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Subject: Wanted ideas for 9 year girl
Date Posted: 6/14/2009 8:54 AM ET
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I have a girly girl, who is her daddy's princess.  But I want her to understand how to appreciate what she has.

Can anyone recommend a book, that shows good examples of how a yound lady  had to work hard or had proper attitude and respect and

has a good story line.  She's reading very well, but I don't want to have her head fill with just princess stories. Hope a mother out there understand

what I mean.  She loves animals, and art.  Appreciate your time and consideration.

Date Posted: 6/16/2009 11:46 AM ET
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How about the Little House on the Prairie series?  Or Anne of Green Gables?

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Date Posted: 6/17/2009 9:34 AM ET
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how 'bout American Girls? don' tknow what age those are for but I like to read kid books sometimes and liked the ones I read from those. I liked the Boxcar Children at that age too.think itwas that age..from 3rd grade on up.

Date Posted: 6/17/2009 7:28 PM ET
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Boxcar Children would be a great series to give her. . . it consistently extols the value of hard work and doing for yourself.


Also, there's a book on my shelf called Kid Power, by Susan Beth Pfeffer, that I remember really enjoying when I was that age. Here's the back description:


Winner of the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award and the Sequoyah Children's Book Award.

Janie Golden has been counting on a great summer riding a new ten-speed bike with her best friend, Lisa. But when mom loses her job, her dad says, "No new bike." Janie couldn't be more disappointed, until she gets a brilliant idea. "I'll earn the money myself," she says. And that's how Kid Power begins.

No job is too big or too small, Janie decides, and she puts up a sign in the supermarket. The calls come in fast and furious for jobs as a dog walker, babysitter, cat feeder, gardener -- so many that Janie can hardly handle them all. Kid Power is a huge success, and Janie counts her money ever night. Until she realizes that she's been so busy making money Lisa may never be friends with her again!

". . .the relationships are perceptively depicted, and the dialogue is natural and amusing." ---Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books.

Date Posted: 6/19/2009 2:23 AM ET
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I have alot of books on my shelf for young girls, my daughter who's 16 now, just recently let me put up some books she used to read when she was 9 and 10, take a look and let me know if any of them help out.


Date Posted: 6/19/2009 11:11 AM ET
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 have some babysiter club books listed.

Date Posted: 6/19/2009 4:25 PM ET
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Here are a few ideas, they are all stories with animals:

Gooseberry Park by Cynthia Rylant

The Warm Place by Nancy Farmer

The Cricket in Times Square by Selden

Ben and Me by Lawson

Black Stallion by Farley

 My son just loves, E. B. White. He wrote The Trumpet of the Swan, Stuart Little, and Charlotte's Web. All stories with animals featured prominently.

Other "girl power" books I recall reading with my children:

Rodzina - Karen Cushman

Once on This Island - Gloria Whelan

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

Out of the Dust and Letters from Rifka  – Karen Hesse


Some of my DD's fav authors are Gloria Whelan, Karen Hesse, Karen Cushman, and Avi.


Date Posted: 6/25/2009 11:12 AM ET
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Thank you thank you for all the great suggestions.  I have to admit;  I haven't heard of  a lot of these myself. lol  But I will jot down some and follow the links to some of your books also, thanks again. I will make these apart of her reading during school too.   Have a great summer! 

Date Posted: 6/28/2009 5:47 PM ET
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I have an 8 year old niece, and she absolutely loves the American Girl books. She's toting one around with her everytime I see her, won't leave the house without one. I've never read the books personally, but I've seen most of the movies and they have great messages and morals, each girl having some struggle to overcome, coming to a conclusion of self-discovery all on their own.

Another book I think would be a great read for any girl once they've reached this age, or maybe a bit older, would be The Diary of Anne Frank.

Date Posted: 7/1/2009 6:26 PM ET
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You can't go wrong with the American Girl books, both the fiction stories and the non-fiction "activity" type books are excellent for that age.  Anne of Green Gables is my all-time favorite for good examples for girls.  It may be a little tough for a 9 year old but my daughter read a simplified version and loved it.  Let me know if you're  interested in it and I'll hunt it down for you. 

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Date Posted: 7/7/2009 7:32 PM ET
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Little Women- Louisa May Alcott

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn- Betty Smith

The girls in these books are the main characters.  They do not have much money, they work hard for what they have, they have lots of character and meaningful, good lives.

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Date Posted: 7/13/2009 6:30 PM ET
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I love The BOOK OF VIRTUES. It is a series of stories extolling different virtues. It contains chapters/sections/short stories from different cultures and places. Good to read together and discuss.