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Great Books for Ten-Year-Old Girls and Their Parents

Alison F. Solove
The list author says: "This list suggests books you and your daughter can read together. It's not a filtered list of "safe" books, but a great way to find stories that teach valuable lessons and spark interesting discussions. Visit WhatShouldSheRead.com for more suggestions."
The Adventures of Pinnochio
The Adventures of Pinnochio
"The Adventures of Pinocchio is an unforgettable classic. In his slow quest to become a real boy, the puppet Pinocchio learns what it truly means to be free."
The Cay (Laurel-Leaf Books)
The Cay (Laurel-Leaf Books)
"The Cay is a beautiful story about a boy becoming a man in the most difficult of circumstances. The elderly man's unrelenting love for Phillip gives the boy hope and preserves his will to live."
The Great Gilly Hopkins
The Great Gilly Hopkins
"The Great Gilly Hopkins is a story about love, hope, and not always getting what we want. It was a Newberry Honor book in 1979."
The Giver
The Giver
"The Giver is a completely unique novel about love, beauty, the value of life, and the things that make us truly human. It won the Newbery Medal in 1994."
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
"The Invention of Hugo Cabret is a beautifully told story, half graphic novel and half traditional book, about a young man searching for vocation. In helping an old man recover his calling, he may just uncover his own. It won the Caldecott Medal in 2007."
Johnny Tremain
Johnny Tremain
"Forbes’ vivid depiction of the American Revolution creates a perfect backdrop for the story of a proud little boy who becomes a man. Johnny Tremain won a Newbery Medal in 1944."
Mandy (Julie Andrews Collection)
Mandy (Julie Andrews Collection)
"Mandy is a lovely story about one girl’s search for love and family. Edwards’ descriptions of Mandy’s hard work and the beauty of the outdoors set the scene for a simple story about how things—even very special ones—just aren’t enough without a clear conscience and people we care about. Julie Edwards is a pen name for Academy-Award-winning actress Julie Andrews."
Old Yeller (Perennial Classics)
Old Yeller (Perennial Classics)
"Old Yeller is a classic animal tale about companionship and growing up. As he struggles to help his family survive, Travis learns what it truly means to become a man."
Out of My Mind
Out of My Mind
"Out of My Mind is a compelling, first-person story of a brilliant girl trapped in a broken body. This incredibly real novel will leave you wondering what it really is that makes us human."
Queenie Peavy
Queenie Peavy
"Queenie Peavy is an incredibly real novel about a girl on the cusp of growing up who has to decide for herself what kind of woman she wants to be. Does she want to use her father’s sins as an excuse to be lazy and destructive? Or does she want to live her own life, free from the shadow of crime and poverty?"
Savvy
Savvy
"Savvy is a quirky story about a little girl coming to grips with becoming a young woman—and about the things that make us all just a little bit special. Law compassionately narrates the very beginning of a child’s slow, self-conscious passage into adulthood in a wonderfully believable way. Savvy was a Newbery Honor Book in 2009."
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
"Where the Mountain Meets the Moon tells the exciting story of a young girl’s quest for a better life—and the surprising answer she finds at the end of her journey. Unlike many quest-narratives for young people, Lin captures the pain of a separated family and a girl’s longing to return home. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon was a Newbery Honor Book in 2010."
Where the Red Fern Grows
Where the Red Fern Grows
"Where the Red Fern Grows is a much-loved coming-of-age novel about a boy and his dogs. Billy’s hard work and selfless love for his dogs sets a beautiful example for readers of all ages."
Anne of Green Gables, Complete 8-Book Box Set: Anne of Green Gables; Anne of the Island; Anne of Avonlea; Anne of Windy Poplar; Anne's House of ... Ingleside; Rainbow Valley; Rilla of Ingleside
Anne of Green Gables, Complete 8-Book Box Set: Anne of Green Gables; Anne of the Island; Anne of Avonlea; Anne of Windy Poplar; Anne's House of ... Ingleside; Rainbow Valley; Rilla of Ingleside
Bridge to Terabithia
Bridge to Terabithia
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Child of the Silent Night: The Inspiring Story of Laura Bridgman, Both Deaf and Blind (44001223075, DYB007010)
Child of the Silent Night: The Inspiring Story of Laura Bridgman, Both Deaf and Blind (44001223075, DYB007010)
Dave at Night
Dave at Night
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates (Cosimo Classics Literature)
Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates (Cosimo Classics Literature)
Harriet the Spy
Harriet the Spy
Hatchet: 20th Anniversary Edition
Hatchet: 20th Anniversary Edition
The Hobbit
The Hobbit
James and the Giant Peach
James and the Giant Peach
The Light Princess and Other Fairy Stories
The Light Princess and Other Fairy Stories
A Little Princess
A Little Princess
Little Women
Little Women
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Collins Modern Classics)
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Collins Modern Classics)
Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up - Acting Edition
Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up - Acting Edition
Peter Pan in Scarlet
Peter Pan in Scarlet
The Princess and the Goblin (Puffin Classics)
The Princess and the Goblin (Puffin Classics)