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What age is the northern lights trilogy suitable for?

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Namechange3007 · 17/08/2019 22:38

My daughter is keen to read this. Shes 12 in a few weeks.

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SkyscraperGirl · 17/08/2019 22:39

Yes it's absolutely fine for age 12! Wonderful books Smile

Cocobean30 · 17/08/2019 22:40

Yes fine for her. She will love them

Wolfiefan · 17/08/2019 22:40

Yes. Absolutely fine. Wonderful and magical.
I have bought Dust too but not got round to reading it.

Theweasleytwins · 17/08/2019 22:42

I read them about 10ish

Made me cry

Namechange3007 · 17/08/2019 22:46

Oh good thank you. I've not read them so didnt know. She loves Harry Potter so thought she might like these.

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lifeinthedeep · 17/08/2019 22:59

12 is a perfect age. Have her read it and then re-read it when she’s in her late teens. She will be amazed.

That’s what I did, it’s amazing how the trilogy is suitable for children through its unique and imaginative world and then becomes filled with depth and context when you re-read as an adult.

Namechange3007 · 17/08/2019 23:21

Thank you. You are making me want to read them!

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Cocobean30 · 18/08/2019 20:41

You should definitely read them! I am reading the prologue at the moment

PopGoesTheWeaz · 11/09/2019 21:37

12 is a great age. My 8 and 10 year olds just read them and I reread. They really liked them and I hope they re-read at 15 or so as I'm sure the 8 year old especially didn't get a lot of the subtext. (I actually would have said the 8 year old was too young but he did it while I had my back turned - he's quick like that!)

EmCamB · 12/09/2019 07:32

I'd say about age 12.
They are pretty depressing though, not much laughter and hope going on.

BertrandRussell · 12/09/2019 07:34

Mumsnet children ? About 6/7
Real children? 11/12.

Cherylshaw · 12/09/2019 07:45

I was 10 or 11 when I read them, fantastic books

drinkswineoutofamug · 12/09/2019 07:48

Missed out when I was a child. Didn't read them till I saw a thread on here. Reading them now . Makes me cry. There's other little short story books, lyras oxford and another and Bella la savage which he's written and the new book coming out in October

LifeOfBox · 12/09/2019 07:49

Bertrand 😂.

Alabasterangel6 · 12/09/2019 07:53

DD is 10 and is on the last one. We were looking for a replacement for Harry Potter as she was properly sad when she got to the end. So far so good!

She also likes the books by Ross Welford. Whilst not in the same mystical vein, she likes the adult underlying themes and they are really thought provoking. A bit different from the run of the mill older children’s books.

BertrandRussell · 12/09/2019 08:26

It’s such a waste when children read these books too young. They miss so much if they’re bit emotionally mature enough to get the nuance. And even Mumsnet 10 year olds aren’t

BertrandRussell · 12/09/2019 08:27

And the same goes for the later Harry Potters.

PopGoesTheWeaz · 12/09/2019 14:35

I just assume that they will read them again (as I've done)

Alabasterangel6 · 12/09/2019 20:50

@BertrandRussell I’d debate that. Reading alone and unsupported, yes. But DD reads these WITH us. Even at 10 we read ‘together’. At bedtime we have half an hour. She reads a page to me, me one to her. We discuss. She may read another couple of pages and we discuss the next day. And I wouldn’t give her such a complex book without reading it myself (recently or years ago). What would be the point?

Reading is never just about reading. It’s about comprehension too at all levels. But appropriately supported a 10 year old (mumsnet or otherwise Hmm) could and should absolutely enjoy these.

PopGoesTheWeaz · 12/09/2019 22:54

Also there are books that I read a 20 that I have reread and understand on a whole other level but surely we just shouldn't not read until midlife...

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