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babartheelephant Mon 24-Sep-12 21:10:45

My daughter is going on her PGL trip next week and I really want her to have some good books for bedtime. She has read all the Harry Potters, all the Philip Pullman (Dark Materials) and loved them. She just finished all Helen Dunmore's Ingo Chronicles. And she has also read a lot of classics recently like Little Women, My Family and other animals, etc. Can anyone recommend something that would be a great way for her to take her mind off feeling a bit homesick. She's a bit nervous about being away for a week and the main thing she is worried about is lying in bed and not being able to get to sleep, even though I know she'll have her friends, she would feel better if she had a great book. Let me know your ideas! Thanks

Guadalupe Mon 24-Sep-12 21:28:11

DD is nearly 11 and loves all the books you've mentioned. She's also just been reading the Joan Aiken books - The Wolves of Willoughby Chase series, and some others by her, I can't remember the names.

There is another good series by Helen Dunmore, one of them is The Silver Bead, oh and The Lilac Tree I think.

She also loves lots of the books I have from when I was that age, Tom's Midnight Garden, The Children of Green Knowe, Moondial, The Secret World of Polly Flint.

There have been some more recently. I'll have a think!

Pollykitten Mon 24-Sep-12 21:30:19

Laura Ingalls 'Little House' books
Anne of Avonlea
the William books? They are so funny...
Narnia books


Guadalupe Mon 24-Sep-12 21:35:41

A Stitch in Time - Penelope Lively

Michelle Magorian who wrote Goodnight Mr Tom has quite a few others. Back Home and one about a boy in the theatre, Cuckoo in the Nest I think.

MumNW3 Mon 24-Sep-12 21:35:42


Takver Mon 24-Sep-12 21:52:33

Fly by Night by Frances Hardinge is fantastic - long and involving.

Has she read:

Casson family series by Hilary McKay (first one is Saffy's Angel)
Anne of Green Gables + sequels
Diana Wynne Jones - any but eg Homeward Bounders / Power of Three
Wizard of Earthsea + sequels
The sequels to My Family & other Animals (available cheaply 2nd hand from Abebooks)

Pollykitten Mon 24-Sep-12 22:15:21

Also, Michael Morpurgo books are v popular with children

Themumsnot Wed 26-Sep-12 12:16:15

DD3 has recently read and enjoyed:
The Demon Headmaster series - Gillian Cross
The Hunger Games series
All the Percy Jacksons
Lion Boy and sequels by Zizou Corder
If your DD enjoyed the Ingo series (how fabulous are they!) she might like I Coriander by Sally Gardner.

Themumsnot Wed 26-Sep-12 12:17:35

And I forgot Philip Reeve's Mortal Engines series.

Snorbs Wed 26-Sep-12 12:38:24

My (just) 11yo DD loved The Hunger Games. She also really enjoys the How To Train Your Dragon series, Jacqueline Wilson's entire back catalogue (although may not be a good idea for going away), the Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging books and also the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

amck5700 Wed 26-Sep-12 13:03:23

You do realise that she will read nothing on her PGL trip as they will be too busy having a carry on, chatting and eating rubbish until they fall into an exhausted sleep? smile

stressedHEmum Thu 27-Sep-12 16:24:20

Roman Mysteries
Percy Jackson
Kane Chronicles
Howl's Moving Castle et al
The Seeing Stone series by Kevin Crossley-Holland
Wedding Planers Daughter

stressedHEmum Thu 27-Sep-12 16:24:52

That should, of course, say Wedding Planner's Daughter

weegiemum Thu 27-Sep-12 16:39:25

Pretty much anything by Sophie Mavkenzie (girl, missing etc)
Hunger games trilogy? (Think she'd like it if she liked Phillip Pullman)
The hobbit? Dd1 (12) is reading it right now and loving it.
I'd second rosemary sutcliffe and Joan aiken, and the Anne of green gables books.

lljkk Thu 27-Sep-12 16:43:28

She will not get a chance to even read it, I promise you.
But if you must, DD (nearly 11) quite adores the Jiggy McCue books, The Donut Diaries (either volume) or The Dork Diaries (all very funny).

lljkk Thu 27-Sep-12 16:44:09

Hunger Games as comforting bedtime read for a homesick 11yo girl? shock

Like2Chat Fri 28-Sep-12 11:10:25

Has she tried the C.S Lewis books? - The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe, The Silver Chair, The Magician's Nephew etc. I remember them being really absorbing.
Also, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, Black Hearts in Battersea, Night Birds on Nantucket, all by Joan Aitken and part of a series are fantastic.

I bet you'll get her lots of lovely books and then she won't have chance to read them because she'll be having too much fun and then be exhausted at bedtime!

ProudNeathGirl Fri 28-Sep-12 11:14:24

All the books everyone has suggested.

BUT - she will be absolutely exhausted every night, with no energy for reading. And if she doesn't crash out the minute her head hits the pillow, it will be because of high jinks in the bedrooms, not because she is homesick.

I really wouldn't worry - I've done PGL weekends with my Brownies and they really are full on. They don't give the kids a moment to think about home - it's just non-stop fun!

StellaNova Fri 28-Sep-12 11:16:22

When I was 11 my favourite book was A Little Princess, soon replaced by The Dark Is Rising, which she might like if she liked Harry Potter - 11 year old boy inherits magic, fights against dark powers.

BarryShitpeas Fri 28-Sep-12 11:16:41

The Willoughbys
Charmed Life

TheWishaTree Fri 28-Sep-12 19:27:15

Buy her one with ghost stories, so she can scare the other girls in her room!

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