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luz's Avatar luz 09:29 AM 05-05-2010
Hi All,

I'm a lucky mom to an almost-ten-year-old daughter. She's a voracious reader, which in general I'm really happy about. However, I find that as she makes her own choices about reading material, I'm not too impressed with some of her choices. I'm not going to censor her reading, but I would like to seed our shelves with lots of great options for character-building books. Any recommendations? I'm looking for engaging "chapter books" with strong characters, kids wrestling with moral dilemmas, adventures, etc. I'm open to suggestions from Christian and Buddhist traditions, as well.

Thanks!

zeldamomma's Avatar zeldamomma 10:22 AM 05-05-2010
What is her reading level? What kind of books does she like to read (it might help us suggest something that will appeal to her, so it doesn't just sit on the shelf)?
luz's Avatar luz 10:35 AM 05-05-2010
She likes historical fiction, mysteries, harry potter... I think her reading level is probably about a 6th grade level.
simple living mama's Avatar simple living mama 10:56 AM 05-05-2010
Anything of the Newberry Award winning books are sure to be a good read. We go from one to the next and have never been disapointed. Many have good stong female characters. I highly reccomend them.
alireb's Avatar alireb 11:03 AM 05-05-2010
Anne of Green Gables series
One_Girl's Avatar One_Girl 12:42 PM 05-05-2010
I enjoyed Tamara Pierce's books at that age. Do you have access to a library? I loved going every week and getting a bunch of books to try out on my own. My mom almost never rejected any book so it was also a way for me to feel like I had control over a huge piece of my life.
moominmamma's Avatar moominmamma 01:36 PM 05-05-2010
Some great suggestions so far. Newbery books, especially older ones, are good bets. Tamora Pierce, Susan Cooper, Patricia Wrede, Richard Peck, Karen Cushman, Monica Furlong, Christopher Paul Curtis, Eva Ibbotson and Elizabeth Speare George are writers my kids have really enjoyed.

Miranda
AAK's Avatar AAK 01:38 PM 05-05-2010
The Mysterious Benedict Society

Bloomability, Walk Two Moons, Absolutely Normal Chaos (and others by Sharon Creech)

Catherine Called Birdy and The Midwife's Apprentice (both his. fiction with strong females)

My 10 yr old is currently liking the 39 clues books

Homecoming and Dicey's Song

We also like the Percy Jackson books

Books by Andrew Clements (Report Card and Lunch Money are our favorites)

Caddie Woodlawn

Courage of Sarah Noble (we really liked this too!)

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

Number the Stars

Holes

The Watson's go to **********

amy
Fairy4tmama's Avatar Fairy4tmama 02:04 PM 05-05-2010
Some of my favorites around that age were:

My Side of the Mountain

Island of the Blue Dolphin

Anne of Green Gables

Are You There God Its Me Margret

The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
spruce's Avatar spruce 09:41 PM 05-05-2010
All of the "Royal Diaries," "Dear America," and "My America" books are fun historical fiction.

I third, or fourth, whatever, the Tamora Pierce books.

Jane Yolen...so much wonderful writing!

Ken Thomasma wrote a series of books about different Native American children. It's fantastic. (He came up here and lectured and taught writing workshops when my 17yo was about 10...just a wonderful, educated and detailed writer).

love, penelope
Bluegoat's Avatar Bluegoat 12:00 AM 05-06-2010
I was a fantasy buff at that age, so I loved Madeline L'Engle's Wrinkle in Time books (and also I liked her non-fantasy Meet the Austins), The Dark is Rising series, the Narnia books.

Other thoughts: The Jungle Book, The Secret Garden, A Little Princess, Heidi, The Railway Children, The Borrowers, Tom's Midnight Garden, The Black Stallion, anything by L.M. Montgomery. Also, I had a book of myths from around the world that I fell in love with, and which were probably what put me on a path to study classics in university.

I also loved My Side of the Mountain, though I must say it made me contemplate running off to live in the woods.
Fairy4tmama's Avatar Fairy4tmama 02:19 PM 05-07-2010
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I also loved My Side of the Mountain, though I must say it made me contemplate running off to live in the woods.
me too
Suzannah's Avatar Suzannah 03:32 PM 05-07-2010
The Giver, Gathering Blue, The Messenger

Warriors series

Tuck Everlasting

Among the Hidden series

Lots of books by Avi

Many more, but those are a start.
AAK's Avatar AAK 02:59 AM 05-08-2010
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Tuck Everlasting
I LOVED this book as a kid! My dd hasn't seemed interested, but I remember it very fondly.

Amy
Suzannah's Avatar Suzannah 10:29 AM 05-08-2010
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I LOVED this book as a kid! My dd hasn't seemed interested, but I remember it very fondly.

Amy

Mine wasn't interested either, but I was persistent and read it out loud to her (she just turned 10 Tuesday), and she LOVED it.

Also Bridge to Terabithia (although the end is hard).
luz's Avatar luz 07:04 PM 05-08-2010
Thank you all for all the wonderful suggestions!
lach's Avatar lach 09:47 PM 05-08-2010
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me too
I loved that book too! I wrote a book report about it, and my teacher gave me a check minus (so, basically FAILED ME) solely because I said that it was a great book but not terribly realistic that his parent would let him do that. She wrote a really long comment about how books have to be believable to be good and if I didn't find it believable then I should be more critical about the whole book.

Yeah, experience #483 that is leading me to homeschool...

So many great suggestions, I don't know what to add. I'll particularly second the Natalie Babbit, Carol Ryrie Brink, Susan Cooper recs. The Giver is one of my absolute favorite books of all time, but I recommend reading it with her so you can talk to her about it.

Also look into Edward Eager, E Nesbitt, Diana Wynne Jones (if she likes historical fiction and mysteries, A Tale of Time City is one of my favorite books and manages to combine all that with sci fi and action... the Chrestomanci series was one of my favorites as a kid too).
ktgrok's Avatar ktgrok 01:42 AM 05-09-2010
Trixie Belden books!!!! Much more believable than Nancy Drew, with good values. Love them!
ChristaN's Avatar ChristaN 02:29 PM 05-09-2010
I don't know if the content would be good with you, but both of my girls loved the Hunger Games and the sequel, Catching Fire. Dd11 loves reading and reads everything. I have long since stopped censoring her reading choices. Dd9 isn't as interested in reading, so I usually jump on anything she does like. She liked the Hunger Games enough to recommend it to a lot of other kids, which is high praise coming from her.

It is a futuristic novel about a girl who is competing in a reality TV show where kids from the districts surrounding the capital are forced to compete to the death on live TV. It sounds gruesome, but is really well written, has a good story line, and has a good message.
Fairy4tmama's Avatar Fairy4tmama 03:10 PM 05-09-2010
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I loved that book too! I wrote a book report about it, and my teacher gave me a check minus (so, basically FAILED ME) solely because I said that it was a great book but not terribly realistic that his parent would let him do that. She wrote a really long comment about how books have to be believable to be good and if I didn't find it believable then I should be more critical about the whole book.

Yeah, experience #483 that is leading me to homeschool...

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How funny that was my reaction as well LOVED, LOVED, LOVED,the book but didn't think it terribly realistic. Come to think of it I feel that way about many books....
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