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Books TitleRECOMMENDED NOVELS WRITTEN FOR CHILDREN

O) REAL LIFE

CREECH, SHARON
"Walk Two Moons" (1994)
In this and later books, teenagers must come to grips with problems in their own lives and in their families, but the stories are far from ordinary, full of interesting settings, memorable characters, and odd plots. In this one, a girl tries to find her mother.

FITZHUGH, LOUISE
“Harriet the Spy” (1964)
Harriet is an only child living in a comfortable Manhattan brownstone. She has a few friends, but doesn’t get along well in school. Her secret passion is for writing, and she keeps a notebook full of scathing observations on everyone she knows. Harriet’s life becomes a disaster when the notebook is discovered and read, and she must learn to deal with the results. Look also for the sequel, “The Long Secret”.

McNEILL, JANET
"The Battle of St. George Without" (1966)
A group of children in urban or suburban London team up to deal with problems in this book and some sequels. Here they try to save an abandoned church from demolition. Good characters and very real kids.

NEVILLE, EMILY
“It’s like this, cat” (1963)
Dave Mitchell’s friendship with a stray cat is the one constant in a world of change and struggle as this fourteen-year-old learns about life and adulthood in New York City.

SNYDER, ZILPHA KEATLEY
“The Birds of Summer” (1983)
Fifteen-year-old Summer struggles to keep her ex-hippie mom and younger sister out of trouble so their family can stay together. She gets help and advice from friends and outlines her problems in long letters to the father she never knew. When disaster strikes, will these resources be enough to pull them through?

TOWNSEND, JOHN ROWE
“Gumble’s Yard” (1961) England, “Trouble in the Jungle” (1969) U.S.
Two working-class children in England must fend for themselves when both their parents desert them at the same time. They soon find themselves in a dark, dangerous world. Several sequels followed.

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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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