It's We Recommend! In which we post a request that's been sent to us, and do our best to get that person the right book. Know a kid who needs a book to read? Send us (at thediamondinthewindow (at) gmail (dot) com) his or her likes, dislikes, favorites, quirks, and any other reading information that might be helpful, and we will think on it, and pose it to our oh-so-helpful readers. And look in the comments—all the best recommendations are there.
Hey, guys—we have a returning We Recommend-er! (Yeah, not a word, not graceful, not anything really—let's just move along.)
I am asking again for some help, my daughter is 9 now, and continues reading well above her grade level. I am running into some problems finding books that don't have inappropriate content, and by that I mean mature themes, language, and even a lack of magic- she believes in Santa, fairies, and the like. She really enjoys magical stories Ella Enchanted, The Princess Diaries, Harry Potter, The Tale of Emily Windsnap, Aquamarine, and everything I could find from those authors. She also likes historical fiction, American Girl, Girls of Many Lands, Esperanza Rising, Anne of Green Gables, Sarah Plain and Tall, I, Coriander. I will say she loves books about animals and has read many different series about adopting puppies, kitties, and horses.
Ah, the young but avid reader. There are, luckily, so many books for these sorts of kids. The ones that spring to mind are Half Magic, and really, all of Edward Eager and for that matter his inspiration, E. Nesbit. Also the ones she must have read: A Little Princess, The Secret Garden. A great favorite (ahem) The Diamond in the Window. Chestnut suggests Fly by Night, as well as Septimus Heap. Also, Chestnut adds, the Very Honorable League of Pirates, and Dragon Rider. Not to mention The Thief Lord, and Inkspell (though maybe not the other two books in this series). And maybe The Thirteen Clocks as well. Chestnut would also like to add: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland on a Ship of Her Own Making. The list goes on and on. Oh, and has she read the Betsy-Tacy books? Those are wonderful!
But the one that I love, love, love, that Chestnut devoured over the past few years, is this:
Magic! Girls! Geese! Adventure! Everything a person could want. And there are many, many books in the series, and they are all incredibly satisfying.
I am all but certain my most excellent readers will have even better ideas than these. If you have a book for this questing 9-year-old, put it in the comments, by all means.