Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Fiction for Girls Age 7 and Up ~ Get Ready for Summer!

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Summer and the end of school are fast approaching, and you know what that means….

Reading!! J

Library summer reading programs, book store summer reading programs…what better time to stack up a to-be-read pile?

My 14yo has compiled a list of her favorite fiction, and, just as a suggestion, we’ve divided them into two age groups ~ seven to ten and ten to fourteen. We’ve included lots of series since they’re so great for bibliophiles. J

Seven~ to Ten~Year~Olds

Imagination Station Books 3-Pack: Voyage with the Vikings / Attack at the Arena / Peril in the Palace
Patrick and Beth travel through history in the Imagination Station. Like Magic Tree House but Christian, from Focus on the Family.

 A Horse to Love (Keystone Stables)
This series includes eight books of which the 14yo has read the first two. The main character, a foster girl, is not a Christian in the first book, but she is saved in the second book. We're anxious to read more.

Big Apple Barn #1: Happy Go Lucky
Not Christian but acceptable to us as far as attitudes and word choices. Written in the horse's first person point-of-view.

The Mandie Collection, Volume 1
Forty books in this historical series that takes place around the turn of the century. Classic Christian books for girls.

The Moffats
We've only read this first book, but the 12yo loved that this story was about a big family and is anxiously combing the library for more.

Stuart Little
Classic E.B. White about a mouse adopted as a son and his mishaps due to his tiny size.

The Trumpet of the Swan
More classic E.B. White. Entertaining but also educational about swans.

Charlotte's Web
Does this really need a description? J

Three Cousins Detective Club Boxset, Volumes 1-6
Easy to read at about 70 pages each. Christian books about...wait for it...three cousins who solve mysteries together. J

The Cul-de-sac Kids Books 1-6 (Boxed Set)
Love. These. Usually the first chapter books our new readers start on, written by the same Beverly Lewis we adults know and love.

Paddington Bear - The Complete Classic Series
He's just so cute and cuddly, so naive and innocent, what girl wouldn't love him?

Ten~ to Fourteen~Year~Olds

Rachel Yoder "Always Trouble Somewhere" 4 Book Set
Rachel is an Amish girl who reminds us a bit of Anne Shirley and the way she always gets into trouble. Both the 14yo and the 12yo loved these so much they zipped through all eight in a week or so.

Sarah's New World: The Mayflower Adventure (1620) (Sisters in Time #1)
These remind me of American Girl books, except they are from a Christian publisher and cover more history. With one book per girl/time, the books are about 140 pages. We read these together for school, followed always by much discussion.

Nancy Drew Box Set (Books 1-5)
Does Nancy Drew really need a description? J We prefer the originals. The newer versions have kissing. Blech!

Trailblazers: Featuring William Tyndale and Other Christian Heroes (Trailblazer Books) (v. 3)
These are fictionalized stories which include much truth about real heroes of the Christian faith.

Golden Filly Collection 1
These stories are sad and emotional but wonderfully well-written. Very horse-y.

Little House Nine-Book Box Set
Every girl should read these, and maybe boys, too. J

The Complete Elsie Dinsmore Series
Elsie Dinsmore is a part of the Life of Faith series which also includes Kathleen, Laylie, Millie, and Violet. Christian historical fiction full of Scripture and right choices.

Haunted Waters (Red Rock Mysteries, No. 1)
Don't let the word haunted fool you. No ghosts or goblins or ghoulies in these books. Lots of suspense in first person for fraternal twins who feel like real-life friends.

Summerhill Secrets, Volume 1: Whispers Down the Lane/Secret in the Willows/Catch a Falling Star/Night of the Fireflies/A Cry in the Dark (Summerhill Secrets 1-5)
This collection of stories follows an English 15yo girl who lives in Amish country.

A Summer Secret (The Mysteries of Middlefield Series)
More Amish. J

Left Behind: The Kids: Collection 1: Volumes 1-6
Yes, these are based on the popular Left Behind books for adults and follow the events of the Book of Revelation. Eye-opening and thought-provoking as well as quite exciting!

I’m blogging this Thursday at my friend Keri’s blog, Growing in His Glory, about setting summer reading goals for children. Hope to see you there!

A good book is food for your brain. Bon appetit! J

What can you add to the list? We’re always on the lookout for good books! J

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  1. The CS Lewis "Chronicles of Narnia" series of course. Also I would recommend "Baby Island" by Carol Ryrie Brink (daughters of missionaries are shipwrecked on an island and save all the babies on the ship), "The Family Nobody Wanted" by Helen Doss (a pastor and his wife adopt 12 children of various races), and "Cheaper By The Dozen" and "Belles On Their Toes" by Ernestine Gilbreth Carey (family of 12 children at the turn of the century). Also "The Boxcar Children". I would recommend "Karen" and "With Love From Karen" by Marie Killilea (stories about her daughter with cerebral palsy) but the Killilea books are pretty Catholic. I don't mean she preaches Catholic doctrine but the family is Catholic and she makes it clear that their faith is very important to them. Good luck with your reading program, I was always so excited for summer because I could read and read!

    1. Of course! Why didn't we think to put those on the list?? We ADORE The Chronicles of Narnia! And my 12yo loves the Boxcar Children.

      Another series I thought of last night after I posted this was the entire Anne of Green Gables set of stories. Anne would be best for the older age group.

      Thank you for the suggestions. My 14yo is reading your comment with me and making mental notes to look for those books. :-)

  2. These are great ideas, thanks! I gave Lynzie my Summerhill Secrets books the other day and she seems to be enjoying them. I'll have her look for the others at our library (or church library). Hope all's well with you all!

    1. How wonderful to have a church library, Sarah!! Of course, I think we have as many books at home as a small library.... :-)

  3. I'm pinning your book lists for when my girls are a bit older although we have recently read "Stuart Little" together. I'm wondering if any of these others might be good for an almost 6 year old. Thanks!

    1. Keri, a precocious reader would do well with The Cul-de-Sac Kids, The Three Cousins Detective Club, and the Imagination Station books. Of course, they're all wonderful as read-alouds. :-)

  4. Ahhhhhh NANCY DREW!! I devoured those books as a kid. Great list!!!

    1. Over the course of a couple of summers, my now-14yo collected the entire set from Half-Price Books. Now that we're moving, she's reluctant to pack them up until the very last minute! :-)


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