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YA Mystery (28 new)
Sep 17, 2010 07:47PM

5989 Really? I'll look for it! Thanks, Laura -- that's going right on my TBR list.
Sep 17, 2010 07:45PM

5989 Shawn,

I hope so. Each author needs at least four books though. I have a long way to go!


Do you still have the Balzac version? It's really a nicer set than the replacement. The pictures of the authors are bigger and Shakespeare is the Ace!
They changed everyone's numbers in the new set.
Sep 17, 2010 04:17PM

5989 Now there are variations on this game -- "Science fiction authors", "Mystery authors", etc. I also have a similar game called "Composers".
Sep 17, 2010 04:15PM

5989 The 'Authors' card game has 52 cards, like any deck. On the face of each card is the face of an author. My old deck has all American, English, and one French author, Balzac. The new version replaced poor Balzac with Edgar Allan Poe. Maybe they thought people couldn't pronounce the names of the books listed for Balzac.

At the top of the card is the name of a book. Below the author's picture there are three more book titles. The game is played like "Go Fish" -- a player asks for a title he doesn't have (from the bottom of the card) and if the other player has it, he has to give it to the one who asked. If the 'asker' doesn't get the card he asked for, he takes a card from the 'draw' pile. When a player gets four cards representing the same author, he puts them down in front of him. This is called a 'book'.
Whoever makes the most 'books' wins.
Sep 17, 2010 01:02PM

5989 Shawn,

Are you referring to the wonderful abridgements that have a full-page illustration on every facing page?

Or are you thinking of the Classic comic books, also wonderfully done?

I like both of these for getting kids interested in the classic stories. Sometimes they even read the originals later.

I also like to play "Authors" (the classic version) with kids. Do you remember this card game?
Sep 17, 2010 11:40AM

5989 Another great read-aloud is the original Pinocchio by Carlos Collodi -- in translation of course since I don't read or speak Italian. I found the original to be much more touching, and more fun, than the Disney version. I even found a video animation based on the original to show my daughter and her friends after we read the book.
Sep 17, 2010 11:32AM

5989 Hi Andrea,

Thank you very sincerely for your feedback. We are looking for honest reviews -- what people like and what they don't like, and why. I agree with your opinion that "The Assassin's Keeper" isn't appropriate for children, and middle-school kids are children. On the other hand, I took my daughter to see Rigoletto when she was six years old, so it looks like my desire to protect children from life-and-death drama is inconsistent!

I hope you will read our other stories. I'm thinking of reading Wendy Swore's "Crop Circles" to middle school kids, but I haven't yet decided what to read to a high school class. I want to choose a story that will engage their attention and provide a good topic for discussion.

And since you have a son in seventh grade, Andrea, it would really help us to know which stories in Unlocked you would find appropriate for him.

Again, thank you for giving this your attention. Reader feedback is so important and valuable.
Sep 17, 2010 11:13AM

5989 Aimee,

I'm glad you found Unlocked and are enjoying it. We definitely want reviews -- we can learn from them. If we should decide to do another YA anthology, the reviews of 'Unlocked' could give us some direction.

I gave my story, "Unlocking William", to my fourteen-year-old grandson to read. He read it, smiled, and said, "We like action, Grandma!"
He would probably prefer to read "The Assassins's Keeper", even though my story is funny and has a happy ending.

Thank you (in advance) for reading and reviewing.
Advanced Reader (16 new)
Sep 17, 2010 10:54AM

5989 Has your daughter read Amy's Eyes? It's a big thick book (400+ pages) that young girls adore. It's literate, imaginative, engaging, and my daughter's copy looks worn out from her many rereadings of it. She was also in third grade, but reading at a much higher level, when she read it

I looked at the reviews on Goodreads and many reviewers said it was their favorite childhood book and others said it was one of their favorites.
YA Mystery (28 new)
Sep 16, 2010 11:44PM

5989 I read The Shakespeare Stealer with one of my students. The protagonist is a boy who has to work to survive. His boss sends him to Shakespeare plays --to memorize the lines and write them down later. The boss, of course, is a second-rate or third-rate playwright.
The story deals with how the boy gets free from this onerous assignment.
Sep 16, 2010 11:22PM

5989 I will be reading some of the stories from Unlocked and discussing them with students at public and private schools. We think the stories we have written are age appropriate for middle school and high school.

