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Registered User
(5/19/05 7:53 am)
Good book for a 9 year old?

I am normally a lurker, but enjoy the discussions here as I grew up reading Jane Yolen, Robin McKinley, Tanith Lee and almost anyone who had a story pub. in one of Marrion Zimmer Bradley's anthology. As well as developing a great love for Fairy Tales and Folklore as I age.

Anyhow, I am kind of out of touch as far as age. I read books for all ages, but I am not entirely sure what is a good book for intelligent 9 year old girl who is a voracious bookworm. Probably new books or lesser know gems would be best for me to look into as her bookshelves are stuffed and it is sometimes hard to find things she has not read.

She has yet to meet a book she doesn't like :p .

Here's to the initiation of the next generation!!!!

All you authors on this board, keep writing!!! I am anxiously awaiting all of your books!!!!

A doting Auntie.

Heidi Anne Heiner
(5/19/05 9:04 am)
Re: Good book for a 9 year old?
Here's some obvious and not so obvious ones--

Shadow Spinner by Susan Fletcher

Dragon's Milk by Susan Fletcher
Flight of the Dragon Kyn by Susan Fletcher
Sign Of The Dove by Susan Fletcher

The Enchanted Forest Chronicles: Dealing with Dragons / Searching for Dragons / Calling on Dragons / Talking to Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede

Wren to the Rescue by Sherwood Smith
Wren's Quest by Sherwood Smith
Wren's War by Sherwood Smith

Dragon's Blood : The Pit Dragon Trilogy, Volume One by Jane Yolen
Heart's Blood : The Pit Dragon Trilogy, Volume Two by Jane Yolen
A Sending of Dragons : The Pit Dragon Trilogy, Volume Three by Jane Yolen

First Test (Protector of the Small) series by Tamora Pierce

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine

Beauty by Robin McKinley

Ordinary Princess by M. M. Kaye

Leaping Beauty: And Other Animal Fairy Tales
by Gregory Maguire

So You Want to Be a Wizard: The First Book in the Young Wizards Series
by Diane Duane

The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson

Probably still might be a few years away from Madeleine L'Engle's Time Quartet.

And many still adore C. S. Lewis' Narnia. It's still most magical for under 10. With a new movie coming out, now's the time to read it, too.

Then there's making sure she's had her exposure to Roald Dahl, Beverly Cleary, E. L. Konigsburg, Patricia MacLachlan, Raskin's Westing Game, and oh so many more. The pressure...

Disclaimer: I've had success with these titles as a children's librarian, especially with young precocious readers although some of these titles are technically above reading level. Still, if she can read Harry Potter, she can read these. The list is not comprehensive and was dashed off rather quickly, so please forgive any exclusions!

Happy Reading!


Erica Carlson
Registered User
(5/19/05 10:11 am)
Re: Good book for a 9 year old?
Heidi, you rock!

Here are a couple more suggestions:
Louise Erdrich's Birchbark House (her answer to Little House on the Prairie) is another good one. I believe there's a sequel coming out soon.

And I was a big fan of Susan Cooper's Dark is Rising series at about that age.

Lloyd Alexander's Prydain series, starting with The Book of Three might also be a hit if she hasn't found them already.


Edited by: Erica Carlson at: 5/19/05 10:16 am
Heidi Anne Heiner
(5/19/05 10:24 am)
Re: Good book for a 9 year old?
Yup, temporarily forgot Cooper. Might also consider Lloyd Alexander, Jerry Spinelli, Avi, and others.

And then there's Alcott's Little Women, Wilder's Little House on the Prairie series, and Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables--all staples of my childhood. A friend of mine adores the Boston Jane series by Jennifer Holm.

And don't underestimate some beautiful editions of fairy tales themselves. Most of the 8-11 girls I work with right now always require several stories whenever we are driving somewhere. Thank goodness I have SurLaLune as a resource. They ask me, "How do you know so many stories?" I just smile and try to remember another tale well enough to share it.

I have a page devoted to in print titles: Illustrated Fairy Tale Anthologies For Young and Old


Edited by: Heidi Anne Heiner at: 5/19/05 10:33 am
sagana thas me
Registered User
(5/19/05 10:33 am)
Re: Good book for a 9 year old?
Lloyd Alexander's series (Taran Wanderer) and Joan Aiken's (Black Hearts in Battersea) were among my favorites around that age.

Unregistered User
(5/19/05 10:43 am)
Don't forget some classics like
The Princess and the Goblin, Back of the Northwind, the Never Ending Story, the Wizard of Oz books, Just So Stories.

Also, what about Artemis Fowl?

(and why can't I underline?)

Unregistered User
(5/19/05 10:46 am)
Another frequently forgotten classic
The Five Children and It - lots of humor. - J

Registered User
(5/19/05 11:12 am)
More suggestions
My 9-year old is currently reading:

The Divide and Back to the Divide by Elizabeth Kay;
The Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi;
every single one of The Secrets of Droon series (although these she whips through in 45 minutes);
The Edge Chronicles by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell;
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket;
she's been read to and she has since re-read, twice Summerland by Michael Chabon;
anything by Eva Ibbitson;
Highlights Magazine;
National Geographics for Kids.

She loves all of Daniel Pinkwater's novels, but these we tend to do as read-alouds because the adults in her family love them, too.

She is still young enough to enjoy picture storybooks when she's done with her current novel installment, but they are quick reads and so we only purchase them if either my husband or I want a copy to keep--we rely on library copies otherwise.

I know I'm missing a bunch, but that gives you a sense of her tastes, at 9.


Edited by: AliceCEB at: 5/19/05 11:15 am
Registered User
(5/19/05 11:20 am)
I can't believe I forgot...
Also, very popular: Dragonology, Egyptology, and The Dragonlology Handbook: A Practical Course in Dragons.

