My stepson would like to know: what were your favorite books when you were 10?
I would like to know: where the hell do you get jizake outside of Japan?
You can see where our priorities are.
I seem to recall the following:
TOM SWIFT, THE HARDY BOYS, THE MAD SCIENTISTS CLUB, A WRINKLE IN TIME, ALVIN FERNALD, ENCYCLOPEDIA BROWN, VOYAGE TO THE MUSHROOM PLANET...
I'm detecting a pattern here.
Oh, and lots of comics. Lots and lots of comics.
ALFRED HITCHCOCK presents THE THREE INVESTIGATORS...
And lots and lots of comics...
The Great Brain books made me feel smart. And actually some of the things I learned in there were applicable to my life. Like when Marc Crowzinski brought a deck of cards to school that were subtly marked by the flourets on the back. He was dumbfounded that I knew what was going on.
Your mileage may vary, since you said stepson not stepdaughter:
HARRIET THE SPY
MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN
LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE
All the myths and legends I could find: Norse, Arthurian, Russian, Greco-Roman
Like Kira, I devoured mythological tomes. EVERYTHING, including old Japanese myths.
I also read biographies and autobiographies.
I don't know at what age I read the them but I read the following as a pre-pubscent child:
The Count of Monte Cristo
All the Nacy Drew/Hardy Boys books
Chronicles of Narnia
All the Judy Blume books I could get my hands on.
AND, drum roll please:
Everything you ever wanted to know about sex but were afraid to ask.
When I was ten (not so long ago) I read a lot of Bruce Coville.
my favourites were
Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher and
Aliens Ate my Homework.
funny, I totally forgot about those books until I read this post - so thank you.
Ohhh, were The Three Investigators the ones who had a secret base - the old caravan buried under a rubbish dump, with secret entrances? I loved those. And all the Hardy Boys. And any Alfred Hitchcock collections of short stories - they're where I discovered Lawrence Block, Robert Bloch, and Ray Bradbury. Oh, and all the Bradbury story collections. And I was just starting my Asimov and Clarke short story obsession then, too. And The HitchHiker's Guide to the Galaxy, I nearly wore the ink off that one.
Roald Dahl has a lot of great children's books. Also, "Crusade in Jeans" by Thea Beckman, although I never read the English translation.
Kavik The Wolf Dog.
Anything by Willard Price, and the Agaton Sax books, about which I now remember nothing.
And Joan D. Vinge's Ladyhawke novelization, which I still read now and again.
Peter Pan changed my life.
me at 10 - Nancy Drew
first son at 10 - Goosebumps
second son at 10 - Hank the Cowdog
third son at 10 - Lemony Snicket
(1) The Danny Dunn series.
(2) Unclear as to what exactly you're after, but if you're willing to buy online:
(You might also try swinging by Kinokuniya or Mitsuwa and asking around.)
All the L.M. Montgomery books. Anne, Rilla, Emily, etc.
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