Good children's books...

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Postby Tonyblack » Fri Aug 28, 2009 7:32 am

The_Discworldaholic wrote:i remember fondly a book called Stig of the dump, i loved that book and read it so many times cant remember the author thoough, and they made it into a mini series on telly but if i remember it didnt hold a light to the book.
It was written by Clive King. We read it in school and I loved it. :)
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Postby bikkit » Fri Aug 28, 2009 11:13 am

We dont have any good books to read in school. We just finished Carrie's War. It almost killed me from bordom.
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Postby The_Discworldaholic » Fri Aug 28, 2009 12:47 pm

Tonyblack wrote:
The_Discworldaholic wrote:i remember fondly a book called Stig of the dump, i loved that book and read it so many times cant remember the author thoough, and they made it into a mini series on telly but if i remember it didnt hold a light to the book.
It was written by Clive King. We read it in school and I loved it. :)


Cheers for that Tony saved me the job of looking it up lol i replied to this thread late and i mean late last night so couldnt be bothered lol
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Postby Who's Wee Dug » Fri Aug 28, 2009 5:10 pm

It has been that long since I was in junior school I can't remember what books we used to read, except for that bloody poetry by Wadsworth and his ilk really used to stick in my craw that did soooooo boring, that is where my dislike of that type of prose comes from. I mean if it had been something from Rabbie Burns with a bit of life and humour in it.Image Image :lol:
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Postby Danny B » Wed Sep 09, 2009 4:03 am

I have very fond memories of Robin Jarvis, who wrote the Deptford Mice series and The Whitby Witches, amongst others. I was also a huge fan of The Borrible trilogy^ by Michael de Larrabeiti (I still am, in fact.). Although I wasn't a child when I found them, Neil Gaiman's YA work is astonishingly good. I love them, as does my fantasy novel hating wife, my father and my Doctor Who obsessed 13 year old nephew. Diana Wynne Jones, is always worth reading as well, however old a child you are.;)

I don't know if they were originally written with younger readers in mind, but I would heartily recommend the Firekeeper series by Jane Lindskold and of course, the Earthsea novels by Ursula K. Le Guin. Robert Westall wrote incerdibly good children's books as well.

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Postby Sjoerd3000 » Sat Sep 19, 2009 1:55 pm

I was very fond of Thea Beckman I think some of her work is translated in English. Crusade in Jeans for example (book is much better than the movie)
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Postby nattheweirdo » Sun Sep 27, 2009 6:26 pm

I was read 'kensuke's kingdom' by michael morpurgo (sp?)in primary school and we all loved it. naything thign by him i think is great for kids. Especially considering some of his stories, like that one, he claims to be true :)
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Postby wicked woman » Sun Oct 04, 2009 8:58 am

What about Neil Gaimens "the Graveyard Book"? It's wonderful. I like Joan Aiken and Margeret Mahy too.
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Postby Sjoerd3000 » Sun Oct 04, 2009 9:39 am

Welcome wicked woman :D I haven't read the Graveyard book yet but I love almost everyting else Gaiman has written so i'm pretty sure it's good :D
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Postby Who's Wee Dug » Sun Oct 04, 2009 5:31 pm

Hi and Welcome wicked woman, I prefer the artwork on the Riddel&Stewart edition though.Image
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Postby Lady Vetinari » Tue Oct 20, 2009 7:49 pm

bikkit wrote:We dont have any good books to read in school. We just finished Carrie's War. It almost killed me from bordom.


I loved Carries War and I read it at school - unfortunately I never found out what happened at the end and what the terrible thing that had caused her so much anguish as an adult that she had done ... I am going to buy the book and read it again. I loved it!
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Postby Lady Vetinari » Tue Oct 20, 2009 7:50 pm

Has anyone read Muddle Earth? It is REALLY FUNNY!
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Postby BluesMonkey » Thu Nov 05, 2009 11:47 pm

I think I've got a full set of all Terry's books, and the beauty of the "children's books" is that they're not written like children's books - just imaginative and involving stories told in an easily readable language that is just as engaging for adults and includes some sophisticated ideas. My daughters didn't really get "Blomeliad" trilogy as junior school kids, but have run amuk with my entire Pratchett collection as teenagers (even bought me replacements after the original paperbacks got too dog-eared").
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Postby Tina a.k.a.SusanSto.Helit » Thu Nov 05, 2009 11:56 pm

I think that is fantastic!! My father was an avid book reader/addict and I inherited it from him. I think Pratchett is Fantastic for teens to read, I am not all that fond of the Bromiliad trilogy and Johnny and the Dead is ok, but not really my cup of tea. His books make The World According to Garp seem extremely tame. I simply do everything I can to get kids, boys especially, interested in reading his work, it can lead to *gasp* intelligent more or less well-read teens.

I have quoted a couple of paragraphs from two different books on our paintball website, on the "About Us" page. It has actually gotten good response from parents and kids, well, except for the kids/young men who call it "Too Wordy".

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Postby Tonyblack » Fri Nov 06, 2009 2:05 am

Welcome BluesMonkey! :D
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