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#1 bluedarling

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Posted Yesterday, 10:14 PM

dd8 has read every age-appropriate series I can think of for someone around her age.  We are trying to hold her off on Harry Potter for a bit (we made older kids wait until 12 for religious reasons...we probably won't make it that long with her.)  She just finished the entire Wizard of Oz series, and she loves it!  She has read Chronicles of Narnia, Little House books, didn't care for boxcar children, I've printed lists of books for gifted readers and am not finding anything she hasn't read that she is willing to read (especially series that will keep her busy more than 1 hour.)  Anne of Green Gables was a little old for her.  Any suggestions?



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Posted Yesterday, 10:34 PM

Swallows & Amazons

Gone Away Lake 

American Girls

The Saturdays Series

 



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Posted Yesterday, 10:45 PM

Swallows & Amazons

Gone Away Lake 

American Girls

The Saturdays Series

 

I had mentioned Swallows & Amazon in reviewing the lists I had printed for her...she's willing to try that!  Doesn't like American Girls, and I think she's already read some of the Saturday series (but I'll double-check).  I just ordered Gone Away Lake and Swallows & Amazons from the library.  Thanks.



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Posted Yesterday, 10:59 PM

Your welcome. I hope she enjoys them. My dd's just reminded me that Swallows and Amazon's is slow going in the beginning. If I remember correctly, there are a lot of references to sailing/nautical terms that can be problematic until she gets a bit further along and then it is smooth sailing. Sorry, I couldn't help myself. 



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Posted Yesterday, 11:01 PM

The Borrowers

Pippi Longstocking

Tales of Magic

The Mysterious Benedict Society



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Posted Yesterday, 11:34 PM

The Penderwicks

Inkheart

The Great Brain

The All-of-a-Kind Family

The Year of the Dog series

The Ramona books, of course

Above World

The Series of Unfortunate Events

The Amy and Laura books (gosh, I loved those as a kid - they don't get enough love!)

The various "shoes" books by Noel Streatfeild (yes, I spelled the last name correctly) - they're not really a series, but they're titled like one in America

The Betsy-Tacy books

Powerless (main characters are in middle school, there's mention of crushes by the last book in the trilogy, I know some kids her age think that's gross!)

The Grand Plan to Fix Everything and its sequel, The Problem with Being Slightly Heroic

The WondLa books

Homer Price

Princess Academy (despite the silly title. This book does, as I recall, have a made-up pantheon, if that's a problem.)

Emma Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree (may have misremembered title)

Kiki Strike

Lemonade War series

Dragon Milk series

Swindle series by Gordon Korman

The series starting with Journey to Topaz

The series by Sonia Levitan starting with Journey to America (both these two series take place during WWII, so some readers might find them a bit much)

The series starting with One Crazy Summer (you might want to wait a year or two)

 

Do they strictly *have* to be series? I could write a longer list. Bolded books, to my knowledge, are pretty acceptable to at least 95% of all parents-of-eight-year-olds. I think all of them are appropriate, but those are the super uncontroversial ones.



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Posted Yesterday, 11:36 PM

The Borrowers

Pippi Longstocking

Tales of Magic

The Mysterious Benedict Society

 

She's read all but Tales of Magic...I'm not familiar with that series to know how "dark" the magic is?



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Posted Yesterday, 11:53 PM

The Penderwicks

Kiki Strike

The Great Brain

The All-of-a-Kind Family

The Year of the Dog series

The Ramona books, of course

Above World

The Series of Unfortunate Events

The Amy and Laura books (gosh, I loved those as a kid - they don't get enough love!)

The various "shoes" books by Noel Streatfeild (yes, I spelled the last name correctly) - they're not really a series, but they're titled like one in America

The Betsy-Tacy books

Powerless (main characters are in middle school, there's mention of crushes by the last book in the trilogy, I know some kids her age think that's gross!)

The Grand Plan to Fix Everything and its sequel, The Problem with Being Slightly Heroic

 

Do they strictly *have* to be series? I could write a longer list.

 

Thank you!  We have some of the Series of Unfortunate events, but I remember being a bit shocked by the content when I read the first book many years ago.  Is it appropriate for an 8yo?  I've been holding her off.  I ordered a Betsy-Tacy book.  Yes, she does not like romance at all (and I'm loving that! My baby is growing up too quick!)   Some of the other books I've never heard of...off to look them up!  And no, it doesn't have to be series, I just prefer not repeat this loss of what to suggest too often!    I'm really struggling to keep up!   The Wizard of Oz series was nice....it lasted over a month, and all I had to do was go down a list for the next books.    All of a Kind Family was on our list already, and she didn't like Ramona.  We''ll give the others a look!



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Posted Today, 12:02 AM

Is it appropriate for an 8yo?

 

I think so (I read them myself at about that age), however, it is possible we have different standards in this respect. The sad reality is that no two people can agree on all books :(

I've gone back and bolded the ones that really should be utterly uncontroversial :) Might just add a few more series in there while I do it.




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