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Subject: Need Recommendations
Date Posted: 2/14/2008 11:54 AM ET
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  I need recommendations on good books for an eleven year-old girl, almost twelve. Reading level is not a problem, because she reads well above her grade level. She has already read The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot, the Warriors series by Erin Hunter, the Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, the Bionicle series, the Doctor Who series, and books like The Silver Crown, but now her birthday's coming up, and I want to give her some new reading material. Suggestions, please?

Date Posted: 2/14/2008 8:19 PM ET
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I recommend the Tiffany Aching trilogy by Terry Pratchett. The books are called The Wee Free Men, Hat Full of Sky, and Wintersmith. Terry Pratchett is my favorite author and these are some of my favorite books by him.

I also recommend anything by Tamora Pierce, she is a wonderful YA fantasy author.



Date Posted: 2/14/2008 9:52 PM ET
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Megan Whalen Turner's books are excellent :  The Thief, The Queen of Attolia and The King of Attolia.

Date Posted: 2/16/2008 9:09 AM ET
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Thanks for the suggestions, I'll look into them!

Date Posted: 2/17/2008 11:23 PM ET
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My daughter is 13, she's been attending the pre-teen book club at our local library for a couple of years, just took a quick look at their lists and her bookshelf, they include:

Peter & the Starcatchers*; The Lightning Thief*; Behind the Curtain*; The Invention of Hugo Cabaret; The Benedict Society; Molly Moon Stops the World*; Stargirl*; I Am the Messenger, and Life of Pi.

For the kids in her circle, they've all read "The Chronicles of Narnia", "His Dark Materials", and "Harry Potter", of course.

* part of a series

Good Luck!




Date Posted: 2/18/2008 6:22 PM ET
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The Guardians of Ga'Hoole series is wonderful. I think they are by Kathryn Lasky

Anne of Green Gables

The Royal Diaries

The Shadow Children Series by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Inkheart and Inkspell are also great.

Hope those help!

Date Posted: 3/8/2008 8:28 PM ET
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A throwback series that is being republished (at least the first 15) is Trixie Belden, and many her age like the idea of a secret club.

Just another train of thought for a series.

Date Posted: 3/9/2008 4:08 AM ET
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Enchanted Forest Chronicles, by Patricia Wrede.  There are 4 titles in the series:  Dealing with Dragons, Searching for Dragons, Calling on Dragons, and Talking to Dragons.  My daughter (and I) enjoyed the whole series!


Date Posted: 3/13/2008 5:57 PM ET
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I'd reccomend anything by Gail Carson Levine (Ella Enchanted, The Wish, Fairest, Ever), the Redwall series by Brian Jacques, maybe the Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage, Eragon etc. by Christopher Paolini, the Chrestomanci series by Diana Wynne Jones, The Book of Time by Guillaume Prevost, The Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flanagan, maybe the Mistmantle series by M.I. McAllister, and the Lost Years of Merlin by T.A. Barron.

I'd also second Shadow Children, Inkheart Trilogy, Enchanted Forest Chronicles, Peter and the Starcatchers trilogy, and Megan Whalen Turner.


Date Posted: 3/15/2008 5:13 PM ET
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Thanks to everyone for the replies! :)

Date Posted: 3/22/2008 10:13 PM ET
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His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman is good, I just finished it. Books are The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and the Amber Spyglass.

Date Posted: 4/1/2008 11:47 AM ET
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YEP! Gail Carson Levine and Maragaret Peterson Haddix...GREAT SUGGESTIONS! Two other WONDERFUL series are "The Sisters Grimm" (6 books) and "Way of the Wilderking" (3 books)

Date Posted: 4/2/2008 11:52 PM ET
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Just wanted to reinterate that Rebekah C.'s recomendations are fantastic! I read most of the books she suggests around ages 12-14.

Also, I'd recommend the Animorphs series. My friends and I used to trade the books back and forth all the time.