Eagle of the Ninth - what reading age?

(12 Posts)
AnonYonimousBird Sun 09-Jun-13 13:38:53

By Rosemary Sutcliff.

I can remember reading it but have absolutely no idea how old I was.

Secondme Sun 09-Jun-13 18:38:17

DD read it (12) last week and could read it fine but kept getting distracted because it wasn't enthralling at all. As she wrote in her school book report. So probably 12 youngest. I read it at that age too. At school same as her.

DramaAlpaca Sun 09-Jun-13 18:40:40

I read it to my DS at 9 & he loved it. I think it was a year or two later that he read it for himself, though.

I read it myself at primary school, so think I was about 11.

I think I was probably still at Primary school but I was a voracious reader. I know how old I was when I started on Mary Renault's books - they were in the library at secondary school. I think I had read Eagle by the time I started on those.

Takver Mon 10-Jun-13 09:04:39

I would say around 11/12 ish to young teenage

AnonYonimousBird Mon 10-Jun-13 10:04:36

Oh, thank you. DS is nearly 9, sounds like perhaps we need to wait a couple of years. He's a good reader but especially if it is a bit heavy going, I think we will try Rotten Romans or something instead to get him interested in the topic.

There is a really good book called The Woolpack by Cynthia Harnett. It's set in the medieval period and is a really easy read for that age group. Might be a 'way in' to historical fiction. Description here

Bramshott Mon 10-Jun-13 10:08:57

I used to LOVE Rosemary Sutcliffe books and read them at any opportunity. I think I was in first and second year at secondary school (and in secondary school library heaven!).

Ooh I remember The Woolpack, and saw it in the library recently! Might have to get it out for old times, sake.

Damn you autocorrect, that was supposed to be "times'".

ReallyTired Fri 14-Jun-13 23:25:10

My son and I read it together. He is eleven years old. He found the vocabulary quite challenging although he did enjoy it.

curlew Fri 14-Jun-13 23:29:03

I think that all these "old" children's books work better as read aloud for modern children. I read The Eagle of the Ninth to ours when they were, I think, 6 and 10 and they loved it. But I don't think they would have wanted to read it for themselves even when they were older. Tastes, vocabularies and prose style changes.

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