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Looks like all interesting children books start with a 12 year old main character… What recommendations do you have for 8-11yo readers besides Harry Potter and Roald Dahl stories?

· · SiloRider · 8 · 2 · 2

@Canageek @ludovic I can't think of anything that wouldn't come with "this is from another century" content warnings, but the fediverse is full of book people, so I'll boost

@ludovic I loved the Phantom Tollbooth when I was in 4th grade.

@ludovic My all-time favorite YA book is "The House With the Clock in its Walls" by John Bellairs. (Pay no attention to the movie that was recently made from it, no movie could ever do the perfectly cozy/spooky atmosphere of the book justice. Nor the original illustrations by Edward Gorey, if you can find an older copy.)

It was written in 1973 but it has aged (IMO) pretty well, with the caveat that the main character is a white boy.

@ludovic i especially loved the song of the lionness series which starts with alanna as the protagonist around 10 years old iirc?

@ludovic My gut tells me that some of the Marguerite Henry books have younger protagonists.

Also check out books by Elizabeth Enright. Even if some of the children are older there are younger ones who play significant roles.

@ludovic The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, and the continuing series, by Catherynne M. Valente

@ludovic maybe Diana Wynne Jones (Howl's Moving Castle, the Crestomanci series)

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