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#1478364 - 12/09/10 03:47 PM Book suggestion needed
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Does anyone know of a good book to buy a 5th grader, girl, loves sports and horses, and she has read all the Diary of Wimpy Kid books?
I like the idea of buying classics but anything new would work too.

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#1478379 - 12/09/10 03:55 PM Re: Book suggestion needed Tillie
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My favorite book at that age was Island of the Blue Dolphin. No sports or horses, which I love, but still a favorite book.

Even as a horse lover, I dont read a lot of horse books. My daughter loved the encyclopedia style book with all the different breeds and statistics on each.
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#1478381 - 12/09/10 03:57 PM Re: Book suggestion needed Tillie
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#1478386 - 12/09/10 03:59 PM Re: Book suggestion needed Snow Bunny
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I forgot about that one. I dont know that I ever read the books, but have watched the movies.

There's also the Black Stallion, its an entire series. And Black Beauty.
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#1478388 - 12/09/10 04:01 PM Re: Book suggestion needed Snow Bunny
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Don't know if you can find it anymore, but I read one called "Pounding Hooves" around that age that was pretty good. I tended to read above my age group though so it was probably more intended to be for high-schoolers. Honestly - decent horse books are few and far between. I vaguely recall reading a lot of classics around that time period: Where the Red Fern Grows, The Yearling, etc.
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#1478389 - 12/09/10 04:01 PM Re: Book suggestion needed RR Becca
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Oh, yeah - I can't believe I forgot those! I think I read them way younger than that....
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#1478390 - 12/09/10 04:02 PM Re: Book suggestion needed RR Jen
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Originally Posted By: RR JLJ
There's also the Black Stallion, its an entire series. And Black Beauty.



You beat me to it, so I'll second it. smile
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#1478393 - 12/09/10 04:04 PM Re: Book suggestion needed Cats
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Marguerite Henry's Chincoteague Pony series were quite good, if I remember correctly. I think the first one was Misty of Chincoteague.
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#1478401 - 12/09/10 04:14 PM Re: Book suggestion needed RR Sarah
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It has nothing to do with horses or sports but my 5th grader has been reading the Big Nate books by Lincoln Peirce. He has also read all of the Diary of the Wimpy kid books too.
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#1478459 - 12/09/10 05:12 PM Re: Book suggestion needed Y'all Comply
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Nothing to do with horses either, but how about The Secret Garden, or the Anne of Green Gables series?

The current craze with my son's peers (6th grade) is the Fablehaven series and the Hunger Games series.
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#1478466 - 12/09/10 05:29 PM Re: Book suggestion needed Hoosierland
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the current craze at my house is




Captain Underpants

for both my 3rd grader and now my kindergartener.
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#1478476 - 12/09/10 05:43 PM Re: Book suggestion needed JacksTigger
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Has she read CS Lewis Narnia series? They have talking horses!

Also, if she loves animals, what about Watership Down?

Has she done all the Harry Potter and Percy Jackson books?

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#1478507 - 12/09/10 06:05 PM Re: Book suggestion needed B_F
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There's the "Thoroughbred" series by Joanna Campbell. I think my niece read and loved these in either 4th or 5th grade.

There's a great book I loved about that age called "Julie of the Wolves" by Jean Craighead George. It must have been published in the early 1970's. I read it several times. I read somewhere that the author put out 2 more books in the Julie series much later (late 90's?). Check it out.
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#1478518 - 12/09/10 06:14 PM Re: Book suggestion needed BurntSienna
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My son is a 5th grader and he really enjoys the Warrior Series by Erin Hunter.

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#1478521 - 12/09/10 06:18 PM Re: Book suggestion needed 3-2-Go
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#1478522 - 12/09/10 06:19 PM Re: Book suggestion needed #Just Jay
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How about Judy Blume or VC Andrews?

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#1478537 - 12/09/10 06:33 PM Re: Book suggestion needed 3-2-Go
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I second the "Ann of Green Gables" suggestion. That book series was my favorite when I was 11-13 and it remains one of my favorites. smile
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#1478540 - 12/09/10 06:35 PM Re: Book suggestion needed RR Sarah
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Originally Posted By: RR Sarah
Marguerite Henry's Chincoteague Pony series were quite good, if I remember correctly. I think the first one was Misty of Chincoteague.


I loved those!
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#1478552 - 12/09/10 06:47 PM Re: Book suggestion needed DeeQ
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When I was that age I went through every animal-centric book and series under the sun. The "Lad: A Dog" series by Albert Payson Terhune was good as were the animal books by Farley Mowat such as "The Dog Who Wouldn't Be" and "Never Cry Wolf".

Then there were the one-offs such as "Beautiful Joe" which was actually written back around the 1900's and is one of the first books to decry animal abuse, "Bel Ria" the life story of a little dog, and of course the original version of "The Incredible Journey" where the cat and two dogs make their way across hundreds of miles of Canadian Wilderness.

Anything by James Herriott beginning with "All Creatures Great and Small".

As a matter of fact, I still enjoy good animal-centric stories and have several other animal books both in my book case at home and in my Amazon Wish List. smile
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#1478559 - 12/09/10 06:55 PM Re: Book suggestion needed Cats
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If she liked the diary of a wimply kid books, there is a new series out called the Dork Diaries. its along the same lines as wimpy kid, but it's written from a girls perspective.
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#1478572 - 12/09/10 07:08 PM Re: Book suggestion needed Loralie
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#1478584 - 12/09/10 07:24 PM Re: Book suggestion needed 3-2-Go
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VC Andrews? Have you read those? Don't think they're quite appropriate for that age.
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#1478608 - 12/09/10 07:44 PM Re: Book suggestion needed DeeQ
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Originally Posted By: The Deek, CRCM
Originally Posted By: RR Sarah
Marguerite Henry's Chincoteague Pony series were quite good, if I remember correctly. I think the first one was Misty of Chincoteague.


I loved those!


I read these too, as my mom had read them as a kid. Don't rememebr much about them, but remember liking them. I think I read the oen about Misty and the one abotu Stormy.
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#1478609 - 12/09/10 07:44 PM Re: Book suggestion needed Skittles
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Don't think they're quite appropriate for that age.


I agree!

My kids like captain underpant too.
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#1478623 - 12/09/10 07:51 PM Re: Book suggestion needed Y'all Comply
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anything by Stephen King or Clive Barker
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