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Subject: Books for reluctant readers
Date Posted: 1/22/2008 12:21 PM ET
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I just talked to a friend whose 10 year old daughter doesn't read much.  I'd like to suggest books to him that might rouse her interest. 

I always recommended "Sparrowhawk Red" as a great adventure story for boys, but I don't know any books that might appeal to girls.

Does anyone have any suggestions?  TIA.





Date Posted: 1/22/2008 1:59 PM ET
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The American Girl books are usually popular. My daughter likes the American Girl mysteries better than the regular stories, something about their being a puzzle to solve holds her interest. Also the Phyllis Reynolds Naylor  Boy/Girl Battle series.

For reluctant readers its also good to pick up some books based on television characters that they like. (That's so Raven, Hannah Montanna, Lizzie McGuire, etc.) I usually don't like to get books based on tv shows but they're great to draw in children who don't enjoy to read.

Date Posted: 1/22/2008 4:07 PM ET
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Anything that gets them reading is great.  My husband had very poor literacy skills when I started seeing him, and he was a college student.  He was really into X-Men, and I used to buy him comic books.  He moved from comic books to graphic novels, and now he reads whatever strikes his fancy.  It matters less what they are reading than the fact that they are reading and enjoying it.

Date Posted: 1/22/2008 7:51 PM ET
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I finally got my 11yo daughter who was pretty much a non-reader started out reading all the teen magazines (BOP, J-14, Tiger Beat, etc).  It was a place to start.

I checked with a friend of mine who is a children's librarian and asked for recommendations for books about things that interest my daughter.  She gave us some excellent suggestions.

Meg Cabot's Mediator series is good.

Because of Winn Dixie was a big hit.

Jinx by Meg Cabot was also a hit.

She also liked the Daughters of the Moon series.

Date Posted: 1/22/2008 8:42 PM ET
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The Katie Kazoo series is great ... the main character is in 3rd and 4th grade in the series.  My daughter also loves Puppy Place books (good for animal lovers as are Animal Ark, Dolphin Diaries).  Also, Judy Moody series.  My favorites around that age were Madeline L'Engle Wrinkle in Time and following books. 

- Tracy

Date Posted: 1/22/2008 8:49 PM ET
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My nieces were addicted to Sweet Valley High.

Date Posted: 1/22/2008 9:39 PM ET
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Do you have any information on what she is interested in?

My niece who doesn't like to read (she's 11) just fell in love with a book called "Dove Song".  It's about a brother and sister trying to raise themselves when their Dad goes off to Vietnam and their mother goes over the edge.  I read it and I thought it was very well done (has a happy or at least, positive, ending)

Date Posted: 1/22/2008 10:06 PM ET
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My daughter is a little younger--8--but she loves the Judy Moody books. She also likes anything about dogs, dolphins, cats, or other animals--I would recommend the Puppy Place books.

She has also started reading the Ramona series, "Ramona the Pest," "Ramona and her Mother," etc. I remember these from when I was young. They kept my interest because they were funny.

Date Posted: 1/22/2008 11:29 PM ET
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Try "From the mixed up files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler".  That was one of my favorite books at that age.

Date Posted: 1/23/2008 7:21 AM ET
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Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh (I think) and A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle.
Subject: kid books
Date Posted: 1/23/2008 1:49 PM ET
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Any of the C.S. Lewis books of Narnia.I loved them when I was a kid.

Date Posted: 1/23/2008 3:13 PM ET
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My students, boys and girls, love the Hank the Cowdog series.  A lot of the kids really enjoy Roald Dahl's books, especially The BFG.  She might enjoy the Bunnicula Series, also.  Kids either like or hate (I'm with the hate group) Series of Unfortunate Events.  If she isn't a very strong reader yet, the Amber Brown series, Magic Treehouse books or Bailey School Kids books are enjoyable. 

Date Posted: 1/23/2008 5:05 PM ET
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http://www.paperbackswap.com/tags/index.php?type_id=1&tag_id=55512 ETA sorry I found this in the tag cloud.

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Date Posted: 1/23/2008 6:17 PM ET
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What about the Harry Potter books? A lot of reluctant readers became interested in reading through them.


Subject: reluctant readers
Date Posted: 1/25/2008 7:10 PM ET
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Graphic novels are very popular with my reluctant readers that I teach. Manga books too.
Date Posted: 1/25/2008 8:30 PM ET
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My daughter (12) loves the Nancy Drew series. 

Subject: MIght also try
Date Posted: 1/26/2008 6:26 PM ET
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Is she interested above her own age level or below or just at?  The Daughters of the Moon someone mentioned is probably too advanced (It was marked UG on our Accelerated Reader list, which usually means mature themes).  If her reading skills are at or a little below grade level, you might try Spyderwick Chronicles, some of the books by Avi (S.O.R. Losers), My Puppy Sister by S.E. Hinton, LIttle House on the Prairie is still popular with some girls, also the American Diaries books Scholastic puts out.  Some of those are by some solid, well known kid's authors.