Our new feature, in which we recommend books based on what you tell us in an email, begins now. If you have specific questions, needs, or desires (my child is a reluctant reader who loves carnage but hates cats) send it to us here, and we will do our best to recommend the right book for you.
So many of you wrote, with such excellent questions. Here's our first case. An 8-year-old girl who loves Roald Dahl and Louis Sachar, but hasn't gone for parent-recommended classics like the Chronicles of Narnia or Madleine L'Engle. She's a strong reader, a bit of a loner, and has an old-fashioned sense to her.
Diana and I think she might go for The Immortals, the Tamora Pierce series about a girl who has animal magic—she can communicate with animals, and she has great power. It can be a bit intense, with bad guys etc, but it was much loved here at the same age. It's smart and strange and interesting.
What would you guys recommend to her?