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    Smile Deltora series by Emily Rodda.

    Ds is reading Deltora Quest 1 currently, but there are further books set in the same world.

    The chapters aren't overly long, and there are plenty of battle scenes (and mind-bending riddles), but surprisingly little actual violence. The pencil drawings of the villains in the back of the books were sometimes a little scary to ds, so we just folded up those pages.

    Also, an AWESOME teenager girl joins the two males during the first book, and throughout the series she is portrayed as whip-smart and vital to the success of the quests. She saves their lives multiple times by using her brain and comes from a tougher background (she's an orphan who lives in the forest, doesn't understand the concept of money, and has no friends except two animals).

    Unschooling one son (7).

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    I read the entire series to my younger, who was not ready to read independently yet, and he liked it so much he made his dad read it to him, too. I actually LOVED this series and looked forward to bedtime story time more than with any other books i think I've read . . except maybe the first time through Harry Potter with my daughter! lol
    Cara, homeschooling one
    Raven, ds 10, all around intense kid
    Orion, floundering recent graduate
    22 yo dd, not at home
    Inactive blog at longsummer

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    Both my kids (and I - to myself) have read through all the Deltora books, and Boy made himself a belt (out of folded copy paper with crayon-colored gems). They LOVED them. Though my Girl said the very end of the last book was "mushy." Emilia Rodda also wrote a book called The Key to Rondo, which would be fun for younger readers, as it's less scary/violent than Deltora (not that Deltora is particularly scary or violent, but there are a lot of monsters and Boy was a bit freaked out when Lief almost got stuck in the mask in the Dragons of Deltora series.)

    Mommy to Girl-13 and Boy-11, trying to keep my head above water with farm, school, home and art.

    You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you odd.
    (Flannery O'Connor)

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    My girls love her Fairy Realm series. I'll need to check out Deltora Quest for my 10yr old. sounds like her kind of series, although I think she'll burn through them pretty fast now.
    Kristin, sporadically, eclectically, homeschooling mom to Wynter (Nov 1st 2003), Cassia (Nov 2nd 2005), Solaine (Dec 21st 2007) and Orielle (July 23rd 2010)

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Deltora series by Emily Rodda.