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  • Pauline J. Alama
    Wow! I am overwhelmed by the responses. Thanks, everyone. Now off to the library with me -- after all, I d better read-test these before I give them to my
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      Wow! I am overwhelmed by the responses. Thanks, everyone. Now off to
      the library with me -- after all, I'd better read-test these before
      I give them to my niece. Fun, fun, fun.
      Pauline
      --- In mythsoc@yahoogroups.com, David Lenander <d-lena@u...> wrote:
      >
      > I don't object to the other suggestions that have been made, at
      > all--Few books are as fine as Eager's _Half Magic_ (or _Knight's
      > Castle_ for that matter, I don't think there's any girl knights in
      that
      > one, though there are both spirited girls and knights, but it's
      all
      > comic fantasy), or Carol Kendall's _Gammage Cup_, but Tamora
      Pierce has
      > practically written the book(s) on the subject, and her series
      about
      > girl knights are enormously popular. My guess, though, if your
      niece
      > likes the subject, is that she's already a fan of Pierce's. I
      think
      > they begin with _Alanna: The First Adventure_, but a later and
      > currently enormously popular series begins with _First Test_.
      > My daughter is also a girl knight fan, and I'll ask her about
      other
      > suggestions. But a few more obvious ones:
      >
      > Robin McKinley's Newbery-winning (and MFA finalist): _The Hero and
      the
      > Crown_. Technically, I don't think that the heroine becomes a
      knight,
      > and by the end of the book she's a powerful sorceress, but the
      first
      > half of the book is about the girl training to become a dragon-
      slayer
      > and then doing that. It's terrific.
      >
      > Sherwood Smith's Wren books--starting with _Wren to the Rescue_
      (and
      > the books just keep getting better after that one, too). Not
      really a
      > knight, but Wren is an adventurer and has great spirit, and these
      > were/are my daughter's favorites (along with Oz books and John
      > Bellairs' books), even better than the Pierce books. Now
      available
      > again in paperback, and a new installment forthcoming (?? next
      year??).
      > At least one of these was also a MFA finalist. Plus, Sherwood is a
      > long-time MythSoc member.
      >
      > The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine is an obvious
      > choice, an equally good book by the author of _Ella Enchanted_,
      neither
      > of which really has girl knights, so far as I recall. By the way,
      my
      > daughter hated the movie of _Ella Enchanted_ (which I have not
      seen)
      > because of the changes to the book, but many other people with
      whom
      > I've spoken have loved both. You might want to think about some
      of the
      > Miyazaki animated films, including _My Neighbor, Toturo_,
      _Spirited
      > Away_, _Howl's Moving Castle_ (from the outstanding book by Diana
      Wynne
      > Jones, though the movie changes much, and reverses the meaning of
      what
      > it doesn't change), _Kiki's Delivery Service_. _Princess
      Mononoke_ is
      > pretty intense, something also true of some of the others.
      >
      > There was another recent book that was a preliminary nominee for
      the
      > MFA, I can remember the cover but can't recall the title or
      author.
      > Since it wasn't a finalist, it doesn't show up on the list of the
      > finalists on the Society web-page. But, on that subject, take a
      look
      > at that list. I seem to recall a girl with a magic sword and I
      think
      > she was becoming a knight, but I'll have to try to find that in
      the
      > next few days.
      >
      > The Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix features girls or young women
      dealing
      > with truly fearsome necromancers and animated dead things, it
      begins
      > with _Sabriel_, an excellent book which might be a little dark for
      your
      > niece, but which is a hit with most hcild and adult readers (and
      my
      > daughter was Sabriel for Halloween when she was about 10), and the
      > trilogy was a finalist for this year's awards, losing out to Terry
      > Pratchet's comic but exciting _A Hat Full of Sky_, which features
      a
      > tough young witch protagonist, and would likely appeal to the fan
      of
      > _Ella Enchanted_, I would think. The girl's story started in _Wee
      Free
      > Men_ , but this book stands alone pretty well, though I understand
      yet
      > another sequel is forthcoming. I believe that the children's books
      he's
      > currently writing are the best work he's ever done, and he said at
      > Minicon last year that he considered _Wee Free Men_ his finest
      book.
      > (He as much as said that he's finding that he can be serious and
      > focused in the children's books in a way that he couldn't in his
      adult
      > books).
      >
      > There's also the recent _Rowan Hood_ series by Nancy Springer,
      about a
      > daughter of Robin Hood. Not a knight, but...
      >
      >
      > On Nov 16, 2005, at 7:55 AM, mythsoc@yahoogroups.com wrote:
      >
      > > Message: 5
      > > Date: Wed, 16 Nov 2005 03:39:53 -0000
      > > From: "Pauline J. Alama" <PJAlama@e...>
      > > Subject: can anyone recommend books/videos for a 10-yr-old girl?
      > >
      > > What books or videos would people recommend for a 10th birthday
      > > present for my niece, who is interested in "knights, especially
      girl
      > > knights"? I'd appreciate some recommendations.
      > >
      > > She has gotten a bad impression of Harry Potter from seeing part
      of
      > > one of the movies on an airplane, so those books are out of the
      > > running. But she loves ELLA ENCHANTED--I haven't read it myself,
      so I
      > > don't know what further reading that one would suggest. Her
      parents
      > > are a bit anti-fantasy, so she hasn't been exposed to a lot of
      the
      > > standard kids' fantasy fare, although my mom and I have shown
      her &
      > > her 8-year-old sister THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (the Errol
      Flynn
      > > classic), THE PRINCESS BRIDE, and THE THIEF OF BAGHDAD. They
      loved
      > > them all, though the 10-year-old made gagging sounds at the
      kissing
      > > scenes & acted so much like the boy being read the story in THE
      > > PRINCESS BRIDE that I just about fell over laughing. They seem
      rather
      > > easily scared by spookiy scenes (and whatever noththe 10-year-old
      > > watches, the 8-year-old will watch, too), so nothing too creepy,
      > > please.
      > >
      > > They are bilingual French Canadians, so either French or English
      works
      > > for them.
      > >
      > > Thanks!
      > > Pauline
      > >
      > >
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