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Can you recommend books for a nearly ten yo with a reading age of 13+

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dollybird Sun 21-Jul-13 20:09:05

I'm looking for suitable books for my DD for her birthday. She's on the penultimate Harry Potter and also reading the Hobbit. Books that are aimed at 13 years olds don't always seem suitable for a younger child so would appreciate any recommendations. She's not a girly girl, also likes Roald Dahl, David Walliams and Wimpy Kid books, but not sure if she's enjoy books actually aimed at boys iyswim. thanks!

soontobeslendergirl Fri 13-Sep-13 13:59:17

I agree with a lot of what has been suggested so far but am going to throw my vote in with Skulduggery Pleasant as well.

Appeals to boys and girls and if you can ever get to see Derek on one of his tours, definitely do it - he is hilarious in person and always takes time with each book signing to speak with the fans. Lovely bloke.

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ash1971 Fri 02-Aug-13 22:29:36

'The Lady Grace Mysteries' by Grace Cavendish are brilliant. They're historical novels set in the royal court, each with a mystery to solve and a comic tone to them. Really good.

Twostep Thu 01-Aug-13 17:37:57

Sherlock Holmes maybe?

I was an 'old' reader and really got into history, science and autobiographies (I prefer these to biographies) quite early. Obviously, don't go for Marquis de Sade or the more sordid biogs of Catherine the Greay but maybe someone she admires or had an interesting life (but not too racy!).

PurringLioness Thu 01-Aug-13 17:24:26

Try 'Emerald' by Rosemary Smith, only on kindle but ideal for her age and ability, exciting, female heroine who saves the day with her alien dog , reviews of 'awesome' and ' cool' from other eleven year olds

Inkspellme Sun 28-Jul-13 20:53:16

Skulduggery is the biggest hit ever with my 10 year old DS. He has read each book a couple of times. It helps we're in Ireland and the stories are set there.

MissStrawberry Sun 28-Jul-13 20:51:20

I had to check I hadn't written the OP. You describe my DD but she doesn't care whether a book is aimed at boys or girls, she just wants to read. I will be pinching ideas from posters good enough to answer as my DD is also nearly 10 though her reading age is more like 14 1/2. Makes it hard to keep up with her as I am still keen to keep things to an age appropriate level.

luckyclucky Sun 28-Jul-13 14:07:43

My 10yo DC loved the Hunger Games Trilogy, also quite liked Diana Wynn Jones & really liked Eva Ibbotson (can't remember the titles, there were a few) also now enjoying Little Women & I am considering giving her Curious Incident Dog..... next.
I was lost as to what to offer her after she'd read each HP book 3 times & was in danger of reading them a 4th, so we went to the library & asked for some recs.

NoComet Sun 28-Jul-13 13:56:22

yes to Percy jackson and Skuldugary
Roman mysteries
His dark materials is amazing, I think you need to be older to realky appreciate it, but she could read it ok.

DD2 devored Cassy Cassidy at that age (which I supect is of little littery merit).

She might like Agatha Christy/ sherlock short stories, I did at 12.

Ilovegeorgeclooney Sun 28-Jul-13 00:15:43

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy combines fantasy with a strong female protagonist and I have seen pupils fall off chairs with laughter!

Inkspellme Sat 27-Jul-13 23:38:43

should have read friendly. aahh new phone.

Inkspellme Sat 27-Jul-13 23:37:51

artemis is a great series. we have been lucky to have met eoin colfer the author a couple of times and he was great. fruendky and funny man. smile smile

dollybird Sat 27-Jul-13 10:00:23

The Inkheart series does look good, although I have placed my order yesterday. In the end I went for Equal Rites, Artemis Fowl and The Dark is Rising box set (read Over Sea, Under Stone many times when I was young and loved it. Wouldn't mind reading the rest myself, so slightly selfish choice for that one!). The reviews on Inkheart seem mixed - mainly that older teens and adults don't get on with it but I find that about lots of 'children's' books. I couldn't finish the Hobbit as found it quite annoying

Inkspellme Fri 26-Jul-13 11:24:52

The inkheart series is excellent. Books are better than the film with beautiful desciptions. main character is a 12 year old girl. My 10 year old loved these.

dollybird Tue 23-Jul-13 17:43:49

maxslittlebrother that sounds ideal, thanks! Theas18 she read The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe in year 3 but doesn't seem fussed about the others even though I told her how much I enjoyed them.

