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Sunday, July 03, 2005

Susan Cooper's Arthurian series.

Over Sea, Under Stone
The Dark is Rising
The Grey King
Silver on the Tree

"I was an advid reader as a child. One of my favorite series was by Edward Eager. The books were Magic by the Lake, Half Magic, Seven Day Magic and a few others. They were about a group of children who stumbled into magic, but alwasy with a twist to it. (In Half Magic they always got half of what they wished for...) These are about 4th grade books, but I think a 2nd grade high reader would be able to read them fine.

Another two books I enjoyed were Downriver and River Thunder by Will Hobbs. Those are a kids adventure book rafting through the grand canyon. I read Downriver in 6th grade, but if you give it to kids much younger I would browse it first, they discuss a few mature topics, like stealing and under age drinking, because there is no adult supervision in the book.

My favorite book in 6th grade was Winter of Fire by Sherryl Jordan. It is out of print now and I would kill for a copy, my mother gave mine away."

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Saturday, July 02, 2005

Guardians of Ga'Hoole by Kathryn Lasky

The Guardians of Ga'Hoole is a great series, as is Silverwing, Sunwing, and Firewing by Kenneth Oppel (features bats as the main characters). Also Eragon by Christopher Paolini - the second book (Eldest) is due out in August. Derivative, but entertaining.

The Alex Ryder series by Anthony Horowitz (think teenage James Bond
without the girls, but all the gadgets)

The Philip Pullman books are wonderful, but sophisticated.

Lemony Snicket, Narnia, and Harry Potter have all been mentioned already. The My Name is America series has also been mentioned and is quite good.

Dragon Rider by Corneilia Funke (and her other two books as well)

Dragon and Thief (followed by Dragon and Soldier, and Dragon and Slave) by Timothy Zahn - solid SciFi

Faerie Wars (and the sequel The Purple Emperor) by Harve Brennan

Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer - fabulous!

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KnitFlame is having its semi-annual discussion of great kids books, so I'd better start listing the recommendations so I can delete this pile-up of posts.

Patrick Dennis books - anything from The Joyous Season to Little Me (a VERY
subversive book for an 8 year old)

English authors Constance Savery (particularly *Enemy Brother*) Enid Blyton, Noel Streatfeild, Mabel Allen. Rumer Godden's dollbooks--Holly and Ivy, Miss Happiness and Miss Flower, Little Plum. Elizabeth Goudge's *The Little White Horse* and *The Blue Hills.*
Of course, one of the greatest of British authors of children's lit was E. Nesbit--*The Railway Children,* the Bastable children in *Five Children and It,* The Phoenix and the Carpet,* *The Story of the Amulet,* and her stories about the Ardens.
I second the motion on Anne of Green Gables. I searched for years before I found a copy of the final one, *Rilla of Ingleside.*

In the US-- Janet Lambert's books about military families, particularly the Parrishes. Gladys Malvern's books about famous women. Elizabeth Enright's books about the Melendy family, one of which was *The Four Story Mistake.*Edward Somebody wrote a few books about children who encountered magic. The one I recall was *Half Magic* where whatever they wished for only half came true, and all of the characters from *Ivanhoe* came to life.

I read the Streatfield shoe books and loved them, but they might be too girly for a boy. Zilpha Keatley Snyder writes fantasy books he might like; my favorites are called "Below The Root", "And All Between", and "Until The Celebration"

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Friday, May 14, 2004

"Why People Buy - The Science of Shopping."

"Confessions of a Knitting Heretic."

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Monday, May 10, 2004

The library had finished it's long awaited move up to the new civic center (read - hundred year old building that still needs a lot of work) so I really must make time to get up there and check it out instead of reading nothing but magazines. Only a good book waiting by the side of the bed exerts enough pull to make me retire early!

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Saturday, March 20, 2004

The Amateur Marriage - Anne Tyler

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Friday, September 19, 2003

The Time Traveler's Wife - saw the author on the Today show yesterday. The premise certainly looked interesting :-)

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Wednesday, August 27, 2003

5th Life of the Cat Woman - Kathleen Dexter. Suggested by my psychic twin :-)

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