This feature, in which we recommend books based on what you tell us
in an email, is going to be around throughout our summer vacation. I am
trying to catch up on all the kind people who have been patiently
waiting for a recommendation. 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. And, as
always, please don’t hesitate to put in your own recommendations!
We got an email from the mother of a 9-year-old girl who reads like crazy, and is desperate for more more more. She loved Harry Potter and the Narnia books; she reads at a very high level, but (her mother at least) isn't ready for more adult/teen themes. She also loved The Wind in the Willows, the Archie Comics (go figure), and declined the Little House books as well as the Hobbit. No interest.
So what's a girl to do?
I think, this:
I thought of other books, which I would also send her way: the Warriors series (which is, uh, similar in aim and theme, I think); Beastquest, Animorphs, and in no small measure, The Golden Compass series (which is truly amazing but also intense), but this book is so completely amazing and was there before anyone else, and I think it's just great. I hope it holds her for a bit. And please, don't hesitate to chime in with your own picks.