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In my extended family we have a profoundly deaf 13 year old girl. Her grandma is trying to help her with her reading but they are struggling to find books they both like. They're trying Black Beauty at the moment. They didn't like Tracy Beaker ("rubbish") and the girl found Enid Blyton "too old fashioned" They are looking for lots of suggestions for books to try together. Please, if anyone has any ideas, could they post them here? They'd be really grateful. Thanks.

 

I should add, that although she is 13, her reading age is about 8 so they have found that some of the modern books for teenagers have unhelpful grammar for someone with that reading age.

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There's always the two Cathy's - Cassidy and Hopkins. Cathy H writes series of books for young teen girls which focus mainly on friendships, boys, and family stuff. Cathy C is more plot-orientated and writes for the same age group. It depends what your relative is interested in really. If she likes a good story rather than reading about teenage angst & ephemera (of which there are hundreds - just look for the pink sparkly covers) , I'd recommend Michael Morpurgo, Cornelia Funke (fantasy), Morris Gleitzman, Frank Cottrell Boyce off the top of my head. Lemony Snicket is an acquired taste but lots of children lap him up and his narrator explains difficult vocabulary within the story. I'm sure Flingo and the other children's specialists can come in with lots more suggestions that my Friday-brain has disregarded.

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Interesting, I am Deaf too. I have my own experince that I was young that i have delay my reading skill in stages of my age. Important to encourage her to choose freely that she will enjoying more.

Why not to take her to library or bookshop to give her chance to choose what she prefer which help her family know what she likes to read. Why not to read Ronald Dahl, there are so much fun to read. Important, she need some pictures with right level of English that may help her. Without pictures, she may find difficult to understand English which is her second language. Also why not to read Holly Black are simple to understand as well. I agree with lipstick about Micheal Morpurgo are good. Why not to find book where Deaf characters in it to help her to related her experiences. I love Deaf characters in the books. Do she likes animal stories or Historial stories or Girly books? Give us some ideas what she likes so we can point what she likes that we can recommend.

Don't give her books like classic or difficult English which she aren't ready for them but she may be ready when she gets older as her English will developing more. Hope it help you.

I will find more books I will recommend when I do bit of research and come back here.

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My parents are both deaf, since birth for my mum, and 4 for my dad. Dad was never a big reader, but I get my reading habit from my mum. I don't really know what they read when they were younger as they were in boarding schools and were probably prescribed texts, but I know my mum was a huge fan of the Flowers in the Attic series by Virginia Andrews. Not that liking them is a side effect of being deaf - I liked them too.

 

I would echo recommendations for Roald Dahl, Michael Morpurgo. Judy Blume and Christopher Pike books are ones that I enjoyed around 9-10. Blume also writes for slightly younger children. Particulary good ones are Iggie's House, Superfudge, Tiger Eyes, Blubber, Are You There God It's Me Margaret?, It's Not The End of the World, Starring Sally J Friedman as Herself, Then Again Maybe I Won't, Deenie, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing...all great books. I am not a fan of Jacqueline Wilson either, but Blume shows Wilson how this age group should be written for. Simple stories, well told, and often with a moral at the heart.

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  • 8 months later...

You could look for some of the titles Barrington Stoke publish - they do a lot with subject material to interest teenagers but younger reading ages http://www.barringtonstoke.co.uk/. If you need something really simple Helen Orme's books are a good start for girls (though maybe too Jacqueline Wilson-esque) but may be too easy. Hmm apart from that there are lots of good suggestions there from Hazel and Lipstick_Librarian and if you know what kind of thing she's into maybe I can think of more.....

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