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Subject: Coming of age stories?
Date Posted: 11/7/2007 9:41 PM ET
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I'm looking for coming-of-age books along the lines of Anne of Green Gables and a Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Any suggestions?

Date Posted: 11/7/2007 11:44 PM ET
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Summer of My German Soldier, Bella Teal, The Witch of Blackbird Pond,

Are these for you or for a kid? If they are for you then read the sequel to SOMGS to its Morning Is a Long Time Coming.

Date Posted: 11/8/2007 12:49 AM ET
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RIVER, CROSS MY HEART, by Breena Clarke  The story is centered around a young (African American) girl who has to deal with the aftermath of her younger sisters accidental death.  A very powerful story,  and I would highly recommend it.

Date Posted: 11/8/2007 5:48 AM ET
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain are both set in the South. The kid-narrators relate how they come to realize at once what a gift life is and what a trial life can be. Like Huck, Lord of the Flies by William Golding explores how thin the veneer of civiliation is, given the wrong circumstances and set of personalities.  A bit lighter is A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Leguin, in which an awkward lad becomes a wizard's apprentice. It is rather somber but a good read. In Great Expectations by Charles Dicken a young snob realizes that dough and position ain't all there are to life. In Dune by Frank Herbert the young duke Paul Atreides has to grow up pretty fast if he's going to be a messiah worth his salt. The better war memoirs cover the baptism of fire that green kids experience, as in William Manchester and Eugene Sledge's books about being young Marines fighting the Japanese.


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Date Posted: 11/8/2007 2:50 PM ET
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  1. Whistling in the Dark
  2. An Egg on Three Sticks
  3. To Kill a Mockingbird
  4. The Chronicles of Narnia
  5. The Rapture of Canaan
  6. The Secret Life of Bees
  7. The Girls
  8. Middlesex

Those are the ones i have read and tagged as "coming of age" hope this helps.. A Tree is one of my all-time favorite childhood books. I thouroughly enjoyed the above mentioned almost as much!! I love this theme in books.

Date Posted: 11/8/2007 2:58 PM ET
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I suggest the Dear America series, especially West to a Land of Plenty: The Diary of Teresa Angelino Viscardi, New York to Idaho Territory, 1883 (Dear America) Author: Jim Murphy

Date Posted: 11/8/2007 6:49 PM ET
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Here's a link to male coming-of-age stories.


From this page, you can also access female coming-of-age stories.