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I need recommendations again - books for an 11 year old who is reading above her age

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Miaou Sat 13-Sep-08 11:57:55

Dd1 has just been to the library this morning but was a bit disappointed by what was on offer - we have a very small teenage section! She enjoys Malorie Blackman and Meg Rosoff, has read the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. She is not really into Alex Rider or LOTR and has outgrown Jacqueline Wilson and Harry Potter.

Any suggestions of what we can order in would be most welcome!

zippitippitoes Sat 13-Sep-08 11:59:28

does she like science fiction at that age i liked the john wyndham books eg midwich cuckoos chocky day of the triffids

Miaou Sat 13-Sep-08 12:15:31

Yes she might do, that's a thought - she likes some scifi.

EffiePerine Sat 13-Sep-08 12:18:06

also historical fiction - Georgette Heyer and so on?

Agatha Christie and other detective stuff (prob not modern thrillers, on the gory side)

what about short stories?

zippitippitoes Sat 13-Sep-08 12:21:49

or the guardians

all my suggestions will be old tho

Slouchy Sat 13-Sep-08 12:21:52

The Dark Materials trilogy/other Pullman

Christopher PIke VG with reader who like horror but have outgrown POint Horror

Jean Plaidy for historical stuff

YY to John Wyndham

Will keep thinking

Miaou Sat 13-Sep-08 12:23:01

Hmm, I don't think Georgette Heyer would appeal - she likes to read about people around her age/teenage relationships etc, but I don't think she is ready for books around adult relationships yet really.

Agatha Christie is a thought - she does enjoy thrillers.

Short stories - hmm, depends what I suppose - though I did suggest to her last week that she might enjoy Ray Bradbury stories.

zippitippitoes Sat 13-Sep-08 12:23:06

the dark is rising series think its six books susan cooper

Slouchy Sat 13-Sep-08 12:23:31

Ursula le Guin/Alan garner id she likes other world-y stuff (like HP)

Miaou Sat 13-Sep-08 12:27:10

She's read Dark Materials, but I didn't realise there were other (appropriate) PP books, thank you!

Will look at Christopher Pike, she was into Point Horror a couple of years ago so that might be good.

Thanks for all the suggestions, keep em coming!

Slouchy Sat 13-Sep-08 12:36:45

There is another trilogy whichs starts with Ruby in the Smoke (billy piper was in a tv adaptation a couple of years ago but don't let that put you off!)

Do you think she would enjoy Jane Eyre? At least the 1st section - the aunt's house and the school. I remember being mesmerised by this at about this age - more so when I realised it was based on true events.

Marina Sat 13-Sep-08 12:41:06

Has she read the Edge Chronicles?
The London Eye Mystery is good
Diana Wynne Jones
Andre Norton
a book called Sophia Scrooby Preserved
The Witch of Blackbird Pond
these are all history/fantasy though :-(

Marina Sat 13-Sep-08 12:41:54

YY to Jane Eyre and maybe also Pride and Prejudice
My Family and Other Animals

Marina Sat 13-Sep-08 12:42:46

Also The Railway Children and The Secret Garden, both very touching children's novels that can be read and enjoyed by all ages IMO

zippitippitoes Sat 13-Sep-08 12:47:03

rumer godden the greengage summer and kingfishers catch fire

a town like alice nevile shute

love for lydia he bates

cider with rosie laurie lee

zippitippitoes Sat 13-Sep-08 12:50:49

a high wind in jamaica richard hughes

RoscoPColtrane Sat 13-Sep-08 12:54:20

What about Inkheart and Inkspell if she's not already read them?

smartiejake Sat 13-Sep-08 13:05:23

What about the James Herriot books? I read these when I was about 12 and absolutely loved them. (All Creatures great and small etc.)

Little Women?

Anne of Green Gables series?

Little House on the Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls WIlder?

Miaou Sat 13-Sep-08 15:33:45

A lot of these she has read but there are a lot that she hasn't, so thank you! James Herriot is a good idea. She has read Little Women and Little House ont he Praire, and Secret Garden and (I think Railway Children). Also Edge Chronicles. In fact now I know why we are struggling a bit wink

Will order some of these fromt eh library and see what she thinks!

northernrefugee39 Sat 13-Sep-08 16:01:07

My 13 yr old has just read The Declaration by Gemma Malley- now 11 yr old is gripped by it.
There's a new one just out too.
They also recently whizzed through the My story series which are good and a quick read.

ScummyMummy Sat 13-Sep-08 16:03:46

How about Sherlock Holmes? She's the right age to obsessively read the whole oeuvre, no?

And sad orphans in adversity are always a complete winner so she should read:

Goodnight Mr Tom and the other Michelle Magorian one about Rusty who goes to America for the war and comes back all American to the horror of all her uptight English family and friends

Cynthia Voight- a whole family of orphans in a series of books and a great stern but lovely long-lost grandma

"easy" classics with orphans which she can re-read a million times and get something different from each time: David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights

Little Lord Fauntleroy and Secret Garden

Lemony Snicket

Cammelia Sat 13-Sep-08 16:08:05

Miaou my 11 year old dd (also with an adult reading age) has just read the Book Thief and is most of the way through Mao's Last Dancer

Miaou Sat 13-Sep-08 16:41:30

Good idea Scummy, will look at those

Thanks Northern and Cammelia, she's read the My Story series but the others are new to us!

ethanchristopher Sun 14-Sep-08 11:10:07

Black Magician's Trilogy by Trudy Canavan
Georgia Nicholson by Louise Rennison

christywhisty Mon 15-Sep-08 16:21:49

William Nicholson - The Wind Singer which both my dcs have read/listened to the tape a few times.
DD will be 11 this week and is enjoying the Lauren St John books set in Africa.

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