My daugher is a "young" just-turned 12, innocent more like 10-12, the youngest in her 7th grade class, could be in the 6th. She likes innocent, nonscary, light humorous, realistic, present-day fiction about families and friends-- cheerful everyday life stories.
Imagine Judy Blume's "Fudge" series for older kids, or the TV family comedy "The Cosby Show" instead done as kids' books.
Jeannie Birdsall's The Penderwicks is perfect! But so far just two volumes are out.
(It would also be fine if some light fantasy-- that's non-scary and fun-- were added into the story.)
But don't want stories with old-fashioned gender stereotypes, which so much older fiction unfortunately has-- this is her parents' preference :-)
Any suggestions? What after Jeannie Birdsall? Thanks !