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What age would you think Northen LIghts was appropriate for a child/young person to read or have it read to them?

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queenceleste Sun 15-May-11 21:44:23

My sister's been given it for her daughter (8) and feels she's much too young.

singersgirl Sun 15-May-11 22:21:45

I think it's too young. I'm currently reading it to DS2, who's nearly 10, and a lot of the metaphysical/religious stuff goes way over his head. I think 10 or 11 is probably the youngest, if they were very perceptive and mature in their understanding.

cilldara Mon 16-May-11 10:58:30

My 10 year old is reading the series at the moment. She is on The Subtle Knife. She is really enjoying it. I don't think she has to understand it all, just enjoy it at he own level.

Snorbs Mon 16-May-11 11:16:57

I'd say about 10ish because the language used is relatively complex.

zeus123 Mon 16-May-11 22:16:50

I asked the same question sometime ago and my 10.5 year old dd is reading amber spyglass and absolutely loving it.

EggyAllenPoe Mon 16-May-11 22:21:17

as soon as they can read it by themselves. they may not catch every resonance, but then - does every adult reader?

cory Wed 18-May-11 09:44:06

Totally depends on the child, I always think it's a good idea to have lots of different books about and let the child grow into them. It is a good feeling when you discover something for yourself, and it doesn't matter greatly if what you discover is exactly what another reader would have found in the same book. A book gift is not a mistake because the book does not get read at once.

cory Wed 18-May-11 09:44:24

is ^ not^ exactly

clare21 Thu 19-May-11 22:37:04

I'd say 10 or 11+ for Northern Lights and leave the Subtle Knife (thrid book) til quite a bit older.

cilldara Fri 20-May-11 21:50:42

The Subtle Knife is the second book.

StiffyByng Sun 17-Jul-11 09:52:34

My 8 year old stepson read them last year. He found them interesting but hard work, and a lot went over his head. I think he'll return to them.

RoseC Sun 17-Jul-11 10:08:12

I read the first two at nine/ten and then waited ages for the Amber Spyglass to come out (thirteen). I think waiting let me revisit the first two often and I understood more of the adult themes than before. I certainly wouldn't give the Amber Spyglass to anyone under a mature twelve/average thirteen. A lot of that book disturbed me slightly. They were my favourites at the time though.

Kayano Mon 18-Jul-11 22:51:02

I wrote my dissertation on these books and there is so much to them! I would also say 10 but they may not get it all

2gorgeousboys Mon 18-Jul-11 22:54:16

DS1 read them at 8 and enjoyed them, he has however just reread them aged 11 and understood them on a different level.

He is however a very mature reader and I'm not sure I would let DS2 read them next year when he is 8.

zeus123 Tue 19-Jul-11 00:01:30

Dd who h is 10 read it but got bored with the third book _ may be she did not get everything and did not finish it. so it really depends on the child.

cory Wed 20-Jul-11 14:22:29

I got bored with the third book because there was some pretty crap writing in there (those mulefas, pleeaase hmm)

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