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Michelle
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posted 01 July 2003 09:28 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I don't know what it was, something brought "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret" by Judy Blume to mind, and I got thinking about some of my favorite books when I was in elementary school.

Just wondering what young adult books (I'm not talking about children's picture books, I'm talking novels for middle-graders and young adults) that you enjoyed while growing up.

Do you find that there are books that have been so influential that they have become part of your soul, never to be forgotten?

Some books like that for me:

Barthe deClements: "Seventeen and In-Between", "Nothing's Fair in Fifth Grade", and "How Do You Lose Those Ninth Grade Blues"

Paula Danziger: "The Divorce Express", "The Cat Ate My Gymsuit", "Can You Sue Your Parents For Malpractice?", "The Pistachio Prescription"

Judy Blume: "Blubber", "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret", "Deenie", "Then Again, Maybe I Won't", "It's Not The End Of The World", "Starring Sally J. Freedman As Herself", "Forever"

John D. Fitzgerald: "The Great Brain" and the rest of the "Great Brain" series

And of course, the ones I blush about - the "Girls of Canby Hall" series. "Sweet Valley High" series.

I know there are lots more, but these are the ones off the top of my head.

I have none of these books anymore. I'd like to pick some up second-hand here and there and read them again.


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Willowdale Wizard
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posted 01 July 2003 09:32 PM      Profile for Willowdale Wizard   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
i always liked gordon korman's macdonald hall series of books. that and alfred hitchcock's "the three investigators" (they call them "the three question marks" in germany).
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Michelle
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posted 01 July 2003 09:36 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
That's neat - I just googled the Hitchcock one you mentioned and it's kind of the Hardy Boys - Nancy Drew genre, huh? Never heard of it before!

There's another book, don't know the name of the author and can't find it on google, but it's called "Oranges and UFOs". I remember loving that book, but I only remember the plot vaguely.


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Willowdale Wizard
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posted 01 July 2003 09:44 PM      Profile for Willowdale Wizard   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
yes, it's more hardy boys, due to the all-male team.

i've got a number of those "great brain" books, "choose your own adventure" books, and probably my favourite growing up was "strange companion" by dayton o. hyde (it's about a boy who finds a whooping crane and nurses it back to health).


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