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Old 05-07-2008, 10:53 AM   #61
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Actually, no, not that one. This one:
http://www.amazon.com/Island-Blue-Do...dp/0440940001/
"Island of the Blue Dolphins" by Scott ODell. Text says it was based on a true story. I don't think I knew that!
I immediately knew exactly which one you were talking about, badgoodDeb. I guess that it made more of an impression on me than I realized.
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Old 05-07-2008, 01:23 PM   #62
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Several of my childhood favorites are mentioned above. But I still fondly remember, and occasionally reread when possible, books by Rosemary Sutcliff and Ronald Welch (Ronald Oliver Felton). I wonder if either author is available in ebooks?

I also enjoyed Madye Chastain's quartet set in 1850's New York city.

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Old 05-07-2008, 01:37 PM   #63
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Long in-tooth childhood brought me to Denis Wheatley's works - especially the Roger Brook and Gregory Sallust storylines ...
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Old 05-07-2008, 02:15 PM   #64
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Ghosts Who Went to School

That was about when I was 6. It is amazing that after all these years, I still can remember the cover. And Mortimer and Wilbur.

I just have to read that again.
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Old 05-07-2008, 02:19 PM   #65
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The first "adult" book I remember reading and loving was The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury, when I was 10.
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Old 05-07-2008, 02:20 PM   #66
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I should add Charlotte's Web to this list. Our second grade teacher read this to us. About the only thing I remember from second grade.

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Old 05-07-2008, 03:46 PM   #67
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I read all the Hardy Boys, Young Detectives, and a vast selection of sports books. But the First book I remember which really carried me to a different place was "A Wrinkle In Time" by L'Engle. I mourned her passing.
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Old 05-07-2008, 06:03 PM   #68
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Okay, just to make me show my age:
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Old 05-07-2008, 07:22 PM   #69
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Enid Blytons (pretty much all the books, including school stories), William (Richmal Crompton), Edgar Wallace, Sudden (Oliver Strange), Zane Grey, Louis L'Amour, all the Perry Masons, Agatha Christie, JH Chase, PG Wodehouse, Robert Ludlum. Too bad all these folks have since gone to the big Library in the Sky!
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Old 05-08-2008, 06:05 AM   #70
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The first "adult" book I remember reading and loving was The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury, when I was 10.
Wow - that's pretty heavy stuff for a 10 year old!
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Old 05-08-2008, 08:29 PM   #71
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Wow - that's pretty heavy stuff for a 10 year old!
Not sure I completely understood the all the "heavy stuff" in the novel. I saw it more as an adventure story in a Twilight Zone fashion. But it started my love of Science Fiction and Bradbury, I went from there to Rocket Summer, and Fahrenheit 451. I actually ended up giving a book report on Fahrenheit 451.

I believe I reported it was about firemen.
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Old 05-08-2008, 08:33 PM   #72
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And if Bradbury were to rewrite Fahrenheit 451, what temperature do eInk screens burn at?
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I actually ended up giving a book report on Fahrenheit 451.

I believe I reported it was about firemen.



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Old 05-08-2008, 09:06 PM   #74
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I was 11 when I read Fahrenheit 451 and was staggered by it. The Martian Chronicles was a bit later, around 14. I was a geek before there were geeks, I knew of *no one* else my age who read for recreation much less read SF. It wasn't *cool* to read for fun. My parents would take the the family to the library once every two weeks and I'd spend an hour or so pouring over all the books, looking at magazines and reading newspapers from all over, at least the English language newspapers.
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Not sure I completely understood the all the "heavy stuff" in the novel. I saw it more as an adventure story in a Twilight Zone fashion. But it started my love of Science Fiction and Bradbury, I went from there to Rocket Summer, and Fahrenheit 451. I actually ended up giving a book report on Fahrenheit 451.

I believe I reported it was about firemen.
It is about firemen. The protagonist of the book is exactly that - a fireman.
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