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Danny the champion of the world / Roald Dahl ; illustrated by Quentin Blake.


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Critter Club



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Where the Red Fern Grows

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39 clues series has my son hooked!

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My kids LOOOVE the Captain Underparents series. It is hard to get them AWAY from reading time!

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Thanks for sharing. I'll definitely have to check that out. emoticon


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One Year of Dinner Table Devotions & Discussion Starters: 365 Opportunities to Grow Closer to God as a Family
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2/28/14 8:49 P

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Just finished reading Ender's Game to my ds. It came highly recommended, but boy I sure am glad I didn't just hand it to him and let him read it.
The story is very thought provoking, but I would have liked it better without the over used cuss word and some parts that were just not appropriate for a ten year old.
My son's interest is aeronautics so we gobbled it up in three days.

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writing it down, Thanks!!



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1/10/14 4:35 P

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It just hit me this morning, one of the best audios we've listened to was The Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke. The reader is Brendan Fraser and he does a very good job with all of the different character voices. I was really impressed. (and not easily so) LOL I highly recommend this audio.

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rofl, I love that your son is old school about books. I'm the same way, (I'm a visual learner) and I have to have the book in my hands. LOL. My son is an auditory learner so he really enjoys audio books. He likes listening to books while he's doing other things; whittling, designing planets, etc. (we listen to a lot of audios when traveling).

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Thanks for sharing Melody. I'll have to check that out. I had not heard of it. I can't even get ds to be even the slight interested in audio books other than his Mystery of History book this year is audio version. He says he's old school and likes reading. We even asked him if he would want an Ipad or Kindle for Christmas to read books on but he said no thanks. WHAT? A 13 yr old says no thanks to that offer! Must be a homeschooler!


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Hugs to you too~

I had to laugh about how quickly time is going and the visits to the library. It's been long spans of time between library visits for us as well.

I'm making a pact with myself for the year to avoid the library for regular reading books due to the amount of books we have here at home we still need to read. We're allowed to get books for research or audio though. (we just completed an audio (The Ravenmaster's Secret) we downloaded onto the computer which was very convenient.)

Has anyone read Christian Heroes: Then and Now books? At the beginning of the school year I went to a lady's house who was selling a lot of items and they just looked good to me. :) And in history a name came up and I thought, hey, I recognize that name, I think we have a book about him. And don't you know, we sure did. It's about David Livingstone. We're only on ch. 7, but so far it's fascinating.

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Thanks! I'll check it out and point it out to him next time at the library. Unfortunately life is passing us by so quickly that I just don't even seem to find ourselves at the library weekly. It's more like a monthly trip lately. I need to pick it up in that area. Bad me!

Hugs to you sweet friend. Thanks for sharing. Love this thread!



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Ds received a book to a new (to him) series, Alex Rider Skeleton Key
www.amazon.com/Skeleton-Key-Alex-Rid
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(this is what it looks like)

Ds loved it and finished it within a week. He said it was very exciting and the main character gets himself into a lot of "fixes". And the Russian guy was psycho and makes a very good bad guy.

(on a parental note this is a book for older or mature kids, there is a character that sold drugs as well as uranium, two CIA agents are impales, and a bad guy commits suicide).

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Need some ideas, so thanks a lot. Ds and I just had the discussion this morning that he's not reading as much as normal. He's finished all his series and lacking finding another one that interests him. I'll write those down and check them out.

Ds read The Hiding Place for English and loved it. I'm so glad as it's also one of my favorites. He then went on to choose another one on the Holocaust all on his own and also enjoyed it but I don't see his list to remember it's name right now. Sorry.

Hugs to you sweet lady and wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas. Still alive and well here, just extra busy as always with school and daycare. Seems Algebra and Biology take up more of our time also this year that needs mom here.


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My son enjoys the Riordan books too. He really liked Mark of Athena. He's tried to start Eragon, but he said it didn't suck him in.

He likes the Brother Band Chronicles and just finished a book for school titled Bunker Hill by Doyle. (he liked this one so much he's having me read it) LOL

What is everyone else reading this year?

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Ds this past school year read all of the Percy Jackson series and then ended up being hooked on the author Rick Riordan so read everything else the author had to offer:) Was a perfect God send as we were actually studying Mythology and these went right along with our studies and excited and interested ds in searching further for more facts.

