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DD (11) needs some new books - any ideas?

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Clary Tue 27-Nov-12 01:13:08

She is a fairly good reader and when taken with a book will just read it through in one go.

What's good out there? She has memorised read all Harry Potter, she also liked The Borrowers and recently enjoyed Lemony Snicket. When younger to give you a flavour she loved Magic Faraway Tree and Enid B adventure stories. She also loves J wilson.

She just read Holes in one sitting and I caught her earlier half way through Private Peaceful. We have classics like What Katy Did and Narnia but they don't seem to be working for her (maybe so out dated now in language nd concept?).

Thing is she's a shocking re-reader (can't think where she gets that from blush) so I want to keep her trying new stuff! I was toying with Sherlock Holmes stories or even Agath Christie, what do we think?

TheOriginalSteamingNit Sat 08-Dec-12 22:45:14

My 11 yo didn't like what Katy did or Narnia much either, but did like Anne of green gables.

She still likes Cathy Cassidy, very much liked a book called 'a boy called M.O.U.S.E', Anne Fine (The Devil Walks, especially...) Anna Dressed in Blood and the Gemma Malley series, recently.

pecans Sat 08-Dec-12 22:48:13

Definite yes to The Dark Is Rising. And Helen dunmore's Ingo is the most gripping, beautifully written modern children's fiction I have read. It's truly astonishing.

BertieBotts Sat 08-Dec-12 22:50:08

Ohh Indian in the Cupboard! I loved those books!

chicaguapa Sat 08-Dec-12 22:50:26

DD loved the Inheritance Cycle series about Dragons, starting with Eragon (it's a film too). There's 4 of them in the series and they are very thick. Another recommendation for the Hunger Games and Philip Pullman's Dark Materials too.

quirrelquarrel Sat 15-Dec-12 14:55:05

YY to The Indian in the Cupboard....Cynthia Voigt is an amazing YA writer, as are Theresa Breslin and Elizabeth Laird.

nooka Sun 16-Dec-12 05:26:32

If she lives fantasy then I would recommend Kristin Cashore (Graceling, Fire and Bitterblue). My two have also been Warriors fans for a few years, there are three 6 book series so lots of reading potential (ds is on his third or fourth reading of the set).

I've just started dd (12) on Terry Pratchett which she is really enjoying and there are certainly lots of them!

mumzy Sun 23-Dec-12 22:33:11

James Herriot
Sherlock Holmes
Animal Farm
Anne of Green Gables
Anne Fine books
Ruler Godden books

mumzy Sun 23-Dec-12 22:33:50

Rummer Godden!

lisad123 Sun 23-Dec-12 22:34:53

Chronicles of narnia box set

exexpat Sun 23-Dec-12 22:43:05

DD is 10 (but v good reader for her age) and has recently been racing through all the Cherub/Henderson Boys books by Robert Muchamore, plus lots of Cathy Cassidy, and earlier this year really enjoyed Journey to the River Sea, The Dragonfly Pool and The Star of Kazan, all by Eva Ibbotson.

irregularegular Sun 23-Dec-12 22:50:35

My son is a massive HP fan. He also likes Philip Pullman, Eva Ibbotson (possibly a bit young?) and loved Whispering to witches by Anna Dale. I've just bought some more of hers, so I'll let you know. My daughter liked the Borrowers and in (vaguely) similar vein also like the Mennyms (though I think they are out of print, you can get them second hand). Also the Family from One End St.

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