Revisiting my favorite preteen books

toptentuesday2Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme I take part in when I can think up answers! It’s a great meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish blog. Every week a new topic is presented. It’s not only fun to think about my list, but to read what other people come up with!

This week I’m talking about revisiting childhood favorite books–specifically the books I read as a preteen (from about ages 8 – 12).

When I was a preteen I loved reading about animals–mostly horses and dogs–and adventure stories. Most of these books are old, too. Most of them came from my childhood library I spent many, many hours in. We didn’t have a bookstore in our little town. I finally whittled this down to 10 books, but it was hard!

The animal stories

The Black Stallion

  • by Walter Farley
  • originally published 1941
  • I think I read all of Walter Farley’s books. I loved them. When the movie came out years later I loved that, too.

White Fang

  • by Jack London
  • originally published 1906
  • I cried and cried. For me this book was similar to Black Beauty–lots of cruelty, heartache and sadness, but redemption and happiness by the end. I also loved reading about the north with the cold and snow.

Silver Chief: Dog of the North

  • by Jack O’Brien
  • originally published 1933
  • Similar to White Fang in the sense Silver Chief is part wolf, part dog and also mistreated. Silver Chief is found by a Canadian Mountie and learns to trust people again. The series is a great adventure with the bond between human and dog the centerpiece.

Dignity: A Springer Spaniel

  • by Col. S. P. Meek
  • originally published 1937
  • I loved the books Col. Meek wrote about dogs including: Jerry: The Adventures of an Army Dog and Ranger: A Dog of the Forest Service. He was in the U.S. Army in both WWI and WWII and many of the books dealt with military dogs, military personnel and public service. There are lots of adventures and the dogs are all smart and loyal.

Lad: A Dog

  • by Albert Payson Terhune
  • originally published 1919
  • I loved Lad and wanted a collie so much after I read about him!

The adventure stories

Robinson Crusoe

  • by Daniel Defoe
  • originally published 1719
  • I thought living on an island would be so exciting until I read Robinson Crusoe! It might be exciting, but also lonely and dangerous.

Captains Courageous

  • by Rudyard Kipling
  • originally published 1897
  • This book really fired my imagination when I read it. It shows how a spoiled boy can grow into a courageous and loyal man.

Island of the Blue Dolphins

  • by Scott O’Dell
  • originally published 1960
  • An amazing adventure about a courageous girl. Most of the books I read as a young reader have boys as the main character so this book really struck a chord with me.

The Black Arrow

  • by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • originally published 1883
  • This is one of the books which made my love historical fiction. I loved this adventure story about England’s War of the Roses.

 A Wrinkle in Time

  • by Madeline L’Engle
  • originally published 1962
  • I think this might have been the first science fiction book I read. My husband also read this book when he was a kid and we read it to our kids. Such a great, imaginative story for children.

What about you? What childhood books do you love? Do you want to revisit them?

Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

2 thoughts on “Revisiting my favorite preteen books”

  1. I’ve read most of those! Somehow I missed the one about Dignity. I loved animal books, fantasy, and mysteries. Fun list.


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