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Subject: Looking for suggestions
Date Posted: 3/13/2010 8:34 PM ET
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I have a 13 yr old that has trouble sitting through church because of her Aspergers and adhd so I thought that if I could find some christian type books that we could take them and that might keep her occupied.  Does anyone have any suggestions?  She is on a reading level of a 9-12 yr old and can do some teen books.

Thanks,

Theresa

Date Posted: 3/13/2010 11:47 PM ET
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There was a series my daughter loved when she was 9-10 years old - all the names of the books were named after words the main character used as  interjections, all of which were foods - peanut butter and jelly secrets was one book, shoelaces and brussel sprouts was another title. They are by Nancy Simpson.

 

Also, have you tried to find if there are any Mangas of the right age range, with Christian themes? That might be a good choice, as well.

Date Posted: 4/8/2010 12:29 PM ET
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I used to read during services too!  One of my favorite series was Joy Sparton books.  I think there are 5 of them.  Joy, and her twin brother Roy, are preacher's kids.  These books are SO funny-Joy manages to get into a lot of dilemmas, mix-ups, and trouble, many times not intentionally.  In the end her Dad always helps her out.  These books are Christian reads but IMO not overly preachy.   "Joy Sparton And The Vacation Mixup" was my favorite.  They aren't too long, either.  Just be careful-your daughter might LOL during the service!  :o)  These books are in a series but if I remember correctly, I don't think they REALLY need to be read in order.

There was also 2 books:  "Sarah And The Magic Twenty-Fifth" and "Sarah And The Pelican".  (sorry I can't remember the author).  These 2 books were about a young girl named Sarah and her family during the 1930s or somewhere in that time period.  They were very good and I read them many times!  They are Christian type books too, again, not overly preachy. 

These books would be great for a 9-12 reading level, IMO.  I was about that age when I read, and reread, them!  If you get these I hope your daughter will enjoy them like I did.  They are older books ('70s) so I hope you can find them on Amazon or somewhere.



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Date Posted: 4/8/2010 12:46 PM ET
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Ah-ha!  I found one of my Sarah books!  The author is Margaret Epp.  I see on my PB copy that "Sarah And The Pelican" was also published in HC with the title "The Princess And The Pelican".  These books were published in the late 70s, with a Christian emphasis.  The ages recommended for these books is 8-12.  Here is what is says on the back of "Sarah And The Pelican":

"Life on a large Canadian farm in the 1920s is often exciting.  Sarah Naomi Scott is right in the middle of things whenever she can arrange it.  Huffing, puffing steam threshing machines crawl into the Scott farmyard, and 40 men come with them to do the fall threshing for both Aunt Jane and the Scotts-but Sarah finds the experience a disaster instead of the expected pleasure. 

Later, she and her brother Robbie get a taste of independence.  Sarah feels lonely at times-like a pelican alone in the wilderness.  She and Robbie have good times but hard ones and scary ones too-such as the time a blizzard hits and a calf arrives too soon. 

One day Robbie finds a pelican that really isn't one.  Sarah follows Robbie into the woods and discovers his secret-and finds the key to other family secrets as well. 

"Sarah And The Pelican" is a fast-moving, heart-warming sequel to the book "Sarah And The Magic Twenty-Fifth."

Subject: Readable again and again at any age
Date Posted: 4/18/2010 11:16 PM ET
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You cant go wrong with C S Lewis , the Chronicles of Narnia are good at any age. If she is into sci-fi this trilogy Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra and That Hideous Strength are gripping and  paint wonderful pictures of other worlds. In fact I think I just talked myself into reading them again!