Following is a list of reviews of novels for older children.
The Cay: A great book. The sequel “Timothy Of The Cay” is even better.
Hatchet: Also a great book. Helped kick off my survivalist/prepper interests back in the day.
Swallows And Amazons: Classic book for any child who’s ever dreamed about just going off on their own and starting their own country.
King Arthur And His Knights: Read the Howard Pyle version. It is the classic version of these tales.
The Nutcracker And Other Tales by A. T. E. Hoffman: Actually quite a lot of brutality in the original version of this classic story.
The Yearling: Gives a glimpse into a life, which as the author says in the introduction, doesn’t exist anymore. Poignant and touching as well. Will set people straight who only associate Florida with Disney World and old people.
Shiloh: Also gives a glimpse into rural life, a more modern version. Heartwarming and with characters you’ll come to love, except for Judd Travers, of course.
Number The Stars: A bunch of propaganda.
Maniac Magee: Also a bunch of propaganda. Read it as a child, then read it when I was older and understood it in a whole new way.
Anastasia Krupnik: Children will enjoy the character of Anastasia. Always gotta love a character who seems wiser than the other kids her age. Also shows Negroes will reject wiggers/wigresses every time.
Underground To Canada: Also a bunch of propaganda.
The Fudge books by Judy Blume: All throughout these books, you’re thinking, “Will this little so-and-so ever realize he’s not the bee’s knees!?”
Anne Of Green Gables: A heroine who cries at everything. Peachy! Will probably merit it’s own post.
The rest of L.M. Montgomery’s body of work: Other than Anne Of Green Gables and Anne Of Avonlea, Montgomery didn’t write anything else that was really good from a literary standpoint. It’s all orphans and writers and making fun of religion, etc.
The Little House books: It’s amazing how many people I talk to who only know about Little House from the crummy TV series. Do people not read anymore?!
Good from the standpoint that it shows life wasn’t always as easy as it is today. People actually had to build our civilization. However, these books are essentially boring. What are the chances that, in sixty years, which is the difference in time between when the events of the Little House books happened and when they were written down, people are going to want to read about us commuting to our offices and falling asleep in front of the TV at night?
Will probably also merit it’s own post.
Bridge To Teribithia: Offers a good glimpse into the late seventies and the contrast between the hippy-types and other people. Very sad and touching ending.