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  •  Your library has been buying new books? (0+ / 0-)

    Not so much a problem for us.

    Yes, there is a lot of junk published. But, plenty of good stuff out there. The real challenge is finding work that is challenging for her to read and yet appropriate for age 9.

    I was churning my way through horse books at that age, which are pretty safe. I'd probably read all the Little House by then, too. We have Harry Potter now.

    Another author I'll suggest is Tamora Pierce. Some of her work is a little too adult for 9, but her Circle of Magic and Circle Opens series are quick, fun reads that are very age appropriate and about kids that have real strength and personality.

    If she likes science fiction, Asimov is an excellent and prolific choice, and appropriate for all ages. has threads with people looking for books for precocious readers all the time; and wonderfully, at Amazon, you have a huge catalog at your disposal. I often search there and then pull books via interlibrary loan.

    Don't forget about non-fiction, especially memoirs and biographies, which can be fun to read and are usually free of adult situations. If she likes animals, one I especially like is "Lads Before the Wind" by Karen Pryor.

    I remember at one point when I was a teenager feeling like I had better slow down my reading because I was worried I was in danger of having read everything interesting and that new stuff wasn't being written fast enough. Then I realized I was an idiot. :-D

    When she gets to about 12, the world opens up dramatically because by then she'll be mature enough to read pretty much anything that holds her interest.

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 12:05:09 PM PST

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