Romann I suppose To Kill a Mockingbird is from a childs pov so the details aren't too graphic. i did enjoy it, even though it was something I had to read rather than chose to. i don't know how they work out the reading ages though

Romann Tue 23-Jul-13 16:49:43

dolly I remember being completely engrossed in "To kill a mockingbird" the summer before starting secondary school, when I was 10 1/2. I don't remember being shocked or confused, but I also can't remember the details anymore!

I also remember liking Judy Blume, Ian Serraillier, and I loved those "Ballet Shoes" books at that age too.

What is this "reading age" concept confused ? My children are not in UK school and I've not heard of it.

Theas18 Tue 23-Jul-13 15:40:41

All the CS lewis lion the witch and the wardrobe books. Can she see the allegory in it? It's not just a kids book series you know, (there was a memorable moment at about aged 8 when DD1 said to me " It's like about jesus isn't it" )

There was a list in the Times weekend this past saturday too if you can get that

maxslittlebrother Tue 23-Jul-13 15:36:22

Terry Pratchett's "Equal Rites" may be just up her street - it's a story about the ever first female wizard. Everyone I've recommended it to (both adults and children) have praised it very highly.

LauraShigihara Tue 23-Jul-13 14:58:12

Whoever recommended Percy Jackson, I will second that. Plus The Kane Chronicles by the same author, which my fussy DS is really enjoying.

Takver Tue 23-Jul-13 14:52:21

I would agree with Periwinkle - choose books that she enjoys for subject matter, & don't worry too much about the reading age, if that makes sense.

Reading ahead of their age is awkward for say a 5 or 6 y/o as age appropriate books tend to be very simple and short, and at that point you do have to search around. Once you get to 9/10 I'd see it as a benefit (ie she can read anything she fancies) rather than a constraint (you have to look for suitably 'advanced' books).

DD theoretically has a reading age of 18 but that doesn't mean she needs to be reading angst ridden French existentialists grin (Good thing since her leanings are more towards trashy fantasy featuring lots of dragons.)

pollywollydoodle Tue 23-Jul-13 00:34:39

not sure about philippa gregory, mentionned^^
she seems very fond of lurid sex and birthing scenes and witchcraft...i wouldn't want my 9yo to read them

Periwinkle007 Mon 22-Jul-13 21:50:56

I don't think the reading age makes a lot of difference to be honest. It is more about reading INTEREST age IMO. If she wants to read younger books then she should be encouraged to do so I think because so many books are quite mature and she might not be ready for them. I still read Dick KingSmith and Chalet School at that age because whilst I had an adult reading age I just didn't want to read the books on offer.

Charlotte Sometimes is good, Moondial (out of print but should still be in libraries or second hand), I liked autobiographies although you would have to select them carefully but perhaps Jessica Ennis or Steve Redgrave who you know will be respectable but also very interesting.

Worth looking in the library for copies of the old Puffin Plus books. They were a bit more grown up but perfectly suitable for 10 year olds, they changed the range and personally I don't like what they do now.

dollybird Mon 22-Jul-13 21:10:36

wow! thanks for all the suggestions everyone - lots to choose from there, will have to make a list and pick a few for birthday presents then head down the library. I have a copy of Watership Down, although no idea where it came from! Romann I did To Kill a Mockingbird for GCSE English - would the rape storyline be too old for her perhaps? This is what can make it hard to choose appropriate reading material. Apparently her friend who's only a couple of days older (both 10 at end of August) is reading age 15+ so that must be even more difficult!

joanofarchitrave Mon 22-Jul-13 19:59:25

Another vote for Jane Eyre and Monica Dickens.

Has she read any Louisa May Alcott? I think something like Good Wives needs discussing, but Little Women, Eight Cousins and An Old Fashioned Girl still have it in my opinion.

She might like Philippa Gregory, Nevill Shute, 1066 And All That, and maybe the odd Dickens - David Copperfield?

Steamedcabbage Mon 22-Jul-13 19:54:21

I second anything by Rosemary Sutcliffe

K M Peyton, Flambards trilogy
Ian Seraillier, The Silver Sword
Geoffrey Trease, Bows Against the Barons

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