Help needed with book for 12 year old girl

I want to help my 12 year old niece to enjoy reading. Neither of her parents read much and so we want to encourage her by giving her a book or two. The problem is that most books which seem to be aimed at girls of that age are all about BOYS and MAKE UP..she isn't a girly girl at all and I think this sort of book will put her off. The adventure and detective type books all seemed to be marketed for boys and I am worried that if friends see her reading a "boys" book they will make fun of her.
Can anyone recommend an author or any books that might suit her. Preferably something that comes as a series so we can keep getting the next one to encourage her.
Thanks a lot

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Take her to the library!!! I love reading and my son who is ten - goes to library every week and picks himself out new books

There is such a huge choice and she will soon find out what suits her and what interests her more

The cherub books are supposed to be really good.
cherubcampus.com/

Phillip Pulman ones as they have a strong young female lead and I really enjoyed them

Banned

harry potter, a series of unfortunate events, my daughter loved both of these series

Famous Five
Harry Potter
Goosebumps

Original Poster

Gosh, replies already.!Thanks for the suggestions. Unfortunately we live in the south of England and she lives near Glasgow so trips to the library don't really work but I'll check out all the other options.
We sent her each Harry Potter as they came out and she really loved them, I hadn't thought of Phillip Pulman, that's a great idea.
Thanks so much for so many speedy replies REPed you all :thumbsup:

How about the guiness book of records for christmas, my daughter spends hours reading hers xx

Banned

daughter read alot of malory blackman too

famous five cant beat it

choc1969;6543502

Phillip Pulman ones as they have a strong young female lead and I really … Phillip Pulman ones as they have a strong young female lead and I really enjoyed them


Definitely the best choice there.

Might also be worth considering audio books - then no-one will know/ care if she's reading "boys" books.

cherishu2;6543629

famous five cant beat it



a tad infantile for a 12 year old maybe :?

Original Poster

Gosh, keep 'em coming! I had never heard of Malorie Blackman, Sassie but I've had a look on Amazon and they sound great...and lots to choose from too. Any recommendations on which ones to start with? Same question for Pulman - how about His Dark Materials or should I start with something easier?

I am keeping away from audio books as I really want her to enjoy "proper" books but htanks for replying.

agnes;6543687

Gosh, keep 'em coming! I had never heard of Malorie Blackman, Sassie but … Gosh, keep 'em coming! I had never heard of Malorie Blackman, Sassie but I've had a look on Amazon and they sound great...and lots to choose from too. Any recommendations on which ones to start with? Same question for Pulman - how about His Dark Materials or should I start with something easier?I am keeping away from audio books as I really want her to enjoy "proper" books but htanks for replying.



His Dark Materials are an excellent start :thumbsup:

cherishu2;6543629

famous five cant beat it



too old for these i think, my daughter has already read them and shes 9 :thumbsup:

Are the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy too boyish - my Goddaughter has just asked for these-they were £8.50 delivered at Red House Books for the set of 5 with free delivery. They were aimed at 12+ - she is not a girlie girl and one of her friends had one and she liked the look of it.

They are funny stories - sci-fy -ish - but not nerdy - you could have them delivered direct to her and save on postage?

Mod & Ed

The Terry Pratchett kids books ie Wee Free Men etc were read by my 12 yr old neice and she loved them, as well as Eoin Colfer Artemis Fowl series

My daughter (13) loves Jacqueline Wilson. She's read most of them but particulary likes 'Dustbin Baby' and 'My sister Jodie' You can probably borrow from the library but don't forget to look on Amazons market place for second hand books too. We buy a lot of books from there usually for 1p + around £2.50 PP

amazon.co.uk/exe…son

I forgot to mention that my daughter isn't a girly girl either.

wishihadadonkey;6544595

The Terry Pratchett kids books ie Wee Free Men etc were read by my 12 yr … The Terry Pratchett kids books ie Wee Free Men etc were read by my 12 yr old neice and she loved them, as well as Eoin Colfer Artemis Fowl series



Great books :thumbsup:

Mod & Ed

Daffodil;6544614

Great books :thumbsup:



I must admit, I enjoyed reading them too:)

wishihadadonkey;6544622

I must admit, I enjoyed reading them too:)



I know, I read most of my daughters books too, lol! And most of mine have been passed down to her. Kids should be encouraged far more to read, I couldn't imagine my childhood without books!

Another fantastic book is The Faraway Tree series, wonderful!

amazon.co.uk/Far…1-9

Original Poster

Thank you all so much for all your replies, they have been really helpful and give me loads of ideas and options. I hadn't come across Red House Books before and that is a useful site and with free delivery we could send her a book a month or something.

Like Daffodil I think "Kids should be encouraged far more to read, I couldn't imagine my childhood without books!" I loved books as a child (and still do) and that is why I want my niece to have every chance to discover the wonder of reading. With all the choices on here I am sure she will. Thanks again and I will REP you all.

Daffodil;6544607

My daughter (13) loves Jacqueline Wilson. She's read most of them but … My daughter (13) loves Jacqueline Wilson. She's read most of them but particulary likes 'Dustbin Baby' and 'My sister Jodie' You can probably borrow from the library but don't forget to look on Amazons market place for second hand books too. We buy a lot of books from there usually for 1p + around £2.50 PP :)http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/search-handle-url?_encoding=UTF8&search-type=ss&index=books-uk&field-author=Jacqueline%20WilsonI forgot to mention that my daughter isn't a girly girl either.



+1 cant believe J.Wilson hadnt been mentioned earlier.....seems to be almost aimed at what type of girl the OP's niece is (not too girly etc...not in a bad way!) has she looked at the Tracey Beaker ones? From watching the tv show (which she may have also seen) she may be able to relate to it more?

I agree, jacqueline wilson are not too girly

What about Judy Blume?

Hilary McKay - The Exiles books are good, stories about 4 sisters who are rough and tumble types of girls

choc1969;6543675

a tad infantile for a 12 year old maybe :?



I think I finished completing my set at 18 :oops:

Famous Five, Secret Seven, Goosebumps.

Possibly a bit young at the moment, but Sue Townsend's 'The Secret Diary of Adrain Mole' is a must read for everyone at some point in their lives.

Original Poster

I just wanted to say again a BIG thank you to everyone who has responded, it has been so helpful and given me loads of ideas including info on authors I had never heard of. I will REP you all when I can but at the moment it is saying I have given too much REP in the last 24 hours!

I used to love the Point Horror series, they were a little more grown up than the goosebump ones. I'm now on to Patricia Cornwell and Karin Slaughter! So no real change in my taste!

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