so dd loved the whimpy kid series. she is an extremely picky reader. she reads voraciously. if she doesnt like a book she drops it half way.
its rare that she actually enjoys what she reads.
she loved Fablehaven series http://www.amazon.com/Fablehaven-Brandon-Mull/dp/1416947205
she is just completely immersed in that series.
she also loves manga and the baby mouse series. and http://www.amazon.com/American-Indian-Trickster-Tales-Legends/dp/0140277714/ref=sr_1_8?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1293905216&sr=1-8 and Island of the BLue Dolphins.
she has tried HP, The Hobbit, Eragon - but dropped them half way. like she told a friend last night she likes dragons but didnt find eragon story line gripping enough for her to read the whole series. she read the first book. she has tried rainbow fairies, disney fairies but didnt like them.
now i am not into fantasy or magic or science fiction so dont know what books to pick for her.
but i was looking for two kinds of recommendations.
1. something like whimpy kid - which is based around school and adventure and fun. i grew up in asia so grew up with enid blyton. and Malory Towers and St Claire. now those books i cant find here used. they would be perfect for her.
2. fairies- magic, adventure
or even just books to try and see if she might find interesting. its sooo hard to find the right books for her. she loves reading mainly fiction, but some non fiction too.
she is a precocious reader so she reads beyond her age/grade group.
A fantasy series that my 4th grade dd LOVES and actually I read the first and it was great is Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry. It's the story of how Peter Pan became Peter Pan and not only is it a great adventure, but it is stinking hilarious. Also, along the Wimpy Kid lines, she might like the Dork Diaries books . . . they are pretty much wimpy kid for girls. Also, check out books by Kate DiCamillo like the Tale of Desperaux . . . and the Oz books by L. Frank Baum--my daughters favorite is Dorothy of Oz.
Dragon Rider or Igraine the Brave by Funke
Half Magic or The Time Garden by Eager
The Number Devil
George's Secret Key to the Universe and George's Cosmic Treasure Hunt by Hawking
Anything by Roald Dahl
Harriet the Spy
The Phantom Tollbooth
The Goose Girl by Hale
Dealing With Dragons by Wrede
The Percy Jackson Series by Riordan
The Mysterious Benedict Society
The Alchemyst by Scott
From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Ms. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh
A Mango Shaped Space by Mass
The City of Ember
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke - I don't read much kids' fantasy, but I really liked this one.
Sahara Special by Esme Raji Codell - One of my favorite kids' books. :)
Dancing Pancake by Eileen Spinelli - Novel in verse about a girl experiencing a lot of changes in her life.
I ditto ALL of these!!! What a great list you created!
What about The Sisters Grimm? It's fun and silly and has elements of fairytales interspersed with mysteries.
The Blue Girl by Charles de Lint is written for teens but is generally harmless and since you mentioned your daughter is a precocious reader, she might like this. Little (Grrl) Lost is good too. I de Lint!
The Night Fairy is incredibly magical.
R~Mama to my sweet A 7//07 & bubbly Z 3/12
AND due 9/13
oooooh thank you all for all those suggestions. she has read the spiderwick series (i had to help her with that one though, had to warn her and so skipped certain parts) and inkheart.
that's a lot of books for me to try for her. i am soo excited for her.
Rhiann thanks for the blue girl. it seems interesting that dd might enjoy. last year ugh after much reservations i let her start twilight. she REALLY wanted to read it and went thru incredible lengths to get her hands on the book. thankfully about 25 pages in she lost interest. whew!!!
Hi! I'm not sure if you need any more suggestions, but your daughter might like the following two books...
The Midnight Curse
11-year-old fraternal twins, Charlie and Lacey, are invited to a remote English village for the reading of the last will and testament of their mysterious Uncle Jonathan. They hope to get money, and lots of it, but to Charlie’s horror, he ends up getting a curse ...
The Devil, The Banshee And Me
Having the devil’s nephew in the room next to his is scary enough for Will, but when a mysterious woman and her daughter move into the cemetery cottage – and then their family Banshee shows up – things get truly frightening...
Both books are by L.M. Falcone. My daughter loves them both and has read them many, many times.
oh no contentmom, the more the merrier.
at the rate dd devours books its ALWAYS helpful to have more suggestions.
Yay, I get to suggest the Warriors series by Erin Hunter. Start at the beginning. She'll either be hooked by the second chapter or she'll know it's not for her, IME.
aaah attunedmama - her best friend is OBSESSED with this series and has every one of them.
dd doesnt care about them. she is not into them. at all.
she tried the SEEKERS series and prefers them but not into them. she really enjoys native american stories so i think the inuit aspect of the stories attracted her but it hasnt caught her fancy that much.