If you have a daughter who ranges between ‘getting bored with’ and ‘avidly hating’ the usual run-of-the-mill fluffy, kitteny, fairy books on the market; I would like to recommend Phillip Ardagh’s two trilogies about the rather rascally Eddie Dickens. (Also suitable for boys!)
The Eddie Dickens Trilogy
The Further Adventures of Eddie Dickens
Set in Victorian Britain, the books have been described as “A cross between Dickens and Monty Python” (The Guardian); and I wholeheartedly agree! They are fun, well written, and not once has my 11 year old unceremoniously dumped the books on the coffee table!
Since the explosion onto the market of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events and Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black’s The Spiderwick Chronicles, there have been a number of wonderfully well written, slightly quirky series’ of books for children; these are just a few of my favourites.
Go on – introduce your children to some wonderful works – you won’t regret it! (Suitable from about 9+)
For slightly older children (from about 11+) why not try Garth Nix’s magically woven tales of fantasy and adventure, Sabriel, Lirael & The Abhorsen.
All these books make excellent bedtime shared-readers too!