I'll stop now...

aka Greensleeves
Registered User
(5/19/05 11:41 am)
Re: I can't believe I forgot...
THE FOLK KEEPER and WELL-WISHED by Frannie Billingsley


JUNIPER and WISE CHILD by Monica Furlong



Anything by Joan Aiken (particularly if she's a Lemony Snicket fan)

Veronica Schanoes
Registered User
(5/19/05 12:46 pm)
Re: I can't believe I forgot...
Diana Wynne Jones. Anything, but especially Witch Week, Charmed Life, and Magicians of Caprona.

Unregistered User
(5/20/05 6:26 am)
book for 9 yr old
I just started reading Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins to my 4th graders. They love it. The character Boots is a hoot.

Registered User
(5/20/05 7:35 am)
I have been searching for intelligent books with a happy ending as an antidote for all the incredibly depressing lit. my 13 year old has to read for school. Most of the titles on the above lists she has read. Do you have any suggestions for 8th graders? This thread has come at a very opportune time! Thank you!

Heidi Anne Heiner
(5/20/05 8:56 am)
Re: books
To start, I already have one 25 item list on Amazon: Fairy Tale Novels for Young Adults

But since I imagine a lot of the books on that list have also been covered, I'll branch out a little more. Also trying not to repeat the excellent stuff listed above, like Furlong and Kindl (I love Owl in Love).

Sharon Shinn's YA books:
The Safe-Keeper's Secret
Truth-teller's Tale

Sherwood Smith:
Crown Duel

John Moore:
The Unhandsome Prince

Barbara Cohen:
Seven Daughters and Seven Sons

Patricia McKillip:
Forgotten Beasts of Eld

Ursula LeGuin:
Earthsea books

Jane Yolen:
Sister Light, Sister Dark
White Jenna
One Armed Queen

Donna Jo Napoli:
Besides her fairy tale offerings, Daughter of Venice

Elizabeth Marie Pope:
Perilous Gard
The Sherwood Ring

Anne McCaffrey's Harper Hall trilogy: Dragonsong,
Dragonsinger, and Dragondrums

Meredith Ann Pierce:
Treasure in the Heart of Tanglewood

Caroline Stevermer:
A College of Magics
A Scholar of Magics

Midori Snyder:
Hannah's Garden

Caroline Stevermer and Patricia C. Wrede:
Sorcery and Cecelia
The Grand Tour

Liz Berry:
The China Garden

R. A. MacAvoy:
The Grey Horse

William Goldman:
The Princess Bride

Peter S. Beagle:
The Last Unicorn

Dia Calhoun:
Aria of the Sea

Pat O'Shea:
The Hounds of the Morrigan

Janet McNaughton:
An Earthly Knight

Clare B. Dunkle:
The Hollow Kingdom (Now part of a trilogy)

Diana Wynne Jones:
Fire and Hemlock

There's also Sherryl Jordan, Margaret Haddix, Charles de Lint, Garth Nix (perhaps too dark for you), Holly Black, Vivian Vande Velde, Victoria Hanley, T. A. Barron, Sylvia Engdahl, Adele Geras, Penelope Lively, Jean Ferris and the list goes on and on....


Edited by: Heidi Anne Heiner at: 5/20/05 9:07 am
sagana thas me
Registered User
(5/20/05 10:58 am)
Re: books
Another book that I loved 4th or 5th grade-ish was The Witch of Blackbird Pond. As it's a historical novel, she might not have read it yet - but still has that wonderful fantasy feel :)

For my 8th grader (boy), we just moved up to full adult lit a year or two ago and just hand him anything we like. His current favorites include anything by Zelazny, Glenn Cook, the Hitchhiker's Guide (& Co.), The Black Company series. He's capable of reading pretty much anything we're likely too (I doubt he'd be quite ready for Herman Hesse or something - but we tend to read fantasy/science fiction) and it makes it a lot easier to find good books :)

Registered User
(5/20/05 11:21 am)
Re: books
The Witch of Blackbird Pond was her favorite book along with the Moorchild up until last year when she read Watership Down. Thank you so much for the list. I have printed it out to take to the library.

evil little pixie
Registered User
(5/20/05 11:25 am)
another thread
Most of the books on this thread are for adults, but there are some kids' and teen books too: www.surlalunefairytales.c...ooks1.html

Unregistered User
(5/20/05 4:21 pm)
For the 13 year old classics
Once and Future King
Lord of the Rings
Dune Series
Mars books by Burroughs
Conneticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

I second the Dumas, too.

Unregistered User
(5/21/05 2:18 am)
Brilliant book
Johnathan Swift Gulliver's Travels would be perfect for a nine year old!!

Registered User
(5/21/05 3:31 pm)
Re: Brilliant book
Thank you so much!!!

What lovely suggestions. Some of these books I know she has read and loved and others I had forgotten about but I had read and loved at her age.

I settled on the first two books in Wrede's Dragon series and Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey to get for her birthday as well as the printing the list itself which will hopefully keep her in rapture when she goes to the library for a while.

Also, I have to add a personal thank you as well. Apparently, I somehow missed some of these books and will have to read them meself ;).


Registered User
(5/31/05 2:37 pm)
Re: Brilliant book
Would she read any books of traditional folk tales? I've been reading "Norwegian Folk Tales" by Asbjornsen and Moe recently and have really enjoyed it. I picked up my copy at a second-hand bookshop, but it should be possible to get a version from Amazon. My copy dates back to the 1960s but there are more modern editions. The stories are delightful and the illustrations so imaginative. She'd be a lucky girl to get a copy of this!

I recognize a lot of the other books already mentioned. Good material there!

I'm a newcomer on the site incidentally. Hello everyone! I'm intending to try my hand at storytelling very soon.

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