Response to NPR 100 Must Reads for Ages 9 – 14 — Part 2

It turned out that I have more to say and more wish lists to compile:

First off, According to a child_lit member, “In the first 50 books, there are only 8 books published since the turn of the century.  The average age of the first 50 books?  44.  The average publication date is 1969.”

And I noticed that some of the titles/series seem to belong on another, slightly younger recommended list, such as, Sarah Plain and Tall, Romana, the Little House series and Hundred Dresses.  Or perhaps I’m off base here?  I’m also surprised that there is no School Life section — perhaps it should be grouped with Family Life.

Here are the rest of the sections and my Wish Lists!

 

Family Life (I want School Life to be added here)

Agreeing:

Walk Two Moons (11, 12, 13)

The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963 (10, 11, 12)

One Crazy Summer (10, 11, 12)

FAIRROSA’S WISH LIST

Casson Family series (Saffy’s Angel and sequels) (10, 11, 12)

Frindle (if School Life is here) (9, 10)

Al Capone Does My Shirts (9, 10, 11)

Bell Prater’s Boy (9, 10, 11)

A Corner of the Universe (11, 12, 13)

 

Fantasy Worlds

Agreeing:

The Chronicles of Prydain (10, 11, 12)

Peter Pan (11, 12, 13, 14)

Oz, The Complete Collection (10, 11, 12)

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (9, 10, 11)

The City of Ember (shouldn’t this be SciFi?) (9, 10, 12)

A Wizard of Earthsea (12, 13, 14)

The Chronicles of Narnia (10, 11, 12)

The Giver (11, 12, 13, 14)

His Dark Materials (11, 12, 13, 14)

The Hobbit, Or, There And Back Again (9, 10, 11, 12)

FAIRROSA’S WISH LIST

(Fantasy is my favorite genre, so I can probably come up with about 50 Must Reads just here.. haha… )

Gregor the Overlander series (9, 10, 11, 12)

Bartimaeus series (10, 11, 12, 13, 14)

Howl’s Moving Castle (10, 11, 12, 13)

Inkheart (11, 12, 13)

The Neverending Story (11, 12, 13)

Friendships And Finding Your Place (probably school stories can go here, too)

Agreeing:

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda (9, 10, 11)

Are You There, God? (10, 11, 12)

The Secret Garden (9, 10, 11, 12)

Harriet the Spy (9, 10, 11)

Wonder (9, 10, 11, 12)

Bridge to Terabithia (10, 11, 12)

Holes (9, 10, 11, 12)

Maniac Magee (10, 11, 12)

FAIRROSA’S WISH LIST:

Hope Was Here (11, 12, 13)

So B. It (10, 11, 12)

A Mango Shaped Space (10, 11, 12, 13)

Olive’s Ocean (10, 11, 12)

Six Innings (10, 11, 12)

Black and White (13, 14, and older)

 

Good For A Laugh

Agreeing.. sort of:

Matilda (Not really just funny.. should be in Everyday Magic) (9, 10, 11)

The Phantom Tollbooth (should be in Everyday Magic) (9, 10, 11)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (9, 10)

Joey Pigza series (9, 10, 11, 12)

The Grand Escape (9, 10, 11)

Jack and the Seven Deadly Giants (9, 10, 11)

Graphic Novels

Bone (9, 10, 11)

The Arrival (9, 10, 11, 12)

American Born Chinese (13, 14, older)

FAIRROSA’S WISH LIST

Rapunzel’s Revenge (9, 10, 11)

Amulet series (9, 10, 11, 12)

Persepolis (I know. this is a memoir… but) (13, 14, older)

Mysteries And Thrillers

Agreeing:

Wolves of Willoughby Chase (9, 10, 11)

The House With a Clock in Its Walls  (9, 10, 11)

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (9, 10, 11)

The Invention of Hugo Cabret (9, 10, 11)

When You Reach Me (9, 10, 11)

FAIRROSA’S WISH LIST:

The Westing Game (9, 10, 11)

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle (11, 12, 13)

The Face on the Milk Carton (11, 12, 13)

Killing Mr. Griffin (13, 14, older)

Coraline (10, 11, 12)

And Then There Were None (yup.. I went there!) (12, 13, 14)

Myths And Fairy Tales

Agreeing:

The Dark Is Rising Sequence (11, 12, 13)

D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths (9, 10, 11)

The Little Prince (10, 11, 12, 13)

Ella Enchanted (9, 10, 11, 12)

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (9, 10, 11)

Percy Jackson and the Olympians series (9, 10, 11, 12)

FAIRROSA’S WISH LIST

A Tale Dark and Grimm (9, 10, 11)

Fairy’s Return (containing 6 stories (9, 10, 11)

Science Fiction (weird to have only 3 titles!)

Agreeing:

Ender’s Game (12, 13, 14)

The House of the Scorpion (11, 12, 13)

A Wrinkle in Time series (10, 11, 12)

FAIRROSA’S WISH LIST

The Hunger Games (12, 13, 14)

The Boy Who Reversed Himself (11, 12, 13)

Epic (11, 12, 13)

Incarceron (12, 13, 14)

Airman (11, 12, 13)

The Dead (series) (12, 13, 14)

Ender’s Shadow (12, 13, 14)

Atherton (11, 12, 13)

Survival And Adventure

Agreeing:

Julie of the Wolves (11, 12, 13)

Island of the Blue Dolphins (11, 12, 13)

Hatchet (11, 12, 13)

The Twenty-one Balloons (9, 10, 11)

FAIRROSA’S WISH LIST

Trash (10, 11, 12)

Peak (11, 12, 13)

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2 responses to “Response to NPR 100 Must Reads for Ages 9 – 14 — Part 2

  1. DaNae

    I’m reading the Casson books for the first time this summer and feeling really cheated I didn’t bond with them earlier. I can agree with most your additions. But I’m imbalanced in my love for OKAY FOR NOW, so we will need to part ways over your omission.

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