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#1 *dreamer*

Posted 23 November 2012 - 10:39 AM

Hi,
My 8 year old DD is a book worm.  She is just constantly reading.  We used to go to the local library, but now that I am working full-time again, I am finding it just so hard to get there with her.  

I am now resorting to Book Depository.  Although she reads at about 3-4years above her age, she is definitely not older than her years in maturity.  So, she likes the challenge of the older books, but sometimes not the content.

She loves Ivy and Bean, Nanny Piggins, Judy Moody all the Enid Blyton collections etc.

Is there some fantastic colletion that I have missed that I can buy to keep her happy over the summer.
I would love some suggestions if you have any.
Thanks




#2 *Mimi*

Posted 23 November 2012 - 10:43 AM

All in the Blue Unclouded Weather by Robyn Klein and then there's two more books in the series that follow it. I loved them when I was her age and still do!! Although 3 books won't keep her going for the whole summer but they're still worth reading original.gif

#3 Bernard Woolley

Posted 23 November 2012 - 10:46 AM

She might be on the cusp of Ronald Dahl? 'Matilda' might be a place to start?

#4 big adventure

Posted 23 November 2012 - 10:49 AM

I was given the whole Anne of Green Gables set when I was eight, and I still read them to this day.  I also found out only a few years ago that there were two more books in the Anne series that I didn't have - loved discovering them!  
And if she likes the Anne books, LM Montgomery also did an earlier series called Emily of New Moon (there are 3), which I also discovered in adulthood and love.

#5 Anemonefish

Posted 23 November 2012 - 10:57 AM

My 9yo DD loved the 'Rainbow Fairy' series last year - she got through them really fast though (one or more per night) so we used to get those from the library rather than buy them.

She also loves:
Geronimo Stilton (and the spin-off Thea Stilton)
Nanny Piggins
Alice Miranda
Darcey Bussel's ballerina series
Roald Dahl books

My DD also reads above her age level but is still a bit too sweet & innocent for the content of the teen books.

Check if your local library has a service where you can view their catalogue online and choose the books you want, then instead of having to go and spend the time picking out books, you can just drop by and pick them up from the loans counter.

#6 Ianthe

Posted 23 November 2012 - 11:00 AM

Alice Miranda by Jacqueline Harvey
My Story series ( I bought a set of these through Scholastic for $4 a book!)
http://www.moon-monkey.com/zone/book_my-story_girls.htm
Our Australian Girl series
http://www.ouraustraliangirl.com.au/

And as a kid I loved

The Moffats by Eleanor Estes
All of a Kind Family by Sydney Taylor

There's a few in each series.


#7 PatG

Posted 23 November 2012 - 11:16 AM

I'm not sure if she is old enough (long time since I read them!) but the Billabong series by Mary Grant Bruce is good but I'm not sure how readily available they are - they were republished in the 90s I think (originally published 1920s ish).

Pollyanna books.

I second Anne of Green Gables

#8 PrincessPeach

Posted 23 November 2012 - 11:27 AM

The Anne of Green Gables series is beautiful!

Also if they still exist I started reading the baby sitter club books around that age, as well as a series called the gymnasts.

Roald dahl's books are also great - James & the giant peach, willy wonker & the chocolate factory (there is also a sequal to this), the twits & matilda have wonderful story lines.

John Marsden also has a lot of great kids books, but I think they may be too grown up.

I also read a book called Zlata's diary - it's actually written by a child living in sarejavo during the latest war there. It is her actual diary & she would have been about 9 or 10 when she wrote it. It's stuck with me for some reason, maybe because it's a true story.

#9 Elemenopee

Posted 23 November 2012 - 02:22 PM

My 7 year old has recently enjoyed the Magic School Bus Chapter books. I ordered them off Book Depository for about $4.50 a book (there are 17). I also grabbed a 10pack of Goosebumps for $18 (thanks Gloriosa!).
My dd also really like the Little House on the Prairie books, The Borrowers are great too. Narnia. Magic Faraway Tree. Milly Molly Mandy but your daugher is probably to old for this (although I am sure I read it over and again til I was about 12!)

#10 Brumby Jack

Posted 23 November 2012 - 02:36 PM

My 8-year-old really enjoys the "Puppy Place" books, as well as Roald Dahl books.

Edited by Brumby Jack, 23 November 2012 - 02:37 PM.


#11 PatG

Posted 23 November 2012 - 02:40 PM

Probably aimed at boys but I also enjoyed the Indian in the Cupboard series.  I just did a search and apparently they are recommended for 9 and up.  I think I was probably 9 when I read them.

#12 erypmaV

Posted 23 November 2012 - 02:58 PM

My DD loves the Deltora Quest books by Emily Rodda.
Lots of other good suggestions in this thread - Roald Dahl, Geronimo Stilton etc

Narnia could be another good series.

#13 Julie3Girls

Posted 23 November 2012 - 04:04 PM

I second the Our Australian Girls books - books about Australian girls in different times in history, eg The Grace books are about a little English girl who is sent to Australia as a convict. There is 4 books in each series, about 6 different girls at the moment I think.

Babysitter club books are good.

