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DesertRose 
Posted: 06-Feb-2005, 10:16 PM
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For you parents and adults who read them. Who do you read and what are your favorite authors and books?


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Posted: 06-Feb-2005, 10:29 PM
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I really enjoyed the Artemis fowl series- of course right now the authors name escapes me, but he's Irish!

Also this little series called the Spiderwick Chronicles- sad.gif also can't think of that writer's name, and I don't have the books where I can get them.

LOVE Maurice Sendak!!!!

Kevin Holland- I think that's his name- is an expert on arthurian legend and a scholar of mediaeval lore and history and he wrote a series about a boy named Arthur who is about to become a knight just around Richard's time and that particular wave of Crusades. it is a wonderful sort of primer for young adults interested in what life might have been like during that time period in England. It also makes some very timely commentaries on todays world and relations with people of differing beliefs- namely the Christian/Muslim relationship. Also shows how far back the bad feelings between the east and the west goes.

Madeline L'Engle will always be a favorite of mine form my own childhood.I'm sure there are others, but I'm writing this from a place where my copious book collection is not accessible...


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Oh, you could keep me going on this one for ages! My daughter loves Spiderwick Chronicles, Boggleboy! They are good books, as well as Lemony Snickets Series of Unfortunate Events books. She loves Harry Potter (we are going through withdrawal right now!!), C.S. Lewis, Madeleine L'Engle, Tolkein. If you never read another book, "The Tale of Despereaux" by Kate DiCamillo is one of the best I have ever read! She also loves this series called "Avalon" by who, I have no idea, but she loves them. My favorite childrens book ever will always be "Goodnight Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown. Oh, I love that book. And my daughter loves Shel Silverstein!


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I know of or have read most of the others you've mentioned. Too funny how similar the preferences of so many here happen to be!!! I'll check out those others you've mentioned!

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I always loved The Chronicles of Narnia."
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I'll second the Artemis Fowl series by Colfer.

I also love the Series of Unfortunate events.

My new favorite series is the Squire's Tales by Gerald Morris (the Squire's Tale, The Squire His Knight and His Lady, The Savage Damsel and the Dwarf, Parsifal's Page, The Balad of Sir Dinadan, The Princess the Crone and the Dung-Cart Knight).


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Oh, I am so glad to find this!

The books by Rosemary Sutcliffe for young adults ought to be on the required reading list for everyone on this site, no matter how old you are. She was a great scholar of the history of Britain and the celtic lands (over a vast time period, from the stone age to the Jacobite uprisings), and the books for young readers are thrilling and accurate. Often heartbreaking -- she didn't hold off from how rough the life and times were, or how bloody. But they are so moving! Probably the best retelling of the Cuchullain legend you will find (it's title is The Hound of Ulster). It made me weep, for the story and for the beauty of the writing. There is never any dumbing down for the audience at all -- what makes them for young adults is that they are usually coming of age stories for the protagonist (for example, in Bonnie Dundee, the protagonist is a lad who hero-worships John Graham of Claverhouse and fights with him at Killiecrankie).

There must be 25 or more of these novels. They are amazing. Many are now out of print, so you find them at your library -- the later ones are still in good stores for this readership.
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Oh wow, Stoirmeil! Thanks so much! I had never heard of her. will check out her books. I bet abebooks.com has them! wink.gif
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Hello,

I'm new to the site and this is my first posting.

One of my favorite authors is Diana Wynne Jones. Her books are really funny and unusual. My favorites are Hexwood, The Merlin Conspiracy, and The Darklord of Derkholm.
Another favorite is Robin McKinley. I love the Blue Sword and Beauty.

I love to read, so this is a great forum for me, lots of new books to read!!!

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Welcome to the forum Edana..
I hope you enjoy the music as well as the wonderful people that are here on this forum. I think you will find them very nice.
These books you speak of sound really good. A lot of people on here love to read..I look forward to your postings..

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Besides Harry Potter, some really good kids' books are the Chronicles of Narnia, a really lovely picture book called "Somewhere in the World Right Now", the Lord of the Rings, etc.


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Dia duit Edana!

Welcome to a fellow book-lover!

I also like the Hero and the Crown by McKinley.

Have you ever read the Series of Unfortunate Events?

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Arien,

I have read part of the series and am working towards reading them, they are so funny!!

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I always said they should make a movie out of the Chronicles of Narnia and they are finally doing it! Yay!!!!!!!!
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I can't wait to see it myself! I am reading the books now, and they are WONDERFUL! I am just beginning the fifth book, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

The Left Behind: The Kids are excellent books also. Recently I was in a Wal-Mart in Blacksburg and saw a series of books that looked REALLY interesting. They were called "The Dragons In Our Midst Chronicles" by Bryan Davis. Apparently they are a fantasy series geared toward young adult Christian readers. From what I could gather, looking at the backs of the books, dragons are still among us but are able to hide by taking on a human appearance. A young boy finds out that he is a dragon and has to learn how to deal with it. The titles in the series so far are Raising Dragons, the Candlestone, Circle of Seven and Tears of a Dragon. They sound really good but I didn't have the money to get them at the time. Maybe for Christmas! Anybody read them?

Here's a link I found with more info:

http://www.dragonsinourmidst.com


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