathan
Most books by Eva Ibbotson
Artemis Fowl - Eoin Colfer.
Monster mission - Eva Ibbotson. (anything by her !)
The City of Ember - Jeanne DuPrau
The Usborne official detective's handbook
Cairo Jim - Geoffrey McSkimming
Hilda - Luke Pearson
Stuart Little - White, E. B.
The Indian in the cupboard - Banks, Lynne Reid
Last daughter of Krypton - Michael Green
The daring book for girls - Buchanan, Andrea J.
The great escape - by Emily Bearn
The pirates' treasure - by Emily Bearn
Sleuth on skates - Clémentine Beauvais
The boy in the biscuit tin - by Heather Dye
The girl with the broken wing - by Heather Dyer
The fish in room 11 - Heather Dyer
Igraine the brave
The secrets of Vesuvius - Caroline Lawrence.
Blobheads go boing!
The sleeping army - Francesca Simon
Any books written by Ardagh, Philip !!
Penny Dreadful...
Petticoat Pirates - Erica-Jane Waters
Books by Marcus Sedgwick
Treasure Hunters -James Patterson
Spiderwick chronicles
Rooftoppers - Rundell, Katherine
Charmseekers - Adams, Georgie
Indie Kidd books
Frogspell - Busby, C. J.
shrinking Violet / Lou Kuenzler
The dad library - Whelehan, Dennis
The Princess Mirror-Belle collection / Julia Donaldson
Hocus Pocus Hotel / by Michael Dahl
Freda the fearless - Courtenay, Lucy
Daisy and the trouble with ... / by Kes Gray
A cupcake conundrum / by Kate Pankhurst
Eragon / Christopher Paolini
The mysteroius Benedict society -Stewart, Trenton Lee
Baby aliens got my teacher! -Butchart, Pamela
The matchbox mysteries -Gardner, Sally
Peter and the starcatchers- Barry, Dave
The invention of Hugo Cabret Selznick, Brian
Stick Dog chases a pizza - Watson, Tom
Seriously silly stories - Anholt, Laurence
The Borrowers - Norton, Mary
Goth Girl and the fete worse than death - Chris Riddell.
The mummy snatcher of Memphis - Narayan, Natasha
The roman mysteries of Caroline Lawrence
Emily Feather books by Holly Webb
The Usborne encyclopedia of world history
The Amulet of Samarkand - Stroud, Jonathan
Genie in trouble / Ciaran Murtagh
Judy Moody books / Megan McDonald
Oliver and the seawigs - Reeve, Philip
The killer cat - Fine, Anne
most books by Jeremy Strong
Araminta spook books - Angie Sage
Magyk - Angie Sage
Goblins / Philip Reeve
Ella enchanted - Levine, Gail Carson
Rapunzel's revenge - Hale, Dean, 1972-
Giants beware! -Aguirre, Jorge
The poltergoose - Lawrence, Michael
The firework-maker's daughter / Philip Pullman
I was a rat!, or, The scarlet slippers / Philip Pullman
Bob Robber and Dancing Jane - Matthews, Andrew - wonderful picture book
The mum shop - Author: Jenkinson, Ceci
The ice thief - Gates, Susan
Tumtum and Nutmeg -Bearn, Emily
The school for good and evil -Chainani, Soman
Genie and the phoenix - Cole, Steve
Genie us - Cole, Steve
My super sister / Gwyneth Rees
Day of the hamster - Reeve, Philip
The Wychwood fairies, Harriet Everdene
Wendy Quill is a crocodile's bottom - Wendy Meddour
Strongest Girl in the World -Gardner, Sally
Witch baby and me -Debi Gliori.

BrianBettyGrable Tue 29-Sep-15 22:17:18

The Goth Girl series and Ottoline books by Chris Riddell. There's a new Goth Girl book out I think.

Also Oliver and the Seawigs which someone else mentioned. By Philip Reece and Sarah McIntyre. They also wrote/illustrated Cakes in Space and a new one called Pugs of the Frozen North.

BrianBettyGrable Tue 29-Sep-15 22:18:35

Urgh, Reeve not Reece!

mrsmortis Wed 30-Sep-15 11:13:18

Have a look at the following. You'll need to check them out as my age appropriate estimates may be off:

Magic Circle books - Tamora Pierce (I'd avoid her other books for now as they contain more teenagery stuff)
Harry's Mad and the Queen's Nose - Dick King Smith
Stone Heart - Charlie Fletcher
Seven Towers series - Garth Nix

The Strangeling's Tale
The animals of farthing wood
The worst witch

martinodv Wed 30-Sep-15 21:41:40

MrsMortis ...Magic Circle books - Tamora Pierce. Good call ! My 9yo just halfway through.
BBG We love Cakes in space, Pugs, Ottoline & Goth Girl !

I forget
"fortunately the milk" by the dram team (Neil Gaiman and Chris Ridell)
and the Grubtown books by Philip Ardargh.
And for non-fiction the excellent Robert Winston did some great kids books with DK. His one on "What goes on inside my head?" is great

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