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Old 02-22-2013, 11:20 PM   #9
jam's mum
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Re: In need of good books for 8 year old girl

I absolutely love Rumer Godden's novels for children (her grown up fiction too).

Of hers, I love:
The Dragon of Og (my favourite)
Listen to the Nightingale
The Diddakoi

Noel Streatfield, Ballet Shoes (and others)

Frances Hodgson Burnett:
A Little Princess
The Secret Garden

And my absolute, all-time favourite book that my mother took away from me because she worried I was becoming obsessed:

Elizabeth Goudge, The Little White Horse.

And for a fantastic contemporary children's author, Hilary McKay. I particularly like the Casson Family series, which starts with Saffy's Angel.
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