By the way she just finished a book called "Isabel of the Whales" that was by far the most mature of the books she's read so far -- listed at about 4th grade reading level but themes of death and loss and love and all of that. She really enjoyed it and seemed to really get it.
I will look for Isabel of the Whales.
What OTHER books would you recommend for a kid who likes those two series?
She's at the age where finding a perfectly sunny/shady, cool/warm, indoor/outdoor reading spot and then diving into a book for hours is one of her favorite things to do. (I'm happy with that on several different levels.) So I definitely need to have a bunch of books ready to get her through the summer, thanks for the recommendation. And keep 'em coming! (There is some reading group thing that she signed up for -- a paper chart that indicates how many hours you've read, then prizes at intervals. She signed up last week. It's supposed to be for the whole summer. She's already filled it up. )
Duckie has been reading the Golden Compass series (His Dark Materials). It's a bit advanced for him but he gets through it, sometimes reading it again and again. I have a hunch that sozlet is at least as strong a reader as he is and she might enjoy having a crack at it. It might slow her down at least.
I wouldn't recommend it if you were a religious family
FreeDuck wrote:I wouldn't recommend it if you were a religious family
No way! Just because the plot is set in a Catholic-ish theocracy governing like 1920s fascists? (The film has toned that aspect down a lot.)
Seriously though, I agree its a good book.