I'm very proud of my little 9yo DD, who the school has just assessed as having a reading age of 16 yo (yes, I'm aware this a bit of a boast but there is a serious question and it is relevant).
I'm finding it hard to find her appropriate books to read. Firstly the content has to be at least vaguely age appropriate and secondly she is still building her stamina up and finds full length adult novels a bit of a chore.
So, I'm looking for authors who write short stories and novellas which she can use to stretch her vocab and build her reading muscles without getting bogged down. She's been enjoying some Sherlock Holmes short stories, but there must be something a bit more contemporary for her to tackle. Any ideas please?
I don't know about contemporary, but you could have a look at Mulla Nasrudin Stories and Jokes by Rodney Ohebsion. They're written for adults, funny, charming and inoffensive. It's not a short story but you could look at My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell. It has the same qualities.
I've just reclaimed a full set of James Herriot from my parents' house - I guess I must have been about nine when I read them first. She's listening to HHGTTG on CD at the moment - perhaps I'll try her on Douglas Adam's Last Chance to See - each chapter stands on it's own. I think she might struggle with His Dark Materials - I found it tough going, enjoyable but tough. I'll dig out my set though.
Thanks - it's really helping having you jog my memory and point me in the right direction.
George Layton's short story collections are perfect for primary age - try the collections titled The Fib,and The Swap.Also Adele Geras, Apricots at Midnight.Any story collection by Jan Mark or Berlie Doherty are very popular,too.