Posted by Hil on December 06, 1997 at 00:21:24:
In response to Book Title Suggestions: for Kids!!, written by Karen R on December 03, 1997 at 18:17:53
] Mean Old Aunt Karen has decided to buy the kiddies BOOKS this year. After Thanksgiving's chit chat with the kids, I am thoroughly disgusted....
] Anyway, I'd like your help for (1) a boy, aged 13, who knows absolutely nothing if it doesn't have to do with sports and (2) girls, aged 9 and 11. For the girls, I had thought of getting maybe the book and the video of a Bronte or an Austen...but are they tooo young to enjoy?
] I'm looking for classics...something to expand their mind and help them when they play their "Wheel of Fortune" games and they look blankly at the screen when something even somewhat cultured is the phrase!!!
] Thanks so much...I look forward to suggestions from this erudite group.
Karen, these aren't classics.....yet! But I would suggest for the 13 yr old a series of books, starting with 'Tomorrow when the war began' by Australian author John Marsden. They are contemporary, exciting, and in touch with race/gender/youth issues. Kids from about 11 up love them...cannot put them down...but unlike Goosebumps they are good literature. Not classical romance or adventure, but gutsy and wortyhwhile. You might consider 'Midnite" by Randolph Stow for him too. "The Borrowers' by Mary Norton, or any of Roald Dahl's novels would be possibilities for the younger ones.
Here is a URL for Marsden.
His other books could be okay for your 11 year old, too.
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