The Melendy Family Quartet

by Jennifer Krieger
(Los Angeles, CA)

First book in The Melendy Quartet: The Saturdays

First book in The Melendy Quartet: The Saturdays

The Melendy Family is actually a combination of four books by Elizabeth Enright about a family of four children in the 1940s.

Although they mention influences on the children, the war, etc., these stories are about the kids themselves: what they do, think, react to. They are utterly normal and lead lives any child would envy. I read it over and over as a child and recommend it without reservation.

Four books in The Meldendy Quartet:

- The Saturdays
- The Four Story Mistake
- Then There Were Five
- Spiderweb for Two



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The Goosebumps Series

by Katy Jones

Goosebumps, by R.L. Stine (one boxed set)

Goosebumps, by R.L. Stine (one boxed set)

When I was in elementary school, everyone was crazy about the Goosebumps series.

They used to line up for hours in front of the bookshelves that contained Goosebumps.

Boys were especially crazy about it.

Seeing the demand and popularity the Goosebumps series enjoyed, I decided to try it out.

I fell in love with it right after the first book, even though the twist endings were spooky for a young child like me.

I began making trips to the bookstore every week to buy a book from the series. I started standing in long queues in the library to borrow those books.

R.L. Stine's writing style was easy to understand and his characters were easy to relate to. When you read his books, you felt as if it could happen to you.

I read close to sixty or seventy Goosebumps books, after which I grew up and lost interest. But I still love the series and would recommend it to everyone looking for spooky entertainment.

Katy is a fan (and related to the author!) of Roses of Doom, a free ebook available from Smashwords.

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My nephew loved Goosebumps
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I remember the Goosebumps series of books.

My nephew was crazy about them. I bought him a set of these books one Christmas. It took him only one month to read the whole set.

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Anne of Green Gables series

by Ellena
(Tacoma, Wa, USA)

Anne of Green Gables boxed set

Anne of Green Gables boxed set

Anne of Green Gables

I loved this series and could relate to being a young awkward child trying to fit in. My 7 year old daughter is also reading it and loves it. I highly recommend it to young girls.





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Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery

by rloc
(california)

Rilla of Ingleside, published 1921. Anne at 50.

Rilla of Ingleside, published 1921. Anne at 50.

While all the Anne of Green Gables books are wonderful, Rilla of Ingleside is my favorite. It takes the reader through WWI, through the eyes of Rilla, the 14 year old youngest of Anne Shirley's children...and gives the Canadian point of view, which I found fascinating.

There is a lot of historical data, but given as it affected the family. Romance, humor, bravery, war babies, and loyal Dog Monday. Rilla is just a wonderful read.



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