Age appropriate fiction books for advanced readers aged 8-12

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This is my first attempt at an Ebay Guide, as requested by BzzAgent, so please try to be kind! :)

I am very fortunate to have an incredibly gifted 10 year old daughter, who has the reading age equivalent to an advanced adult.  Not only is she able to read and understand the text in front of her, she can also interpret what the author is trying to say, by understanding the context and emotion contained within the story. Brilliant right?...
Unfortunately, having such a talented and advanced child does have its own drawbacks, namely finding fiction books that not only challenge your child's ability, but are also appropriate for their age range.  After all, they are still young children!
For example, when my daughter was 8 years old, she watched 'The Princess Diaries' movie.  The movie itself is innocent enough, so when I saw a copy of the book in my local charity shop, I didn't hesitate to buy it for her. BIG mistake!  It soon transpired that the majority of the book actually focuses on 'snogging' and chasing boys, rather than the transformation of an 'ordinary' girl into a Princess, as depicted in the movie.
Needless to say, I now proof-read my daughters' books, unless I know the author or series in question!
Due to my own struggles, I have decided to write a list of some of the books that my daughter enjoyed, or is enjoying to help other parents who are in similar situations. Quite a few of the authors listed, also write books for adults, so please make sure your are looking at the children's or young adult books!  (I would hate if I bought Women's Murder Club by James Patterson mistakenly!)  Most of these books are also suitable for both boys and girls.

  • Percy Jackson series - Rick Riordan
  • Heroes of Olympus series - Rick Riordan
  • The Kane Chronicles - Rick Riordan
  • The Wee Free Men series - Terry Pratchett
  • The Bromeliad (Truckers, Diggers, Wings) - Terry Pratchett
  • Virals and Seizure - Kathy Reichs
  • The Hobbit - JRR Tolkein
  • The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkein
  • Eragon series - Christopher Paolini
  • Witch and Wizard series - James Patterson
  • Septimus Heap series - Angie Sage

Some of these do contain mild strong language and violence, but this is minimal, especially when you take into account what children see and hear everyday on television...
After proof-reading myself, my daughter has read and enjoyed every single one of these books herself. As you can imagine, she now has quite a collection!


Thank you for taking the time to read my guide. I hope that it has helped somewhat with your very hard task, even if it is only in a small way.

GOOD LUCK!


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