Tween girls still love adventure stories with fast-paced, action-filled plots, but they are also beginning to think deeper about fictional situations and empathize with the characters. This list of books for 10-11 year old girls includes stories of strong, spunky, kind girls who will become fictional friends that your girl will cherish for years.
Heidi is the classic story of a five-year-old orphan who finds a new life with her grandfather in the Swiss Alps. Through simple kindness, Heidi is able to bring together her grumpy grandfather, a poor blind woman, a boy who needs a father’s guidance, a wealthy crippled girl who is so pampered that she doesn’t know how strong she really is, and a wise old woman who understands children’s heartaches. This book has so many deep lessons. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it a second time as an adult.
Number the Stars is the beautiful story of how the Jews of Denmark were saved by their neighbors during WWII. When the life of her best friend is endangered, ten-year-old Annemarie must learn to be brave, discreet, and keep secrets (even from her best friend). She learns not only about racial hatred, but also about love, courage, and people who are willing to endanger themselves to protect the freedoms of others. This is an excellent way to introduce tweens to the tragic events of the holocaust.
These magical books allow readers to enjoy adventure in exciting new worlds where anything is possible. These trilling fantasy stories encourage us to explore what we believe and who we are. These are books that you will want to purchase in a hardback edition, as they will be read over and over again and passed on to children and grandchildren. I do not recommend the last book in the series, The Last Battle. (Read More…)
Shield is the story of a young girl named Innera who finds a wounded soldier baring an important message to a neighboring king. When the messenger dies, Innera must decide if she is willing to get involved in a matter that does not seem to concern her and to make the dangerous trip to deliver the message herself. Along the way, Innera faces difficult challenges that will test her strength, but she also makes strong friendships and gains the respect of all who witness her determination. If you enjoy this book, you will also want to read Medallion.
Treasures of the Snow is a story of grief, anger, bitterness, and the forgiveness that can only be found in Jesus Christ. Annette is unable to forgive the town bully Lucien when his teasing of her young brother Dani results in a serious, debilitating injury. Annette is slowly consumed by her bitterness while Lucien is struggles with guilt and rejection. Will reconciliation and healing ever be possible for these three Swiss children? Note: The current book being sold is an abridged copy. Many people prefer the unabridged book which can only be purchased used.
Life is not easy for Anna and her young brother Caleb, living with their widowed father on a dusty farm on the prairie. Caleb longs for a mother’s gentle influence, but Anna is not so sure she is ready to have a stranger take her mother’s place. For the good of his children, Anna’s father writes an advertisement for a wife. A reponse is received from Sarah, a plain, tall woman who is not “mild-mannered” and who loves the sea and her cat. As the children slowly open their hearts to Sarah, they wonder if she can love them enough to stay and be their mother.
Snow Treasure is a historical novel based on a true story which occurred in Norway during World War II. In eleven-year-old Peter’s small town of Riswyk, a large amount of gold bullion had been accumulated in a local bank, getting ready for transport to America. Unfortunately, the gold was still in the bank when the Nazis suddenly invaded Norway. Can the people of the village find a way to get the gold out of Norway before it is confiscated by the Germans? And can children be used to accomplish this dangerous mission?
Because of Winn Dixie is a beautiful story of a 10-year-old girl and her charming dog. This story intertwines the lives of a homeless dog, a lonely motherless girl, a well-to-do elderly spinster, a shy young musician, a bored five-year-old, and a sad preacher to demonstrate that people are not always what they seem to be and that, together through friendship, people are strong. This book gently deals with the themes of loss of loved ones, divorce, and drunkenness.
Published in 1935, Caddie Woodlawn is a perfect blend of the best of the American Girls series and Little House on the Prairie. Caddie is an eleven-year-old tom boy growing up with her brothers and sisters in Wisconsin during the time of the Civil War. Caddie has an irrepressible love of adventure and feels more at ease with her Indian friends than with her cultured cousin from Boston. Will Caddie ever learn to be a lady?
This is the story of the Little People who live in old houses and “borrow” everything they need for life. Fourteen year-old Arrietty gets tired of her lonely life as a borrower hidden away with only her mother and father for company. She longs to see things and experience things outside of her comfortable home. When Arrietty is spotted by a young boy (a real, life-sized boy), she gets more adventure that she was bargaining for. This book is the most difficult book on this list with fairly large words and longer descriptions. If your girl is ready for a challenge, this book will be perfect. Or, it would make a great read aloud for you to enjoy with her.
Which books would you recommend for 10 and 11 year old girls? I would love to hear your suggestions. Please scroll down to comment.
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