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Old 25 October 2012, 11:44 AM
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My youngest DD is a very avid reader, and right now she is reading at a sixth grade level. I'm finding it very difficult to find books that are age appropriate yet challenging. She's read all the Little House on the Prairie Books and the Anne of Green Gables books and enjoyed them, especially the Little House books. She has some little chapter books about animals which she loves, but she reads them very quickly and they don't present much of a challenge.

Does anyone have any suggestions for good books that aren't too mature for her?
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Old 25 October 2012, 12:03 PM
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Enid Blyton?
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Old 25 October 2012, 12:09 PM
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Elizabeth Enright?

Lois Lenski?

Betsy-Tacy books?

Mrs Piggle-Wiggle books
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Old 25 October 2012, 12:29 PM
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Would she be interested in Biographies? I remember a series when I was in school that I read all the time. There seems to be a "What's Their Story" series that might work.
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Old 25 October 2012, 02:01 PM
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At age 7 I stuck my nose in a book and never came up for air.

The Phantom Tollbooth by Justin Norton was the first "chapter book" I ever read. It's pretty long, and fun to read. It's full of puns and sillyness and morals and it gets better every time I read it.
Mark Twain
The Great Brain series
Black Beauty
Lois Lenski's Strawberry Girl (If she can cope with the dialect. Some animals are killed by the cruel neighbor, and that might bother her too.)
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Old 25 October 2012, 02:33 PM
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Old 25 October 2012, 03:11 PM
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The Bronze Bow and the Witch of Blackbird Pond

Most books by Diana Wynne Jones.

The Dark is Rising series by Susan Cooper

Check out Tamora Pierce (note that in later books of her first series her 18 year old protagonist, Alana, gets a birth control charm and has offscreen sex. I’d recommend it unhesitatingly for a 6th grader but you know your daughter best in this regard.)

Coraline, The Graveyard Book, and Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman (Note, Vikings didn’t knit. Other than that, Odd is a great little book.)

Harry Potter—though the books get progressively darker.

Caddie Woodlawn, if she liked the Little House books

Look at books by Avi. I’ve not read many but I hear they are good.

The “Shoes” books by Noel Streatfield

The Swallows and Amazons books by Arthur Ransome

The Narnia books by C.S. Lewis

An Episode of Sparrows by Rumer Godden (written as an adult book so you may want to screen it)

The Alice books by Lewis Carroll

Peter Pan by JM Barrie

The Hobbit (if this is too sophisticated for her to read herself, read it to her. I have cherished memories of my father reading this and LOTR to me. Also, she should read it before the movies come out.)

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee (my father read this one to my younger sisters. Though come to think, you may want to wait a few years on this one. Scout may have been seven but you may not want to explain the central crime to your daughter just yet!)

Books by Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, lots more)

Doctor Dolittle

Pippie Longstocking by Astrid Lingreen

The His Dark Materials books by Phillip Pullman, though you might want to wait a few years on this, too.

The Redwall books by Jaques

Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

The Misty books (for horse-mad kids!) by Marguerite Henry

Most books by Robin McKinley (but NOT Sunshine, that is a very adult book.)

Where’s Wallace? (NOT Waldo!). by Hillary Knight. We had endless fun with this book. It’s a simple story but each illustration is great fun to look at for ages trying to find Wallace (and all the other re-occurring characters). I’m 5 and 6.5 years older than my sisters but all three of us and Dad loved this book.
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Old 25 October 2012, 04:35 PM
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Finn Family Moomintroll by Tove Jansson (and any of the Moomin series)

Just So Stories and The Jungle Book (Rudyard Kipling)
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You say she is reading at a sixth grade level but don't say how old she is. But there are books I loved as a child that I still love.

The Secret Garden

Anything by Louis Sachar, though you may want to screen some just to be sure, depending on age (he's fanciful, but can be scary)

Anything by Patricia MacLachlan (who wrote Sarah, Plain and Tall)

Beverly Cleary wrote the Ramona series but also a lot of other books, both for older and younger children.

