Category Archives: Fiction

The Children of Noisy Village by Astrid Lindgren (1962)

If you only know Astrid Lindgren’s beloved Pippi Longstocking books, then you’ve got a treasure trove of other books to explore!  She wrote dozens of books and more than 60 have been translated into English.  One of her best-known is … Continue reading

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Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (1936)

Gone with the Wind wasn’t an international best seller for nothing! When I was a junior in high school my friend Jill mentioned she’d just read Gone with the Wind in THREE DAYS.  This wasn’t for a school assignment or … Continue reading

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Blue Willow by Doris Gates (1940)

Janey’s family used to own a home and land in Texas, but then the Great Depression descended on the country and they, like so many, lost everything.  Father is now an itinerant farm worker moving the family frequently as he … Continue reading

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My Favorite Early Chapter Books: Oliver and Amanda Pig series by Jean Van Leeuwen (1979 – 2008)

These 20 early reader chapter books about Oliver and Amanda Pig are my very favorite!  I discovered them by chance at our tiny Wisconsin library in 1988, and have been reading them to my children — and now grandchildren — … Continue reading

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Watership Down: A Novel by Richard Adams (1972)

In true British literary tradition, Watership Down began as a story Richard Adams told his daughters night after night as an ongoing bedtime story.  Eventually they convinced him to write it down into a proper book.  He did, and after … Continue reading

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No Flying in the House by Betty Brock (1970)

This story will thrill any little girl who’s ever dreamed she is really a fairy princess! Who wouldn’t want to be little Annabel?  She lives in a mansion by the sea with a wealthy, elderly widow, she has a doting … Continue reading

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4 Adventure Books for Teens by Jack London (1902 – 1906)

Winter weather is right around the corner — maybe you’ve already turned that corner — and it’s time to bring out the books that will keep your kids reading long into the evening, curled up on the couch or hiding … Continue reading

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