Favorite Children / YA books from the 70's, 80's and earlier.

Stand-alone favorites that I loved in no particular order. They have stayed in my memory for years and years.
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200 books · 78 voters · list created September 2nd, 2012 by Stacy (votes) .
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message 1: by SparksofEmber (new)

SparksofEmber Deleted The Emperor's Conspiracy & Patterson's Maximum Ride - it's a list for 70s, 80s and earlier - not for books published in the 2000s.


message 2: by Booklovinglady (last edited Nov 28, 2015 03:19PM) (new)

Booklovinglady It says "Stand-alone favorites", so The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (#6) shouldn't be on it... Nor should books from The Lord of the Rings trilogy (#32 & 90).

I haven't read The Mad Scientists' Club (#99), but as it clearly states it is the first book in a series...


message 3: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited Nov 28, 2015 03:46PM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Well, I guess those are "and earlier"? I agree, though, those in series should go. Which would rule out half the current top ten.


message 4: by Booklovinglady (last edited Nov 28, 2015 03:54PM) (new)

Booklovinglady Susanna - Censored by GoodReads wrote: "Which would rule out half the current top ten."

Fromt the top ten, I only know The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe :-). And as there are six other books in the series...

I've left out Paulus en Eucalypta de heks, for instance, as there are more books about Paulus. Pity though, because I loved that book :-) There are also other books I absolutely loved, but as they aren't 'stand alone' ones, I didn't add those either.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads A Wrinkle in Time - book 1 of 4. Madeline - 1 of 16. Where the Wild Things Are was a stand-alone when I was a child, but I thought it acquired a sequel at some point? Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing - 1 of 5.


message 6: by SparksofEmber (new)

SparksofEmber Isn't there a difference between stand-alone where you have to read the sequel due to cliff-hangers and stand-alone, books part of a series that are each stand-alone? Lord of the Rings - definitely not stand-alone. Narnia chronicles - they each stand on their own. Like that?


message 7: by Booklovinglady (last edited Nov 28, 2015 04:26PM) (new)

Booklovinglady SparksofEmber wrote: "Isn't there a difference between stand-alone where you have to read the sequel due to cliff-hangers and stand-alone, books part of a series that are each stand-alone? Lord of the Rings - definitely..."

Hmmm. Not sure :-) It would mean I'd be able to add plenty of books, if you're right. But it would also mean the Harry Potter books can be seen as stand-alones (at least the first few) instead of as a series.... I used Harry Potter only as an example, by the way. I know they are too recent to be added, but as these books are known to almost everyone, I thought they might make a good example.


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