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Friday, January 15, 2010


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Oooh, 5th graders, they are hard. I have some standard, you-are-too-young-for-Twilight recommends - Otherworldlies by Jennifer Kogler, Violet Wings by Victoria Hanley, and I've heard Laini Taylor's Dreamdark books are really good, but haven't read them. I've just bought the only vampire series for young readers I could find - Oliver Nocturne by Kevin Emerson, but I don't know if it's any good.


How about M. T. Anderson's "Whales on Stilts" and sequels for the funny action genre? They're a bit campy but funny and mysterious and action-y. And I vouch for Laini Taylor's Dreamdark books - I've read both and they are fantastic.


Jennifer, thanks, I will remember those titles! And Rebecca, I just can't bring myself to like M.T. Anderson, especially after The Game of Sunken Places. It's one thing to have your kid characters manipulated by adults, but I do require the kids to, at some point, realize it and speak up for themselves.

Can't explain why I've never read Dreamdark. Laini Taylor even has pink hair like me! But I do recommend those books, mostly on the strength of recommendations like yours!

Ellen Edge

If you're looking for absolutely G-rated but extremely funny and well-written comic books, look at PS238. As an adult, I find the stories utterly delightful, and my 8 and 11 year olds are equally intrigued.

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