EJ12 is the big time favourite with my DD2 (almost 9 yr old_

Nancy Drew is another one - my DD2 has borrowed these from the library, there are actually a series called the Nancy Drew Notebooks, which is about when Nancy Drew is 8yr old.

My older DD as also read Anne of Green Gables. Also a few of the little house on the praire books.
Oh, and another set was Lemony Snickets Series of Unfortunate Events. She has loved them.

I agree with finding the on-line library catalogue, and placing reservations. You can pick them up on your way past. Most libraries are open Saturday morning too. Even if you want to buy books, it's sometimes good to borrow the first in a series, see if your DD likes them, before buying.

#14 PonyoLand

Posted 23 November 2012 - 08:08 PM

At that age I loved the Silver Brumby series, as well as many of those mentioned by PPs.
Not sure if its a bit too old, bit Tamora Pierce maybe? I was 10 with those though.

#15 sophiasmum

Posted 24 November 2012 - 07:28 AM

Roald Dahl
Dear Dumb Diary

#16 katrina24

Posted 24 November 2012 - 07:34 AM

Hi, my DD is a little younger than your but seems to have similar taste in books (going by your list). She has read a fee of the Rohld Dahl books and loved them. Think she has read Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the BFG, George's Marvellous Medicine. I've ordered a couple more but can't remember the names. Some of his books seem a lite dark for her. I've had Deltora Quest recommended to me recently too.

#17 *dreamer*

Posted 26 November 2012 - 01:00 PM

Hi, sorry I am only just coming back to this topic now, but just wanted to say thanks for all the suggestions. Off now to make some purchases.  One final question - apart from the Book Depository, are there any other good online book stores?
Thanks again.

Edited by *dreamer*, 26 November 2012 - 01:02 PM.


#18 Anemonefish

Posted 26 November 2012 - 01:31 PM

I use Booktopia.com.au, they have quite a good range of kids books and a flat rate ($6 or $7) for postage.

Edited by Anemonefish, 26 November 2012 - 01:32 PM.


#19 Rangeman

Posted 26 November 2012 - 01:42 PM

You could also try Betterworldbooks.com they come from America but the postage is minimal and you can choose from new or used books depending on how much you want to spend.  I have a Kindle now but I was using Betterworldbooks all the time, much cheaper than anything I found here.

I don't know if this series is a little old for her, I think I first read it when I was around 12 it's called The Belgariad by David Eddings, there are 10 books in the first series starting with Pawn of Prophecy about a farm boy.  I think the second series may be too old.

#20 brazen

Posted 26 November 2012 - 06:43 PM

emelia's also same age, similar reading level.

she has read all the roald dahl books. she also loves the alice miranda books, the australian girl books.

she's also been reading the narnia series

some other books she likes are the 'dear dumb diary' series (not dork diary), some enid blyton (enchanted woods), 'my sister the vampire' series, and most of the old Apple paperbacks i can find second hand.

she hasn't taken to nancy drew, trixie belden or harry potter. she found mary grant bruce's billabong series a bit hard yet.

she tends not to like reading long books but reads so quickly she can read most of the above in a day or two! frustrating lol

#21 HubbaBubbaMumma

Posted 26 November 2012 - 06:48 PM

QUOTE (Anemonefish @ 26/11/2012, 02:31 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I use Booktopia.com.au, they have quite a good range of kids books and a flat rate ($6 or $7) for postage.


I use this too. Great service as well.
I was going to suggest the Lemony Snicketts series (available through Booktopia) My DD started these at about 11, she just turned 15 and recieved the last 3 books in the series for her birthday. She's devoured these in a week!

#22 leisamd

Posted 26 November 2012 - 06:53 PM

My DD loved the Sophie and the shadow woods series, she's re-read them dozens of times.  

Another good series is the Series of Unfortunate Events.  Oh, I see this one has already been mentioned.  I'm thinking of introducing this one at some stage too, same author as the hunger games series, - Gregor the Overlander

Fishpond is a good online bookstore too, that's where my links take you.  original.gif

#23 SFML

Posted 26 November 2012 - 06:54 PM

the wizard of oz series is actually about a dozen or so books and great - one of my childhood favourites along with Enid blyton and narnia
http://www.amazon.com/Books-Wonderful-Marv...m_syf_dtl_top_1




#24 Pop-to-the-shops

Posted 26 November 2012 - 07:31 PM

QUOTE (Ianthe @ 23/11/2012, 12:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Alice Miranda by Jacqueline Harvey
My Story series ( I bought a set of these through Scholastic for $4 a book!)
http://www.moon-monkey.com/zone/book_my-story_girls.htm
Our Australian Girl series
http://www.ouraustraliangirl.com.au/

And as a kid I loved

The Moffats by Eleanor Estes
All of a Kind Family by Sydney Taylor

There's a few in each series.


My dd also loves those my Australian girl books

#25 *yassie*

Posted 26 November 2012 - 08:42 PM

My 8 year old DD just finished the May Bird trilogy , she loved it. She also loves Deltora Quest and the Eragon books. There are so many great books out there. Also I just received the last of my order from the book depository. They arrived in less than a week!




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