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September 03, 2014


Elaine Viets

Hi, Dean. My favorite book as a very young girl was the POKEY LI'L PUPPY. I was also a big fan of LITTLE WOMEN. I liked Jo best. Loved Nancy Drew. All of them.I read my mother's set.


Charlotte's Web was wonderful, but E. B. White's The Trumpet of the Swan is the one that stayed with me, broke my heart and showed me how a sacrifice for love isn't a loss. I also love the Anne books (really anything L. M. Montgomery wrote). My childhood love of mystery began with Trixie Belden and The Secret of the Mansion. I learned about loss from Madeleine L'Engle in A Ring of Endless Light. Orson Scott Card taught me that sometimes science fiction is more about the fiction than the science, especially in Ender's Game. Others on my list include Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle, the Cherry Ames series by Helen Wells and later Julie Tatham, and Dr. Seuss's The Lorax. And now I want to go read all of them, and check out the ones on your list I'm unfamiliar with.

Hank Phillippi Ryan

I love this list! And I think this is fascinating.

Off to find The Tiger in the Smoke. Thank you!

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