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Subject: Books and Movies for a 9-12 year old girl
Date Posted: 8/7/2008 5:26 PM ET
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Does anyone know of good books that were made into movies? Specifically that a 9-12 year old girl would like (one who doesn't particularly like reading)?

Some conditions are: no magic/wizardy type subjects and no mysteries.


Date Posted: 8/7/2008 7:51 PM ET
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Well, the conditions make it a little bit harder, but I have thought of a few.  The Neverending Story is the first one which came to mind.  Of course Charlotte's Web, Hoot, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Holes (the problem with all of these being that many kids have already seen the movies).  Anne of Green Gables is one which many don't think of.   Island of the Blue Dolphins was made into a move (alhtough I am not certain how easy it would be to get ahold of).  My Side of the Mountain was made into a movie.  I'm sure I can think of a few more...give me a few days and I'll get back to you.


Date Posted: 8/7/2008 8:19 PM ET
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Thanks! I'm going to look into those.

I actually have Island of the Blue Dolphins. I can't believe I didn't think of that! I loved that book...silly me :)

Date Posted: 8/8/2008 8:49 AM ET
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Here's what I could think of.  I have a ten year old girl.  We have seen alot of these just from checking them out at the Library.

  • How to Eat Fried Worms
  • Because of Winn-Dixie
  • Flicka
  • Sarah Plain and Tall
  • Aquamarine
  • The Baby-sitters Club
  • Black Beauty
  • Caddie Woodlawn
  • Seven Alone
  • The Apple Dumpling Gang
  • Ella Enchanted
  • Harriet the Spy
  • Indian in the Cupboard
  • The Littles
  • A Little Princess
  • Pollyanna
  • Stuart Little
  • The Secret Garden
  • Duma
  • The Yearling
  • My Dog Skip
  • Shiloh
  • A Girl of the Limberlost
  • Summer of Monkeys
  • Jacob Have I Loved
  • American Girl: Smanatha
  • American Girl: Felicity
  • American Girl: Molly
  • Pipilongstocking
  • Old Yeller
  • Where the Red Fern Grows
  • Several of the Dear America books are movies
  • The Saddle Club books were made into a TV Series
  • The Ramona books by Beverly Cleary were made into a TV Series
  • Little House on the Prairie the original tv series or the new Disney mini-series was good!

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Date Posted: 8/8/2008 8:54 AM ET
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Oh I thought of another one, though we haven't watched it Pictures of Hollis Woods.  I think Hallmark made it into a movie.

Date Posted: 8/8/2008 10:49 PM ET
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Boy, no magic or mystery is hard!

The Black Stallion

I'll give a hearty second and third to The Secret Garden, A Little Princess (though I love Shirley Temple, the new version is really good), and The PBS Version of Anne of Greene Gables

There's always Little House on the Prarie too.

Date Posted: 8/9/2008 11:21 PM ET
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Thank you EVERYONE

Date Posted: 8/10/2008 10:44 AM ET
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Princess Diaries

 A Little Princess

the Secret Garden

I liked all of these even as a 'grownup'!

Date Posted: 8/13/2008 10:39 AM ET
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How about the American Girl books?  the following have been made into movies (actually, each movie is made from several of the books about that girl):



Kit Ktredge



Date Posted: 8/13/2008 11:42 PM ET
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Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot -- I have to give a warning about this...

Absolutely cute movies.  I like the first one more than the second one.  Almost no qualms about letting the kids watch it (a lot of emphasis on chasing boys)

HOWEVER, the book is something different.  There is lots of text about french kissing, intimate relations outside of marriage, and a distasteful passage about using "protection." 

I let my non-worldly tween daughter read it before I did.  Then I read it and  was aghast.  Please pre-read this book and determine if it appropriate for your child's maturity!!

Date Posted: 8/17/2008 8:29 PM ET
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Thanks again everyone! She wasn't jazzed about the American Girl Series..but I think she was given Samantha which is more girly than say Molly. I finally heard what book she did like. Swiss Family Robinson. I'm going to suggest the Secret Garden because it has a moral to the story. I was thinking Heidi but I just read it before advising on it and I found it to be a little too sugary sweet for my cousin. These are all great ideas! Thanks for the help. we'll have to pass on the Pricess Diaries I think...so not up the right alley for them. they can stick with the movie I think. thanks for the warning!
Date Posted: 8/29/2008 3:58 PM ET
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My 10 year old loves Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.