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laurie in ok
02-28-2012, 10:37 PM
Which would you pick?

I am trying to start planning my dd's lit class for next year. I intend to have her read 6 novels, and I am looking for input. She does not like to read and is very sensitive about dark topics. She can't stand anything that includes the death of an animal.

This year she read:

The Hiding Place
The Westing Game
The Samurai's Tale
a biography of her choice (Princess Di)
book of poetry
book of short stories
and a couple of other novels that I can't remember right now.

Honestly, I don't think she would say she enjoyed any of them.

Last year she read and liked The Witch of Blackbird Pond, and she loves The Bronze Bow if that helps.

AndreaD
02-29-2012, 06:46 AM
Anne of green gables
Princess Academy
Swiss family Robinson (ds is reading this one for lit class this year)
Little women? Or maybe certain selections from it
Hitty
Chronicles of Maria, if she hasn't read those
Secret garden
Wrinkle in time

Rachel Jane
02-29-2012, 07:01 AM
Caddie Woodlawn

Hollie in SC
02-29-2012, 07:56 AM
Caddie Woodlawn

I was thinking of Caddie or Girl of the Limberlost.

Has she read Huck Finn? There are so many great things to discuss w/Huck.

To Kill a Mockingbird
Diary of Anne Frank


We used Lightning Lit this year and will next year as well. Here are their books for 7th and 8th:
https://www.hewitthomeschooling.com/Junior/jhItem.aspx?id=8081
https://www.hewitthomeschooling.com/Junior/jhItem.aspx?id=8092

wende
02-29-2012, 09:05 PM
my 14yo recommends:

Elsie Dinsmore series
Ann of Green Gables
Caddie Woodlawn
Little Women
Prairie River Series by Kristina Gregory
Pollyanna

Rebe
02-29-2012, 09:19 PM
Adam of the Road
The Master Puppeteer
Crispin: The Cross of Lead
Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze
Rifles for Watie
Across Five Aprils
Little Women

These are all ones my dd has read recently and has liked. Little Women was forced on her (by me). She doesn't like girly books much.

I see I can't recommend Where the Red Fern Grows. ;) But he has another book that's really good and nobody (including animals) dies -- it's kind of funny, actually: Summer of the Monkeys.

Chris-AL
02-29-2012, 11:55 PM
We are doing A Tree Grows in Brooklyn using Novel Units teacher guide/student packet. It is one of my very favorite books that my mom introduced to me in middle school, and now I'm sharing it with my daughter. Lots of rich discussions coming out of it. There are other guides for this, and I even found a free one on-line but decided to try Novel Units, and it is working nicely.

Also, maybe consider a missionary biography? My daughter has enjoyed several of the "Christian Heroes: Then and Now" Series: Ida Scudder, Mary Slessor, David Livingstone, & George Mueller.

Already mentioned books that my sensitive daughter has enjoyed: Anne of Greene Gables, Little Women, and Caddie Woodlwn. Anne of Avonlea is also really good.

Linda
03-01-2012, 11:13 AM
The Gammage Cup by Carol Kendall
The Pushcart War by Jean Merrill
The House of Arden by E. Nesbit
Harding's Luck by E. Nesbit (sequel to The House of Arden)
Penrod books by Booth Tarkington
The Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander (fantasy series)
The Wonderful O by James Thurber
The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain
The Treasure Seekers by E. Nesbit
The Wouldbegoods by E. Nesbit
The Endless Steppe by Esther Hautzig
Letters from Rifka by Karen Hesse
The Winged Watchman by Hilda Van Stockum
Blue Willow by Doris Gates
Jack and Jill by Louisa May Alcott

ETA these were all books Emily has read for school and recommended. :)

debbie in ak
03-02-2012, 09:52 PM
I was thinking of Caddie or Girl of the Limberlost.

Has she read Huck Finn? There are so many great things to discuss w/Huck.

To Kill a Mockingbird
Diary of Anne Frank


We used Lightning Lit this year and will next year as well. Here are their books for 7th and 8th:
https://www.hewitthomeschooling.com/Junior/jhItem.aspx?id=8081
https://www.hewitthomeschooling.com/Junior/jhItem.aspx?id=8092

Huck Finn is great! My son read it in 8th grade.

As a warning the Diary of Anne Frank (if you get the "newer" version) has some disturbing stuff in it. There is an "older" version of the book that has some parts of her diary left out (the disturbing parts).

Hollie in SC
03-03-2012, 08:28 AM
As a warning the Diary of Anne Frank (if you get the "newer" version) has some disturbing stuff in it. There is an "older" version of the book that has some parts of her diary left out (the disturbing parts).

Thanks, Debbie. I read it in 8th grade, but haven't looked at in since.

laurie in ok
03-05-2012, 09:46 PM
Thank you! I"m excited to start looking into these.