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    #71955 - 03/19/10 03:13 PM Re: The Ultimate Book Thread? [Re: minniemarx]
    OHGrandma Offline

    Registered: 01/05/08
    Posts: 830
    Bringing up this thread again. We've hit some real doldrums for finding reading material. DS10 has read just about every thing currently popular with the 9 to 15 year olds, that I'd allow! Tonight I picked up three books in the 'The Cat Who...' series. I did get the first one in the series and he started with that one. He loves it! Woohoo! Not only a new series, and a big one, but a new genre, adult mysteries!

    #71959 - 03/19/10 04:08 PM Re: The Ultimate Book Thread? [Re: OHGrandma]
    shellymos Offline

    Registered: 08/20/08
    Posts: 847
    Loc: New York
    I may have mentioned this before when we were going to read it...but DS finally did read it and really enjoyed it. "George's secret key to the universe" by Stephen Hawking. He thought it was great...and the pictures are really cool too. He is already reading parts of it again after he just read it. Also reading the lion witch and the wardrobe now and he really likes it. Does anyone have any other recommendations for books that are kind of like "the lion witch and the wardrobe?" or like either of those. He is into those fantasy type ones...but he is still 5 so it can't be too mature or scary. He hasn't been scared by a book yet or anything, just don't really want to go there yet.

    #71975 - 03/19/10 10:39 PM Re: The Ultimate Book Thread? [Re: shellymos]
    minniemarx Offline

    Registered: 10/31/08
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    OHGrandma, so glad he found something he likes! Those are pretty fun ones--I was a ten-year-old mystery fiend myself (and I haven't really grown out of it)! When he runs out of those, you might try Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe series--perfect for that age and stage, I think. I also liked Perry Mason at that age (though it seems to me that there may be some more adult-type situations in those than in NW).

    Shellymos, a possibility or two after the Narnia books might be Edward Eager's books, or LM Boston's Green Knowe books. Both fantasy series, but on the less scary side as those kinds of books go. (The Green Knowe ones are more suspenseful/mysterious than the Eager ones, but still well within my personal comfort zone for young-kid scariness.) "Tom's Midnight Garden" by Philippa Pearce is another excellent fantasy choice.

    I would say Lloyd Alexander's Prydain chronicles are too scary for 5, but some of his other books might suit--Time Cat, for instance.

    Some kids seem pretty taken with Cornelia Funke's fantasies (Harpo was keen on her books a few years ago); I haven't really warmed up to them myself yet, but they might be worth a go, too.


    #71977 - 03/19/10 10:47 PM Re: The Ultimate Book Thread? [Re: minniemarx]
    Austin Offline

    Registered: 06/25/08
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    Loc: North Texas
    OOOH, I forgot about Nero Wolfe!! How about Hercule Poirot? Or George Smiley...

    This I enjoyed at that age.,_Mr._Chips

    Edited by Austin (03/19/10 10:48 PM)

    #71980 - 03/19/10 11:15 PM Re: The Ultimate Book Thread? [Re: Austin]
    minniemarx Offline

    Registered: 10/31/08
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    I still reread all of Nero Wolfe once a year; it's one of my summer rituals, man being a creature of habit! There's so much fun stuff there--the orchids, the haute cuisine, the love for New York, baseball, the passion for words--and truly do I think that Archie is one of the great, great comedic voices in American literature. The mysteries themselves are often not so mysterious, but the writing is so very good. I even have the cookbook!

    Raymond Chandler, too, OHG!

    Oh, and purist about such things though I normally am, I do very much like Laurie R. King's Sherlock Holmes/Mary Russell novels. The first one in particular (The Beekeeper's Apprentice) I can see really appealing to our kids here.

    #71981 - 03/19/10 11:28 PM Re: The Ultimate Book Thread? [Re: Austin]
    Trillium Offline

    Registered: 06/29/09
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    I just finished "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" ( and am planning on handing it over to my dd9 next. It's a mystery, set around 1950, and has a precocious 11-year-old chemist/poisoner as a heroine. It's fairly predictable, as far as murder mysteries go, but Flavia, the heroine, is simply delightful. I'm pretty sure my daughter is going to want to set up a chemistry lab in the house after she's done with the book.

