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Good historical based novels for 11/12 year olds

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fredfortoday Mon 20-Jun-16 13:22:20

Having just raced through the Roman Mysteries (super) and now on the PK Pinkerton Mysteries (as super) we are fast running out of material. Please can anyone suggest can some history related novels - she has read several by Berlie Doherty and loved these also. Not so keen on the less imaginative "my story" set of books. Thanks very much.

chicaguapa Mon 20-Jun-16 13:53:52

The Timeriders series by Alex Scarrow is about time travel. DS is always asking me about historical events that happen in the books.

claraschu Mon 20-Jun-16 13:56:51

All of my children loved The Silver Sword.

Witchend Mon 20-Jun-16 14:28:47

Geoffrey Trease-Cue for Treason is his best known one.

SecretlyChartreuse Mon 20-Jun-16 14:30:33

The Lottie Project is short but a good read at that age.

fredfortoday Tue 21-Jun-16 12:50:38

lottie project too young for her - she is a more advanced reader then this

mrsmortis Tue 21-Jun-16 15:00:11

Is Rosemary Sutcliffe to much? The Eagle of the Ninth is good.

For something a bit more modern I loved 'The Dolphin Crossing' as a teen. It's about the little boats going to Dunkirk.

BlueChampagne Wed 22-Jun-16 16:45:23

Jean Plaidy?

LadyEnglefield Wed 22-Jun-16 22:59:06

DD has just read Eliza Rose by Lucy Worlsley. About a young girl in the court of Henry 8th - really enjoyed it.

fredfortoday Thu 23-Jun-16 13:09:17

have ordered the eagle of the ninth - looks v good to me - I might like it too!

Owlkiss Thu 23-Jun-16 13:34:39

Cynthia Harnet for fiction set in the Middle Ages. I particularly loved one called Ring The Bow Bells when I was that age (11/12 - not middle aged! grin)

fredfortoday Thu 23-Jun-16 13:46:00

just looked up Jean Plaidy - the first book started off with a romantic "encounter" - think DD a little young for it unless someone can tell me this was an

fredfortoday Thu 23-Jun-16 13:46:26

Thanks Owlkiss.

Mrskeats Thu 23-Jun-16 13:47:16

Wolves of willoughy chase
Little women
The secret garden
Black beauty

Scarydinosaurs Thu 23-Jun-16 13:50:55

Ivy - I can't remember who wrote it, but it is all about the pre raphaelites. There is a little about Laudanum addiction, but it is so good.

TheCountessofFitzdotterel Thu 23-Jun-16 13:55:19

For recent ones, she should try Mary Hooper, Marie Louise Jensen, Eve Edwards, (who also writes as) Julia Golding, Theresa Breslin. All very intelligent writers and top storytellers.
She might also enjoy Carolyn Meyer, Jane Hardstaff (though she has an element of magic which she might not approve of), 'All Fall Down' by Sally Nicholls, 'The Broken Road' by B.R.Collins.
There is some truly excellent stuff being written these days.

TheCountessofFitzdotterel Thu 23-Jun-16 13:56:00

Scarydinosaurs - Julie Hearn. OP's dd might also enjoy her 17th century witchy one, The Merrybegot.

TheCountessofFitzdotterel Thu 23-Jun-16 13:56:55

There are also the Lady Grace mysteries, if she's into historical detective stories.

fredfortoday Thu 23-Jun-16 15:09:57

Thanks very much for all of these suggestions - please keep them coming - this should last us until Xmas!

GinIsIn Thu 23-Jun-16 15:17:10

The Sally Lockhart chronicles by Phillip Pullman. There's a little bit of laudanum and a murder or two but they are still fairly age suitable!

LordTrash Thu 23-Jun-16 15:21:36

My dds (10 and 12) both enjoyed Frost Hollow Hall by Emma Carroll - Victorian-set ghost story - plus another of hers about a 19th century circus girl going over the Niagara Falls on a tightrope, but the title of that escapes me just now.

Not based on actual historical events, as such, but lots of period detail and atmosphere.

I've also recently bought Lucy Worsley's Eliza Rose for myself! Looking forward to reading it.

ISaySteadyOn Thu 23-Jun-16 15:48:00

Wolves of Willoughby Chase
Dido Twite series
Both are by Joan Aiken.

LadyEnglefield Thu 23-Jun-16 17:38:44

LordTrash - it's the Girl Who Walked on Air. My DDs (10) both loved it and Frost Hollow Hall.

evilgiraffe Thu 23-Jun-16 17:59:47

Is modern history alright? I loved Robert Westall's The Machine Gunners at about that age (the sequel is dreadful, though). Perhaps The Boy In Striped Pyjamas or The Diary of Anne Frank might go down well too. I have always loved learning about second world war history, as you could probably guess...

evilgiraffe Fri 24-Jun-16 03:06:44

Oh, oh, or Goodnight Mister Tom, The Secret Garden, or Tom's Midnight Garden.

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