recommend books to interest 10-yr old girl?
Hi, I'm writing on behalf of my neighbor, whose girls I babysit. The ten-year-old girl really dislikes reading; she says it's "boring." She is pressured by her school teachers, her parents, and her older sister to read, and we think all the pressure is making her associate books with unpleasantness.
Can anyone recommend a really tantalizing, irresistable, un-put-downable book that might jump-start her reading addiction?
BTW, her interests are in "fake animals" -- "webkins," "my littlest petshop," and other cartoons, toys and internet sites about "animals." She and her friends share these toys and construct elaborate soap-opera stories around them. She is quite smart and makes very good grades in school, and she's in the advanced classes.
Thanks in advance for your suggestions; I'll forward them to her mom!