That said, I will have to decide which stories to read for middle school students and which might be more appropriate for high schoolers. Reviews from parents or teachers would be very helpful.

Sep 16, 2010 11:14PM

5989 Aimee,

I like your literate mother website very much. I love that you give ratings and if there is a concern,it's easy for the readers to see exactly what the concern is. Also the recommended ages will be useful. I tutor children of all ages and people ask for reading recommendations all the time. I signed up to receive your updates on my yahoo account.

There's a new anthology -- just released three or four weeks ago-- for YA readers with ten stories from nine Goodreads authors. The download is free and the book, Unlocked is also available through Amazon. I am one of the contributing authors--my story is called "Unlocking William".

We would be very pleased if you would consider reviewing Unlocked on your blog. You can download a free copy at

Jeanne Voelker
Sep 16, 2010 09:00PM

5989 I've just added the three HCH books to my list of books, so if you look at my profile and scroll down a bit, you can see all three.
Sep 16, 2010 08:57PM

5989 I found it -- the third title is "Paddle to the Sea".
These lovely books are disguised lessons in natural history, geography, etc. They first came out around 1941 and they are classics. The author is Holling Clancy Holling.
Sep 16, 2010 08:18PM

5989 When my youngest was that age, she read the old "Honey Bunch and Norman" books.

If you haven't borrowed the "Snipp, Snapp, and Snurr" books from the library, do so, even if they have to get them by interlibrary loan. Three boys, triplets, in Sweden and their adventures.

Natural history -- "Minn of the Mississippi" -- the story of a snapping turtle. Another by the same author is "The Tree on the Trail". There is a third, but I forget the title.
Sep 16, 2010 08:14PM

5989 And go through some song books. A very young child can develop a musical ear if they are sung to.
Sep 16, 2010 08:12PM

5989 Peter Rabbit and the rest of the Beatrix Potter books--gentle stories AND great vocabulary.

The 'Freddy' books -- Freddy the Pilot--etc. (Freddy is a lovable and capable pig.)

There's a big picture book of Greek myths by d'Aulaire that is fabulous.

The Adventures of Uncle Wiggly. Each chapter a different adventure and the chapter endings are hilarious.

The Secret Garden. A smart 4-year-old can understand this.

Paddington Bear. He means well, but makes a lot of mistakes. Very sympathetic.

Trickster stories -- (Uncle Remus stories and Anansi the spider)

Aesop's fables

and fairy tales that you like
Sep 11, 2010 09:48PM

5989 Ah, but dirty jokes don't kill, and kids in the audience probably don't get them anyway.
Sep 11, 2010 01:59AM

5989 Hi Jaimey,

I'm so glad I found this group. I don't know what has happened to our U.S. culture. It seems that people have forgotten to appreciate subtlety.

Shakespeare's plays about wars confine most of the violence to 'off-stage' and Robert Louis Stevenson wrote a whole book about pirates without using a swear word. Yet, there's no doubt that the audience/readers know there are battles in some of Shakespeare's plays and rough tough pirates in Treasure Island.

BTW, for you homeschoolers (and people who supplement what the schools are doing) Treasure Island has a great vocabulary.

Anyway, I tutor students at home--so I'll be looking for clean book titles for middle-grade and young-adult readers. This includes using decent grammar too. I'm peeved at the writers who intentionally use bad grammar in kids' books.
Sep 10, 2010 11:04AM

5989 Hi again,

Oops! Sorry I didn't see this topic. I left my recommendation for our new YA anthology Unlocked: Ten "Key" Tales on the first topic... the 'How did you find this group'.
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