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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4.22 avg rating — 172,070 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 238,253 ratings
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4.30 avg rating — 504,881 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 154,434 ratings
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3.76 avg rating — 213,644 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 120,204 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 202,211 ratings
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4.23 avg rating — 582,329 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 87,266 ratings
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3.88 avg rating — 1,757 ratings
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3.84 avg rating — 55,391 ratings
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4.34 avg rating — 1,974,157 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 74,007 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 103,603 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 150,520 ratings
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4.25 avg rating — 326,226 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 29,584 ratings
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25

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4.13 avg rating — 114,748 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 55,440 ratings
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27

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4.09 avg rating — 376,100 ratings
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28

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4.03 avg rating — 134,490 ratings
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29

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3.82 avg rating — 8,107 ratings
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really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 40,670 ratings
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4.20 avg rating — 541 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 39,086 ratings
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38

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3.98 avg rating — 119,340 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 49,148 ratings
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3.78 avg rating — 28,595 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 1,171 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 12,680 ratings
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3.62 avg rating — 35,050 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 1,838 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 90,103 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 134,677 ratings
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3.62 avg rating — 94 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 63,666 ratings
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really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 38,239 ratings
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4.51 avg rating — 545,237 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 84,596 ratings
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63

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4.18 avg rating — 226 ratings
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82

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3.97 avg rating — 238 ratings
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83

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3.86 avg rating — 39,788 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 394 ratings
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4.33 avg rating — 131,896 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 73,577 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 31,854 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 67,002 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 56,985 ratings
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4.16 avg rating — 28,674 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 2,151 ratings
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4.62 avg rating — 123 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 196,029 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 220,005 ratings
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260 books · 114 voters · list created September 2nd, 2012 by Stacy (votes) .
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Stacy 318 books
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Shannon 1157 books
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Emma 218 books
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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.


message 8: by Anne (new)

Anne I need help tracing down a book that would have been written in the very late 60's or early 70's. I guess it would be categorized as a kind of coming-of-age young adult novel, telling the story of a boy who idolizes his older brother, and then finds out that brother has become seriously involved in the the druggy subculture of that time. Ring any bells?


message 9: by SparksofEmber (new)

SparksofEmber Anne wrote: "I need help tracing down a book that would have been written in the very late 60's or early 70's. I guess it would be categorized as a kind of coming-of-age young adult novel, telling the story of ..."

I suggest you join the Goodreads groups "What's the name of that book?" and ask there. They are very good at finding books!


message 10: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Hi - I'm looking for a book written 1960-1980. Characters were Annie (who slipped and hurt her back due to a water spill by her mother). Her sister Terri was embarrassed by their mother and the girl's best friend was Sunni (short for Brunhilde)


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I would suggest you try the group "What's the name of that book?"


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