Your Friday Five: Oldies But Goodies
Published on Friday, January 17, 2014 - 8:57am
When I was a kid, reading was all about secret spaces and hiding spots. I would read in cupboards with a flashlight, climb trees and nestle in a crook with a book, crawl under beds, hide behind sofas, and squeeze into closets in order to be by myself and become enveloped in whatever world my current book would take me.
These five recommendations from the past are not just great books for the 8-12 set; they're also perfect reads for the reader with a secret spot because they're filled with mystery and magic and secrets and spaces. Enjoy.
Miniature people who live in an old country house by borrowing things from the humans are forced to emigrate from their home under the clock.
|The Lost Princess of Oz
L. Frank Baum
L. Frank Baum wrote 13 books about Oz, each more enjoyable than the last! All of the magic in Oz and its ruler have been stolen. Dorothy and her friends are determined to get it all back.
Barney's boring seaside vacation suddenly becomes more interesting when he meets his exotic, space-game-playing neighbors.
|Harriet, the Spy
Eleven-year-old Harriet keeps notes on her classmates and neighbors in a secret notebook. What happens when they read her notebook?
|The Egypt Game
Zilpha Keatley Snyder
A group of children entranced by Egypt play a game that will change their lives forever. Secret Oracles, befriending professors, and foul play all play a part in their Egypt Game.