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Pre-Christmas Giveway #2, The Biggie

Ahoy Polygoners,

On Monday, December 5th, I’ma gonna give away The Dragon’s Tooth to ten (10) winners. Entry is beautifully simple and can be achieved in one of four (4) ways. Multiple entries are just dandy (max of one with each method).

Entry Method Uno: Post a cheerful comment right here, making your best recommend for a great gift book for boys (or girls). My books don’t count.

Entry Method Dos: Do the same on the Ashtown Burials facebook page here.

Entry Method Tres: Tweet something you would want to see or do at Ashtown and include the hashtag #dragonstooth.

Bonus Entry Method Cuatro: If you have a Boxing Monkey Patch, tweet a pic of its current location and include the hashtag #dragonstooth. If you don’t have a patch, bummer. Click here to cure your ills…

Added twist for Teachers and Librarians: if you win, I’ll include two (2) copies of the book, one for you personally and one for your library or classroom.Β  Added twist for everyone: a stack of Monkey Patches will go out to all winners, and audiobooks can be swapped out for paper books on request (while supplies last).

A very merry Christmas to all y’all! Cheers.




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    Terri Young
    November 28, 2011 at 7:47 am

    My 10 year old son and the whole family have really enjoyed the Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull.

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    November 28, 2011 at 7:55 am

    I have two: Mysterious Benedict Society (a great kids read with tons of twists and makes you think hard) and the good old-fashioned TinTin comics. I’m planning on giving both to my brothers for Christmas!

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    November 28, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Great book for boys (or girls) “Do Hard Things” by Alex and Bret Harris.

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    Aki Black
    November 28, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Oooh! Pick me. =)

    1. Chronicles of Narnia – duh.
    2. The Hobbit
    3. Prydain Chronicles
    4. Mara, daughter of the Nile.

    Audiobook would be fab. Thanks, NDW.

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    Hannah Jasmine
    November 28, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Oh! Oh! Pick me! I know a great book for girls – The Ordinary Princess by M.M. Kaye. Not only is the story charming itself, but the illustrations by the author would make the book worth it even if the story was lousy.
    I loved the Dragon’s Tooth – you’ll be pleased to note that even down under, in New Zealand, your fans (such as my sister, who lives here with her very kiwi family) wheedle the libraries (who usually haven’t heard of your books) into purchasing them for the good of the public.

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    Kent Goertzen
    November 28, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Well, since I can’t recommend one of your books I’l have to recommend one my boys like and one I love, they are… {drum roll please}
    Robot Wars by Sigmund Brouwer [hey he’s Canadian so he can’t be bad|
    And the ever so fantastic….
    Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis [he’s a Brit but we won’t hold it against him R.I.P.]

    Happy Christmas!

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    November 28, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Best recommend? “The Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow” is right up there for everyone. Cheers!

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    Nathan Anderson
    November 28, 2011 at 10:21 am

    I love Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.

    Are you (NDW) reading the audio book? If so, I might have to state my preference for that…

    Merry Christmas back at’cha!

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    November 28, 2011 at 11:47 am

    My boys and girls are into The Lord of the Rings right now…such a classic for any age or gender!

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    Charles DeMoss
    November 28, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    I would have to recommend The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica by James A Owen. It’s a very interesting series.

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    Mary A
    November 28, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    The Rosemary Sutcliff books are really good, especially for boys.

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    Jennifer Ekstrand
    November 28, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    I think Susan Cooper’s The Dark is Rising Sequence is great for children, and Anne of Green Gables is great for girls. I still enjoy reading both sets of books often.

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    Jeremy Larson
    November 28, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Redwall, doncha know!

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    Eric Neevel
    November 28, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    My daughter and I have thoroughly enjoyed Andrew Peterson’s Wingfeather Saga series. Great reads with lot’s of action, humor, and imagination. Also, all three of my children count C.S. Lewis’s, Till We Have Faces as one of their favorite books. Maybe for slightly older children, but excellent.

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    November 28, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    It’s fun to read the comments. So many good books have already been mentioned. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster is a favorite of my children who have often recommended it to their friends. Another great read is Elephant Run by Roland Smith.

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    November 28, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Little Women! One of my favorites, defiantly for girls. And now that I think about it I got it for Christmas three years ago!

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    November 28, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    We really like Patricia St. John’s books. Treasures in the Snow and the like.

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    November 28, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Not classics but we (my children ages 9-13) have enjoyed reading Blue Ballet’s books especially Chasing Vermeer.

    I do have a Boxing Monkey Patch but it is tucked away in its envelope, which is highly coveted by those who know about it, waiting to be opened on Christmas morning by an unknowing recipient in my home. Does that count as a picture?

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    November 28, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    I’d recommend Watership Down by Richard Adams for boys!

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    Charles Chambers
    November 28, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    The Hobbit J.R.R. Tolkien

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    November 28, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimoore Cooper, is a great book for both girls and boys. I love it as a child.

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    November 28, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    I often recommend Shannon Hale’s books for girls, especially her Books of Bayern series, which starts with THE GOOSE GIRL.

    For boys, I recommend John Flanagan’s The Ranger’s Apprentice series, the first of which is THE RUINS OF GORLAN.

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    Michael Kloss
    November 28, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Treasure Island. The classics never fail.

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    Helen Howell
    November 28, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    I highly recommend “The Wee Free Men” by Terry Pratchett. My ten-year-old brother greatly enjoyed it (and the sequels) and spent the next few weeks shouting “Crivens!” at everyone. Also, “Bud & Me” is a great book for boys – it’s a true story about the young sons of one of T. Roosevelt’s men; their dad let them go on an adventure alone at the ages of five and nine.

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    Lisa Busha
    November 28, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    The Hunger Games! My 15 year old son, soon to be 12 year old daughter (this week!) and I, are all reading the series as we speak! Can’t wait to start “another series” soon πŸ˜‰

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    Amanda Patchin
    November 28, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    I’ll second the Treasure Island recommendation. It was my childhood favorite and The Dragon’s Tooth returned it to me with amplified pleasure.

    I’d also like to recommend Ralph Moody’s Little Britches, The Home Ranch, Man of the Family, and The Fields of Home. Great autobiographical stories!

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    J Fletcher
    November 28, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    My family highly recommends The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, an awesome series for boys (or girls)! My kids love to compare how the author uses Greek mythology in these books to what they already know and how it’s used in other books.

    And, I will second Amanda’s recommendation of Little Britches by Ralph Moody. A great book for boys of elementary and junior high age.

    A couple of great book for teenage boys are Louis L’Amour’s The Lonesome Gods and The Chosen by Chaim Potok. Both of these deal with how boys can take responsibility for their own education, and are just good reads too!

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    November 28, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    I recommend The Inheritance cycle, By Christopher Paolini And the Rangers Apprentice series by John Flanagan. The first series (Paolini) has a strong magic element that will appeal to Harry Potter fans, and the second series (Flanagan) is still great fun even though magic is not included in the adventures. Both series would be great gifts.

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    November 28, 2011 at 4:45 pm


    I’ll echo the recommendations of some before me, but on some I’ll have to decline. Lucy Maude Montgomery is good for anyone (boys/girls). Same with C.S. Lewis or J.R.R. Tolkien. James Fenimore, on the other hand, is not: hasn’t anyone else noticed his rank obsession with twigs?

    Apart from that, there are the old guys: Wodehouse, Chesterton, and the like. All the initialed men.

    George MacDonald.

    William Shakespeare.

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    November 28, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    I am a 13.5 year old girl, and I recommend any YA books by Rosemary Sutcliff: Outcast, The Mark of the Horse Lord, The Eagle of the Ninth Trilogy.(kind of violent,though)
    Also The adventures of Tintin by HergΓ¨ and last but not least, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins(extremely violent). All of these are good for boys AND girls! Oh, and any Charles Dickens πŸ™‚

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    November 28, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    oh and what if you don’t ‘ave tweet?? can I just post a pic on ashtown’s wall?

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    SD Smith
    November 28, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Book for boys? Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card.

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    Joe Keune
    November 28, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    I would recommend Andrew Peterson’s Wingfeather Saga, a series of three books(so far).

    1. On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness
    2. North, or Be Eaten
    3. The Monster in the Hollows

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    Trevor Sides
    November 28, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    1. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
    2. Any Calvin & Hobbes compilation/collection
    3. The Hobbit

    Boom. Recommended.

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    Dustin Savage
    November 28, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    My wife has been reading a slew of children’s literature for her schooling, so I’m sure she would add her voice to mine in recommending the Ramona books by Beverly Clearly, as well as The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau.

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    Joe Rigney
    November 28, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson (3 vol at the moment).

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    Eric Schumacher
    November 28, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    If you love story and imagination, you love Rory’s Story Cubes ( Our boys love them. Roll the cubes, tell a story that includes each picture. Fits in your pocket!

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    Barry Wallace
    November 28, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Uno.) I LOVE your books! (How’s that for cheerful?)

    Dos.) For boys, I highly recommend Andrew Peterson’s Wingfeather Saga.

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    Eric Schumacher
    November 28, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Doh! Just noticed it was a gift BOOK! (How’s that for reading!?)

    Can’t go wrong with The Phantom Tollbooth!

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    Noah Sutherland
    November 28, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    For the younger crowd (my son is 3) – “Too Much Noise” by Ann McGovern and “In the Night Kitchen” by Maurice Sendak. I’m looking forward to reading some classics to him soon, like “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain and “The Jungle Book” by Rudyard Kipling.

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    Dave Gregg
    November 28, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    “The Hidden Hand” by Mrs. E.D.E.N Southworth. It quickly became one of our families favorites and actually sold more copies than Uncle Tom’s Cabin which was circulating around the same time.

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    Ben Sulser
    November 28, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    I think that Walter Wangerin’s The Book of the Dun Cow is an overlooked one. It’s not exactly a straightforward adventure story, though–maybe for the more thoughtful teens.

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    Marc Spinuzzi
    November 28, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    “My Side of the Mountain” by Jean Craighead George, is one of my favorites, and one of the first books my young son just couldn’t put down.

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    November 28, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    The Dark Is Rising series by Susan Cooper. And Bridge To Terabithia. I love that one, too.

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    Daniel Alders
    November 28, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    I’m definitely a fan of Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia and Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Another good one is Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events.

    Do I win?

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    Chris Griffith
    November 28, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart is one of our favorites. Also, Where the Red Fern Grows by Winston Rawls will make a grown man cry! (but it’s good too!)

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    November 28, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Last Christmas I was given Between the Forest and the Hills by Ann Lawrence; it takes place in late Roman Britain and is quite a lot of fun.

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    Sarah Pfeifer
    November 28, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    The Little House on the Prairie is a wonderful series for girls and I think boys would enjoy Farmer Boy in that series as well.

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    Mitchell Killian
    November 28, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Can’t go wrong with the Indian in the Cupboard series (Lynn Reid Banks) or the Three Investigators mystery books (Robert Author and others). Not classics per se, but I loved them as a kid.

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    JJ Mahoney
    November 28, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    C.S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy. Probably a step up in tone and maturity from Narnia as it does get a little creepy, but it’s a worthwhile read for young boys and girls (or big boys and girls). πŸ™‚

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    November 28, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Robinson Crusoe is one of my favorites. Some other good ones are Henry Winterfeld’s “Mystery of the Roman Ransom” and the entire Tintin series by Herge (Some may call Tintin “comic books,” but they are deserving of a more honorary desicription). All the above are excellent reads for boys.

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    Micah Bechard
    November 28, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    A Wrinkle In Time, by Madeleine L’Engle should be on every young person’s books shelf, also The Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis.

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    November 28, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    thanks for your gift of writing and I am looking forward to receiving the monkey patch..I am going to give it away …hopefully they will like it as much as i do! saturdaynext~ πŸ™‚

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    Daniel Kush
    November 28, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    I’d like to recommend The Action Bible, a HUGE graphic novel with amazing art work, as one of the best books for boys. I have to drag my son away from it at night. Even my wife makes it a priority to sit in when I read it to my son. It’s basically an 800 page graphic novel on 215 major Bible stories and the artwork is excellent. My second recommendation is The Phantom Tollbooth. This is one of the most magical and thought provoking books I’ve read. I love the illustrations peppered throughout the book.

    I think I won. Send me the book. BTW, I bought NFTT-a-W. I loved the thought that we are traveling at Mach 86 right now. Sweet.

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    Nate Downey
    November 28, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    The Wingfeather Saga by the esteemed Andrew Peterson

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    November 28, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    A Tale of Two Cities

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    November 28, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Big Red by Jim Kjelgaard is adventurous and neat for pet lovers. Half Magic by Edward Eager is thoughtfully magical. Both are now dog-eared copies with finger flicked pages.

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    November 28, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    My 11 year-old son loves the Skeleton Creek and Tracker series by Patrick Carman. He’s also enjoyed Hatchet by Gary Paulsen.

    For old school thrill, he loves Poe’s “The Gold Bug”.

    What is the projected date for Book 2 of The Ashtown Burials?

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    November 28, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Husband and father of four boys says “Sea Wolf” by Jack London for boys. “Captains Courageous” is another good one.

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    November 28, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    The Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander

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    Matt Boesch
    November 28, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    I and my little brothers have enjoyed the historical fiction of G.A. Henty.

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    Kevin P
    November 28, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Enders Game by Orson Scott Card

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    Justin Spencer
    November 28, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    “A Wrinkle in Time,” “The Princess and the Goblin,” and “The Cay” are all stellar. “The Cay” is perfect for teaching Biblical allusion.

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    November 28, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    As a girl, I loved the Lucy Maud Montgomery series, Little Women, Jane Eyre and anything by Jane Austen. My boys loved the Little House series and Narnia, of course.

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    November 28, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Kon Tiki: Across the Pacific in a Raft by Thor Heyerdahl. A great(and true)tale of adventure.

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    November 28, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    I thought Farley Mowat’s Owls in the Family was a great book for my 2nd grade class. I’m teaching 6th currently and can’t wait to start The Call of the Wild this week with them. Recently enjoyed the selections of modern British poetry in one of the “Poetry Rocks” series. Yay for awesome giveaways!

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    November 28, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    So many books…but my kids (and me!) really like the Mysterious Benedict Society books.

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    Julie B
    November 28, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    My siblings and I grew up on all the older teen series: Rick Brant, Tom Swift Jr., Tom Corbett: Space Cadet, Cherry Ames: Nurse, Vicki Barr: Stewardess, etc. None are in print anymore (they were already long gone when I was a kid), but Amazon and eBay have most of them. Great adventures, great friendships, and great relationships with their families.

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    November 28, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    My oldest son loves The Dangerous Book for Boys. So does his dad. It’s a great gift for any boy.

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    November 28, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    A few years back I finished reading Andrew Peterson’s “On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness”, the first book of the Wingfeather Saga. I then promptly handed the book to my son Josiah with the promise of every good thing that a book can contain. Soon this boy, this very active boy, was laying on the couch, giggling, turning pages, content & lost in the world of Skree. A few hours later, I returned home after running some errands and found this same boy, this very active boy, laying in the same spot on the couch. My husband looked at me and said with a smile, “He hasn’t moved since you left”. Magical. Soon after, the book was passed on to my middle son, Sawyer. Late one night, I went into his dark room to check on him. There I found Sawyer in bed, propped up on his elbows with his father’s LED headlamp strapped to his head, reading his new favorite book. Sneaky, late night book reading? Ingenious. This book had passed through the hands of my husband, myself, my daughter, & my 2 older sons. Last month, after my youngest son Jaden read the book, he stood with this book (now well worn & tattered) held tightly to his chest as he waited for Andrew Peterson to sign it. But he couldn’t leave it at that. He insisted that I buy all three books of the “Wingfeather Saga”, have them signed, & give them to his school library. A child sharing a good book with his friends? Marvelous.
    Some books are readable. Some are slightly enjoyable. Some are very good. But deeper still, some books & the world found within their pages are utterly captivating. Like a wonderful secret that is meant to be shared, but can only be understood by those who’ve journeyed through the pages. I love sharing these type of books with my children. “On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness” by Andrew Peterson. Magical. Ingenious. Marvelous.

    P.S.- I’m not a librarian but I do volunteer in the Frontier Academy elementary school library once a week. If I receive a “librarian’s” copy of “The Dragon’s Tooth”, I hereby solemnly swear that I will joyously hand over said book to the wonderful librarian. This wonderful librarian will happily place the book on the shelf because she has impeccable taste.

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    Josh Starkey
    November 28, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    I just finished “The Penderwicks” by Jeanne Birdsall, in hopes of discovering a future read for our now-3-year-old. It was excellent. Great gift idea for a 6-10 year old girl.

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    J. Kru
    November 28, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    I’d have to go with the unusual and delightful Swan Lake trilogy by Mark Helprin: Swan Lake, A City in Winter, and The Veil of Snows. Illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg (Jumanjii, The Polar Express)

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    Bethany J.
    November 28, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    I have a recommendation for girls! “Ella Enchanted” or “The Two Princesses of Bamarre” by Gail Carson Levine. Lively, humorous fantasy novels with heroines you can’t help but like, lots of exciting danger, and vivid worlds chock-full of the author’s creativity. I love them.

    I also want to second someone else’s recommendation of Rosemary Sutcliff. Her writing blows me away!

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    Caleb Land
    November 28, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Jeffrey Overstreet’s 4 volume Auralia’s Thread series is great and I don’t see it getting much mention on here. I second many of the others.

    Another book I read recently that I would recommend is Knox’s Irregulars…it’s kind of a Calvinist Starship Troopers and very well written, by J. Wesley Bush.

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    November 28, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    N-not your books? That’s hard. πŸ™‚ Hm…Toby Alone and sequel by Timothee de Fombelle. Or however you spell that, haha.

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    Doug B
    November 28, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    My 6-year-old girl is currently enjoying Wind in the Willows, and I love reading it to her!

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    Al Stout
    November 28, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Greetings! May your favor fall on me. There are several books required of boys in my home: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy; The Dangerous Book for Boys; and The Jeeves short stories by P G Wodehouse as they get older.

    Merry Christmas!
    Al sends

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    Christopher Miller
    November 28, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Good Christmas cheer and all that. I would recommend “A Wrinkle in Time” by L’Engle, but only if you don’t mind a little bad theology.

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    Kevin Faulk
    November 28, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    I’m just starting the book, but greatly enjoying it. My recommendation: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. It’s a beautiful story about contentment.

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    November 28, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    My son has been reading the old Hardy Boys series and has enjoyed them all.

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    November 28, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Aku-Aku: The Secrets of Easter Island by Thor Heyerdahl (1914-2002). True-life archeology/adventure story discovering the history of the Easter Island statues and the hidden caves.

    His Voyage of the Kon-Tiki is also fantastic.

    Think St. Brendan’s Voyage, but for the South Pacific and involving more fish stories.

    Have a Jolly Christmas!

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    Mike Lynch
    November 28, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Some classics:
    Haggard’s King Solomon’s Mines and Stevenson’s Treasure Island (ideally with N. C. Wyeth’s illustrations).

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    Daniel Foucachon
    November 28, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    Chronicles of Narnia, of course.

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    November 28, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George is a really good book for girls and boys but mostly girls.

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    November 28, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Farmer Boy in the Little House Series is a great read for boys. Also, The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald is wonderful.

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    Marc Hays
    November 28, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes (about a boy) and The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare (about a girl). Both will be enjoyed by boys and girls.

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    Vic King
    November 28, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Hey there!

    A bit of a backstory to my tweet (@mrvicking)…
    First off, my pregnant wife and I have been reading our way through 100 Cupboards, and now we’re in The Chestnut King. Which is fun, ’cause we’re Kings, and we live on Chestnut Oak Rd in Baltimore. I’m also a teacher who runs a before-school club on Fridays called GUYS READ, and I wanna put a couple copies of Dragon’s Tooth in their hands. Fightin’ Monkey patches wouldn’t hurt either.

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    Lindsay M.
    November 28, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    Of course my first choice would be your books, but since that’s not an option, here’s a couple others:

    -‘The Mysterious Benedict Society’ by Trenton Lee Stewart
    -‘The Wingfeather Saga’ by Andrew Peterson
    -‘From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler’ by E.L. Konigsburg
    -Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

    Merry Christmas!! : )

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    November 29, 2011 at 12:02 am

    My husband already used the first two I thought of, but there’s always Everlost.

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    November 29, 2011 at 12:13 am

    I would like to recommend
    “The Bronze Bow” by Elizabeth George Speare.
    “Calico Captive” by the same
    “Carry on Mr. Bowditch” by Jean Latham
    “Johnny Tremain” by Esther Forbes

    The whole Redwall series by Brian Jacques (there are 23 or so)

    and the Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

    The series wouldn’t be the greatest for gifts since they are so many books.[


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    Jason Kanz
    November 29, 2011 at 12:17 am

    I would have to recommend Forbidden Lego or 50 Dangerous things to do with your children. Good stuff.

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    Toni Payne
    November 29, 2011 at 12:38 am

    Jonathan Rogers Wilderking Triology is great for the whole family, and once you become a feechie fan his book Charlatan’s Boy!

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    Mike Belknap
    November 29, 2011 at 12:42 am

    In a letter to his son, Christopher, J. R. R. Tolkien once wrote,

    “And all of a sudden I realized what it was: the very thing that I have been trying to write about and explain – in that fairy-story essay that I so much wish you had read that I think I shall send it to you. For it I coined the word ‘eucatastrophe’: the sudden happy turn in a story which pierces you with a joy that brings tears (which I argued it is the highest function of fairy-stories to produce). And I was there led to the view that it produces its peculiar effect because it is a sudden glimpse of Truth, your whole nature chained in material cause and effect, the chain of death, feels a sudden relief as if a major limb out of joint had suddenly snapped back. It perceives – if the story has literary ‘truth’ on the second plane (for which see the essay) – that this is indeed how things really do work in the Great World for which our nature is made. And I concluded by saying that the Resurrection was the greatest ‘eucatastrophe’ possible in the greatest Fairy Story – and produces that essential emotion: Christian joy which produces tears because it is qualitatively so like sorrow, because it comes from those places where Joy and Sorrow are at one, reconciled, as selfishness and altruism are lost in Love. Of course I do not mean that the Gospels tell what is only a fairy-story; but I do mean very strongly that they do tell a fairy-story: the greatest.”

    I fully agree.

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    Cami Daniels
    November 29, 2011 at 12:48 am

    The Door Within series by Wayne Thomas Batson, the Narnia series by C.S. Lewis, Dragons of Starlight series by Bryan Davis, and Dragon Keeper series by Donita Paul have all been wonderful reads!

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    Leigh M.
    November 29, 2011 at 12:57 am

    Some of my favorite books for kids:
    “Chronicles of Narnia”
    “The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings” series
    “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series
    “Bob Books” for kids just starting to read
    “The Story of the World” Susan Wise Bauer-audio
    “Little House on the Prairie” series
    “Ella Enchanted” Gail Carson Levine

    Do homeschool teachers count for the extra book? My kids would love an audiobook version if I win. Thanks-we love your books!

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    November 29, 2011 at 12:58 am

    Sherlock Holmes!

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    November 29, 2011 at 1:10 am

    The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander
    The Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis
    Any G.A. Henty

    Happy Advent!

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    Micah Neely
    November 29, 2011 at 1:55 am

    Peach Boy and Other Japanese Children’s Favorite Stories by Florence Sakade and Yoshisuke Kurosaki is a great introduction to the Eastern magical narrative corpus. I’ve tried to tell my wife who grew up with these stories that Peach Boy is clearly about uniformitarian imperialism and immigration policies, but they seem to make better children’s tales instead.

    The untapped potential of the Eastern fairy tales in the West is bigger than just the Japanese literature, but I like to think Japan is the Germany of Eastern fairy tales, and Sakade and Kurosaki are the updaters of the brothers Grimm-san for the children of the shining land across the sea.

    Boy, that analogy got unwieldy fast.

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    Janine W.
    November 29, 2011 at 1:59 am

    I am a teacher! The obvious books we recommend are Chronicles of Narnia, Anne of Green Gables, and Lord of the Rings. A new book my daughter loves is The Penderwicks at Point Mouette ( Jeanne Birdsall gives a shout out to Tom Hammond from Leepike Ridge on page 32). I can’t show a picture of our Boxing Monkey Patch because it’s hidden away for a stocking stuffer!

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    November 29, 2011 at 2:07 am

    Anything by G. A. Henty. I particularly enjoyed *Beric the Briton* in my younger days.

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    Nat Shull
    November 29, 2011 at 2:37 am

    My favorite books are yours! I keep thinking – “What was that book I couldn’t put down…Oh, yeah – Leepike Ridge!…” But the Hobbit is also one of my very favorite books. I also really like Redwall. I really want a monkey patch! I need to get to a bookstore! (Nat Shull, age 12 – with help commenting by Mom.)

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    Matt Krykew
    November 29, 2011 at 3:15 am

    I highly recommend Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan series. Action and adventure for both boys and girls (two protagonists) set in an alternative version of world war I where the powers fight with diesel powered machines or “darwinist” monstrosities.

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    Mark Olivero
    November 29, 2011 at 3:21 am

    Standing in crooked row, glossy faced,
    six Matryoshka dolls – one, two, three
    …and this doll who’s he?
    an inquiring nave asks. Not Chekhov,
    not Tolstoy, not Solzhenitsyn
    { blessed you }
    …I continue.
    Four and five, not Sorokin,
    not Bunin, but Pushkin.
    Yes, read him. He’ll
    set your brain afire
    till you see a golden cockerel
    perched atop a spire.


  104. at
    November 29, 2011 at 3:26 am

    Can’t beat the Narnia books. Loved Leepike Ridge, especially as we live near Sinking Creek that disappears into a mountain.

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    Todd G
    November 29, 2011 at 3:48 am

    It feels almost lame to pile on, but definitely The Chronicles of Narnia. Also the Wrinkle in Time series by Madeleine L’Engle. And I love the Harry Potter series.

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    Jacob Moya
    November 29, 2011 at 3:51 am

    A good book for a lad is The Phantom Tollbooth and my favourite picture book to read to my little lady, Gennevieve, is Edith and Little Bear. We collect the Lonely Doll series and cherish them all.

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    Ellen of Tasmania
    November 29, 2011 at 4:20 am

    I’ve just finished ‘The Little White Horse’ by Elizabeth Goudge, and have apologised to my kids for never having read it to them in their childhood. The ending is a bit weak, but the rest of it makes up for that.

  108. at
    Michael Buschbacher
    November 29, 2011 at 5:39 am

    Great book for boys: The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene DuBois

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    Kirsten Miller
    November 29, 2011 at 5:46 am

    My favorites as a girl were Island of the Blue Dolphins and A Wrinkle in Time.

  110. at
    November 29, 2011 at 5:58 am

    How about Holes by Louis Sachar?

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    Sarah M
    November 29, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Wow! Narrowing it down to one book to recommend is TOUGH!!! I’m going to say “Owls in the Family” because so many of the best titles have already been mentioned. It is a good, solid book full of boyish shenanigans. My eight year old reads it over and over and those silly owls always make him laugh until he cries!!!

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    November 29, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Did my comment go up, or was it eaten? I recommended “Journey Through the Night” by Anne de Vries and “Lorna Doone” by RD Blackmore.

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    November 29, 2011 at 8:22 am

    My 2 year old daughter is being introduced to The Jesus Storybook, replete with all the notable bible stories adorned with smart, colorful art, all pointing towards the main man in all books and stories in the Good Book. She loves it, but I can’t wait to be able to read her all the words before she wants to see the next page of pictures. Favorite books for boys would be: BFG, The Witches, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Encyclopedia Brown.

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    Seth H
    November 29, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Anything by Tolkien, so long as it isn’t as heavy as The Silmarilion. Lewis with the Narnianess… but I’d really suggest his book Out of the Silent Planet, though they might need to wait a couple years for the sequels. Pilgrim’s Progress. Anything by Jack London for a boy. The Jesus Story Book Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones. Et cetera.

    Definitely do not give them books by Cormac McCarthy.

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    November 29, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Just finished the Eragon series. Highly recommended for boy or girl.

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    Parker C
    November 29, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    All of the Father Brown mystery stories are excellent.

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    November 29, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    The City of Ember series, by Jeanne DuPrau

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    Jared P. Unger
    November 29, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    (preferably for young teenage boys) The Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz

  119. at
    Jared P. Unger
    November 29, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    or the Horatio Hornblower Series

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    November 29, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Ender’s Game

  121. at
    November 29, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    A newish one, I’ve liked is Emerald Atlas by Stephes

  122. at
    Jared T
    November 29, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    The Harry Potter series is always a treat to read.

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    November 29, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    *The Best Christmas Pageant Ever* By Barbra Robinson, is a good gift idea for boys and girls of all ages because it is really, really funny!!! I dont know anybody who has read it and not liked it! πŸ™‚

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    November 29, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    As a middle school teacher at an all-boys school, there are many books I could recommend. For today, it will have to be the Hank the Cowdog series. I’ve seen quite a few boys enjoy reading for the first time because of those books.

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    Sarah morgan
    November 29, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame! LOVE this book!

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    November 29, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    What a generous idea! My sons and daughters loved the series “Little House on the Prairie.” Also, boys, “The Sign of the Beaver,” by Elizabeth Speare.

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    Jim Hamilton
    November 29, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    N. D. Wilson will never bore you, and he will make more things happen in your brain than are contained in the words on his pages. Read his books and experience his magic.

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    Jim Hamilton
    November 29, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Book Recommendation: My wife and kids love the Viking Quest Series by Lois Walfrid Johnson – they read the whole set aloud together – and we’re always on the lookout for more books that we can do that with. Enjoy!

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    Rebekah Davis
    November 29, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    I would have to recommend “The Thief” by Megan Whalen Turner. It’s absolutely brilliant and the character development is nearly flawless. I love it.

  130. at
    November 29, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    We love “The Chronicals of Narniah”! It’s a must for all ages! Our little family loves them!!!!

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    November 29, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Mr. Wilson, I’m going to suggest “Ivanhoe”! It’s not as easy to read as others that people are posting, but it’s one of the greatest books ever written.
    Also, “The Chronicles of Prydain” by Lloyd Alexander.
    So, there’s my two cents worth. Cheers!

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    November 29, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    A person who’s opinion on books I respect greatly recommended Megan Turner’s “The Queen’s Thief” series to me and now I recommend it. πŸ™‚

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    Devon Doud
    November 29, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    The Silmarillion by Tolkien is a good read.

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    Mollie Dove
    November 29, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    I would recommend starting kids early on The Chronicles of Narnia.

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    Betsy Howard
    November 29, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    Wee Sir Gibbie by MacDonald

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    Lydia Shull
    November 30, 2011 at 1:14 am

    Some of my very, very favorite books are yours! Especially the 100 Cupboards trilogy!!! But since I can’t write that… πŸ™‚

    A couple of my favorite books are Carry on Mr. Bowditch, by Jean Lee Latham; and The Great and Terrible Quest, by Margaret Lovett.
    – Age Thirteen

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    November 30, 2011 at 1:23 am

    A good book? I would suggest both the Crown and Covenant series by Douglas Bond and the WingFeather Saga by Andrew Peterson. I think you know Andrew Peterson.

    Oh, and does instead of tweeting a picture, posting it on Instagram with the #dragonstooth hashtag work for an extra entry?

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    Essie Shull
    November 30, 2011 at 1:47 am

    Well, I absolutely LOVE your 100 cupboards trilogy and Leepike Ridge, but since I can’t say that, heres what I would suggest reading,

    The Larklight trilogy, by Philip Reeve – The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis – And The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.
    -Age Ten

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    James Cain
    November 30, 2011 at 1:54 am

    I second the Prydain Chronicles, specifically the fourth book: Taran Wanderer.

    Hard to find, but I really enjoyed a Lake of Gold by John Buchan (called The Long Traverse in Canada).

    Okay, one more: The Borrowers by Mary Norton.

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    Lydia Shull
    November 30, 2011 at 2:13 am

    I’ve posted already but my post disappeared. Hmm. So here’s my post again;

    (age thirteen)
    Some of my very, very favorite books are yours! Especially your 100 Cupboard trilogy!!! But I’m not supposed to put down your books so…. πŸ™‚

    A couple of my other favorites are: The Great and Terrible Quest, by Margaret Lovett. And, Carry on Mr. Bowditch, by Jean Lee Latham.

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    November 30, 2011 at 2:13 am

    Our “best” gift book recommendation (from a soon to be 14 year old) is:
    The Gideon Trilogy by Linda Buckley-Archer
    (previously published as Gideon the Cutpurse)

    Entertainment-Weekly says Harry fans will like this!

    JOY to you and yours!

  142. at
    Allison Redd
    November 30, 2011 at 2:25 am

    The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson or The Borrowers set by Norton

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    November 30, 2011 at 2:32 am

    I’ll have to go with M.T. Anderson’s The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation. It’s a novel in two volumes set in colonial America. Overflowing with more sophisticated philosophical ideas than you would normally see in young adult novels.

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    Joseph Bailey
    November 30, 2011 at 2:57 am

    It’s hard to find something for everyone with 5 little ones. Our oldest four were captivated by the Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson. Even our two-year-old daughter was walking around talking about Thwaps and Toothy Cows. We have since gotten several other families hooked as well. He is a great storyteller!

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    November 30, 2011 at 5:13 am

    It’s a classic, but A Wrinkle In Time and the series by Madeleine L’Engle!

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    November 30, 2011 at 5:59 am

    Well, I read most of the above and they are all great ideas – but Calvin and Hobbes (any one of the collections) is a must read for boys. We tell Calvin and Hobbes stories over and over – at dinner, in the car, out walking – there isn’t really a time when Calvin and Hobbes can’t be applied. And best of all – I can now say that my children are “Calvinists”!

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    November 30, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Peace Like a River by Leif Enger for older teens.

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    November 30, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    “Swallows and Amazons” by Arthur Ransom…and the rest of the books in that series too.

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    Jacob Young
    November 30, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    The Hatchet by Gary Paulsen.

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    November 30, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Fablehaven was good for a while. I really enjoyed Frances Hardinge’s Fly By Night and Fly Trap.

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    November 30, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    The Fiddler’s Gun – A.S. Peterson
    The Fiddler’s Green – A.S. Peterson

    The Christian Heritage Series (Starting with The Rebel) – Nancy Rue

  152. at
    Angie St
    November 30, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    My son loves anything by Gary Paulsen – especially Brian’s Saga

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    November 30, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    I read Calvin & Hobbes while learning to read, and that was chiefly how I learned. πŸ˜€

    A couple good gift books for kids: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien and The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. πŸ™‚

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    November 30, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    You know, winning The Dragon’s Tooth would make an excellent early birthday gift…for me. =)

    Thanks for the super giveaway.

    Well, I could recommend a lot of books, but I think I’ll stick with three brilliantly awesome books.

    Scary School by Derek the Ghost
    Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier
    The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

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    November 30, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    encyclopedia brown.

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    Richard Owens
    November 30, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    I have heard a good report of β€œThe Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow” from my daughter and we all like the Chronicles of Narnia and Beowulf.

  157. at
    Lia Smith
    November 30, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare. Excellent and exciting historical fiction for intermediate age.
    Can’t wait to look up some of these suggestions!

  158. at
    Betsy Avery
    December 1, 2011 at 2:02 am

    The “Merlin” series by T. D. Barron.

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    Matt Morrison
    December 1, 2011 at 2:53 am

    The Great Brain series by John D. Fitzgerald

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    Eli Evans
    December 1, 2011 at 6:29 am

    Some of my favorite books for kids (other than many others posted here) are Snow Treasure, by Marie McSwigan; the All-of-a-Kind Family (and sequels) by Sydney Taylor; and Mimus (wonderfully translated from German), by Lilli Thal. Also Papa’s Wife by Thyra Ferre Bjorn and Silver Chalice by Thomas B. Costain.

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    December 1, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Wow! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading through the above recommendations. So many good ‘uns.
    I second everyone who said The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson, A Wrinkle In Time (and its sequels), any of Rosemary Sutcliff’s books, and TinTin.
    Adding my own recommend for Suzanne Collins’ Gregor The Overlander series. 5 books, all excellent. Better (IMHO) than the Hunger Games trilogy.

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    Sean Johnson
    December 1, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    H. Rider Haggard’s “King Solomon’s Mines” is a ca-lass-ic boys adventure book and, if I were any of the folks out there in t.v. land, I would buy it for every young fellow I knew!

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    December 1, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    I can’t think of any book(s) better than The Chronicles of Narnia. Adventure, purpose, character, battles, and magic. It’s all there.

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    Libby Bowers
    December 1, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Lord of the Rings by Tolkien is one of the best along with the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis!

  165. at
    December 1, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    I really enjoyed Johnny Texas by Bob Meyers as a kid. Happy to see it on Amazon:

  166. at
    December 1, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    Growing up I read and loved the Tom Swift Jr books – they were already out of print then, but still available in fine used bookstores everywhere.

  167. at
    Brent Osterberg
    December 1, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Gotta go with R.C. Sproul’s The Prince’s Poison Cup or The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones.

  168. at
    December 1, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    A Good Start — C.H. Spurgeon

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    Jamey Jackson
    December 1, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Can’t do just one! For older kids, the Pendragon Cycle by Stephen Lawhead; slightly younger kids, the Dragon King Trilogy; Elizabeth George Speare’s Bronze Bow; and how could I not include Caddie Woodlawn?

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    Erik Huff
    December 2, 2011 at 2:30 am

    If they (boys or girls) are old enough to have their own devotions with the Bible then they are also old enough to read and benefit from “The Greener Conspiracy” by Stephen Altrogge.

    Story books likely to be found used that we have read to our 3 & 4 year olds (older elementary reading level):
    – Silver for General Washington
    – Freddie Goes to Florida (and related titles)
    – Castaway (not related to movie, based on a true story from the early 1800’s)
    – King Bear

    Sorry I don’t have the author’s handy, but the titles should be enough to find these…

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    Janice Kohl
    December 2, 2011 at 6:01 am

    for youngsters ~ Karma Wilson, Ezra Jack Keats
    has great illustrations, Harry the Dirty Dog series by Zion, Be Nice To Spiders by Graham,
    Lois Ehlert, Patricia Polacco’s books featuring goats, Henry the Explorer series by Taylor, Dr. DeSoto series by William Stieg and some of his other books, Abel’s Island. Stieg can be irreverent, but not usually ~ clever humor

    OLD TIMEY Christmas ~ The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Huston fabulous family story, nice illustrations, Applachian
    mountain setting for Mommy and daughter

    Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, Mixed Up Files…by Konisburg, Magical Melons by Brink for middle aged kids,
    Ralph Moody for family read aloud.

  172. at
    Colleen McGarry
    December 3, 2011 at 10:24 am

    My recommendations would be any books by Patricia St. John (Treasures of the Snow, Rainbow Garden, etc.) and the stories by George MacDonald.

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    Daniel Patz
    December 3, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    The Penderwicks series by Jeanne Birdsall

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    Valerie (Kyriosity)
    December 3, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Determining age appropriateness is not amongst my more finely honed skills, so I’m not sure how young a person should read them, but James Herriot’s stories are full of humor, fun characters, and lots of gross veterinary stuff that I’d imagine boys would enjoy.

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    B. I. Hammer
    December 3, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    My recommendation for a wonderful book to give is “The Great and Terrible Quest” by Margaret Lovett. This tale is one of the best stories that I have read. It is a true children’s story- for children and adults.

    It is the story of a young boy who lives with his grandfather, who is not nice to him. One day, the boy finds a white-haired stranger, who is on a quest. The boy winds up running away with the stranger on a quest that neither of them know what it is.

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    Caleb Morris
    December 3, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    For boys:

    THE DANGEROUS BOOK FOR BOYS by Hal and Conn Iggulden

    You can learn how to tie knots, a bit of Latin, a bit of Shakespeare, how to build a tree house, the Ten Commandments, and how being a real boy in the modern world is DANGEROUS! Exciting stuff.

  177. at
    David Asarnow
    December 4, 2011 at 2:11 am

    Coots Club, buy Arthur Ransome

  178. at
    Stacy Ruiz
    December 4, 2011 at 3:21 am

    Wow! I have just started reading your book to my students and we are hooked!!
    Other wonderful books/series
    Charlotte’s Web
    Little House series
    Percy Jackson series
    Harry Potter series
    Beverly Cleary books
    Magic Treehouse series

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    December 4, 2011 at 4:28 am

    Oh, I’ve been wanting to read your books for a while now, but haven’t been able to on my budget.

    I love the Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan. It has great adult mentors and the main characters are honorable and respectful, and the adventure is a lot of fun. Aimed at boys, but girls love them too.

    Also Andrew Peterson’s Wingfeather Saga. It’s fun and humorous. I love the footnotes.

    The Princess Academy by Shannon Hale is a sweet story for girls.

  180. at
    Jake O
    December 5, 2011 at 4:06 am

    “A Wolf Story” by James Byron Huggins captivated when I was younger. Good coming of age book with the heroism a self-sacrifice.

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    kylie barker
    December 5, 2011 at 6:54 am

    So many good books, but I’ll suggest a classic. Dracula was a really, really good book!

  182. at
    December 5, 2011 at 7:15 am

    “Masters of Disaster”, “Hatchett”, and “Harris & Me” by Gary Paulsen
    “Beyonders” by Brandon Mull

  183. at
    December 5, 2011 at 7:26 am

    The Red House by A.A. Milne.
    The Scout series by Piet Prins.

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    December 5, 2011 at 7:33 am


    The “10 boys who changed the world” or “10 girls who changed the world” are great or “Building on the rock” series by Joel Beeke

  185. at
    Doug Gates
    December 5, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen (recommended for girls)

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    December 5, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Only saw this today. Hope I’m not too late!

    For girls: Anne of Green Gables
    For boys and girls: Hank the Cowdog

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    Kate Morrison
    December 5, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Get them a classical novel (Like “Pride and prejudice” or “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”) which are quite cheap πŸ˜€ And get them a more modern novel based on what they like e.g Your friend likes Adventure novels get them something like “Percy Jackson and the Lightning thief” or “The Hunger Games” Or if they like girly kind of novels get them something like “Angus Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging” or one of the “Princess Diaries” books πŸ˜€ Making the gift personal counts πŸ˜‰ It shows you care and that you’ve put thought into it πŸ˜€

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    December 5, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    When I was a kid, I loved the Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander. I just reread the Book of Three (the first book) again (as a 30-something-year-old) and loved it. It’s a great fantasy/ quest story for boys, but girls would like it too. It includes Welsh mythology and magic, but it is presented as total fantasy. The book helps us appreciate the virtue of self-sacrifice for a higher cause.

    NOTE: I am a teacher. : )

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    Dawn M
    December 5, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Well, many of our favorites have been mentioned! We bought both the boys (13 & 11) teachers the Fablehaven set for their classrooms. The girls (8 & 7) choose a Beverly Clearly set and a Ronald Dahl set. A series I just finished that I enjoyed: The Dragonkeeper Chronicles.

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    Sara H
    December 5, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Treasure Island is a great book for boys. My daughter loves the Gregor the Overlander series, but it blows the stereotype off from “girl books”. πŸ™‚

  191. at
    Katie Hurt
    December 5, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    My 10 year old son and I have been “eating up” the ‘Gregor the Overlander’series,(Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins).

  192. at
    Kyle Nichol
    December 5, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson

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    Simeon Andrews
    December 5, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    So many great books suggested already… I would have to add The Tale of Desperaux by Kate DiCamillo. Very well known, but such amazing writing, I’ve enjoyed rereading it multiple times (and I’m 32, so I don’t think it’s ever too young!).

    I’ll second the Larklight series by Phillip Reeve. Incredibly creative writing, though his cosmology is rather non-Christian.

  194. at
    Ian Hugh Clary
    December 5, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    My two-year old, Jack, loves Nichols and Bustards Church History ABCs! He can say Tertullian too!

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    Sarah Ropte
    December 5, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    I so loved the 100 cupboards books! I would recommend Andrew Peterson’s Wingfeather Saga. I would also recommend Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series.

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    Heather Olsson
    December 5, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Pinnocchio, Mary Poppins, and The One Hundred and One Dalmations have been surprisingly different then the Disney versions we grew up with. Pinnocchio kills Jiminey Cricket? It makes great gift giving! Oh, and I can’t forget my favorite…Homer Price. The kind of story you would make up for your kids as they lay curled up in bed.

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    December 5, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    It’s not my “best recommend,” but Airman by Eoin Colfer was certainly an enjoyable read, especially for boys that like flying.

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    December 5, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Lots of Dr. Seuss. Particularly “O the Thinks You Can Think.”

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    Kathy M
    December 5, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Christian adventure books for kids ages 8 and up. Excellent!

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    December 5, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    For a good resource book- “The Dangerous Book for Boys” by Iggulden. And my boys enjoy the quick, easy reading of “The Magic Treehouse” adventures.

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    December 5, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    I tried to post earlier, but I don’t see it. So here you are: “The Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow” by Allen French.

  202. at
    Stephen D
    December 6, 2011 at 7:12 am

    I must say ones that would be good to read for a younger, litterate-starved audience would have to include the “Tales From the Perilous Realm” By Tolkien. Nothing beats these beautifully written short stories.

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    December 6, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    A little late for the drawing, but I do have a couple recommendations I didn’t see above.

    Anything by Diana Wynne Jones, she is excellent. I particularly like Howl’s Moving Castle.

    Anything by Eoin Colfer. Airman was pretty good, but the Artemis Fowl series is more suited for younger readers.

    The Stoneheart trilogy by Charlie Fletcher

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    September 9, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    Edward Eager’s books (the Thyme garden is one)
    The Borrowers
    Madeleine LEngle-all four of the wrinkle in time books

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