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Hi everyone
My soon to be 11 year old daughter is starting a book club with her girlfriends (I'm so proud of her...what a great idea!)

The girls coming to the club are between the ages of 8 and 12...I need to compile a list of book suggestions appropriate for this age group so that the girls involved can vote on 4 books to read throughout the summer. The younger girls who might need some help with reading will have their parents or siblings read along with them, so this small obstacle has been eliminated.

My daughter and I have come up with a few titles, such as some Judy Blume books, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Can you guys give me some ideas for some good books for them to choose from?
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At that age I was a huge Anne of Green Gables fan... but the book could be pretty long for 8-year-olds (however, if a parent's reading along it could work well).

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Anything by Sharon Creech, especially Walk Two Moons.
Island of the Blue Dolphins

Ask your local librarian, or the school librarian.
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DD and I just finished a REALLY good book. Belle Teal by Ann M. Martin I highly recommend that one. DD also loves the Wild at Heart series which is about kids that volunteer in a vets office and help rescue animals and such.
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TO this day, I STILL will re read my favorite books I read at that age......

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume (it's a more pre teen book than any of her others......amazing but pretty intense)

Island of the Blue Dolphins

Starring Sally J Freedman as Herself (excellent novel about the view of WWII from an american jewish 11 year old girl)
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I just read:

The Canada Geese Quilt
by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock

to my daughter. Its about 60 pages and the main character is a ten year old girl. Its a sweet, very beautiful story and totally age appropriate for all ages.
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you guys are great, thanks for the wonderful suggestions!

Keep 'em comin
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You know, some of these books have been made into movies (several of the L.M. Montgomery books and Harriet the Spy) -- it might be fun to read the book and then watch the movie for comparison.

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I LOVED Harriet the Spy as a kid and my 9 and 12 YO neices love her too. Also the whole Laura Ingalls Wilder series would be great. I also remember the Lion, the WItch and the Wardrobe but can't remember how old I was when I read them. Maybe too old for them??

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I will always tell ppl to read
Little Women
Little Men and Jo's Boys all by Louisa May Alcott

I also know that Beverly Lewis writes nice books for kids as well, espeically girls!

BTW I would be very proud of your dd! I wish I had thought of it when I was her age!

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"Juniper" and "Wise Child" by Monica Furlong there is also a new third book in the series called "Colman". We haven't read that one yet.
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His Dark Materials trilogy by Phillip Pullman is great, Summerland by Michael Chabon, maybe a little too young but the Boxcar Children Series books are good. A good children's librarian should be able to give you lots of suggestions.
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The Giver or Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

A Girl Named Disaster (excellent, about a girl in a tribe who is smart, and ostracized)

Dragonwings by Laurence Yep

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Spear

Bridge to Terabithia (can't remember the author - one of the best books of all time)

Holes, even though it's about a boy, is an excellent morality tale. Well-written.

HAVE FUN!!!!!! I love the idea!!!!!

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Thank you all for the book suggestions, the girls will want to read them ALL!
We're making the invitations tonight for the group, and plan to have the first meeting in May. We had originally planned on going through the summer, but hopefully with all these great books to read, the club will last long after summer has gone.
Thank you all again...you really have helped out so much
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I think a young girls' book club is a GREAT idea. Can you stand a couple more suggestions?

The Secret of the Ruby Ring--a young girl in modern Ireland tries on a ring and is transported back in time to Victorian times and works as a housemaid in a rich household. I think there's a sequel too.

Little Women--maybe a bit much for 8 year olds, but I think 10-12 year olds would like it.

E. Nesbit's books: The Five Children and It, The Phoenix and the Carpet, The Story of the Amulet. Those three are a series. Also by her, The Enchanted Castle or the "Wouldbegoods" series.
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Also keep in mind that kids can understand higher level books if the books are read out loud, rather than alone.

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I liked the All of a Kind Family Books...I think the author is Sydney Taylor?


Anything by Lois Lowry is great, but especially the Anastasia Krupnik books.

I'm sure there's a lot of wonderful new stuff that we're too old to know about. Although I do sneak in and read books for that age group sometime.

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Katherine Paterson is the author of Bridge to Terabithia. Anything she writes is awesome!

Also - anything by Lois Lowry, Sarah Ellis or Kit Pearson.
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Twig is a terrific book! So is Caddie Woodlawn.

And I second anything by Katherine Patterson.

(Personally though, I would not do Tiger Eyes by Judy Bloom. The main character has her first sexual experience in the book and it might be a bit mature for most 8-12 year olds.)
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The Secret Garden
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I had to chime in...

A WRINKLE IN TIME!!!! *sigh*

I second Anne of Green Gables (I bawl when I read that book! I read it the first time when I was 7 or 8 years old)

Some other suggestions (thanks to Amazon.com)
The Secret Garden
Where the Red Fern Grows
Sarah, Plain and Tall
Caddie Woodlawn
Charlottes Web
Little Women
Stuart Little
Tales of the Fourth Grade Nothing
The Wind In The Willows
Ella Enchanted (and there's that movie out now, so you can treat them to a sleepover night and watch the movie after they've read the book!)
Bridge To Terabithia
James and the Giant Peach
Are You There God, It's Me, Margaret
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