The week ds got out of school, his memi took him to pick out a new movie and he picked out Percy Jackson movie and it came as a double movie with Eragon for free. Ds loved it and had memi take him to the book store the next day to buy the book Eragon by Author Paolini. Now ds is hooked and on book 3 of 4 right now.

So glad we have this thread here to look back on when heading out to get new books. Thanks everyone! Keep the suggestions coming!


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EMILYJEN, thanks for posting all of these books!
I've heard good reviews on The Phantom Tollbooth and it's on my ds's reading list for this year. We've listened to The Mysterious Benedict Society books.
And I've heard Al Capone Does my Shirts is hilarious.
Be sure to post back!

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We love listening to books on CD/tape in the car. And as homeschoolers, we are in the car a LOT! Some of our favorites have been mentioned here already including:

-The Phantom Tollbooth (not at ALL what I was expecting!)
-The Mysterious Benedict Society (loved it, looking forward to the sequel). Also, we are working our way through
-Little House on the Prairie series (on the third one)
-Harry Potter series
-Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
-Al Capone Does My Shirts/Shines My Shoes (loved these)
-The Witch of Blackbird Pond (historical fiction)
-The Watson's Go to Birmingham
-Coraline

Always looking for more recommendations!!! Jotting down ideas from what others have posted here. Thanks!

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this is on my ds's book list this year. It just so happens we have two copies, so I'll have to read with him too. Like you I didn't read it as a child. Thank you for sharing. Now I'm really looking forward to reading it. Maybe we'll move it up the book list. LOL

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After hearing about it from a couple of sources, I couldn't resist picking up The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. Clearly a missed op in my childhood. A delightful play on words on every page (one can only get to the Island of Conclusions by jumping). Great book for young ones who don't enjoy reading - and great for adults who do! (Infinity is such a poor place - they can never make ends meet:-)

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My 16-year-old daughter just finished "Outcasts United" by Warren St. John, one of the books on her lit teacher's recommended reading list.
Great story about The Fugees, a soccer team made up of refugees and the woman who was driven to help them.
I just picked it up myself and am having a hard time putting it back down!

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Thank you Annie for posting these books. I haven't heard of either one. I'll have to check them out. =)


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The audio version of The White Giraffe by Lauren St. John.
The variety of accents by the reader are superb.


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Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass
A remarkable story.
Main characters are 12 & 13, one of whom is home schooled.

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Ds just finished two books today and really enjoyed them!

The Six Crowns #3 Fire over Swallowhaven (he wanted me to put #4 on hold with the library, but it doesn't come out until October)

And The Great Illustrated Classics Robinson Crusoe. (he says it's equal to Swiss Family Robinson, which has been his favorite since he was six)

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Now that we're in summer mode ds and I have been listening to a lot of books. (I think it would be redundant to say on audio, but I feel compelled to do so. LOL)

So far:
Treasure Island
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey #2 of series
The Sea of Monsters #2 of Percy Jackson
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma #3
The Thief Lord

Books read:
The Whipping Boy
Dick Whittington and his Cat (very easy picture book)
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
The Six Crowns #2 Fair Winds to Widdershins
Who Was Ben Franklin by Dennis Fradin

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My fifth grade teacher used to read to the class after recess to get us to calm down. I'm a visual person, so I usually zoned out during this time. One book that she read did stick with me though and I just found it at the library. I started reading it to my ds last night. We're both enjoying it.

The Endless Steppe by Esther Hautzig

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Ds started The Seventheenth Swap last night and is already enjoying it! I wonder how this will change the order of his favorites? LOL

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Thks! We'll check it out. emoticon


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Ds just finished The Sign of the Beaver last night and he LOVED IT! He says it rates #3 of his favorites for this year.

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I remember reading The Giver and To Kill a Mockingbird and liked them both. Good suggestions!

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MMHELGESON5- Thank you so much for sharing. Love all the wonderful ideas in here so much.


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The Hunger Games
To Kill a Mockingbird
Alas, Babylon
The Giver

My kids are high school age so these would be for that age. The Hunger Games could probably be read earlier, though.

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We listened to Wolves of the Beyond on audio. We really liked them. But I think we stalled at #3, because the library doesn't have it.

Ds just finished and highly recommends George Washington Carver by David Collins.

