I get quite a few questions on books that my oldest is reading, since she loves to read. So, I'm going to try to do frequent updates of her stack of books. She LOVES to read, and her latest book can always be found on her nightstand. When she doesn't have anything new to read, she rereads old favorites.
Here are some of Ansley's favorites.
The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews Edwards - This is such a fun, imaginative story full of adventure and fun. This was one of our Book Club books (we do with a group of girls and Mamas once a month) and all the girls really enjoyed it. A very good read!
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart - This is a series of books that are very captivating. They are really big books, but the story is so intertwined and engaging that the pages fly by. A group of children are selected for their extreme intelligence to undergo a secret mission. Their escapades will have you glued to each page, wondering what will happen next. Some surprising twists in the fun storyline results in a very good, page-turning book! (The book pictured is the second in the series.)
Dear America series - There are a bunch of these in this series. They are historical diaries about different young girls (and sometimes boys) journeys at various moments in our history. I haven't personally read these, but Ansley has read about a dozen of them, and says they are very good. She's always grabbing a couple each time we visit the library.
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall - This is also a series that Ansley loves. She has read the whole series, following the adventures of four sisters creating summertime fun and adventure. Funny and charming! I believe there are three books in this series.
The Magic Half by Annie Barrows - This is a fun story about a girl named Miri, who travels back in time to 1935 and discovers Molly, a girl her age who is in desperate need of a family. A very entertaining read about their adventures and how their lives merge. Ansley and I read this book in less than a day! It's one of those books that you just have to find out what happens!
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin - This was a Book Club book as well, and it was SO good. It follows Minli's journey as she seeks to change her family's fortune, and she encounters many magical characters along the way, including a dragon. A very engaging book!
Magic in the Mix by Annie Barrows - This is the sequel to The Magic Half, and Ansley just found it at the library and was so excited. This follows Miri and Molly's journey back to the Civil War, where the sisters try to save two soldiers and come to terms with the truth about Molly's past. Ansley started reading this in the library (couldn't wait til we got home!) and she's almost done.
Seven Wild Sisters by Charles de Lint - This is the companion novel to The Cats of Tanglewood Forest, which Ansley immediately loved. I haven't read these either, but Ansley loves them and says they are very captivating stories. The subtitle to this book is A Modern Day Fairy Tale, and Ansley really loves stories like this.
I hope you enjoy Ansley's list! I think these books would be wonderful for girls several years younger as well, as they are just such enjoyable and engaging reads. I'd love to hear your thoughts on them if you read them, and what's on your reading list!