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Subject: Any suggestions? Out of the Mouth of Babes
Date Posted: 11/18/2011 12:16 PM ET
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I am 'challenged' to find a few books to choose from to fill the category of Out of the Mouth of Babes for the Contemporary Fiction Challenge 2012.  Any suggestions? 

Date Posted: 11/18/2011 1:55 PM ET
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From HF you might read The Boy in the Striped Pajamas or Four Perfect Pebbles by Lila Perl and Marion Blumen thal Lazan from WWII.  I liked the latter but not the former but many others liked it.  Pebbles is on my shelf - no shameless promotion here.  I am reading Bound by Sallly Gunning (15-year-old).  I just finished Eragon by Christopher Paolini, who began the book when he was 15, for another challenge.  Carol Newman Cronin wrote Oliver's Surprise and a Cape Cod book - both are YA books with historical background that appeals to adults, too.  Hope these ideas help.   



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Date Posted: 11/18/2011 3:16 PM ET
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Would Qualify. Also Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

                                                               Rose



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Date Posted: 11/19/2011 12:41 AM ET
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I have trouble remembering which are narrated by non-adults (rather than simply featuring them as protagonists),  but I'll keep this category in mind the next time I'm wandering around the bookstore trying not to buy stuff. ;-) The only work I can think of right now is the one on my challenge list, Vernon God Little.

Date Posted: 11/20/2011 4:30 AM ET
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I just read a review in the latest Bookmarks about a book called We the Animals (by Justin Torres). "In short, episodic chapters, an unnamed, seven-year-old boy, the youngest of three brothers, recounts a turbulent childhood in the embrace of a remarkably turbulent childhood in the embrace of a remarkably dysfunctional family." The book received high ratings and--here is perhaps the best part for some--it's only 144 pages.

                                                                                                                                              Rose

Date Posted: 11/21/2011 8:37 PM ET
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here is perhaps the best part for some--it's only 144 pages.

that is only good if you don't like the book!

Date Posted: 11/25/2011 5:28 PM ET
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If a 14-year-old girl counts as a child, then Mattie Ross as the narrator of True Grit. by Charles Portis, would be a book to consider. 

Date Posted: 11/30/2011 7:21 PM ET
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I figure furkids count as a non-adult point of view, so my choice is written from the dog's perspective. 

Date Posted: 12/11/2011 2:21 AM ET
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OOO.  True Grit.  I am going to look for a copy.

Date Posted: 12/18/2011 1:53 AM ET
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The Stolen Child by Donahue (fantasy/sci-fi)