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Oh so glad he loved it! Ds just started the next Wolves of Beyond book in the series. We have decided to scope and lapbook wolves this week and next to add to it. Such fun to do this. I am blessed to have this opportunity to homeschool.

A college student about age 23 posted on facebook he had just finished reading the Hunger Games and how wonderful it was....tons of others immediately all piped in that they also had just finished reading it as well and also how much they all loved it as well. A few high school kids piped in as well. So glad it was brought up in here the other day. I'll have to check it out. May have to read it first though. ...although how much violent can it be than pokeman! LOL! That little yellow critter is violent! LOL!


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Ds LOVED Old Yeller. He finished it today and said it's much better than the movie. LOL Aren't books always better than the movie? And he didn't cry at the end. I was really surprised. But we did discuss mourning pets. He said he understood what Travis was feeling.

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Beta- Thanks so much for the suggestion. Love hearing ideas from others. emoticon


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Oops! Sorry for that. I was in a rush and sometimes my posts come across as blunt. LOL

Hooray for the girl hero. My girlfriend has read this series and really enjoyed the books. I'd have to review her goodreads to see which one she liked best.

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Well, that sounded bad, but yes. The government forces a gladiator type sport to keep their people in line. It is more about survival in the outdoors and the main character avoids /survives against all odds. Plus shes a girl. Apocalyptic setting.
Anyone read Ted Dekker or Frank Peretti?

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Is Hunger Games the book about teenagers trying to kill each other?

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Hunger Games! The movie comes out in march so read it soon! My older kids loved the whole series (ages 23-17) so my 9 yo decided to read it. Published by scholastic and written for 5th-9th grade reading levels.


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My ds is very sensitive so I'm sure he'll cry when the dog is shot. He's seen the movie though and didn't cry as much as I thought he would. But he's seen Lord of the Rings and he blubbered at the end! And he blubbered at the end of the book Stone Fox too.

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You are reading circles around us!! I can't keep up. LOL! Love loved old yellow but ds was devastated with how sad at the end. Said that was one book he didn't want to see the movie of in front of other people. emoticon


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Ds just finished "Shades of Gray" and suggested I read it, because it's that good. LOL
He's currently reading Old Yeller and is thoroughly enjoying it.
"Caddie Woodlawn" is also a good book, based on the author's ... grandmother I believe.
I'm currently reading "Little Britches" by Ralph Moody and this book is also very good.

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LOL Fay, the most recent books I've posted are from our school curriculum. is that cheating? I'm SO glad I chose to switch the curriculum this year.

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MELODY!!! YOU"RE GOING TOO FAST, I CAN"T KEEP UP!! LOL! Just kidding. How awesome you finished another book. I'll have to check that out. That sounds like a perfect one for ds and I. Thanks. You are such a heaven send. emoticon


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I just finished reading Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt to my ds and we both REALLY enjoyed it! So much that we finished it three weeks ahead of schedule.
This book is about a boy and his family and the struggles they face when the Civil War begins. Thoughts, feelings, and morals of brothers joining opposite sides of the fight. The long road of coming together when peace is declared, not just with the country, but the family as well.
I strongly recommend this book if you haven't read it.

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Melody- hugs and thanks for sharing. I'll go check those books out. Love new book ideas. Thanks! emoticon


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Just finished reading Moccasin Trails to my ds. We both enjoyed it and wanted to share

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Ds just finished By the Great Horn Spoon! by Sid Fleischman and really, really enjoyed it! I always know how much he enjoys a book by how much he shares with me.

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Melody- thanks sooo much for the book recommendations! Many hugs emoticon


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Ds recently read a new book titled The Six Crowns: Trundle's Quest by Allan Jones. He said the words were so descriptive that the illustrations weren't necessary. =)
Book two comes out next month: The Six Crowns: Fair Wind to Widdershins

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Bless this Mouse by Lois Lowry
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
Nest for Celeste by Henry Cole, (this one is a favorite of my ds's. He really got emotional at the end).

by Kathryn Lasky, the Owls of Ga'Hoole series and her new series, the Wolves of the Beyond.

Some of our absolute favorites are books by Gary Paulsen, but they are for a more mature audience. It seems as though every one of his books we get we love, and think, 'no way can Paulsen top this.' Then we get another one of his book and we're always surprised. Please note, some of his books are meant for teens. We haven't read any of those.

