We have a 12 yr old DD who is more like a 8/9th reading level. We've done lots of great literature...Anne of GG series, Lord of Rings Tril, Watership Down, Little House series, Treasure Island...those are some she's read this past school yr.
I'm mainly looking for some books that are fun/easy reading so her brain does not work so hard every time she picks up a book. Our YA librarian recommended Hattie Big Sky, Page, and Just Ask: Diary of a teenage girl (??? christian YA series
?) which we checked out last night. Not too worried about Hattie or Page, but has anyone read the "Just Ask" series? Does anyone else have any suggestions?
Thanks for helping!
As far as great literature, have you looked through the lists in the back of your MFW teacher manual? There are some classics there. Has she tried Little Women, or Little Men? How about the Elsie books? The main character is younger but the vocabulary is not. I've always liked books by Chaim Potok (The Chosen, etc). And you said you've read LOTR -- be sure you read the Hobbit, too.
Also, if she won't get to any of the MFW years, check the read-alouds that she'll miss, because they're all great. How about the ECC 7-8th grade missionary biographies? And there are tons more in the YWAM series of missionary biographies. We added a few & always enjoyed them.
I have really enjoyed the two books from Daughters of the Faith that MFW uses. I know there are several more in the series. Does she like historical stories?
Along the same lines, does she like the biographies? So many inspiring women & men I'd love to read more about -- Florence Nightingale, Clara Barton, Helen Keller & Annie Sullivan, Anne Frank, George Washington Carver, books about .... I'll stop now
Lighter books my son has read recently ( but still about that age group) include Maniac Magee, My Side of the Mountain, and Bud, Not Buddy. Even lighter still, last year he read only funny books for a while. They may seem young, but some are such classics that people refer to them so it's good to know the reference -- Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, Pippi Longstockings, Hank the Cowdog, Amelia Bedelia, Alice in Wonderland, etc.
There is also a thread here, but most may be too young for your dd?
Hoping to hear some more ideas. I haven't read any of the books you mention after your first paragraph.