It's We Recommend,
yet again, where we try to find you (or your loved one, or at least
your liked one) the perfect book. Need a recommendation? Send us an
email at thediamondinthewind (at) gmail (dot) com, with the person's
likes, loves, hates etc, and we will do our best with it. And
truthfully, all the good stuff is in the comments.
Ah, my friends, this is the perfect request, because 11-year-old girls—they are a delightful reading audience. See here:
Part of my family (myself and my 13 year old son) are huge
readers, while the other part (husband and 11 year old daughter) are not
as obsessed. It is my daughter that I'm looking for advice about. I
hope you or your readers will come up with some ideas.Within the past year or so, she has finally decided to
branch out from the chapter books (Geronimo Stilton, etc) which she
adored and try her hand a larger books.
loves Neil Gaiman (The Graveyard Book and Coraline are her two
favorites), she has reread Lari Don's series First Aid for Fairies and
Other Fables Beasts several times. She has read 6 of the 7 Harry Potter
books, but is waiting until she is older to read the last one.
When asked, she says she wants to read "interesting" books. I
think she likes mysteries, an I've got her reading From the Mixed-up
Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. I've requested Savvy from the
library, and will also try out Chasing Vermeer.
I'd love to have a list of other books to continue to perk her interest.
The question is, can we determine what she loves from the traces here? Creepy sounds good, magical sounds good, what should it be?
The ones that first come to mind are Tamora Pierce and Terry Prachett, but the truth is there are so many amazing books it's hard to know where to begin. So I did what any sane person in this situation would do, and I asked Diana. Her pick:
Magic? Check. Mythical creatures? Check. A little creepy, but not too creepy? Check and check again!
But here's the excellent part: the request said she's trying to come up with a list. This one is the first of a series, but there's room for a whole lot more. What are your picks? Put them in the comments, please!