This sounds easy, but I cannot think of anything. Could anyone help me with adventure stories for a 10 year old girl- not fantasy, not historical, not Jackie Wilson (read already)- sort of like a modern Enid Blyton (best bits anyway). I need half a dozen or so to post to a child living in Germany. Thanks.
Helen Creswell, Bagthorpes series. First one is Ordinary Jack, 2nd, Absolute Zero, Then (I think) Bagthorpes V the World. Very funny, about a disfunctional family of geniuses. I read them at about that age. Think theres about 8 in the series, and think you can still get them, Amazon might be your best bet.
Ruling out fantasy & historical is what makes it hard I think. Otherwise I would have suggested the Wolves of Willoughby Chase sequence - there's about 10 of them, and they're really good adventures - but being set in an alternative past probably makes them both fantasy and historical!
Yes, absolutely, it's the contemporary/everyday setting that is difficult. I was thinking of the Nancy Drew stories, as well - but I haven't ever read those & can't say whether they're good.
Ds (who's 10) is reading Robert Westall (a wonderful writer, and not well enough known - I'd recommend him to anyone - though, reservation, he can be Spooky) at the moment, but most of his have historical settings as well (often WWI/WWII).
Thanks, hadn't thought of Horovitz and I know she's seen the film. She has already read (or at least I have sent) Anne Fine, Joan Aiken, Philippa Pearce, what I call the modern classics and isn't really ready for Louise Rennison etc yet. I am now trying to think of pony/dog/school stories with a 21st Century setting. I agree about Robert Westall, if he wrote the Machine Gunners (I think he did) but think it might be a bit too old at the moment. As is David Almond.
I've read one of the "sleep over club" series, and think it fits your needs. I'm also looking for that kind of book , teh parcel I just sent had "the family from one end street" by eve garnett, "Dear Olly"Morpurgo, and "katy's exmoor" can;t remember who by. I think I'll try Swallows and Amazons for christmas.