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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 05:12 am (UTC)
Oh, a very different kind of dragon book is Owen, The Dragon-Slayer of Trondheim. It's brilliant, but the dragons are MONSTERS. They aren't magical beings you can talk to or negotiate with. They aren't fascinating like dinosaurs are to us. The story is a sort of alternate history, where dragons are like wild animals and forest fires, and any city or railroad needs a bunch of people to defend against them.
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Date:December 12th, 2015 07:12 pm (UTC)
Oooh, Yes to "Green Glass Sea". I haven't read the other but it sounds good too.
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Date:December 13th, 2015 07:15 am (UTC)
That sounds really interesting.
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