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02:29 pm: books for my nieces
I've got two nieces, 10 and 13, both read a lot. The last time I saw them, I gave the 13-year-old A Natural History of Dragons. Turns out she *loves* dragons, so I lucked out there. The book she was reading was The Life of Pi. I gave the 10-year-old The True Meaning of Smekday, which I was worried might be a little young for her, but I love that book so much I wanted to share it, and it turns out that like most avid readers, she enjoys things intended for older and younger people.

So I'm casting my mind around for Christmas presents. I haven't read Uprooted, but it seems very popular among my reading list. Maybe Seraphina, but a kid who loves dragons has probably read it already. The Cloud Roads wouldn't be too mature for a kid who chose to read Life of Pi, right?

Do you have any suggestions?

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Date:December 12th, 2015 04:58 am (UTC)
No dragons, but girls doing science:
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate is about an 11-year old girl in rural Texas at the turn of the last century. She's discovering how to be a scientist, and how (if?) science and the requisite independence of thought fits with being a woman her family wants her to be. I love how it's not a clean choice between femininity and science.

Green Glass Sea is about a couple of geeky girls, daughters of scientists at Los Alamos. Neither of them fit in with the little 7th grade class, for different reasons...one is an artist and the other is a scientist.

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