1. I know how difficult it is to find good, wholesome books for young girls (my oldest is ten), and since I have you to thank for my latest read (City of Tranquil Light— thank you. LOVED it.)— here are some links to posts I’ve written listing my daughter’s favorites:




    Hope that gives you some new ideas! (And, er… I hope those links work!)

  2. Have you checked out the “Mandie” series by Lois Leppard? (http://amzn.com/0764204467) I don’t know if this actually fits the bill or not, but I have a friend who loves these books and wants to have her daughters read them. I had Miss M read a chapter of one at the library, and she didn’t like it enough to continue, but the descriptions make them sound like interesting historical mysteries.

    I am thinking of try to find more of the books in “The American Adventure” series (http://www.knowledgehouse.info/american.html). I have the first one (they are out of print, but it seems like there are lots of used copies available), so I suppose I should read it and see if they are really as good as the descriptions make them sound. 🙂

    My daughter just decided to read a bunch of Magic Tree House books, which she has shown no interest in before. She read maybe four of them in one afternoon a couple days ago, so I can’t imagine that’s a pursuit that will keep her busy for very long. 😉

  3. There is an old historical fiction series that is true to history except for the presence of two or three children from whose point of view the story is told: We Were There…. With Lewis and Clark, On the Oregon Trail, At Pearl Harbor, etc. They are now collector’s items but maybe your library has some of them. My young kids have also loved the old Landmark history series, and they aren’t even fiction. (Amazing!) 🙂 I wasn’t crazy about the Dear Americas. Most of those I read seemed to end with a rather dark, hopeless feeling. Was it just me??

  4. I own the whole Mandie series which I devoured when I was…10-12ish, I think it was. I recently re-read one. There’s a “hidden” romance in the book. Madie has a good friend named Joe who she considers to be a good friend. He has a crush on her though. It’s not entirely subtle and I revealed in the “romance” when I read them. The only other issue is that Mandie’s father dies (though not abruptly) in the first book, leaving her an orphan, essentially. (She has a “wicked stepmother.”) She runs away from home and finds her uncle and then proceeds to live her happily-ever-after live. It’s interesting but not horrible.

    Bobsey Twins? Encyclopedia Brown?

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