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Ideas please for dds aged 9.5 and nearly 8

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Dancergirl · 24/11/2010 12:39

Both my older dds are avid readers but I need some ideas for new books for them to read.

They read (or have read):

-Loads of Enid Blyton - Famous 5, Naughtiest Girl, Malory Towers, St Clares
-My naughty little sister
-Horrid Henry
-Rainbow Magic (thankfully growing up of them at last)
-Tiara Club (arrghh - hate them!)
-Darcey Bussell's ballerina books
-Judy Blume (Fudge books)
-Beverly Cleary (Ramona books)
-Little Women, Good Wives, Jo's Boys, Little Men

Plus others I can't remember right now.

What can they read now? As you can see from the list above, they both love fairies/mermaids/ballet and school stories. Everthing seems to be either too young for them or too heavy-going.

Any ideas?

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Takver · 24/11/2010 13:22

Classics - have they read

Noel Streatfield (esp Ballet Shoes & White boots, but there are loads)
A Little Princess / The Secret Garden
Maybe the Chalet School books (dd is 8 & hasn't read them, can't remember for sure but I would have thought probably fine for a 9 y/o?)
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase & all the sequels
Laura Ingalls Wilder (Little House in the Big Woods et al)

More modern books -
the Molly Moon series
the Roman Mysteries

I'm not so sure about modern books as my dd tends to prefer adventure stories, so those are what she gets from the library, the more 'girly' books that she's read are the classics that I've still got from when I was small.

madamehooch · 24/11/2010 15:54

The Ramona books by Beverley Cleary.

madamehooch · 24/11/2010 15:54

Try also the Emily Windsnap books by Liz Kessler.

SAMS73 · 24/11/2010 19:05

Anne of green gable,all the classics , swallows and amazon,brothers lion heart, inkheart

ramonaquimby · 24/11/2010 19:09

what about Eva Ibbotson? dd just reading journey to the river sea
she's 9

Takver · 25/11/2010 18:39

Sorry for hijack, but ramona, do you think that Journey to the River Sea would be good for reading out loud? (Always looking for books that dd & I would both enjoy for bed-time stories.)

bluejeans · 25/11/2010 18:46

My DD is not a big reader but LOVED the Araminta Spook books - there are 5 of them

ramonaquimby · 26/11/2010 12:52

yes probably -it's very descriptive. similar story (ish) to A Little Princess. Not very long. I've read it too. Ann of Green Gables we've been reading off and on, that's lovely too.

Takver · 26/11/2010 13:03

Many thanks :)

ClenchedBottom · 26/11/2010 13:04

Pippi Longstocking?

LadyGlencoraPalliser · 27/11/2010 16:01

Another Eva Ibbotson that is good for that age, particularly your 9.5 year old perhaps, is The Star of Kazan.
Balletwise - if you can track down secondhand copies of Lorna Hill's Sadler's Wells series and Jean Estoril's Drina Ballerina series, they would also be good.
Also have they read any Noel Streatfeild - Ballet Shoes, White Boots, Curtain Up are all good.

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