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    #90211 - 11/28/10 08:09 AM Re: The Ultimate Book Thread? [Re: Val]
    shellymos Offline

    Registered: 08/20/08
    Posts: 847
    Loc: New York
    thanks Jesse, I really don't know much about the mysterious benedict society other than the fact I read the first couple chapters on my own and a few chapters here and there with DS. He loves the series though. I am looking forward to reading a series with him. DH always gets the good parts : ) He has read the last couple books with him, so it's definitely my turn. I will have to check this one out. Thanks again.

    #90214 - 11/28/10 09:46 AM Re: The Ultimate Book Thread? [Re: Val]
    Chrys Offline

    Registered: 04/15/09
    Posts: 370
    Loc: Central Ohio
    We just found the Eva Ibbotson books. They remind me of JK Rowling meets Roald Dahl.
    Warning: sleep deprived

    #94112 - 02/04/11 05:57 PM Re: The Ultimate Book Thread? [Re: Chrys]
    kcab Offline

    Registered: 10/02/07
    Posts: 1603
    Loc: Sparta, apparently
    Thought I'd revive this thread...

    I read Count Down by Steve Olson the other day. I thought it would have been mentioned here already, but haven't found it yet in searches. It's a book about the Math Olympiad, specifically about the US team members on the 2001 Math Olympiad team, plus their team guide (a former team member). Much of it is musing on how a kid makes it to that level, what the personal qualities are that are needed to compete at that level in math. Each of the main chapters is titled with one of these qualities (eg. Creativity, Breadth..) and focuses on one of the team members. The musing on personal attributes and background seemed to me to tie into some of the recent discussions here (and elsewhere!) regarding parenting. Overall, I found it interesting but somehow a little less than riveting, not quite sure why that is - may have just been the number of interruptions around here. The problems that the contestants had to solve are given, with some information on one or more solution methods.

    What I found most interesting were sections where math education was discussed, as well as the section on Melanie Wood's (the team guide) background.


    #94197 - 02/06/11 05:39 AM Re: The Ultimate Book Thread? [Re: Val]
    ultramarina Offline

    Registered: 08/24/10
    Posts: 3428
    Some favorites of DD, who is pretty sensitive and loves cats and fairies:

    Cobble Street Cousins, Cynthia Rylant; 550/600 Lexile, VERY gentle and sweet. Girly. Her Lighthouse Family books are also great and good for both genders.

    Fairy Realm series, Emily Rodda (590 L)--much better than the dreaded Rainbow Magic books

    The Night Fairy, Laura Amy Schlitz (630L)--this is that extremely rare thing, a truly quality book about fairies...DD read it in one sitting, completely mesmerized

    The Unicornís Secret series, Kathleen Duey (420-510L)--nice historicalish detail, gentle, easy

    The Cats of Cuckoo Square, Adele Geras (4.1-4.6 BL)--great for the cat-obsessed, seemed to be of nice quality, sequels available

    The Fairy Rebel, Lynne Banks (5th grade level?)--Banks also wrote the Indian in the Cupboard, but this one may appeal more to girls

    Rumer Godden has many really amazing, special books that can be hard to find. DD really loved The Story of Holly and Ivy, The Fairy Doll, and Candy Floss. The Mousewife is also good, with a rather strong feminist message. Be cautious, though, because many of her adult books are about children and sometimes they get put in the kids' section when they don't really belong there.

    #94469 - 02/10/11 07:25 AM Re: The Ultimate Book Thread? [Re: Val]
    onthegomom Offline

    Registered: 07/28/09
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    Here's some books (with their animals)DD10 has read in the past year+

    Guardians of Gahoole (owls)
    Redwall (mice)
    Warriors (cats)
    Artemis Fowl (boy)

    He needs a new series and I'm hoping for suggestions. He is sensitive. He did not want to read the Seeker Series because it has a polar bear. He said he likes the smaller animals. I'm not sure why??? Any series suggestions would be appreciated.

    Edited by onthegomom (02/10/11 09:07 AM)

    #94475 - 02/10/11 07:37 AM Re: The Ultimate Book Thread? [Re: Val]
    shellymos Offline

    Registered: 08/20/08
    Posts: 847
    Loc: New York
    I got DS6 a non-fiction book at the library the other day that I thought he would like. He LOVES it (you know the kind of book that they have to bring a flashlight with them so they can read in the car at night) smile

    It's called "The kid who named Pluto: And the stories of other extraordinary young people in science."

