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My granddaughter is a vorocious reader at 12 years old and reads at a higher level then normal for her age. She has been reading The Chronicles of Narnia and loves the series. Has read Little House on the Prairie and Nancy Drew series also. Can you give me some suggestions of new authors?
Nancy, glad to hear your granddaughter loves to read!
I remember reading Nancy Drew and Little House on the Prarie. Around the same time I read Sweet Valley High/Twins, and a YA author named Christopher Pike.
Here are a few more ideas.
The Secret School - Avi
A Year Down Yonder - Richard Peck
The Misadventures of Maude March - Couloumbis
Lunch Money - Clements
Esperanza Rising – Pam Munoz Ryan
Number the Stars – Lois Lowry
The Watson’s Go To Birmingham 1963 – Paul Curtis
Out of the Dust - Karen Hesse
Letters from Rifka – Karen Hesse
The Hundred Dresses – Estes
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson – Bette Bao Lord
The View from Saturday – Konigsburg
The Kite Fighters – Park
Snow Treasure – McSwigan
Journey to Ellis Island – Bierman
Immigrant Kids – Freedman
Rodzina - Karen Cushman
Princess Academy - Shannon Hale
Just Ella - Haddix
Listening for Lions – Gloria Whelan
Once on This Island - Gloria Whelan
The Westing Game – Ellen Raskin
Blood on the River: Jamestown 1607 - Elisa Carbone
The Sacrifice – Duble
Some of my DD's fav authors are Gloria Whelan, Karen Hesse, Karen Cushman, Ann Rinaldi, and Avi.
This is one of my favorite ages. If she likes Narnia, she would most likely love the Chronicles of Prydain series by Lloyd Alexander, I would also give the Redwall series by Brian Jaques a shot. I strongly recommend both of them, although the Redwall books do tend to be somewhat long (although they are well-written enough that they hold my 8 year old nephew's interest). Also keep in mind with the Redwall series that there are 20 books in the series (each can be read independently) and Jaques seems to have no inclination to stop anytime soon.
There's a good chance she's already read some, but I always recommend Roald Dahl for this age. If she hasn't ready any of his books, Matilda would be a good place to start.
I also recently read the first two books of the Tunnels series, and thought they were really good.