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EnderWiggin October 16th, 2013 7:20pm

For my daughters' bdays I've always asked "What books did you intensely love growing up?" Regardless of gender (both girls are mostly boys) suggestions for age 5 to teens?

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suppressedID IMEACH BIDEN
10/17/13 10:21 am

The Importance of Being Ernest
Midsummer Nights Dream
Where the Red Fern Grows
The Hobbit
Beowulf
Calvin & Hobbes

violence Pretty hate machine
10/16/13 10:44 pm

A Wrinkle in Time, The Boxcar Kids series, Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew series, Hatchet, every Holly Black book, all the Oz books, every Maggie Stiefvater book, Coraline, The Call of the Wild, Un Lun Dun, Hunger Games trilogy, The Book of Lost Things...

violence Pretty hate machine
10/16/13 10:51 pm

Wayside School series, The Black Tattoo, The Secret Garden, The Giver, The Blue Girl.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
10/16/13 10:40 pm

Biggles Flies West, by F E Johns. Have Spacesuit, Will Travel and Podkayne of Mars by Robert Heinlein.

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beanD California
10/16/13 10:19 pm

Chasing Vermeer, The Thief Lord, City of Ember, Peter and the Starcatchers. All middle-grade.

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EmWalt Meet Jim the Duck
10/16/13 7:48 pm

Nancy Drew, Sherlock Holmes, Book Thief, False Prince (trilogy), Isaac Bell books (by Clive Cussler, more for teens), Hunger Games, Harry Potter, and (for little kids) Three Samurai Cats

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wego Utah
10/16/13 7:19 pm

Trixie Belden mysteries, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, abridged classics, and a literature class textbook from 1951 called Paths and Pathfinders. I sure wish I could get a copy of that. It's out there, but not in my budget.

spring27 California
10/16/13 3:42 pm

Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Little House on the Prairie

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EnderWiggin So disillusioned...
10/16/13 4:28 pm

My mom, the garage sale queen found some third editions of Hardy boys. Need the Nancy Drew. Have some Little House gaps to fill.

MrLucchese If curious, ask.
10/16/13 3:10 pm

I don't remember my childhood, but from ages 12+ I was reading books meant for much older age groups.

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EnderWiggin So disillusioned...
10/16/13 3:47 pm

I am particularly interested in your choices Mr.L. Finally saw the last podcast of "youth" and was...impressed is a mild word...with all of you here. HaleyS's question that vanished about knowing the age still has me thinking. My flippant reaponse

EnderWiggin So disillusioned...
10/16/13 3:54 pm

was that I am a Labrador retriever, iow, it really doesn't matter to me. Not to blow smoke up your a** but you in particular are really intriguing. I find your guidance of noobs such as myself and others marvelous, with the others who tagged me

EnderWiggin So disillusioned...
10/16/13 3:57 pm

immediately nothing short of amazing. I am glad to find not a police force in this community, but a collection of self-appointed? counselors helping those of us who land here. I admire you all and hope to do my part by watching fr other noobs. Nufsd

MrLucchese If curious, ask.
10/16/13 4:04 pm

Wow, that's incredibly kind of you. That means a lot... I appreciate it!
Not sure how much of that is actually true, but a large portion of the SoH youth are not run of the mill individuals. They hold themselves quite well, generally. Some better

MrLucchese If curious, ask.
10/16/13 4:05 pm

than others. As for the welcoming of new users and offering guidance - I've been a member of SoH for almost three years (January 24th will be my third anniversary). I'd say I'm one of the most active users, and I try to treat everyone with love and

MrLucchese If curious, ask.
10/16/13 4:06 pm

respect; welcoming them into the community and extending a long-armed gesture of friendship. It's a great application with a large number of exceptional individuals. It means more to me than anyone understands, and I want others to get the most out

MrLucchese If curious, ask.
10/16/13 4:09 pm

of the experience as possible.
I'm really here more for the community aspect and discussions over anything else. I feel it's important to help others (both on here and in person). I've built a somewhat substantial number of friends, and I hope

MrLucchese If curious, ask.
10/16/13 4:11 pm

your welcoming into the community has been sufficient. I see you have quite a few followers! Congratulations on that, and keep up the great work.

Really, my golden rules for SoH - have fun, learn, teach, but always remain respectful.

EnderWiggin So disillusioned...
10/16/13 4:26 pm

Tour caring really shines. Now... About books?... My youth reading was really limited. I am very interested in the 12+ you mentioned. Mine was mostly fantasy, but some great ones. Yours?

EnderWiggin So disillusioned...
10/16/13 4:33 pm

And I agree, the "youth" on SoH are a special lot. Some of the adult trolls could use some schooling...

MrLucchese If curious, ask.
10/16/13 5:36 pm

Very true.

Well, a majority of what I read (and still do read) come from the usual "best" books lists. My top three favorites being: Pride and Prejudice, The Great Gatsby and Hamlet.

EnderWiggin So disillusioned...
10/16/13 6:17 pm

Damn you're an old soul. ;-)

elizabennet88
10/16/13 2:44 pm

So many excellent suggestions! I would like to add The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis, Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred C. Taylor, A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle, and Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers.

dustbunny
10/16/13 12:57 pm

I didn't read (for fun) when I was little, I started getting interested in books in my teens and it was because of Little Women. After reading that I realized books were great and began to read pretty much anything. The Hobbit is another good one.

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EnderWiggin So disillusioned...
10/16/13 2:17 pm

Never read little women. Probably should as I have an .epub.

MisterE Conservistan
10/16/13 12:38 pm

The giver, if you are cool with your kid reading dystopian works.

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EnderWiggin So disillusioned...
10/16/13 12:39 pm

Absolutely! Thanks for the reminder. I'll probably be reading her 1984 in a couple of years... Maybe Brave New World first...

FemmeAdamWest in the Tardis library
10/16/13 12:42 pm

Omg the giver is one of my favorites! Since I wasn't sure about age group I didn't think about suggesting that.

Did you read the two follow up books?

EnderWiggin So disillusioned...
10/16/13 12:44 pm

Now I know about them... After a trip to wikipedia.

FemmeAdamWest in the Tardis library
10/16/13 12:23 pm

I'm so confused. Is the gist of this asking for book recommendations for kids? :)

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EnderWiggin So disillusioned...
10/16/13 12:30 pm

Exactly. Also is interesting way to get to know my new neighbors. (Maybe?)

FemmeAdamWest in the Tardis library
10/16/13 12:36 pm

Lol ok well Black Beauty was my very favorite growing up and they have a different version available for every age group!

EnderWiggin So disillusioned...
10/16/13 12:42 pm

I tend to go w originals. My fav is the series of Fairy Books edited by Andrew Lang. Rich language and content. It has the cinderella story where the step-sisters are so intent on putting on the slipper that they cut off their toes. Thats writing!

FemmeAdamWest in the Tardis library
10/16/13 12:43 pm

I do prefer originals myself as well, they hold something that rewrites usually lack, but depending on age and whether or not you are reading to them or they are reading to themselves it could be helpful

EnderWiggin So disillusioned...
10/16/13 12:21 pm

That 15 character limit on answers is REALLY a bitch!

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EnderWiggin So disillusioned...
10/16/13 12:43 pm

And now I see the confusing wording. Should I close a poll if it really needs a rewrite? I guess that's the way to do it.