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what novels for a 9 year old who loves animals?

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parietal · 20/04/2020 22:37

my 9 year old only likes books that feature animals + adventures. So she loved Podkin One-year and all the Narnia books. What else is there of that type?

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parietal · 20/04/2020 22:38

podkin one-year should of course be Podkin One Ear !

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Star555 · 21/04/2020 00:51

Wind in the Willows
Black Beauty
Watership Down
Animal Farm

RhubarbFizz · 21/04/2020 01:00

The Lauren St John books set in Africa are good - White Giraffe is one. Think there are four.

Star555 · 21/04/2020 01:01

Also anything by Gerald Durrell for animals+humour. Start with My Family and Other Animals.

parietal · 21/04/2020 11:40

thanks, we've had all of those. and the Michael Morpurgo ones too.

anything among modern books? when I look in the shops (Amazon these days), there are masses of magic/fantasy books and a fair number of 'real kids in schools' books but not many good animal stories.

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BlueChampagne · 21/04/2020 12:26

Both a bit vintage, but:

Olga da Polga
The Travels of Oggy

ItsABitOfAShitFightMate · 21/04/2020 12:32

Charlotte’s Web
The Way to White Deer Park

Sgtmajormummy · 21/04/2020 12:53

The Secret Garden?

Ricekrispie22 · 21/04/2020 13:19

White Giraffe series by Lauren St John
The Girl Who Stole an Elephant
The Last Wild
Evie and the Animals
The Girl Who Speaks Bear
Varjak Paw series
Dreamseeker Trilogy
Wolf Brother
One Boy and His Dog

Fluora · 21/04/2020 13:25

Leopard adventure is the first in a series of four by Anthony McGowan. They are follow ups to the amazing Willard Price books I used to adore as a child.

Bobkitten · 21/04/2020 13:47

Has she read all of those first 4 suggestions? If so, what did she make of Animal Farm? My 10 year old has read 3 of them, but not Animal Farm - I wasn’t sure if he was mature yet enough to appreciate the book’s message.
Does she only like mammals or does she also appreciate invertebrates? If so, she might appreciate the Beetle Boy series.

Anactoria · 21/04/2020 13:54

The Animals of Farthing Wood by Colin Dann. Dann also wrote many other children’s books with animals as the protagonist.

Whathappenedtothelego · 21/04/2020 13:58

Megan Rix. Most of them are about dogs, my Dd loves them.

EwwSprouts · 21/04/2020 17:37

The poet's dog
Hoot - Hiaasen
The hundred mile an hour dog

FionaCorkesWardrobebyKamizole · 21/04/2020 17:42

The Warriors series by Erin Hunter has been a total hit with my 9 yr old (obsessed with cats!)

ArtichokeAardvark · 21/04/2020 17:45

The Redwall series by Brian Jacques? Animals off on adventures, no humans at all.

DjMomo · 21/04/2020 17:45

Jack London books.

QueenOfToast · 21/04/2020 17:58

The Animals of Farthing Wood is brilliant.
Other faves:-
Charlotte's Web
Gobolino the Witch's Cat
101 Dalmations
Danny the Champion of the World

MaidenMotherCrone · 21/04/2020 18:07

@ArtichokeAardvark my son loved the Redwall series. He has them all and are still on his bookshelf and he's 21 Grin.

Along the same lines is the Warrior series by Erin Hunter. All cats no humans!

SistemaAddict · 21/04/2020 18:43

Warriors gets another vote here. I can't get dd to put them down. She's read all day every day but sometimes she has to do things like eat and shower.

Medianoche · 21/04/2020 18:52

Ricekrispie22’s list is very good. I’d add Wolf Wilder. Charlotte’s Webb? I’ll probably think of some more later.
The Alex Sparrow books by Jennifer Killick might also suit if she’d enjoy kids plus animals plus adventures, with a healthy dose of silly humour.

Medianoche · 21/04/2020 18:53

No idea why it autocorrected Web.

Lefkosia · 21/04/2020 18:56

I, Houdini - used to love that as a kid, it's written from the point of view of a hamster.

Lefkosia · 21/04/2020 18:57

Animorphs as well, then she can watch the terrible old TV show

Lefkosia · 21/04/2020 19:02

Oh and the sheep pig by Dick King Smith. He wrote more books about animals so worth looking them up. She might also enjoy James Herriot's books

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