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  •  Absolutely have her read Andre Norton. (3+ / 0-)

    Both her sci-fi and her fantasy - I started reading her when I was about 9.

    I highly recommend Moon of Three Rings and Breed to Come, The Beast Master and Lord of Thunder, Ordeal in Otherwhere, all of the Witch World books - but especially Witch World, Web of the Witch World, and Three Against the Witch World, Sargasso of Space, Judgment on Janus, Key out of Time ... can you tell I really, really like Andre Norton? :)

    With Robert Heinlein, well ... as long as you don't make her read Podkayne of Mars (the worst juvenile book EVER!), his juveniles aren't bad.

    And if she really wants to read vampire books, give her the original, Dracula by Bram Stoker.  No sex, and the vampire is a monster, not a glittery sex object.  I was 10 when I first read Dracula, and I've probably re-read it 100 times since then.

    Oh, and if you get her The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury - be sure to let her know it's a collection of short stories, not a novel.  Confused the heck out of me, because it was the first short story collection I had ever read.  Try reading it as a novel sometime - it will mess with your head!  I also read S is for Space and R is for Rocket (also short story collections).  

    You could also try some of Zane Grey's books - Riders of the Purple Sage, and West of the Pecos come to mind.  

    Last, but not least, there's always Nancy Drew (the older books are better, in my opinion) and the Hardy Boys (ditto).  If you can find them (probably in used books somewhere), try to find the Rick Brant books by John Blaine (The Rocket's Shadow, Sea Gold, Caves of Fear, to name a few).  Dang, those were good reads!
    And I was about 9-10 when I started reading these.

    Good luck!

    •  Podkayne of Mars... or Starship Troopers... (0+ / 0-)

      Seeing as the first is depressing, and the second can create a libertarian militarist.  (KIDDING!)

      Nancy Drew is popular in this house.  However, she complains that the solutions always feel like the author is cheating.  

      I don't blame Christians. I blame Stupid. Which sadly is a much more popular religion these days.

      by detroitmechworks on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 10:37:35 AM PST

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