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"Easy reading"

I am looking for something ENJOYABLE to help increase my reading comprehension in German, so I was thinking to read some books that are written with young readers in mind: I think something for the 7 - 10 yo crowd would work.

So, does anyone with kids in that age group have any recommendations for good books to read? (At that age, I was reading Encyclopedia Brown, Fudge, Charlotte's Web and some "choose your own adventure" type books, including one that was story similar to Journey to the Center of the Earth)
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Re: "Easy reading"

My son reads the "Die Drei ???" Krimi books which are pitched at the age range you mention. You could give them a try - fairly straightforward readers with often predictable storylines.

Years ago, I read some of the Harry Potter series in German because I knew the stories already in English so could piece together what was going on in German.
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Re: "Easy reading"

My son likes "Die Drei ???" too.

At the moment, he's working his way through the "Warrior Cat" books which explore human issues through the eyes of tribes of feral cats. I suppose they'd be classed as fantasy books.

Sounds weird - he loves them. He's nine.
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Re: "Easy reading"

Another vote for the drei ???

A couple of years back my eldest (around the ages of 8 or 9) was bonkers about Greg's Tagesbuch (diary of a wimpy kid) which of course is a translation but fun nonetheless.
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Re: "Easy reading"

I would also recommend reading a German translation of some book you enjoyed in English. Being familiar with the story already can really help in learning new words, and remembering them so you can put them to use in your own speaking/writing.

Charlottes Web is a great book! I don't think it is as popular in the UK as the US, but I gave it to my daughter to read as she has struggled with friendship "issues".
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My son likes "Die Drei ???" too.

At the moment, he's working his way through the "Warrior Cat" books which explore human issues through the eyes of tribes of feral cats. I suppose they'd be classed as fantasy books.

Sounds weird - he loves them. He's nine.
Not weird to me at all, Warrior Cat sounds right up my alley.
(I actually think I have / have recently read one from that series in English, maybe when I was dog / cat / house sitting for someone)

You've reminded me though, of another series I read featuring "warrior" type cats. This series featured pairings of cat and human, where kittens "imprinted" on a particular human and the pair fought together - and to signify the pairing, they wore matching earrings. Wracking my brain to remember what it was now though.


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Figured it out - the series is from Gayle Greeno, Ghatti's Tale is the first in the series. (just in case anyone else may be interested )

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Their technological resources destroyed, a colonizing expedition from Earth has been stranded on the world of Methuen for over two hundred years. Their continued survival is largely due to the organization of healers known as the Eumedicos and to the Seekers Veritas, a unique group composed of pairs of Bondmates, one human and one ghatti—a telepathic catlike being native to Methuen who bonds with a specific human for life.
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