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#1 Paco

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 08:52 AM

Anyone remember this one?

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Man I used to love that trilogy of books. I read the stories so many times that I can actually recite the stories to my nieces and nephews. Not word for word, but the general gist of them.
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#2 Paco

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 09:00 AM

Maybe I should have slanted this topic towards books that were read when you were under twelve years old. Maybe ten as a cutoff as youth is subjective. Oh well, since I stated youth then everything under the age of 28 is fair game.
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#3 Loonknight

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 09:40 AM

I enjoyed "Dragon's Blood" and the sequels by Jane Yolen. Then moved on to "Necroscope" by Brian Lumely (This series got me into a bit of trouble at school considering the cover, but nowadays shouldn't merit too much attention).

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#4 pitfallharry219

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 09:50 AM

Where the Red Fern Grows - I cried like a bitch when -SPOILER ALERT- the dogs died.

Bridge to Terabithia - This was so much better than the shitty movie they made a couple years ago.

I also loved to read the Boxcar Children series when I was 8 or 9.

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#5 Rocko

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 10:19 AM

OP, is that the one where there's a story about meeting dudes with increasing larger, more grotesque teeth? And one about a girl whose head is held on by a scarf? I loved that book.

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 11:10 AM

OP, is that the one where there's a story about meeting dudes with increasing larger, more grotesque teeth? And one about a girl whose head is held on by a scarf? I loved that book.


No, that is "In a Dark, Dark Room" and that book is one that stuck with me as well. The scarf story really gave me nightmares when I first read it. Damn, Rocko, this is exactly the book I was thinking of when I clicked on this thread.

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#7 Maklershed

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 01:18 PM

Hmm .. The Hardy Boys, Garfield, Calvin and Hobbes, Encyclopedia Brown, and The Five Chinese Brothers all come to mind.

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#8 Niwen Starfire

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 01:29 PM

I also read the Boxcar children when I was younger, as well as the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, and Animorphs. Later on I started reading mainly science fiction and fantasy.

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 01:31 PM

I used to read the shit out of the Charlie Brown Encyclopedias, Peanuts and drawing / cartooning books.

As far as childhood goes, I loved this book (and my dad would read it in Grover's voice):

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#10 Maklershed

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 01:31 PM

Did anyone else have scholastic book fairs at their school?

We also had a scholastic readers thing where you read so many books and you'd get free pizza at Pizza Hut. Only problem is that we didn't (and still don't) have any Pizza Huts near us. :lol:

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#11 beerme

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 01:33 PM

My Teacher is an Alien

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 01:33 PM

Yeah. I loved Scholastic book fairs.

I used to look forward to those monthly catalogs, so I could beg my parents for The Far Side compilations, while the other jokers in my class would order Lamborghini and Michael Jordan posters.

#13 Maklershed

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 01:38 PM

That is exactly how it was for me too.

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#14 Malik112099

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 01:58 PM

Anything Shel Silverstein and The Necronimicon
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Posted 31 August 2009 - 01:59 PM

Yeah. I loved Scholastic book fairs.

I used to look forward to those monthly catalogs, so I could beg my parents for The Far Side compilations, while the other jokers in my class would order Lamborghini and Michael Jordan posters.


I remember this one stole a Super Mario Bros. book from me that I ordered from one of those fairs. I was in the second grade and didn't understand. I looked at him and said, "But why did you do that?"

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 02:11 PM

As a city kid I loved books about the wilderness. So for me it was My Side of the Mountain and Hatchet.
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#17 mykevermin

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 02:17 PM

Pretty sure I got the "Worlds of Power: Castlevania" novel from one of those book orders.

Johnny Tremain
Red Badge of Courage
Killing Mr Griffin
Gulliver's Travels
Pet Sematary
Things Fall Apart
Chronicles of Narnia
The entire "Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators" series

...kinda feel lame that I can't think of others.
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#18 Maklershed

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 02:20 PM

Anyone else get a bunch of choose your own adventure books too?

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#19 sonderiaom

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 02:24 PM

Mine was Animorphs, I still have every single one in a box somewhere.
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#20 Filler2001

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 03:15 PM

Anyone else get a bunch of choose your own adventure books too?

I loved those - I had like 20 Goosebumps ones.

Also loved Where the Wild Things Are, regular goosebumps, Shel Silverstein, Garfield, and I loved Animorphs

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 04:34 PM

The Hardy Boys, Boxcar Children, Calvin and Hobbes, Garfield, Berenstein Bears, ect. Ah so many good times there.
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#22 Ugamer_X

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 05:23 PM

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#23 Purple Flames

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 05:24 PM

- The Fright Time Books
- The Worst Person in the World
- Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters
- Where the Wild Things Are
- The Contender
- The House of Dies Drear
- Various books on Greek Mythology

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 05:32 PM

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs was my favorite book growing up.
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#25 help1

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 05:35 PM

Goosebumps, Captain Underpants, The Outsiders.

#26 lokizz

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 06:27 PM

Anyone remember this one?

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Man I used to love that trilogy of books. I read the stories so many times that I can actually recite the stories to my nieces and nephews. Not word for word, but the general gist of them.



awesome choice i used to read that all the time.other books tha stand out in my mind are

Amelia Bedelia books

Where the Wild Things Are

Roll of Thunder Hear my Cry

The Color Purple

Encyclopedia Brown

Choose your own adventure books

Pig Out Inn

Mostly Michael

Stone Soup

How to Draw Books

Time Life Mysteries of the Unknown

Harris and Me ( read this a few years ago its a kids book but damn funny worth reading if you want to laugh your ass off).

theres 2 other books that i cant recall the title. One had 2 kids spending the summer on a relatives farm and the boy gets some glasses and finds out her can do magic in the book her turns a broom into a motorcycle and creates in ice cream out of thin air.

the other has a kid who beieves his babysitter is a witch and there was a pizza and a werewolf involved.

oh yeah in junior high we had these mini horror books about the size of a ds game manual maybe 25 pages in length alot of great stories.

and in elementary our school had these weird cartoon hard cover books on inventors on in particular i always remember was about Louis Pasteur because in the book theres a kid teasing a rabid dog with a stick , the dog breaks out and bites him and he gets sick and is treated with pasteur's cure for rabies. the kid had this wicked gash on his leg but after he and the dog are treated theyre all happy.

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#27 Maklershed

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 06:36 PM


Time Life Mysteries of the Unknown



Oh shit I think I read these. Weren't they presented like encyclopedias but it was nonsense stuff like Atlantis, alien visits, Nazca lines, the crystal skull, etc?

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#28 Dead of Knight

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 06:36 PM

Definitely Scary Stories as mentioned in the OP. Goosebumps as well. I loved horror as a kid, still do but I'm out of that "curious" stage. Loved scary books, movies, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, etc, etc.
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#29 Rocko

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 06:36 PM

No, that is "In a Dark, Dark Room" and that book is one that stuck with me as well. The scarf story really gave me nightmares when I first read it. Damn, Rocko, this is exactly the book I was thinking of when I clicked on this thread.

Ah, yeah. I read that book so many time as a kid. So great.

#30 Maklershed

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 06:39 PM

Did that Scary Stories book have a story about a kid that was dared to go into a graveyard and put a knife into the one grave but he accidentally pins his coat to the ground and he thinks he's being pulled down by a hand?

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