Books for 10 year old girls

Twistrose Key

The Twistrose Key (by Tone Almhjell)

Full of mystery, it slowly leads you up to the main event, until you’re so into it that you’re guessing what might happen next! (GG)

Have you ever wondered where your pets go when they die? In your wildest imagination you couldn’t imagine this scenario for them, but when Lin finds her way to the land of Sylver, imagination becomes her reality, and an eternal winter plays host to racing adventure.  It started out as an advent calendar of one-page chapters for the author’s sister and became a full tome of magic and fantasy. It was no surprise to learn that her favourite book is Lord of the Rings. With permanent snow and a glorious waffle-house, it’s also the perfect read at Christmas time!

Rooftoppers (Katherine Rundell)

Exhilarating and fast-paced, Rooftoppers is a truly amazing read! Instead of wanting to read on my own at night, I would beg Mum for this!

Sophie has no mother. Orphaned as a baby in a ship-wreck, found floating in a cello case by an English eccentric, she grows up with a less than traditional life. But when the authorities threaten to shut her away in an orphanage, this adventurous girl embarks on a series of rooftop escapades around Paris, in search of the mother she’s always believed in. This is a massive page-turner, and reading it to my daughter was a mission for both of us most evenings!

Geek Girl (Holly Smale)

Funny and cute, and I love how the underdog comes out on top.

Reading Geek Girl also teaches you ‘stuff,’ says GG. Apparently Buddhists have to eat every grain of rice in their bowl. Anything less is disrespectful to the earth. And red is the colour we notice most as humans. I have no idea if any of this is true, but GG is quoting stats and anecdotes left, right and centre. If it is, we’ll have a potential candidate for Mastermind. If not, perhaps The Cube…

More books for 10 year old girls (as recommended by a 10 year old girl):

  • Heroes of Olympus, Rick Riordan – “Exciting fantasy, full of magic.”
  • Dork Diaries, Rachel Renée Russell – “LOVE the made-up words – ‘adorkable’ has to go in the English dictionary!”
  • Mr. Nobody’s Eyes, Michael Morpurgo – “It took me a while to get into Morpurgo, and even now I have to choose carefully, as some of his stories are tearjerkers. But this was such a fun book; a boy on the run with a circus chimpanzee – what’s not to love?!

Books for 10 year old girls

On our most wanted list:

  • Ruby Redfort – Feel the Fear, Lauren Child – “Moving on from the brilliant Clarice Bean, I know I’m going to love this!”
  • The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl, Melissa Keil – “This sounds right up my street – humour, intrigue, and a twist.”
  • White Boots, Noel Streatfield – “Mum and daughter reading is currently Ballet Shoes, so this is definitely going to be next.”

What books would you recommend for 10 year old girls?

Disclosure: we were given a copy of The Twistrose Key for the purposes of review, and absolutely loved it. To find out more, visit the author’s website.

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