Comments: Three Questions: E. Lockhart

I read EVERYTHING and I'm totally putting this on my 'to-read' list. I should be done by time I'm 107.

Posted by carrster at March 21, 2005 11:55 AM

Thanks for the tip! I haven't kept up on YA (though the lovely Jill loaned me Tithe while I was recovering from surgery), but I have a stepdaughter who is Approaching That Age. This just might make a good gift.

Posted by Caitlin at March 21, 2005 12:06 PM

I'm a fairly new reader here, and I know you have a son, but I haven't made it back into your archives yet to figure this stuff out...so just to cut through the rambling and get to my pointy points, how old is your Sam, and do you have a list of books that are boy-appropriate and friendly, ie books he has loved or that you would recommend for moms of boys? My kid is not a reader (although he loves the Sharper Image catalogue - whatever it takes) so we listen voraciously to books on tape in the car. I'd love some new titles that we can listen to while we wait for the next you-know-what-magical-manboy-wizard-book.

Posted by laura at March 21, 2005 12:15 PM

Thanks for the review. I have a just turned 14 year old girl and it sounds like just the book for her.

Posted by Karen at March 21, 2005 2:15 PM

It made me smile to see you mentioning YA books. I didn't foresee, that because of my daughters, I would get to read such a TREASURY of books. I only knew that there was a TREASURY of books I wanted to share with them. Now, Anna and I sometimes fight over the same book - who's gonna read it first or stealing it from one another when we go to sleep. Authors we enjoy - Karen Cushman, J.K. Rowling, Kate DiCamillo (and others). I'll certainly be on the lookout for this one.

Posted by Dana at March 21, 2005 6:27 PM

For boys, you really can't do much better than Roald Dahl. Sam received "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "James and the Giant Peach" during first grade. He rereads them about every two months usually in one or two sittings. He can't get enough of them.

Posted by Mr. Husband at March 22, 2005 8:02 AM

ALL the dahl books rock, all all all! And to that add the MOOMIN books by Tove Jansen. And for OLDER boys (preteen and up) try the EARLY Robert Heinlein books, ESPECIALLY Door Into Summer, Starship Troopers, Have Space Suit- Will Travel, and RED PLANET. Nothing after Stranger in a Strange Land for middle schoolers though---he went from fantastic action/adventure sci-fi to intergalactic porn where he consistently refers to breasts as TEATS and DUGS ... which is SO YICK it is unforgivable except he DID write stranger and that's an AMAZING book, probably my favorite sci-fi book of all time, so I forgive him---HEAR THAT ROBERT! I FORGIVE YOU! I FORGIVE YOU FOR SAYING DUGS! He can rest easier now, I am sure.

Posted by joshilyn at March 22, 2005 8:41 AM

Danny the Champion of the World by Dahl was my fave as a kid although it always seemed more like a 'boy' book than say the Ramona series...never bothered me though. ;-)

Posted by carrster at March 22, 2005 11:43 AM

The Horrible Harry books are also quite good. Hi Joss!

Posted by Martha O'Connor at March 22, 2005 11:55 AM