    Stories include the following contributors:
    Robert Goddard, who invented the science of rocketry.
    Venetia Burney, the girl who named the planet Pluto.
    Isaac Asimov, who wrote over 350 books.
    Philo Farnsworth, a boy who invented television.
    Mary Anning, a girl who was the first to find the fossilized remains of many dinosaurs.
    Sarah Flannery, a girl who invented a new secret code.
    Truman Henry Stafford, a boy who was a lightning calculator.
    Emily Rosa, whose science experiment debunked a medical procedure.
    Louis Braille, who invented the Braille system of writing for the blind.

    #94477 - 02/10/11 07:41 AM Re: The Ultimate Book Thread? [Re: Val]
    minniemarx Offline

    Registered: 10/31/08
    Posts: 466
    Dear onthegomom,

    I wonder if he would like one we just finished around here: Paul Glennon's "Bookweird" (Doubleday Canada 2008, 250 pp). The hero is Norman, an 11 year-old boy, who is obsessed with the Lochwarren book series (a quasi-medieval world of stoats and hares, battling wolves and foxes--somewhat reminiscent of what I think Redwall is like--I haven't read any of those yet).

    He nibbles on a page of the latest Lochwarren book, and is transported into it, where all the animals believe him to be a seer, since he is so well-informed about their history! He later falls into his little sister's horse book series, his mum's hard-boiled police procedural, and his dad's Anglo-Saxon epic, before returning to Lochwarren. He interacts with the characters in all of the books, and worries that he is changing the course of the stories.

    The premise was to me really very interesting, and the boys each liked the book very much, and are looking forward to the next one (Bookweirder, 2010, 246 pp); the third one is supposed to come out later this year (no word on a title yet, but I'm betting Bookweirdest, aren't you?) I didn't like some aspects of the story (stereotypical view of family life--tween with attitude, somewhat adversarial relationship with the parents at first, constant bickering with annoying younger sibling, etc.), but overall, it was quite a fun read for everyone. There are an irritating number of typos--hope the editing is better in the next ones.


    #94560 - 02/11/11 10:12 AM Re: The Ultimate Book Thread? [Re: Val]
    onthegomom Offline

    Registered: 07/28/09
    Posts: 1743
    bump for above

    #94602 - 02/11/11 07:21 PM Re: The Ultimate Book Thread? [Re: Val]
    minniemarx Offline

    Registered: 10/31/08
    Posts: 466
    Well, let's see, OTGM...

    I haven't read any of them, but I know plenty of kids who like Kenneth Oppel's Silverwing series (bats).

    Would he like some of the E. Nesbit books? They're about children, but some have "critters" (the Psammead, the Phoenix, various dragons).

    Oldies but goodies are some of the Albert Payson Terhune dog books. (Lad: A Dog is the one most people seem to know).

    Is he too old for the Narnia books?

    The Bunnicula series is likely too young for him, as is probably the Freddy the Pig series. Still, there are lots of both of them--and sometimes it's fun to read younger stuff.

    Several of the Oz books might suit. There are some talking animals in the Tolkien books, too.

    Would adult books like Animal Farm or Watership Down or The White Bone be too intense for him?

    Does he like horses? There are lots of horse series, not all of them girly--I remember liking Mary O'Hara's books (My Friend Flicka is the first one). The Walter Farley Black Stallion series is very good.

    Lots of animals in Rudyard Kipling, of course, though those are not series books.

    Farley Mowat is grand (The Dog who Wouldn't Be, Owls in the Family).

    The Cressida Cowell series that kcab mentioned earlier on this thread is fun (Vikings and dragons).

    We all liked Christie Harris's Mouse Woman series. You might look for other volumes of folk tales, too (Aesop, Anansi, etc.).

    Sheila Burnford's "The Incredible Journey" is great, but not part of a series. Other great talking-animal but non-series books are Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, and The Voyage of QV66. Oh, and there's Lloyd Alexander's Time Cat, which is good.

    Of course, the Tintin books all have Snowy (the dog). smile


    ETA: Someone I know recommends Avi's Poppy series (I don't know them myself).

    Another thought I had, though not quite in the same vein as most of the rest of these, are the James Herriot books.

    Oh, I know, JP Martin's Uncle books (elephant).

    Edited by minniemarx (02/11/11 08:15 PM)

    #94608 - 02/11/11 08:14 PM Re: The Ultimate Book Thread? [Re: Val]
    BWBShari Offline

    Registered: 10/24/08
    Posts: 1167
    Loc: NM
    My DS loved the Olympus series, loves anything Stephen Hawking and pretty much hates everything else! He thought Harry Potter was stupid and Artemus Fowle more so.

    Every time I think I've found something, it's a bust! It's very frustrating as he really likes to read, but he's just to [SPAM] picky. I finally quit trying so hard and started on the classics. Surprise, he likes them, he's reading the Call of the Wild right now. He loved Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea.
    Mom to DS 10, DS 11, DS 13
    Ability doesn't make us, Choices do!

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