Time’s 100 Best YA

The Lord of the Rings

Said Gimli, ‘but you too, Pippin. I love you, if only because of the pains you have cost me, which I shall never forget. Nor shall I forget finding you on the hill of the last battle. Oh man, I have been putting these off for SO long. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are both […]

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Return of the King

J.R.R Tolkien ‘Never is too long a word even for me,’ said Treebeard. ‘Not while your kingdoms last, you mean; but they will have to last long indeed to seem long to Ents.’ ‘The New Age begins,’ said Gandalf, ‘and in this age it may well prove that the kingdoms of Men shall outlast you, […]

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The Two Towers

J.R.R. Tolkien A thing is about to happen which has not happened since the Elder Days: the Ents are going to wake up and find that they are strong. We cared little for what lay beyond the borders of our land. Songs we have that tell of these things, but we are forgetting them, teaching […]

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The Fellowship of the Ring

J.R.R. Tolkien All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring; Renewed shall be blade that was broken, The […]

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Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.

“During my chocolate parfait I whispered, ‘I’m wearing a bra. Can you tell?’ ‘Of course I can tell,’ Grandma said. ‘You can?’ I was really surprised. I stopped eating. ‘Well, how do you think it makes me look?’ ‘Much older,’ Grandma said, between sips of her coffee. I didn’t know whether to believe her or not so I believed her.”

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The Phantom Tollbooth

Norton Juster and Illustrated by Jules Feiffer “And in smaller letters at the bottom it concluded: ‘RESULTS ARE NOT GUARANTEED, BUT IF NOT PERFECTLY SATISFIED, YOUR WASTED TIME WILL BE REFUNDED.’” “‘You jumped, of course,’ explained Canby. “That’s the way most everyone gets here. It’s really quite simple: every time you decide something without having […]

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Matilda

Roald Dahl “Occasionally one comes across parents who take the opposite line, who show no interest at all in their children, and these, of course, are far worse than the doting ones.” “Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it’s unbelievable.” I have been planning to read all of Dahl’s work for some […]

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Holes

Louis Sachar “His parents couldn’t afford a lawyer. “You don’t need a lawyer,” his mother had said. “Just tell the truth.” Stanley told the truth, but perhaps it would have been better if he had lied a little.” Holes is on Time’s 100 Best YA lsit. I was able to borrow a digital copy from my […]

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