Another edition of We Recommend, in which we do our very best to
solve book-related questions, needs, and other miscellany, and then
turn them over to you, the readers, who really solve them. Need help
finding the right book? E-mail
us with some information about your reader, likes and dislikes, and
anything else, and we'll do our best. Now, on to our current surprising challenge!
We have talked before
about the, um, reluctance of children to accept their parents' suggestions.
And so, with a heavy sense of irony, I offer you the most recent
This is an eight-year-old who has lately really been hitting her
reading stride. Novels, biographies, poetry, you name it, she's been gobbling it up
with a hungry enjoyment it's a pleasure to witness. Lately, she's been
on a run with The Box-Car Children. And so, she asks:
Does anyone know
of any mysteries that are, in her words, "like the Box-Car children,
but different?" Also: not too scary.
For what it's worth, I recommended Harriet the Spy. But then again, I'm her mother, so who's going to listen to what I say?
You, on the other hand, are faceless people across an electronic gulf, and as such, utterly trustworthy. So suggest away!