The Mary Poppins series (maybe, depending on age)

How to Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days

The Celery Stalks at Midnight, and others in the series

Help! I'm Trapped in the Library!

The Boxcar Children--I never liked the later series but the original book I did

The Westing Game
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Old 25 October 2012, 05:12 PM
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The Enchanted Forest Chronicles. There are four of them, and they're AWESOME.

What about the Animorphs series? I loved that when I was about her age, and there are tons of them.
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You say she is reading at a sixth grade level but don't say how old she is.
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I'm just taking a stab in the dark here, but DD could be seven years old.
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Old 25 October 2012, 05:37 PM
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try books by

Avi (especially the Poppy books, but there are plenty of others)

Jerry Spinelli

and you can never go wrong at that age with the Captain Underpants books
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Old 25 October 2012, 06:11 PM
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I'm just taking a stab in the dark here, but DD could be seven years old.
My brain is not working properly today.

Okay, so of what I have listed, I would start with Ramona and The Celery Stalks at Midnight. They're both series and both pretty appropriate for that age. She may need to be slightly older for the rest of them (maybe about 9 or 10.)
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Old 25 October 2012, 06:47 PM
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My daughter is similarly advanced, and we had some of the same issues with matching reading ability to appropriateness. She's nine now, and reads voraciously. Some that spring to mind:

The Phantom Tollbooth

Just about anything by Sid Fleischman

The Oz books

Scott Corbett's "Trick" books

Encyclopedia Brown books

Basically, anything that's clever and requires a little thought to see the humor or figure out a mystery has been a big hit. My daughter also likes anything that looks at girls around her age from a historical perspective - much of the American Girl fiction, for example. The Magic Treehouse series is also a big hit.

ETA: Beverly Cleary's Emily's Runaway Imagination pushes a lot of the above buttons quite well.
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The Enchanted Forest Chronicles. There are four of them, and they're AWESOME.
They are, indeed. Patricia Wrede also has three books she wrote with Caroline Stevermer. Starting with Sorcery and Cecelia. Very good. And she has a new series set in the American Frontier, starting with 13th Child.


I third or fourth the suggestion of Beverly Cleary. And for non-fiction, she has published her autobiography in two volumes. The one on her childhood is called A Girl from Yamhill, I think.
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I haven't seen A Series of Unfortunate Events listed yet. It's dark, but dark in a sort of funny way that kids like. (Although people are killed in it, so be forewarned.)
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Redwall and Bunnicula are great choices if she's into animals. Wee Free Men and The Amazing Maurice And His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett are also good, especially since they're part of the Discworld continuity, so she can enjoy the rest of the series when she's a bit older.
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Old 26 November 2012, 12:16 PM
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I just remembered the Matt Christopher books for my seven year old boy. I got one for him and he loved it - read the first one in one night. It might be too easy, but if she likes sports, it can be a fun way to read up on them?
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Old 26 November 2012, 12:36 PM
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Books by Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, lots more)

Pippie Longstocking by Astrid Lingreen
I must second the recommendation for Roald Dahl - I would especially mention The BFG and Danny, the Champion of the World.

Also, basically all other books by Astrid Lindgren are as good as the Pippie Longstocking books - I grew up with The Six Bullerby Children, three books about the day-to-day live of children in the tiny remote Swedish village Bullerby in the early 1930's, as told by the seven year old Lisa.
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Old 26 November 2012, 12:57 PM
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There are so many good suggestions in here. I was similar at that age, reading Brian Jaques's Redwall books, and all of Tamora Pierce's books (yes, there is birth control and hints about sex, but honestly I didn't understand them at all until I was old enough to), and the Chronicles of Narnia, and Betsy-Tacy (glad someone else knows those! They start out younger, then get progressively longer and more complex as Betsy grows up--but still age appropriate), and the Boxcar mystery set. I was probably a year or two older when I started on Wrinkle In Time and its sequels, but she might like those too. Hmm, I'll have to think some more about what my cousins have been reading, too, they've always been advanced readers.
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