If your children enjoy Magic Tree House, they might also like The Lighthouse Series by Cynthia Rylant.

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love it!

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Thank You Fay ,

I have changed a lot over the last few months and am working on our wedding day this year to do something amazing for my wonderful wife. It is in September and I have goals to lose and such by then. It will be 12 years and the healthiest I will have been since we met.

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New me- looks like you changed your pict and your name. Looking skinny there dude! Way to go!!! Very proud of you. Hooray too that you received your book. Awesome!


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We got ours a few days ago and are reading it as a family every night. Thanks ! emoticon

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Awesome ! Glad to hear the book is so great! I love it when someone else takes a risk and then gives me the heads up so that I can reap rewards they worked for.
We pinch pennies as some of you probably do as well. So I got the book on my wish list and plan on purchasing the kids copy and the adults as well tomorrow night(as one of our checks doesn't clear until sat night). Can not waite emoticon

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We are just loving the book still. If we have to miss it for some reason some morning ds really mentions how he missed it. Yesterday there was a bit about Plato in Mystery of History and he remembered that the intro said this book will also have some of Plato's works. 3 and 5 yr olds are also liking it as well. Some times I feel they may be lost but then when I ask them at the end what did this story say to us, they always can tell me. emoticon


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Wow if you were a boxer Fay , I would compare you to Ali ! KNOCKOUT I am going to buy this right away! Will check back in to let you know how we enjoyed it as well. emoticon

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Faylei, it sounds wonderful! I've added it to my wish list.

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The Book of Virtues By: William J. Bennett
I heard wonderful reviews and so picked up the book on ebay for just a few dollars. I was so excited that it arrived last night. I delved into it immediately. It is going to be amazing. I think I am going to add it to our morning reading time during breakfast when I read aloud to the kids while we eat. It is filled with a grand variety of poetry and stories by a vast array of wonderful authors. Amazing treasures that take you back in time to your childhood or youth that make you remember on many occasions.

Includes Plato as well and I'm excited to introduce not only myself but also my son to to several of his greatest works in an easy gentle manner.

Examples: The Bible, Samual Longfellow, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Emily Dickenson, The Brother's Grimm, Emerson, Kipling, also stories like The Velveteen Rabbit,William Tell, Chicken Little,...hundreds maybe of grand authors, stories and poems.

I highly recommend this book. emoticon


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Ds is reading The Jungle Book and is enjoying it. He has a goal in mind; 7 pages every day so he can earn his Mowgli badge in cub scouts. =)

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Thanks for sharing that Strng .

We have recently went back a couple of levels to reinforce our DD in her reading. It is seeming to help a lot too. emoticon emoticon

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When my ds was in kindergarten we were in our second year of hs and he struggled reading (fluency), but had 100% comprehension. We used Horizons Phonics. That summer I had him read the Reader, one story every day and his reading improved dramatically! I still read to him, and we still listen to audio, but his level has skyrocketed and I think it's due to the Reader during that summer.

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I also wanted to share something we recently purchased that I LOVE. My 7 year old daughter could not advance to the next grade due to slow reading. We read to her and help her reading as well but we wanted a help. This product seems to be helping a lot so far (owned it 1 week).
Franklin talking dictionary 1240
check it out it is awesome ..the child types the word from the book they are reading into the dictionary and hits speak button and it says the word or sentence and it will give a definition if you hit enter.
One problem you will find is that it has cool games that our girl wanted to play instead of doing her work so she has to come and get it to use when a word stumps her..but she is allowed to keep it in her room to assist her reading at night. all 3 of our kids read books at night before bed. Bedtime is 8 pm now that they are 7 plus but we overlook them staying up reading to 9 or even 10 sometimes if they are silent emoticon

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Thanks Julie for posting . What grade are your children that are being helped so much by the Heart of Dakota program?

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I'll add not a specific book but my curriculum that I am using. Sorry to be a rebel. LOL! I am using Heart of Dakota this year and WE LOVE IT! It ties history into language arts into Bible and so forth. Love it! I'll think on a specific book and get back here. Would love to hear what others say too!

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This will be a place to title a book that has been a blessing in your teaching for a child. Please list age/grade of book material title and author. Thanks Guys n Gals

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