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50 'best'/ must read children/teenage fiction books.

Discussion in 'Personal' started by arcturus, Dec 30, 2010.

  1. JumpingStarfish

    JumpingStarfish New commenter

    Can't believe I forgot about the Angel Experiment series. A great series of fantasty/sci-fi/government conspiracy books. They have a very small amount of swearing in them, which is why I haven't given them to any of my Primary children but definitely a brilliant series for Secondary age children.
  2. Has anyone mentioned The catcher in the rye - for teenagers?
    Cider with Rosie
    and I'd add There'a a boy in the girls' bathroom to the other Louis Sachar books mentioned previously.
  3. seren_dipity

    seren_dipity New commenter

    Of all the texts (novels, plays, poems etc) I had to read at school Catcher in the Rye is the only one I loathed. I hated it with a passion and, later, when I read it again as an adult just to see if maturity on my part made it any better, I still loathed it with a passion. That anyone likes it and that it was a compulsory text in so many schools at that time remains a complete mystery to me.
  4. Gerald Durrell's 'My Family and Other Animals'
  5. 'To Kill a Mockingbird ' - had to read it for English and can remember being really touched.
  6. and Tom Sawyer/Huckleberry Finn - still remember vividly when he got jiggers between his toes - definitely part of any child's education!
  7. The invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
  8. i'm 37 but love The Gruffalo though admittedly it is for young kids. Still love the narnia books, pride and prejudice, ann of green gables, great expectations, jacqueline wilson and i also remember reading a book as a teen called "z for zechariah"........think it was something to do with the aftermath of a nuclear bomb
  9. Bethannie

    Bethannie New commenter

    Some of my choices would be:
    Something by CS Lewis - Possibly Magicians Nephew....and for older teens the Screwtape Letters (not really fiction but still good!)
    Tolkein - The Hobbit (and then LOTR)
    Garner - The Owl Service - still scares me!
    L M Montgomery - The Anne books and the Emily books too (I prefered the Emily ones!)
    Elinor Brent Dyer - The Chalet School Series (still in print) - Excellent school stories, very readable, and over 50 of them! and if you can get hold of them The La Rochelle series.
    Martha Finley - The Elsie Dinsmore Series - an amazing series, especially those depicting the American Civil War - but perhaps a warning needs to be given - they are <u>overtly</u> Christian (and the relationship between Elsie and her father is downright worrying at times!) ....The Mildred Keith series is good too.....but do not go for the absolutely dire modern reworkings - you want the otiginal (written just after the Civil War)
    Ian Fleming - The James Bond series. Especially Casino Royale - I loved that as a teen!
    Agatha Christie - a little dated but very readable.
    Kipling - Kim, Stalky and Co and Jungle Book....plus I'd put in a volume of his poetry too.

  10. Holes by Louis Sachar
  11. The Cherubs series of books by Malcom Muchmore.
  12. chicabonita

    chicabonita New commenter

    Thank you!
    I'm sure there are more books that have either stayed with me, or I enjoyed reading over and over, but mind is blank at the moment...
  13. Didn't read all the posts, but some that seem to be missing and from an antipodean perspective are must reads include Margaret mahy, Kaitangata Twitch is my current favourite, and Joy Cowley, Hunter is one I read recently. They both nhave too many good ones to mention. Another author (australian not NZ) who my boys really enjoy is Paul Jennings,, although he writes short stores rather than novels.
  14. hollandrj

    hollandrj New commenter

    The KIng of the Copper Montains by Paul Biegel.
    I read this as a child in the 70's and have recently read it to my 7-year old daughter who also loved it.
  15. There are 2 books I read as a young teenager that i vividly remember: Empty World by John Christopher mentioned in the first post (thanks lilachardy I have never been able to remember the title or author!) and Marianne Dreams mentioned above. I also loved Helen Cresswell - she visited my school, very exciting! - I remember the The Nighhtwatchmen particularly. (Possibly a bit younger though.)
    A great nostalgic thread! I agree with many other suggestions too. Have just finished reading The Hunger Games trilogy (Suzanne Collins)which I thought was excellent.

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