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If anyone has any suggestions, especially books for Soren, I'd love to hear of them.

On the same shelf with the Harry Potter series and the Golden Compass series I have a copy of The Pig Plantagenet (Allen Andrews).

In the non-fiction area, I have Trails of a Wilderness Wanderer (Andy Russell), memories of growing up on a ranch in the Rockies, working as a cowboy, guide, wildlife photographer. I don't think I've ever read that but it looks possible.
I also have Lily Pond, Four Years with a Family of Beavers (Hope Ryden). That I have read. If Soren's into animals, that's a possibility.

Good luck!
Judy
If anyone has any suggestions, especially books for Soren, I'd love to hear of them.

Ursula LeGuin's fantasy children's books come to mind. Also Rosemary Sutcliffe and the Green Knowe books. John Christopher has some books that are more fantasy than science fiction and Lloyd Alexander.
Lia
If anyone has any suggestions, especially books for Soren, I'd love to hear of them.

On the same shelf with the Harry Potter series and the Golden Compass series I have a copy of The Pig Plantagenet (Allen Andrews).

How about Chris Paolini's Eragon and Eldest? I had a bit of trouble getting into Eragon, but the book on tape was super and I enjoyed that on a long trip over thanksgiving.
I've been hesitating over buying the Golden Compass for years is it worth it?
And again, Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. Very smart, very funny, unexpectedly poingnant and deep. He's a writer that continues to improve over time.
If anyone has any suggestions, especially books for Soren, I'd love to hear of them.

Ever try the Shadow Children series by Margaret Peterson Haddix? If not, it may be worth checking out. Here's a link to the first one..

http://www.amazon.com/Among-Hidden-Shadow-Children-1/dp/0689824750/ref=pd sim b 4/103-2390206-1143036
If anyone has any suggestions, especially books for Soren, I'd love to hear of them.

My kids both loved Eragon and its sequel, Eldest by Christopher Paolini. Eragon was just made into a movie that comes out next week. My kids are worried that it won't be as good as the books but still are dying to see it. Most kids I know have loved the Series of Unfortunate Events books, too.

Paula
"Anyway, other people are weird, but sometimes they have candy, so it's best to try to get along with them." Joe Bay
On the same shelf with the Harry Potter series and the Golden Compass series I have a copy of The Pig Plantagenet (Allen Andrews).

How about Chris Paolini's Eragon and Eldest? I had a bit of trouble getting into Eragon, but the book on tape was super and I enjoyed that on a long trip over thanksgiving.

I've heard good things about Eragon but I've held back from trying it. While I like some types of fantasy, the "fairy-tale" kind - the Lord of the Rings, Hobbit and Redwall books just leave me cold. I don't know what I would call the type of fantasy I like, maybe "regular people in strange situations" fantasy?
I've been hesitating over buying the Golden Compass for years is it worth it?

We read it on the recommendation of a friend of mine who adores this trilogy. It was OK but I never connected with it as well as any of the other series we've read. Maybe it was the charactors or the situations were a little too weird. We really loved the Bartimaeus Trilogy ("The Amulet of Smarkand", "The Golem's Eye" and "Ptolomy's Gate"). At first it reads like a rip-off of HP (orphan boy learning magic in contemporary England) but it was Bartimaeus, a sarcastic djinni (genie) that hooked us in.
And again, Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. Very smart, very funny, unexpectedly poingnant and deep. He's a writer that continues to improve over time.

OK, I've added this to my Potential Reading List. Thanks,

Chris and her smoothies,
Pablo and the Goose
If anyone has any suggestions, especially books for Soren, I'd love to hear of them.

(Thread-tying) The Phantom Tollbooth!
Dorp Dead may be too young for Soren and too dark for you, but I thought it was a fabulous book.

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(Thread-tying) The Phantom Tollbooth!

A Wrinkle in Time
These days, I only read books to Soren at bedtime / in-between homework efforts (to de-stress and/or reward after a good effort). It's mostly Juvenile / Young Adult fantasy -> If anyone has any suggestions, especially books for Soren, I'd love to hear of them.

Thanks to all for your suggestions and excellent leads on books I would not have found otherwise.
I've noticed that many of the recommendation tools/websites I've tried, tend to lead me into a circle - if you like A, then you'll like B & C. If you like B, try reading A & C. If you like C, try reading A & B. We've already read books A, B & C, dangnabit! Are there any D, F & G recommendations?And speaking of books, our community has a big book sale in the fall to benefit the county library. I hit it on the first day and was able to get some dog books: "Culture Clash", "The Other End of the Leash" and a replacement copy of "Don't shoot the dog" (I keep loaning/giving copies away). I didn't realize until I got home that the first two were owned by someone who obsessively writes/marks pages while reading. Nearly every page had underlined sentences!, circled words!, exclamation points!, arrows!, and comments! in BOTH blue and red ink.

Did I mention a LOT of exclamation points? I was greatly annoyed and wondered how I could possibly read such messes. Fortunately I discovered I am able to tune-out written noise and did enjoy reading them. Now my only fear is that if I loan these books out, people will think I am the nut-case (!! & !) with a pen.

Thanks! Again! !!
Chris and her smoothies,
Pablo and The Goose
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