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Fata Morgana
2004-07-19 16:38
books at age 12
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On another blog a little while ago, I posted a list of books I read and enjoyed when I was (around) 12, and I thought I might as well post them here as well. What were your favorites from that age?

I'm not sure I read all of these when I was actually 12, but they are a few of my favorites from late elementary school and early junior high.
  • Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea by L. M. Montgomery
  • A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, and others by Madeleine L'Engle
  • The Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, Tehanu, The Dispossessed, and others by Ursula Le Guin
  • Heidi by Johanna Spyri (I used to read this every spring, from early elementary school to early high school)
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and others by Mark Twain
  • Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
  • Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
  • Jurassic Park and Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
  • The Pearl by John Steinbeck (it terrified me, but I couldn't stop reading)
  • Mythology by Edith Hamilton (I read this repeatedly and became fascinated with constellations and subsequently astronomy because of it)
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  • The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis

Throughout junior high I read all of the science fiction books that won both Hugo and Nebula awards, and enjoyed many of them, though most weren't that memorable. I also read the Valdemar Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey, which was also enjoyable but not particularly memorable. There are also many others I read that I don't remember. (Maybe you can remind me with your favorites. :~))
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The Rabbit of Tomorrow: eep!
metamouse
2004-07-20 19:30 (UTC)
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Ursula K. Le Guin is my favorite author :). I especially love The Left Hand of Darkness.
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Fata Morgana
chimerically
2004-07-21 08:09 (UTC)
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Yes, me too! I think I read that one when I was a bit older, though - maybe 14 or so.
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shallwedance_
shallwedance_
2004-07-20 23:49 (UTC)
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Though I am ashamed to admit it, I was not an avid reader at age 12. However, later in life I did reclaim some of my missed childhood by reading some of Dickens' lighter fare (such as Oliver Twist and Great Expectations). And it's probably just as well that I didn't read Watership Down by Richard Adams when I was a child, or I might have been traumatized by the fate of all those cute, little rabbits.
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Fata Morgana
chimerically
2004-07-21 08:14 (UTC)
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Yes, I was quite traumatized at ... 15, I think I was when I read Watership Down? A friend recommended it to me. I recently read and loved David Copperfield, but I haven't been able to get into much other Dickens.
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shallwedance_
shallwedance_
2004-08-23 17:09 (UTC)
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In a nostalgic spell this morning, I remembered one of my favorite childhood authors: Louis Sachar (the Wayside School series, There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom). I still have the well-thumbed book of math puzzles somewhere...
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Gretchen
wren08
2004-07-26 23:36 (UTC)
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When I was 12? That's prehistoric, that is...

Actually that was one of the summers that I biked to the library every day and checked out the limit they would allow me on my card (11 books) bike back home and read them all and then go back for another lot the next day. I think I read everything in the children's section of the East Nashville library. (This was when library cards were blue cardboard with a metal insert in them. I still have mine)

Some of the ones I remember are:

The Saturdays (and the rest of the series) by Elizabeth Enright
As many Three Investigators books as I could find
All the Oz books I could find. (At the time there were about 33 of them)
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (and sequel) by Joan Aiken
The Satanic Mill by Otfried Preussler
Zoe's Zodiac by Mary Jo Stephens
Miss Bianca (and all the rest of the series) by Margery Sharp
Jane Eyre
Cannery Row and Sweet Thursday
Little Women and related stories (again)
The Pickwick Papers (suggested by above)
Lord of the Rings (I read it every year until I got out of college and didn't always have the time any more)
Penrod by Booth Tarkington
Shakespeare (again)
The Weekend Wodehouse (again)
The Crystal Cave and The Hollow Hills by Mary Stewart
The Borrowers (all of them) by Mary Norton
Gone with the Wind
Daddy Long Legs by Joan Webster

There were a lot more but I can't remember them all. I note in passing that I seem to reread a great many of my favorites.
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Fata Morgana
chimerically
2004-08-05 18:50 (UTC)
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I love re-reading too! My mom always said I should move on to something new, but I really enjoy getting into a book I already know I really enjoy. (It's like watching a good movie again ...)
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Gretchen
wren08
2004-08-05 19:34 (UTC)
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yes... there's always time for more books... we don't have to drop the old favorites to read new treasures!
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