I recently wrote a post about books my teenage son would recommend. My daughter thinks it is her turn now and has enthusiastically provided me with a list of books she has read recently. She is a big re-reader so most of these have been read multiple times which is a recommendation in and of itself. She is ten and all of these books easily fit into that age bracket.
First of all, we have a Nancy Drew mystery, The Clue of the Black Keys. My daughter has been a bit obsessed with Nancy Drew lately and I enjoy watching it since Nancy Drew was a big part of my childhood too. I wrote about it a bit here. They are fun, even if completely unrealistic, adventures. Just notice some of the chapter titles: A Mysterious Diary, A Burned Letter, The Elusive Island, The Hidden Hut. What more could you ask for? Well maybe an amazingly retro inside cover.
The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright was a book I loved as a child and it is wonderful to see my daughter enjoying it now. It is the first in a quartet about the four Melendy children who live in New York in the 1940s. They decide to pool their allowance and every Saturday one of them gets to take it all and do whatever they want with it. After all, New York is full of enough adventures for anyone. It is a sweet and charming story and all the sequels are enjoyable as well. My daughter also just read the next book in the series, The Four-Story Mistake.
My daughter's last recommendation is Five Have A Wonderful Time by Enid Blyton. It is one of the famous five series and she loves these books. I brought this one home for her one time when we went to London and she has been obsessed ever since. They are some of her comfort books. Four children and their dog have adventures during their summer holidays. There is usually some mystery involved, adults are usually peripheral to the story, and the children seem to always be eating and planning what they shall eat for tea. I wish I had known about these when I was a child, I am sure I would have loved them. My daughter finished one the other night and practically forced it into my hands, insisting that I read it because she just knew I would love it. I appreciate any book that inspires such enthusiasm.
It is good to see that the appeal of some books never dies. The world changes but kids still like to read about adventures and mysteries and picnics by a campfire.