    #72002 - 03/20/10 06:57 AM Re: The Ultimate Book Thread? [Re: minniemarx]
    OHGrandma Offline

    Registered: 01/05/08
    Posts: 830
    Thanks Minnie,and others, I'd forgotten about Nero Wolf & Raymond Chandler. Somehow, I'd completely missed Laurie R. King, that looks appealing to me. GS10 has hit a stage where he likes the main characters to be male, or at least one of the main character to be male. He may try King's 'Mary Russell' if I read them, he loves discussing books!

    I may try a few Agatha Christie's, too.

    #72032 - 03/20/10 11:20 AM Re: The Ultimate Book Thread? [Re: gratified3]
    minniemarx Offline

    Registered: 10/31/08
    Posts: 466
    How kind of you, gratified3, thank you. You all have been so generous and welcoming here, and I have so enjoyed the feeling of community; I sadly have nothing at all to contribute when it comes to more important issues like dealing with schools or testing, but I thought maybe I could make a small contribution over here instead. Books have been my good friends for a long time!

    OHG, I wonder if your grandson would like Ellis Peters? I love the Brother Cadfael ones, and Harpo has started reading some of them, too (in his case, sparked more by his interest in history than by an interest in mystery, per se). She also had a series with a teenage boy (Dominic Felse) and his police detective father that might well be appropriate.

    Another group of mysteries where the sex and violence are not much in evidence are the Josephine Tey books--period pieces, very well-written, with a Scotland Yard inspector (Alan Grant) for her detective. There are about six of them, I think: The Daughter of Time (a great historical mystery), A Shilling for Candles, The Franchise Affair, To Love and Be Wise, The Man in the Queue, Miss Pym Disposes--those are all I can remember right now; Miss Pym Disposes is set in a girls' school, and thus may not be of too much interest for him, but some of the others might appeal.

    I like Eric Wright's Inspector Charlie Salter mysteries, too, though there is a certain amount of wry musing about middle age that might strike a ten year-old a little oddly, perhaps. They are quite good books, though, with interesting characters and situations; Salter has two teenage sons, so spends a certain amount of time in their world in some of the books, which might make those books interesting to a young boy.


    #72048 - 03/20/10 01:34 PM Re: The Ultimate Book Thread? [Re: minniemarx]
    MegMeg Offline

    Registered: 03/14/10
    Posts: 615
    Gotta join in here. I have a number of favorites that rarely make it onto "best kids books lists." They vary in how advanced they are, but they are all ones I enjoy re-reading as an adult!

    The Silver Crown
    , by Robert O'Brien, is much better than Mrs. Frisby. It does have some unnerving parts, though.

    Finn Family Moomintroll
    , by Tove Janson. The other moomintroll books are quite dark, but this one is just a delight.

    Bill Bergson, Master Detective, by Astrid Lindgren, author of the Pippi books.

    The Gammage Cup, by Carol Kendall. Somewhat marred by a standard kill-the-bad-guys ending that is unworthy of how brilliant the rest of it is.

    Harriet the Spy. I would have hated the realism of this as a kid, but I knew kids who adored it, and as an adult I really appreciate how great it is.

    Carbonel, King of the Cats
    , by Barbara Sleigh.

    Diamond in the Window
    , by Jane Langton.

    The Changeling and The Egypt Game, by Zilpha Keatley Snyder. These two are far and away her best. The Egypt Game has one genuinely frightening bit, and The Changeling moves into teenage themes towards the end (disaffected teens committing vandalism, that sort of thing).

    Louly, by Carol Ryrie Brink, author of Caddie Woodlawn.

    While Mrs. Coverlet was Away
    , by Mary Nash.

    Haroun and the Sea of Stories
    , by Salman Rushdie.

    And as long as we're recommending mystery series, there's the Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries by Dorothy Sayers.

    #73081 - 04/02/10 06:07 PM Re: The Ultimate Book Thread? [Re: MegMeg]
    chris1234 Offline

    Registered: 06/27/08
    Posts: 1897
    Hi, I searched Bernard Evslin on the forum and did not find any reference, so I want to recommend this author to kids who have read and loved the Percy Jackson books. Evslin has written over 70 books on greek and other myths, but mainly greek. The ones I've seen range from 6th-9th grade reading levels. We just found a pile of these at the library and ds9 is delighted! There is a 'Monsters of Mythology' series which seems to have 25 books in it, so that should hold him for a while.

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