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Books for DD to read before Grammar School

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yogababymum Fri 17-Jul-15 22:13:29

DD (10) is an avid reader & wants a list of books to read before she starts Grammar School next year.

Although I am a keen reader now I was never encouraged as a child & so I am unsure what's out there in terms of classics. We have one small bookshop that I take her to regularly but I can order online or go to the library so all suggestions are welcome.

She had read Harry Potter, David Walliams collection, Eynid Blyton & lots of other collections. I was wondering if there's any books that are a must read for children or One's that she wil remember fondly when she's an adult.


yogababymum Fri 17-Jul-15 22:18:03

Oh and she also has read all of Roald Dahl's books.

hels71 Sat 18-Jul-15 17:18:18

Journey to the River Sea, Eva Ibbotson
The Snow Spider, Jenny Nimmo
Goodnight Mr Tom, Michelle Magorian
Cuckoo in the Nest, Michelle Magorian
The Secret Garden. Frances Hodgson Burnett

Pointlessfan Sat 18-Jul-15 17:22:05

I remember reading Carrie's War in yr 7 at grammar school and enjoying it but I'm afraid I can't remember who wrote it.
I would like to read some of the children's classics like Swallows and Amazons or the Jungle Book just because I've never read them!

hels71 Sat 18-Jul-15 18:40:01

Nina Bawden wrote Carrie's War.

Booksteensmagazines Sat 18-Jul-15 22:37:09


Bridge to Terrabithia by Katherine Paterson
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Call of the Wild by Jack London

Modern books that are well regarded:

All Fall Down by Sally Nicholls
Once by Maurice Glietzman
Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell

Pointlessfan Sun 19-Jul-15 06:46:23

Thanks hels that was bothering me!
What about the Narnia books?

SueGeneris Sun 19-Jul-15 06:59:11

This was a good article, might help:

HagOtheNorth Sun 19-Jul-15 07:38:10

It's a good list of classics from the Guardian, but very white. Disappointing from them.

Noughts and Crosses Malorie Blackman
Journey to Jo'berg Beverley Naidoo
Jamila Gavin.

yogababymum Sun 19-Jul-15 08:57:03

Oh thank you all for the replies. I'll have a look on amazon now & take DD to the library. We have a kindle but like me she prefers real books. So no freebies unfortunately.

LeBearPolar Sun 19-Jul-15 09:07:22

The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge.
The Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
The Dark Is Rising - Susan Cooper.
Alan Garner's books.

Leeds2 Sun 19-Jul-15 15:55:44

Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery

Street Child by Berlie Doherty

Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman

Enchanted Glass by Diana Wynne Jones

Five Children and It - E Nesbit

Eva Ibbotson books.

fatpony Thu 23-Jul-15 13:55:03

Has she read the little house on the prairie series? I think I enjoyed those when I was ten. Also Marianne Dreams is considered a bit of a classic (it's a frightening story though).

mrsmortis Thu 23-Jul-15 15:16:28

Little House in the Big Woods and all it's sequels.
The Hobbit
The Dolphin Crossing
The Owl Service
A Wrinkle in Time and it's sequels
The Chrysalids by John Wyndham
The Prince in Waiting books by John Christopher (and the Tripods too if you think they aren't too frightening)

CamelHump Thu 23-Jul-15 15:18:59

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yogababymum Fri 24-Jul-15 20:33:00

Thanks everyone we are on holidays at the min & DD has bought Northern Lights & Little Women to get her started.

Camel, yeah thanks!

LostMySocks Fri 24-Jul-15 22:11:02

How about Ballet Shoes etc by Noel stretfield

Reastie Tue 01-Sep-15 21:00:25

I remember reading 'animal farm' by Orwell, 'the chrysalids' by wyndham (didn't really enjoy that one) and 'the endless steppe ' by Esther hautzig (i think? Remember finding it very moving) in year 7 at grammar school. Although thinking about it possibly too late...

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