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My 11-year old daughter does not enjoy reading, while I am nearly obsessed with it. To try to stimulate her interest, we are creating a mother-daughter book club. The group we've invited to join us includes some girls who love to read and a couple who are less enthusiastic. I would love to have suggestions of books for us to consider reading. So far, my daughter has enjoyed reading The Warriors series, The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DeCamilo, and Rules by Cynthia Lord.
I was in one with my mom at that age, everybody, moms and daughters alike, agreed that our faves were A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and Catherine, Called Birdy. But honestly, we had just as much fun reading the crappy ones to (usually the ones that were on 'recommended reading lists' because we got to laugh about them. The thing that made our group a real success was that each girl got to take turns picking a book. We ended up reading some unusual stuff, but it always kept things interesting.
My 11 yr old enjoys The Gilda Joyce series by Jennifer Allison. There are 4 books in the series. The first one is Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator (Gilda Joyce #1).
Wow, what a great idea, I wish I had thought of it when my girls were growing up. Fortunately they LOVE reading as much as I do so they are now recommending titles to me.
When they were preteens they loved the Wrinkle In Time series by Madeliene L'Engle and we all shared the Harry Potter books and fought over who got to read them first. My younger daughter also like the Princess Diary series at that age and they are pretty easy reading for those who don't really like to read.
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My daughter (11) and recently read together:
100 Cupboards and Dandelion Fire by N.D. Wilson. It's about a 12 yr old boy named Henry who is sent to live with his Aunt and Uncle in Henry Kansas. In their attic, he and his cousin Henrietta find 99 cupboards (there's another one in the house somewhere) that lead to other worlds.
The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander. These were written the 60's and are kind of similar to the Lord of the Rings. But much shorter and easier to follow. There's 5 books. Disney made The Black Cauldron based on the 2nd book. We really enjoyed these.
We are now reading Eragon together.
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine - I thought the book was darling.The Two Princesses of Bamarre (same author) looks like a good book too.
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Does anyone know if there are any clubs in the Austin, TExas area for moms and daughters? Or I guess I could do my own with my DD...except she reads books she needs for her AR in school...
You've received some good suggestions.
Here are a few more ideas. I coach Battle of the Books teams in this age range and following are books that seemed to generate a lot of discussion and be well liked by most of the students:
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 Tale of Desperaux – Kate DiCamillo
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, and Avi.
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Good Luck!! with your mother daughter book club. My youngest daughter and I were in one from the time she was in the 3rd grade till 7th grade when everyone's lives got too busy. Sheila's list above contains several of the books we read. One of our members had a book called 100 books for Girls to Grow On & we frequently referred to that for suggestions. Our main goal was to read books that had strong female main characters. Our grand finale was To Kill a Mockingbird & we had a party and watched the movie after discussing the book. We met once a month on a Sunday afternoon for discussion and dessert. Our organizer decided that it would be nice to have the daughters be in charge of making sure their moms were served and that made a nice touch. This is a great activity for moms & daughters - my daughter is now a sophomore in college & I remember those afternoons fondly. Once we even visited the Black Friars Theatre in Staunton to see a play with the group. There are tons of ways to extend this...
I would like to add Flora Segunda by Yseabeau Wilce. Great book, well written, fantasy but also deals with lifes issues. its a tween book. It is a good book to talk about what she wants to do with her life vs what you wish her to do :) Plus how our own actions can seem selfish and dangerous to others.
There is a second one in the series that I have not read yet.
I found this at http://us.macmillan.com/Tour.aspx?id=423 Chances are the book club will be meeting before Dec 10th... phone number attached.. does not state if it is the library or the founder of the book club
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 6:00 Mother/Daughter Book Club Milwood Branch Library 12500 Amherst Drive Austin, TX 78727 512-974-9880
Mother/Daughter Book Club Milwood Branch Library
Old info.. does not indicate if still meeting
Mother Daughter Book Club @ Twin Oaks Branch
The Austin Public Library invites mothers and daughters ages 9 to 12 to the Twin Oaks Branch, 2301 S. Congress #7, for this special book club. The club meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. for fun, informal book discussions, and socializing.
My daughter and I were in a Mother-Daughter book group from 3rd to 12th grade. I'm not sure who got more out of it! Books I remember the girls enjoying at that age
Rules of the Road by Joan Bauer
Bat 6 by Virginia Euwer Wolf
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry