Wednesday, October 15, 2008

In Search of a Great Book.

Our Sarah has caught the reading bug! We are so excited. Several times throughout the past few days, I have stopped suddenly and thought, "I have not seen Sarah lately." As I go looking for her, I find her snuggled somewhere with a big, soft, warm blanket reading a book. This is a new thing for her. In the past she has struggled with reading. I have prayed that she would "fall in love with reading". 

Brian and I can look back to the point where we began devouring books. We were both about the age that Sarah is now. When I find Sarah reading, it warms my heart. It brings back memories of slower times in my life when a good book could carry me to far off places. There were times when I was younger that I would spend the whole day reading! O the good ole days:)

Anyways, Sarah is just finishing up HuckleBerry Finn. I am looking for suggestions for a book series for her. She is thirteen and loves adventure. As you could probably guess from the book she is reading now, she is not really into girly, girl books. She has read most of the American Girl books as well as Anne of Green Gables. We would love some suggestions. Please let us know if any come to mind.


Charlotte said...

OK, everyone knows that I am not the "Girly" type I too like adventure and not all Love and Romance. That is why I am going to suggest The Ultimate Hichhikers Guide to the Galaxy. It has the adventure, a plot that draws you in and it is easy to imagine that you are right there in the book. It is nothing like the movie (that should not have ever been made) some classics should never make it to screen.This is of course 5 novels in one but I finished it in one week and I don't read that often.
I have a copy if she wants to borrow it. The only thing that might be Questional is one scene he is in a pub having an ale talking to a friend and thats in the very first chapter.

Ilene said...

This sounds great! Thanks Charlotte. Josh will probably like it too. I will look into it.

Becky Dietz said...

Oh yea!!! A place where I have some expertise---I'm a former church librarian. All of these books you can get at and most you can get cheaper when you buy a whole series.

I HIGHLY recommend the Christian Heroes; Then & Now series. It's real stories of missionaries and leaders. Very good.
Some that were very popular among our church kids were these:
The Incredible World of Wally McDoogle Series by Bill Myers
The Misadventures of Willie Plummet Series by Paul Buchanan
The Parker Twin Series by Jeanette Windle
The Hidden Diary Series by Sandra Byrd
The Ponytail Girl Series by Bonnie Hanson
The Incredible Adventures of the World Wide Websters by Robert Elmer
Trailblazer Series by Dave & Neta Jackson (based on true stories--real favorite at our church!)
Little House on the Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Mandie Series by Lois Gladys Leppard
Abby in the South Seas Adventures by Pamela Walls
Faithgirlz by Kristi Holl
Red Rock Mysteries by Jerry B. Jenkins
Bloodhounds, Inc. Series by Bill Myers
Sugar Creek Gang Series by Paul Hutchens

Your church library may have some of these. And I'm sure your librarian would welcome suggestions, too!

Rachel said...

Who knew Becky is like an encyclopedia. Has she read The Chronicles of Narnia. They are my FAVORITE. I read them at least five times growing up.

Ilene said...

Wow!! I am so excited! We will be headed to the Library tomorrow! Thank you all for your wealth of information. Becky, you are an encyclopedia! This is going to be the year of the books in the Walton household.

The Simpson Life said...

Has she read the Mandie books? You can get them from the church library. I am not sure if she is a little old, but I loved them when I was growing up.

Dawn Lowe said...

I can't help much in this department, but I have to say I am amazed by Becky - WOW!

Sewn Together said...

I think I'll be copying down all these recommendations for future reference! Wow!
I was a Nancy Drew reader myself.

amy wright said...

I was going to say the same thing as Mindy...I LOVED Nancy Drew!!

Rebecca said...

Well, when I was growing up, I loved the Mandie books and I see that a few people have said the same thing. I could not get enough of them! So anyway, I just wanted to let you know, I have sent some to Sarah. I hope that she enjoys reading them. There are many in the series, and it's for ages 11-14 I think, or somewhere around there. Good that she is reading, that is so much better than a lot of other things that she can do with her life! Obviously you have done a good job raising her!

Millie said...

Remember the series that you suggested for Little David about 8 years ago? "The Adventures of Nathan T. Riggins by Stephen Bly turned out to be a very well written series of books about a boy and a girl in the early settling of the west. Good action and plot, with great Christian values.
My favorite was "Coyote True."
Your sis, Millie

Ilene said...

Thanks Millie. The scary thing is, I don't remember recommending those books. Yi