Anybody know of a good book for a 4th grader(9yr old)that reads at an 8th grade level??

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Susan - posted on 12/07/2008

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I used to love the Nancy Drew mysteries. I also liked the Trixie Belden mysteries (less heard of). She may even like the Hardy Boys.

Michelle - posted on 12/07/2008

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Cory, RL Stine wrote the Goosebump and Fear Street novels.

I second the Little House books and the Anne of Green Gables books. I enjoyed the Anne books in high school, and I'm really enjoying reading the Little House books to my kids right now. CS Lewis also wrote a series of science fiction books, starting with Out of the Silent Planet. Last year I read Cheaper By The Dozen to my kids (NOTHING like the movie) and the sequel Belles on Their Toes. Those were great books, too.

Susan - posted on 12/06/2008

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I read Christian romances. You can go to www.SteepleHill.com and check out the selection of "Love Inspired" books. You won't have to worry about any inappropriate language or graphic descriptions of any of these books. I also highly recommend anything written by Janette Oak. Some of her books have been made into "made for tv" movies "Love Comes Softly" and others. Lori Wick is another great author. Both are writers of Christian fiction. Happy hunting.

Melinda - posted on 11/30/2008

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I loved the Anne of Green Gables Series when I was younger. Try those? Have you asked your local librarian?

Julie - posted on 11/26/2008

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I just finished reading Twilight. I loved it, but I wouldn't recommend it for anyone under 12 or 13. While there is nothing graphic, I think the intense feelings that come from first love are difficult for a younger child to understand. How about doing a web search on suggested reading lists for grades 3-8 to see what pops up? Good luck!

MaryJo - posted on 11/26/2008

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I think Twilight is too mature for an eight year old. You need to balance her maturity level with her reading ability. Your school or public librian would be a great resource.

There is a book by Nancy Pearl "Book Crush" that is recommended reading for kids and teens that I find helpful in picking out stories for my 8 year old son ( he is also a advanced reader)

Cory - posted on 11/26/2008

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Hi... I'm about to get my box of books down from the attic for my daughter in 3rd grade so I'm trying to remember what books I had in it from when I was a kid. Check out the author Christopher Pike. I think he writes the Goosebumps books. When I was a kid (before goosebumps) he had a few triliogys that were pretty good. V.C. Andrews has a bunch of series that have a few books to them. Also if she likes romance the Harlequin books are for young readers and if you get the Christian ones they are very clean with no sex scenes. The Baby Sitters Club and Sweet Valley High books deal with school stuff. I was such a book worm as a kid.

Sally - posted on 11/26/2008

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I don't recommend Twilight OR Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. My Daughter is 13 and we have read those /seen the movie........Sister hood deals with losing your virginity and twilight is alll about intense first time love. All they talk about in the 500 pages is "their heart punding and tingling and not being able to breathe......."

Nothing graphic, but really not 4th grade stuff.

The movie only has one scene where they are extrmely into eachother, kissing laying down.............but nothing farther......its just the feeling you get like .uh.whats happening here.

How about" on the run" books My daughter loved those.

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Tom Sawyer, The Diary of Anne Frank, Alice in Wonderland (the original version), Peter Pan, Peter and the Starchasers, Peter and the Shadowthieves, Peter and the Secret of Randoon (sp?), Black Beauty, My Friend Flicka, Artemis Fowl series, A Series of Unfortunate Events....

I just got back from Barnes and Noble and I thought of you while I was there! :)

Angie - posted on 11/25/2008

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My daughter is reading The English Roses by Madonna. there is quite a few of them. Gracie loves them.

Lisa - posted on 11/25/2008

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What about the Little house on the Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder? My 8 yr old also love the little Hannah Montana books but they sound like they might be too young for your daughter's reading level

Kim - posted on 11/25/2008

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Andrea, Good idea! She has only ask for books and journals for christmas, so this would be a great gift!!

Kim - posted on 11/25/2008

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Thank you for all the help! She already read all Harry Potters! She has also read the Narnia collection. We looked at Twilight, not sure about it! Might go see the movie this weekend to see if it is ok for her.

Kaytay - posted on 11/25/2008

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Eragon, Harry Potter, & Where the Red Fern Grows. Some say Twilight's ok for the youngsters. The movie really follows the book so u could watch that & see how appropriate u may feel it is. It's huge with tweens & teens right now.

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Harry Potter. The Narnia collection. Also, go to your book store or online and look at the section for middle schoolers. Obviously you will want to be careful about what you choose due to maturity, but I'm sure you'll find something!

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