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Old 03-20-2013, 09:29 AM   #1
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Need Suggestions for Bedtime Reading for 11-yr old Girl

My almost 11 year old daughter is now reading the fifth Harry Potter book. She reads just before bed and the suspense in the story is causing anxiety and she isn't sleeping well. She would like something lighter to read before bed and she will continue with the Harry Potter during the day. I will take her to the bookstore tonight and would love some suggestions. The Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden series that I liked as a kid may create the same anxiety issues and she said she doesn't like mysteries (although she hasn't read any that I'm aware of). What else can I point her towards that would challenge her reading level with quality as well as coziness?
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Old 03-20-2013, 10:12 AM   #2
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How about the Little House books and the Anne of Green Gables books?
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Old 03-20-2013, 10:19 AM   #3
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The Little House books are a great idea, thanks! Being Canadian, I'm sure she'll read Anne of Green Gables in school, but I'll suggest them to her. I'll add that she has read and liked Roald Dahl's children's books and Island of the Blue Dolphins.
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Old 03-20-2013, 12:18 PM   #4
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Cool Nancy Drew!

What a great age for introduction to Nancy Drew!

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I do seem to remember some suspense in Nancy Drew at the climax, but it's been a while. Is Nancy ever in danger from the suspect?
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Have you asked your local Childrens librarian?
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I do seem to remember some suspense in Nancy Drew at the climax, but it's been a while. Is Nancy ever in danger from the suspect?
Yes but the issue gets resolved very quickly. Maybe you can read one first (it won't take long) and see if you think it'd be an issue.

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The Ordinary Princess by M.M. Kaye
Charlotte's Web by Garth Williams
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson-Burnett
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo (one of my favorite books as a child)
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Emily of New Moon series by L.M. Montgomery
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Thanks Gazella, that list is perfect. She did enjoy Charlotte's Web.

Owly, we won't make it to the library before it closes, and she has a gift card to the bookstore. Sometimes the staff is wonderful, but I thought I'd do some checking first.
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Thanks Gazella, that list is perfect. She did enjoy Charlotte's Web.
You are more than welcome, I'm glad I could help.
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How about:
The Hobbit J.R.R. Tolkien
The King's Fifth Scott O' Dell
The Lost World Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
and one of my all time favorites as a kid
The Hand of Robin Squires Joan Clark (about the Oak Island Treasure in Nova Scotia)
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The Narnia books should also be quite good reading at that age.
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Just checking Many people forget that we can be asked.
Found this resource fron Teachers first that might help http://www.teachersfirst.com/100books.cfm
they have a hundred recommended books divided by age.

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Owly, we won't make it to the library before it closes, and she has a gift card to the bookstore. Sometimes the staff is wonderful, but I thought I'd do some checking first.
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Have Spacesuit will travel, by Robert A. Heinlein.
One of the leads is an 11-year girl genius. She gives the protagonist/hero fits. Helps save the human race.
There is a movie in production since 2010, apparently for this year.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Have_Sp...%94Will_Travel
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Enola Holmes series is very good. Skullduggery pleasant and Artemis Fowl are good fantasy books for 11 year old. You would enjoy these too maybe. I think are all at libraries.
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