My 9 yr old DD likes series books....any ideas?

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TinyPanic Thu 19-Sep-13 11:59:15

My 9 yr old DD has devoured pretty much all the Enid Blyton Series of books, Famous Five, Secret Seven, Five Finder Outers, Adventurous Four, Six Cousins, The Island Series, St Clares, Mallory Towers. She has also read the Helen Moss Adventure Island Series. She only wants to read books that come in a 'series' because if she loves a book she likes to read more in the same vein. She has just started The Penderwicks and I am already thinking about what I can find for her next! Please recommend me some non-scary series of books.

I remember those days! Here are some suggestions I enjoyed at a similar age.

Narnia
the Green Knowe series by Lucy M Boston
The Dark is Rising series by Susan Cooper
The Earthsea quartet by Ursula K Le Guin
Swallows and Amazons

DeWe Thu 19-Sep-13 13:46:00

Roman mysteries (slightly scary)
Willard Price
Nancy Drew/Hardy boys
Chalet School
Monica Edwards (see Girls Gone by Publishing)
Crestomancy series (Diane Wynne Jones)
Joan Aiken

Periwinkle007 Thu 19-Sep-13 16:07:27

Ramona? there are quite a few of them
Green Knowe is a good suggestion.
I always loved Chalet School too

HerrenaHarridan Thu 19-Sep-13 20:16:45

Isabel Allende,
about some awesome kids who go on amazing adventures with the coolest granny in the universe. Particularly good if your looking to push the strong female characters angle smile

Walter moers,

Not strictly a series but all interconnected, really proper kid fiction, they are enormous books but with big spacing and bus letters and fantastic author drawn illustration throughout. Good for expanding a good vocabulary (a dictionary will be required for some words as they are so obscure) and also for the feeling if achievement if have read such a huuuuuge book.

RuthPat76 Fri 20-Sep-13 18:47:08

For something contemporary mine has just read the Daisy Star series by Cathy Cassidy. She has loved them. We have all my old Blyton books etc but as a Jacquline Wilson fan and former Rainbow Magic addict she likes try new books. The older series Chocolate box girls is lovely I read it! As there are so many books to explore I felt she could wait to read these till she is closer in age to the 12/13 yr olds in the story.

Kilkers Fri 20-Sep-13 18:49:36

I loved the 'What Katy Did' books when I was that age.

maltravers Fri 20-Sep-13 18:55:53

Anne of Green Gables
Wolf Brother and following books ( but watch out for chapter one, it's scary)

LippyDiDooDah Fri 20-Sep-13 18:58:27

Lemony Snicket
Diary of a wimpy kid

Lots of books in both those series which would keep your DC going for some time smile

VivaLeThrustBadger Fri 20-Sep-13 19:00:38

Warrior cats.

Series after series. Dd adores them.

xalyssx Fri 20-Sep-13 19:06:18

Try Anne Mcaffrey

TheAccidentalExhibitionist Fri 20-Sep-13 19:15:04

Another one for the Lemony Snicket series. The whole family absolutely loved them, I highly recommend them.

Jux Fri 20-Sep-13 19:19:14

Lady Grace Mysteries, by Grace Cavendish (Elizabethan)

39 clues - dd has only read the first one, but there are lots more - guessing they're aiming for 39.

meala Fri 20-Sep-13 19:28:43

Another vote for Anne of Green Gables.
What about the Little House books?
If you can find them, she might enjoy the Chalet School if she liked Mallory Towers and St Clares.
Noel Streatfield has some great books. There's one series that I can think of, the "Gemma" books. There are 4 of them. There are also the "shoes" books which aren't a series as such but follow similar themes. There's Ballet Shoes, Tennis Shoes, White Boots (known as skating shoes in America I think)

LippyDiDooDah Fri 20-Sep-13 20:03:24

Jux I've only just discovered the Lady Grace mystery books in my library and I love them as Tudor history is a passion of mine and I'm 38 (rather old fashioned tho, with lots of odd words which we don't use these days)

2nd the Noel Streatfield books - I have read them all to DD over the years as they are falling to pieces where my 3 dsis and I reread them over and over. DD loved the Gemma series and white boots but we both found Ballet shoes hard going as lots of ballet dialogue neither of us understood (and my dmum was a professional Ballet dancer so I actually grew up with lots of the lingo). She also loved Thursday's child by Noel Streatfield too.

Little house on the Prairie books were great too altho again lots of dialogue about gun cleaning and butter making which I skipped a lot of as again I read them to DD as they too were falling to pieces. She especially loved Farmer Boy which was about Laura I W husband as a boy.

Lemony Snicket, definitely. DDs devoured them at around that age.

And The Spiderwick Chronicles.

AnaYorks Fri 20-Sep-13 20:09:54

I got the first in the Redwall series by Brian Jacques for my ninth birthday and loved it. Lots to go at there.

WidowWadman Fri 20-Sep-13 20:13:45

His dark materials by Pullman or the Tiffany Aching books by Pratchett.

mrsvandertramp Fri 20-Sep-13 20:16:15

The Demon Headmaster by Gillian Cross

fruitpastille Fri 20-Sep-13 20:26:42

Trebizon for boarding school books with a more modern feel. By Anne Digby.

iseenodust Fri 20-Sep-13 21:44:35

On the run series for something modern.

TinyPanic Mon 23-Sep-13 14:30:04

Thank you so much! Lots of great ideas here that I am sure she would love. Now, where to start..........

Acinonyx Fri 27-Sep-13 08:49:00

Liz Kessler has 2 series. My daughter really loves the Emily Windsnap series and we'll move on to the Phillipa Fisher series.

Gorja Fri 27-Sep-13 08:58:27

My eldest just turned ten and is reading the Ally's World Series quicker than I can buy them!!

meala Sun 29-Sep-13 21:37:15

Another series that's really good is the Emily series by L M Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables). There are three books, Emily of New Moon, Emily Climbs and Emily's Quest.

masquerade Sun 29-Sep-13 22:30:43

My daughter sounds similar, she's just turned 10 and she enjoyed Enid Blyton books and The Penderwicks.

Other successful series:
Harry Potter
Emily Windsnap
The Tales of the Frog Princess
Ruby Redfort
Pippi Longstocking
My naughty little sister (maybe a bit young now)
Killer Cat
A series of unfortunate events
The Inkheart trilogy
Scream Street
Diary of a Wimpy Kid

She was looking at the Olivia series by Lyn Gardner the other day, about a girl who goes to stage school, want to have a closer look before I buy any though.

ChippyMinton Sun 29-Sep-13 22:37:19

jaqueline wilson's victorian series:
Hetty Feather
Sapphire Battersea
Emerald Star
Diamond

jane lawes Gym Stars series.

storyshacker Thu 03-Oct-13 08:46:32

Lauren St John's 'Laura Marlin' mysteries are brilliant. I love the way Laura is written-a strong, intelligent girl.....1st one is 'Dead man's cove' and set in St. Ives. I gave it to Year 4 as a gift when I left my headship and they had to make their next teacher (in Year 5) promise she would read them the next installment!
Warrior Cats seem to have many series to them, by Erin Hunter.
'The Mysterious Benedict society' by Trenton Lee Stewart is really unusual-great if you like mysteries and different to Secret Seven etc.
Take a look at www.storyshack.org as i try and put recommendations on there and also love it when people recommend too :-)

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