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So I am reading the phantom tollbooth, and I'm really enjying it. Have you guys ever read it? I love the word play in it. I think maybe the Mathmagician is my favorite character. How about you? 

Here's a list of good books I've read: 

* Replay- Sharon Creech

* Holes- Louis Sachar

* Wonder- R. J. Palacio

* The Candymakers- Wendy Mass

* Escape from Mr. Lemncello's Library- Chris Grabenstein

* Soof- Sarah Weeks

* Honey- Sarah Weeks

* Pie- Sarah Weeks

* Wish- Barbara O'Connor

* Because of Winn-Dixie- Kate Dicamillo

* Harry Potter- J. K. Rowling

* Greetings from Nowhere- Barbara O'Connor

* Wonderland- Barbara O'Connor

* How to steal a Dog- Barbara O'Connor

* The Penderwicks- Jeane Birdsall

* Notorious- Gordon Korman

submitted by Chickadee, age 10, Maldives
(November 24, 2020 - 9:49 am)

I haven't read the Phantom Tollbooth before, but it sounds like a good book! I just finished re-reading a book about ballet, (which was fun because I'm a dancer) but I can't remember the exact name of it. Anyways, here's a couple of good books I've read recently!

- Summer of a Thousand Pies by Margaret Dilloway 

- Zinnia and the Bees by Danielle Davis

- The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin 

- A Place at the Table by Saadia Faruqi and Laura Shovan 

- The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O'Neill (this one has beautiful illustrations!!)

- The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City by Jodi Kendall 

- The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller

- Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga 

submitted by Peppermint, age 13, Hogwarts
(November 24, 2020 - 4:35 pm)
submitted by Top!
(November 24, 2020 - 6:31 pm)

Alright now I have to read Zinnia and the Bees because one of my AEs is named Zinnia xD I feel like 2 CBers have mentioned books with a character named Zinnia. What was the other one...?

OK I have had Tea Dragon Society on hold at my library since JULY, and it just wouldn't come, and now they suspended hold pickup... :'(

I started Other Words for Home and then forgot about it, but what I read of it was good. And I have A Place at the Table on my to-reads list! Again, my library shut down... :P

What else. Oh yes, The Thing About Jellyfish was good. Sad, but good.

We have the same reading styles we must be friends.

submitted by Lupine, Platform 9 and 3/4
(November 24, 2020 - 11:44 pm)

That stinks that your library is shut down!! Ours was closed for a while, but it opened back up for pickups. We've been having a rise in cases recently, though, so I'm a bit worried that it'll shut down again. :(

You should totally read Zinnia and the Bees! It's a really fun story, but I especially enjoyed it because I really like bees (my dad keeps bees as a hobby, so that's understandable)! Anyways, I'll definitely be your friend! 

Oh! Also, I love your CB name! We have sky lupin everywhere around our house in the springtime, and they're one of my favorite wildflowers! :)

submitted by Peppermint, age 13, Hogwarts
(November 25, 2020 - 11:57 am)

Thanks! I like your name, too. I actually might change my CB name sometime, but lupine are some of my favorite flowers.

submitted by Lupine, Platform 9 and 3/4
(November 25, 2020 - 1:47 pm)

I love giving book reccomendations! And getting them, I love new reading material. I own The Phantom Tollbooth, but I judge books by their cover sometimes, and I don't like the cover, so I haven't read it, despite the fact that Jane from the Penderwicks likes it, and I trust her judgment.

~ The Penderwicks, by Jeane Birdsall (series). I know Chickadee already said this, but I need to reiterate it. They're so good, especially the first four.

~ The Mysterious Benedict Society, by Trenton Lee Stewart (series). One of the first books I ever read, and I have been listening to it on audiobook since I was two years old. They don't get old, I'll love them until I'm an old lady.

~ Legacy of Orïsha, by Tomi Adeyemi (series). I would reccomend being in at least middle school before you read these books, but the wait will be worth it! They're some of my favorites!

~ Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs (series). No comment for this one.

~ Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery (series). This is a classic, and there are enough books to keep you occupied for a while. Another one of the serieses that have been a part of my life since before I can remember. <3

~ To Be Or Not To Be (A Choosable-Path Adventure), by Ryan North. I would reccomend being in at least middle school before reading this one.

~ Romeo and/or Juliet (A Chooseable-Path Adventure), by Ryan North. Probably should be at least 13 before reading this one. But it has a side adventure in the format of an Interactive Fiction game, so it will forever hold a place in my heart.

~ The Princess Bride, by William Goldman. It's like a YA fairytale tome. Love it. 

~ Counting by 7s, by Holly Goldburge Sloane. I was convinced for years that this was the best book in the world. It's that good.

~ The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak. The actual best book in the world, in my opinion, at least.

This is all I have for now, because this comment is already getting long, but I'll be back with more soon! 

submitted by Morning, yonder
(November 24, 2020 - 8:07 pm)

Ooooh I read Romeo and/or Juliet this summer!! I definitely agree with 13 and up, but it was SO funny!

submitted by Quill
(November 25, 2020 - 4:09 pm)

I know, right?! Ryan North is such a good author, and there are so many references and mini-games and play-within-a-plays. It's such a masterfully crafted book.

submitted by Morning, yonder
(November 25, 2020 - 9:41 pm)

Here are some good books:

- A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket- this are my favorite book series. they are very well developed and enjoyable.

- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

- A Year Without Autumn by Liz Kessler

- The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier. this one is very spooky, I recomend probably at least 13 years old  

-Coraline by Neil Gaiman. this one is also spooky, probably 12 or 13 years old

- The Friendship Doll by Kirby Larson. this is historical fiction, I found it interesting.

thats all for now, I hope to do more later. :) 

submitted by Tealeaf, Steeping
(November 25, 2020 - 10:18 am)

@Tealeaf! I have read the Series of Unfortunate Events and I've seen the movie Coraline. It's pretty creepy. 


Last night I finished The Phantom Tollbooth. I really recomend it. I'm thinking about reading the "Becuase of Mr. Terupt" series. The look good, and I've heard good reviews on it. Have any of you guys read it before? 

submitted by Chickadee, age 10, Maldives
(November 25, 2020 - 12:10 pm)

I haven't but my sister has, and she really likes it.

submitted by Morning, yonder
(November 25, 2020 - 2:56 pm)

Because of Mr. Terupt is really good. I read them in fourth grade and I loved them as a kid. The first one is, in my opinion, is the best one, but the other two are very good as well.

submitted by Sophie T., age 17, Was Gotham, Now Bludhaven
(November 25, 2020 - 4:59 pm)

Here's the books at the top of my list:

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry, and Tobias Iaconis

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed

Wonder by R. J. Palacio 

The Ambrose Deception by Emily Ecton

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

New Kid by Jerry Craft (Graphic Novel)

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

There's probably a bunch that I forgot, I might post more later. Also, a warning, some of these books are PG-13. 

submitted by Twilight
(November 25, 2020 - 12:50 pm)


Before I Fall.

the thing about jellyfish, sure, if i want to be sad because i can't ever write like that...

Maximum Ride. 

Harry Potter 7 is "okay" like I had this really amazing idea and it was the first story i ever thought about.

Appleblossom the Possum 



submitted by Edgar H
(November 25, 2020 - 2:58 pm)

I can't believe I forgot Saffy's Angel oh no 

submitted by Edgar H
(November 25, 2020 - 3:01 pm)