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tuppy Fri 27-Jul-07 10:54:38

Sorry about the clunky title, but can anyone advise on authors, series books etc. for an 8yo girl with a high reading age, a voracious appetite for reading, who just loves a good story - whether it be a school setting, a straightforward adventure - anything ! I'd prefer to steer clear of streetwise "issues" books, and am not keen on the preteen Jacqueline Wilson type stuff.

She has read a lot of Enid Blyton (gets through these v. quickly - in an afternoon - and now finds them a bit thin). We have a lot of the classics already, eg Eleanor Farjeon's Little Bookroom, lots of myths and legends, Noel Streatfield, Philippa Pearce etc.

What else is out there ? Help ! We're going on holiday soon and I need to fill a book bag for her.

Dinosaur Fri 27-Jul-07 10:58:11

The Hobbit
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
Black Hearts in Battersea
A Wizard of Earthsea
Varjak Paw


Am presuming she's read all the Harry Potters?

Blandmum Fri 27-Jul-07 11:00:31

The Narnia books

Little house on the Prarie series

What Katy did

A wrinkle in time (fabbo sci fi)

geekgirl Fri 27-Jul-07 11:00:56

Ann of Green Gables
Black Beauty
Heidi
anything by Astrid Lindgren, e.g. Mardie, Brothers Lionheart, Mio my Mio
E. Nesbit books

Blandmum Fri 27-Jul-07 11:01:17

Oh Alan garner books

Phantom toolbooth

ahundredtimes Fri 27-Jul-07 11:04:03

The Edge Chronicles.

Roman Mysteries.

Ellbell Fri 27-Jul-07 11:04:44

Has she read the Roman Mysteries series by Caroline Lawrence, tuppy. My dd is mad about this series. My dd is 7, but a very confident reader. I get the feeling that these books do actually challenge her a bit, and that she'd get more out of them in a year or so (she'll probably re-read them then), but she is certainly understanding the 'story'.

The 'Animal Ark' series (there are about nine zillion of them!) is another one that dd1 likes. She also recently read a book called 'Indian in the Cupboard' that she liked a lot. What about the Narnia series? The first couple of Harry Potters (I have read these to dd, but she wouldn't cope with reading them on her own, I don't think - but your dd is a year older)?

You want RosaLuxemburg... she's great on books for this age group!

Dinosaur Fri 27-Jul-07 11:07:43

http://www.mumsnet.com/Talk?topicid=1377&threadid=340742&stamp=070618121548

Some more suggestions on here. Generally, I would browse the old threads in Book Club as Bink has posted lots of suggestions, but she's away atm I think.

Ellbell Fri 27-Jul-07 11:08:13

Indian in the Cupboard Trilogy

MaloryTheExciterTowers Fri 27-Jul-07 11:10:18

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Ellbell Fri 27-Jul-07 11:10:24

She might also like the 'My Secret Unicorn' series (there are about 12 of them now, I think). Dd1 is very into these.

Ellbell Fri 27-Jul-07 11:11:50

Malory... I went to a (RL) school called 'St Clare's'. Wish I'd thought of spelling it like that!!

MaloryTheExciterTowers Fri 27-Jul-07 11:12:33

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witchandchips Fri 27-Jul-07 11:13:04

Philip Pullman (in part to counteract some of the dodgy messages in the Narnia books which are a brilliant read but..)
Pollyanna
The Flambards series (KM Peyton)
Geraldine Symons series about two girls pansy and atlanta (they become suffragettes, catch a spy in the first world war etc.)
i am david
Haroun and the sea of stories (salman rushdie)
Harriet the Spy

Lilymaid Fri 27-Jul-07 11:13:41

Susan Coolidge - What Katy did - What Katy Did at School - What Katy did next
Pamela Brown - The Swish of the Curtain
Philip Pullman - not the Dark Materials as yet but he has written other books/series eg the New Cut Gang books

OrmIrian Fri 27-Jul-07 11:22:32

I second loads of those mentioned already. Plus The Little White Horse but Elizabeth Goudge

tuppy Fri 27-Jul-07 11:23:16

Some great ideas here, thanks ! We've got The Hobbit, all of Narnia (she's read most of them), she's read Prairie series, but to my shame I'd forgotten E. Nesbit. .

She has 2 older brothers so if they allow, we could raid their shelves..plus I'm going to buy Varjak Paw, having just looked it up on Amazon.

She's beyond Animal Ark etc.; I'm finding this a tricky age in that she is intelligent and reads very well but some of the issues and emotions brought up by some of the writers I'd consider for 11+ ish kind of age are a bit beyond her still.

Also, as an aside it's noticeable quite how many of these writers (Pullman et al excepted) are of our generation if not of the one before; does anyone agree ? Maybe it's a reflection of market demand - either that or there remains a gap in the market for new literary writers for this age group.

witchandchips Fri 27-Jul-07 11:32:12

tuppy think you might be right here, i think its to with girls not having a period post fairies and baby stuff and pre boys where they just have fun and do stuff.

Dinosaur Fri 27-Jul-07 11:33:46

DS1 read Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass earlier this year and really enjoyed them.

Dinosaur Fri 27-Jul-07 11:35:55

Ooh, and another oldie - Charlotte's Web - quite short so it won't keep her going for long but DS1 read it in the Easter hols and really enjoyed it, and DS2 is reading it now.

RosaLuxembourg Fri 27-Jul-07 11:42:25

You've had some great recommendations for classics already so here are some newer ones.

The Lionboy trilogy by Zizou Corder - a great slightly futuristic adventure about a boy who can speak to cats and has to rescue his parents from a bunch of scary kidnappers with the help of some circus lions who are trying to get back to Africa. Really, really good.
The Medici Curse - Matt Chamings. Matt is a mate of mine, but nevertheless I recommend this book purely because it is a great read - set in 15th century Florence and featuring Lorenzo the Magnificent and Leonardo da Vinci. And only £3.99 on Amazon.
Someone else on here, Marina or Roisin I think, was recommending the Ingo trilogy by Helen Dunmore and it sounds terrific, am planning to get it for DD1 soon.

Ellbell Fri 27-Jul-07 11:54:14

Sorry for misspelling your name Rosa. Do you think that the Medici book would be readable by a bright 7-y-o (who copes with the Roman Mysteries)? Sounds great... Dd wants to go to Rome now, but I could quite fancy shifting her in the general direction of Florence. [Selfish Italy-obsessed mother emoticon!]

RosaLuxembourg Fri 27-Jul-07 14:38:48

Yes, I reckon the Medici book would be fine for a child who copes with the Roman mysteries. The main character in is thirteen - but nowhere near as sophisticated as Flavia and co!

Ellbell Fri 27-Jul-07 14:46:53

Ooh, great! Florence, here we come ! Actually, am planning a short trip to Rome in October half-term - including a visit to Ostia, of course... it'll be the Flavia Gemina tribute tour!

RosaLuxembourg Fri 27-Jul-07 14:51:38

My DD1 is crazy about the Roman mysteries - we have promised to go in a couple of years when DD3 is not such a pain in the arse to travel with essentially - and do Ostia and Pompeii. I will insist on Florence and Venice too though if I get a chance!

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