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  1. MsTeacher98

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    Hello and Happy Holidays!

    I'm looking for some advice on a book gift idea for my niece. (I always get one book for each kid in addition to their other gift- so it can be small).

    She is a in 3rd grade but reading "above grade level" according to my brother. I'm not sure what her actual reading level is, but I do know she receives Gifted services for LA. Anyway, she wants the Harry Potter series, by my brother thinks she is not quite ready for that yet. I'd get her Goosebumps, but she has read most if not all of them already.

    Any ideas? Thanks so much!!

    Lisa
     
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  3. MissHunny

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    maybe a mystery series, like Encyclopedia Brown or Boxcar Children
     
  4. TeacherSandra

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    Does she enjoy any favorite shows (Hannah Montana, etc...), groups (Jonas Brothers, etc...), hobbies (cooking, artsy projects?). I'd go for something like that.

    I purchased 2 cookbooks for my 2 nieces. I know they're going to love them!
     
  5. tgim

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    How about a classic like the Laura Ingalls Wilder books, or the Secret Garden? Other ideas are any Klutz books that come with crafting materials, Katie Kazoo books, or Rachel Ray's kids' cookbook or a cupcake cookbook....have fun!
     
  6. Tasha

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    The Tale of Desperaux is an awesome book and is coming out as a movie on 12/19. I am not sure all third graders could read it independently, but if she is above grade level it would be a great book! Also, the first Harry Potter book is not that difficult of a read. The books got longer and more complex as the series went along.
     
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    My 4th grade students love the Magic Tree House books, the American Girl books, and the A to Z Mystery books.
     
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    Lots of great suggestions up there! :) How about the Series of Unfortunate Events? At her age I was in love with the Hardy Boys and Trixie Belden, does she like mysteries? If she is a high enough level, the Among the Hidden series is amazing, but it does have some tough stuff in it. (http://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Children-Boxed-Set-Impostors/dp/0689033672)
     
  9. MsTeacher98

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    Thanks for all of the suggestions! Its so funny because I absolutely love to read and love to pick out books. There were actually TONS of books I wanted to pick, but just felt like I wouldn't be able to pick out the right one. I've decided to go with the Series of Unfortunate Events and include a gift receipt!

    Thanks again!
     
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    My favorite books when I was a girl were the Nancy Drew series....
     
  11. monsieurteacher

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    That's a wonderful choice! I LOVE the Series of Unfortunate Events books!
     
  12. TeacherNY

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    Me too.
     
  13. Hoot Owl

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    The Invention of Hugo Cabret was last year's Caldecott winner. It's perfect, that's what I'm buying for nieces & nephews this year. It's a thick book about half pictures/half script. It's all black and white, a great story, and fast read.
     
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    How about some of the Dear America books? They are written at about 4-5 grade level and are very interesting. I'm sure you could find a period of history that would interest her.
     

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