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kayjay70 Wed 13-Mar-13 10:28:41

Hi all,
I've just joined mumsnet and have had a quick look through the topics but can't find an answer - forgive me if it's been covered elsewhere (and if it has I'd be grateful of a point in the right direction incase I'm doing this horribly wrong smile )
My daughter is 8 (year 4) and has a reading age of over 12 which is creating a problem in terms of finding her reading books that she finds interesting / challenging / not too easy but don't start to deal with more 'adult' or 'teenage' themes.
She's read all Roald Dahl, adores all the David Walliams books and is starting on some Michael Morpurgo - can anyone recommend any others - her friends are mostly reading rainbow fairies and they just don't interest her.
Many thanks!

stealthsquiggle Wed 13-Mar-13 21:50:54

Yy to Rosemary Sutcliffe and Michael Morpurgo, BTW.

simpson Wed 13-Mar-13 21:58:05

Harry Potter
Black beauty
The Indian in the Cupboard
My Friend Flicka
5 Children and It
How to Train a Dragon
Diary of a Wimpy Kid

BrigitBigKnickers Wed 13-Mar-13 22:10:54

Classics such as:

Anne of Green Gables
Ballet Shoes
Black Beauty
Anything by Michael Morpurgo (Especially the Butterfly Lion)
Series of Unfortunate Events books (Lemony Snickett)
Enid Blyton School stories (Malory Towers/ St Claires)
Laura Ingalls Wilder books
The Demon Headmaster

montmartre Wed 13-Mar-13 22:21:44

What about Redwall?
Chronicles of Narnia
Arthur Ransome
The Coral Island
Pippi Longstocking
The Moomins (about 7 books)
Alan Garner (Weirdstone of Brisingamen)
Ramona Quimby Aged 8 by Beverly Cleary
I think I started The Chalet School books around 8 too.
And then Judy Blume... (not 'Forever'!)

kayjay70 Thu 14-Mar-13 08:34:10

wow wow wow - you are all amazing - thank you so much - lots of fab ideas (and some I may go back to I'd forgotten how fab some of these were!!)
We're off to the library to stock up!
Thanks again thanks
K x

wheresthebeach Thu 14-Mar-13 10:33:21

The Laren St John series is also good - Dolphin Song etc

trinity0097 Thu 14-Mar-13 16:53:45

What about some non-fiction, a biography for example, one of the boys in our yr 4 is reading Bear Grylls bio at the moment.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Thu 14-Mar-13 20:50:42

The Weirdstone of Brisingamen
The Moon of Gomrath
The Silver Sword

SchnitzelVonKrumm Sat 16-Mar-13 21:42:38

Stealthsquiggle - Malcolm Saville! God I loved those books.

stealthsquiggle Sat 16-Mar-13 21:59:28

Schnitzel - me too. I think DB1 has "liberated" my parents' copies, though sad

nancy75 Sat 16-Mar-13 22:04:34

Dd like the worst witch, books about a girl called Emily Windsnap (she is a mermaid)

stormforce10 Sun 17-Mar-13 12:58:54

shallweshop You can get the entire Secret Seven collection through the book people for £15.99. My dd is 7 and has just started reading Enid Blytons and she loves these and also Famous Five

pancakesfortea Fri 22-Mar-13 15:12:52

I would endorse what everyone has said about the classics - the slightly archaic style gives a bit of extra reading challenge. You do have to watch out for the language and casual racism though. (Doesn't mean don't read them - just means you have to be ready to talk about why people used words like "nigger" then, and we don't now).

For something more up to date we have loved Darcy Burdock by Laura Dockrill. It has a female lead but my (quite grown up) 7yo boy absolutely loved it.

The Philip Pullman kids books are great -Ruby in the Smoke etc.

Looster Fri 22-Mar-13 15:27:56

DD loves books by Gareth P Jones - thornthwaite inheritance and considine curse

Yfronts Fri 22-Mar-13 16:28:37


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