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Reading at a 9th Grade Level

I will attempt to preemptively address any concerns about my reading material of choice. Yes, I am 34 years old. Yes, I have a college degree. Granted it was in interior design and, as one boy I dated (ONCE) told me, did not require any heavy mental lifting. Nevertheless, I DID graduate (and kept a Trustee's Scholarship for all four years, thank you). No, I do not read at a 9th grade level. But I have a 9 year old daughter who does and I can't have her just reading willy-nilly through the Young Adult section of the library this summer. Who can forget being young and coming across Judy Blume's Forever for the first time? Or even Are you there God? It's Me, Margaret. I'm not saying I would censor very much of what she may potentially choose, but I would like to know what she's reading so we can talk about it. So I can prepare her for the grown up decisions that too many kids are having to make these days. And, let's be honest, there's a part of me that enjoys these books. I like to think it keeps me young at heart. Also, one of our babysitters borrowed The Collected Works of Jane Austen, my go-to choice for intelligent literature. She immediately became my favorite babysitter when we came home at, like, eleven and the TV was turned off and she was reading Pride and Prejudice. Anyway, while I want to inspire and encourage my daughter to enjoy the "best books", I also see that she she may be a little young yet for Mr. Darcy. If anyone has suggestions for appropriate reading for a precocious preteen it would be much appreciated. Until then Sis and I will explore the library together.


  1. I have to say that the Twlight series by Shannon Meyer has been pretty popular around here...Not that it is written like Austin. But it is hard to put them down. Movie in the making and fourth book in August. Not that I know anything about that:)
    Also, check out my blog. I tagged you.

  2. PS..not Shannon Meyer.. Stephanie Meyer

  3. PSS..yes I am slow today. Shannon Hale's books are really good. You might enjoy Austinland. I really liked Goose Girl.

  4. I've read all the Twilight series. Loved them, and can't wait for the movie. I also picked up Goose Girl. I'll have to give it a try next.

  5. The Princess Academy is also a good one by Shannon Hale. If Sydney is on a 9th grade reading level, books by Gloria Whelan might be simple for her to read, but the stories are fantastic. Okay, so I've just read one of her books: "Listening for Lions" and I thought it was a fantastic read for a young girl. Others to try are the Laura Ingalls Wilder series, which girls of all ages enjoy, and Anne of Green Gables. I always worry a little about giving Lucy books that are too advanced for her maturity level. She's still so young! I want her to enjoy it. Anyway, Because of Winn-Dixie is great. If she likes fantasy, she might want to give Fablehaven a try. One of my all time favorite series as a girl was the Betsy/Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace. Also loved the book "A Royal Pain" by Ellen Conford. Good luck and enjoy the reads.


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