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Books TitleRECOMMENDED NOVELS WRITTEN FOR CHILDREN

N) FAMILY AND FRIENDS

BENARY-ISBERT, MARGOT
“Rowan Farm”
“The Ark”
In these and other books, Benary-Isbert writes about children growing up in Germany after World War II. Margot Lechow and her family are Pomeranian refugees who once owned a farm, but find themselves in a strange place with little more than they can carry, in the home of a widow who doesn’t want them. Each member of the family must find ways to make themselves fit into their new home.

CAMERON, ELEANOR
“A Room Made of Windows” (1971)
And several other books featuring Julia Redfern. These  autobiographical stories tell of a girl growing up in the San Francisco area in the first half of this century, raised by her mother, with help from other family members. Julia is intelligent and imaginative, but must deal with emotional traumas, some self-inflicted, some by others.

DAVIS, LAVINIA R.
“Stand Fast and Reply” (1944)
This story of a teenage girl who must live with the reality that the boy she loves has been sent to war overseas is dated, but worth looking for.

ENRIGHT, ELIZABETH
“The Saturdays” (1941)
“The Four-Story Mistake” (1942)
“”Then There Were Five” (1944)
These stories of the Melendy family are full of rewards for the reader: four children and their surrounding grownups who sparkle with personality, fun adventures, exciting and emotional plots, and excellent writing. The first takes place in New York City, the others in a country home. See also MYSTERY for the last Melendy book.

FENTON, EDWARD
“Duffy’s Rocks” (1974)
A boy growing up in depression Pittsburgh must find his way in the world, supported by friends and family.

LANGTON, JANE
“Paper Chains” (1977)
Evelyn is on her own, beginning college far from home, and is eager to take it all in and find out what education is for. The friends she makes help her make her way in this new world.

L’ENGLE, MADELEINE
“Meet the Austins” (1960)
Vicki Austin and her family are realistic in their fights and faults, drawn together by their affection and love. Several sequels followed, but none with the originality of this first book.

PHIPSON, JOAN
“The Family Conspiracy” (1962)
The Barker family, living on a sheep farm in the Australian outback, face a crisis when their mother must go for expensive surgery. Her four children make a pact to raise money for it, each in his own way, a pact which proves difficult but rewarding. Several sequels followed, and all Phipson’s books are worth looking for.

STREATFIELD, NOEL
“Ballet Shoes”
Pauline, Petrova and Posy Fossil all were adopted by a paleontologist who left them with his great-niece Sylvia to raise. Then his ship sinks, and the money for their care runs out. Sylvia rents rooms in their big house, and the tenants help the girls find ways to earn money. Look also for Streatfield’s “Theatre Shoes”, “Thursday’s Child” and other books about  children working their way out of poverty.

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RECOMMENDED NOVELS WRITTEN FOR CHILDREN TOPICS

A) Classic Fantasy

B) Epic Fantasy

C) Animal Fantasy

D) Historical and Time Travel Fantasy

E) Other Fantasy

F) Science Fiction

G) Mystery

H) Historical

I) Classic Adventure

J) Vacation/Holiday Adventure

K) Wilderness Adventure

L) Other Adventure

M) Classic Family and Friends

N) Family and Friends

O) Real Life

P) Humor

Q) Classic Animals

R) Dogs and Cats

S) Horses

T) Other Animals and Nature

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