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lisemarie23

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Any help with choice of read
Posted: Jul 1, 2012 8:26 AM
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Could anyone suggest a good read for my youngest daughter please.
The book she just finished is Charlie St. Cloud and I am having trouble selecting anything for her next read.
She lacks confidence so an easy read would be better for her (long words tend to freak her out) and if possible something light but tender (no swear words ect ) maybe a young style chick flick or something.
Any suggestions would be really appreciated and if possible a little outline of the story.
She has just downloaded an app to her phone and my search for something suitable has failed.
I would love her to continue to be a 'reader' and this is the age my oldest daughter seemed to lose interest :(
Thanks for your help :)
1001nightspress

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Re: Any help with choice of read
Posted: Jul 1, 2012 8:30 AM   in response to: lisemarie23 in response to: lisemarie23
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Take her to the library and let her choose. She could also ask a librarian--say what books she's liked and what ones she hasn't, and the librarian will have a stack of suggestions in her arms in no time, and then she can do the "look inside" thing with each of them.
lisemarie23

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Re: Any help with choice of read
Posted: Jul 1, 2012 8:36 AM   in response to: 1001nightspress in response to: 1001nightspress
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Take her to the library and let her choose. She could
also ask a librarian--say what books she's liked and
what ones she hasn't, and the librarian will have a
stack of suggestions in her arms in no time, and then
she can do the "look inside" thing with each of them.

Thanks nightspress I usually do but this time it's for this phone app thing she's just got. The idea is for her not to have to take books with her on holiday with her dad because he likes to travel light but she gets bored :)
She asked me to choose something ... but I really cannot decide looking at them on here becasue I like things with twists and turns whereas she isn't into that kind of thing so I'm genuinely struggling.

Would you know how to search for specific reads on amazon - I tried typing easy read but it seems to bring up all kinds!

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andresanthomas

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Re: Any help with choice of read
Posted: Jul 1, 2012 8:43 AM   in response to: lisemarie23 in response to: lisemarie23
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Amazon allows you to search by age. Click on Children's Books then it will give you age ranges and a bunch of categories to filter by.
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Posted: Jul 1, 2012 8:51 AM   in response to: andresanthomas in response to: andresanthomas
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Amazon allows you to search by age. Click on
Children's Books then it will give you age ranges and
a bunch of categories to filter by.

Thanks, I've been doing this but the older search range in the childrens section seems to be a little too young for her but I don't read any of the chick flick kind of style books myself so am uncertain of the full content.
Would there be some alert somewhere on the look inside if any content was unsuitable or would nothing show?
It's an awkward age...too old for most styles of fairytale but not really old enough for the content of some of the adult selections either :S
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Re: Any help with choice of read
Posted: Jul 1, 2012 9:05 AM   in response to: lisemarie23 in response to: lisemarie23
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Well, she can still browse books in a library and then purchase electronic copies, no?

Letting her choose her own books is going to increase the chances that she'll like them. OR, if you know her very well, you could make picks for her, sure. But I don't know her age, her temperament, her likes/dislikes, her reading history... if you don't know any kid's or YA books, then maybe just go by Caldecott winners, or something? Or you could talk to a children's librarian yourself.

Any book can SAY it's an "easy read," but unless you're looking specifically for things for emergent readers--like Dr. Seuss-type stuff--then it's just someone's opinion. And if it's the author's opinion, then they're going to say whatever they think you want to hear.

Or just get her some of the Magic Treehouse books. Those are easy reads. (I'm just guessing at her age here, though, because you haven't said.)
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Re: Any help with choice of read
Posted: Jul 1, 2012 9:11 AM   in response to: lisemarie23 in response to: lisemarie23
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Liberty Fyre and the Witches of Hessen.

Great for 10 to 14 year olds. I read it and gave it 5 Stars.

Thom
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Re: Any help with choice of read
Posted: Jul 1, 2012 9:13 AM   in response to: 1001nightspress in response to: 1001nightspress
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Well, she can still browse books in a library and
then purchase electronic copies, no?

Letting her choose her own books is going to increase
the chances that she'll like them. OR, if you know
her very well, you could make picks for her, sure.
But I don't know her age, her temperament, her
likes/dislikes, her reading history... if you don't
know any kid's or YA books, then maybe just go by
Caldecott winners, or something? Or you could talk to
a children's librarian yourself.

Any book can SAY it's an "easy read," but unless
you're looking specifically for things for emergent
readers--like Dr. Seuss-type stuff--then it's just
someone's opinion. And if it's the author's opinion,
then they're going to say whatever they think you
want to hear.

Or just get her some of the Magic Treehouse books.
Those are easy reads. (I'm just guessing at her age
here, though, because you haven't said.)


She is fifteen - tricky age, I've been viewing a few of chick flick stle books on here about friendships and some of them would be storylines she would love (only thing is I am apprehensive because beyond the 'look inside' ect I cannot find anywhere that would indicate inappropriate content.
If the book contained really bad language or adult material would it indicate that somewhere or would it not be apparent because its not in the childrens selection?
martitalbott

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Re: Any help with choice of read
Posted: Jul 1, 2012 9:17 AM   in response to: lisemarie23 in response to: lisemarie23
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You can check the tags. If the author or other readers tag a book with adult content, that might help a lot.
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Posted: Jul 1, 2012 9:23 AM   in response to: lisemarie23 in response to: lisemarie23
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I am 71 and I liked Liberty Fyre.
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Posted: Jul 1, 2012 9:25 AM   in response to: inyun in response to: inyun
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DARK CONFLUENCE might be better for her. Another 5 Star read.

Thom
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Re: Any help with choice of read
Posted: Jul 1, 2012 9:32 AM   in response to: lisemarie23 in response to: lisemarie23
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My "Haunted High School" series is not to high a level read.

The app you are speaking of is the Kindle for iPhone/Android app?

There iaren't very many swear words (Probably a lot less than she hears at school!)

check out the Look Insides and see:

CHARLOTTE: A Haunted High School Adventure 1 $0.99
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005YCZBBC

HAL O'WEENIE: A Haunted High School Adventure 2 $2.99
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007DKVWHK

JT

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lisemarie23

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Re: Any help with choice of read
Posted: Jul 1, 2012 9:35 AM   in response to: inyun in response to: inyun
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thanks!

This looks her kind of thing :) This Dark Confluence sounds a read she would enjoy - the reviews about the love making sound tame too (which is wonderful since it's advised for an older reader )
1001nightspress

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Re: Any help with choice of read
Posted: Jul 1, 2012 9:40 AM   in response to: lisemarie23 in response to: lisemarie23
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15? Oh, from your first descriptions, I was guessing 7 or 8. A 15-year old can read adult material, and would probably prefer to. Judy Blume, that sort of thing. Hunger Games. Sophie Kinsella.

She's going into her sophomore or junior year in high school, right? She'll be reading plenty of "long words" in her assigned readings... this is really not a good time to overly shelter her.

My kid's favorite book at that age was "Catch-22," but I don't know your daughter's personality, so I can't say if she'd also like it.

I said "Let her make her own choices" because that was the strategy that worked best for me in over a decade of teaching reading. If you look through books at a library, she can quickly see (faster than on a phone app) what the style is like and if she can handle the difficulty level.
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Re: Any help with choice of read
Posted: Jul 1, 2012 9:55 AM   in response to: lisemarie23 in response to: lisemarie23
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15? Tell her to pick her own book or end up with nothing to read on her trip. There's no way I would have let my mother pick a book for me to read at that age.
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