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In honor of LibraryThing's 11th birthday, staff have gathered 11 of our favorite books from when we were (approximately) 11-year-olds ourselves. Add yours to the list! What were you reading as a tween?
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95,672 members
1,191 reviews
½ 4.3
17 Members
tardis, conceptDawg, Booksrme, reading_fox, foggidawn, paradoxosalpha, thorold, Cecrow, krazy4katz, buk1968, SylviaC, EMS_24, souloftherose, dksthomson, ahef1963, kristilabrie, Tinuvia
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paradoxosalpha: It was assigned reading in fifth grade, though I think it was a re-read for me.
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40,019 members
962 reviews
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35,922 members
558 reviews
4.1
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26,839 members
403 reviews
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13 Members
Booksrme, TeresaInTexas, Morphidae, rarm, craso, charl08, Cecrow, SylviaC, souloftherose, dksthomson, Dilara86, ahef1963, Bettesbooks
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Morphidae: I reread this several years ago not expecting to like it as much. What I surprise I got! I rated it 9/10 stars. An amazing book.
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24,125 members
329 reviews
4.1
12 Members
gwernin, Booksrme, TeresaInTexas, Gateaupain, reading_fox, libraryman_76021, KimarieBee, Cecrow, dksthomson, al.vick, ahef1963, quondame
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gwernin: I've actually owned this book since I was about 5!
Gateaupain: Who doesn't have it and love it. I still quote from it today - Pale waifs in the woodland wet" - "as I loose the snare you shall see me there".....
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3,937 members
84 reviews
4.1
9 Members
tardis, ablachly, Booksrme, reading_fox, charl08, thorold, buk1968, souloftherose, elkiedee
Explanations
tardis: I can't recall exactly what I loved at age 11 (it was a long time ago!) but I have loved Swallows and Amazons since I first read it, which was at least that long ago.
reading_fox: Read all of them over the years, but haven't been back to re-visit them. The new film is actually pretty good too.
thorold: Sailing, codes, exploring, pirates - how could this be improved?
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6,650 members
139 reviews
3.8
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8,507 members
228 reviews
4.1
9 Members
paradoxosalpha, libraryman_76021, Cecrow, ErlendSkjelten, merrystar, SylviaC, souloftherose, elkiedee, ahef1963
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paradoxosalpha: I'm pretty sure I read this long before the age of eleven. But it has a conspicuously 11-year-old protagonist.
ahef1963: I didn't read this series until I was in my late 20s, but I was and still am mesmerized by them.
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7,113 members
123 reviews
4
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15,720 members
229 reviews
4.1
10 Members
Booksrme, Morphidae, mldg, Cecrow, elenchus, SylviaC, elkiedee, Dilara86, ahef1963, quondame
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Morphidae: Several in this series get high marks from me, even now.
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18,336 members
208 reviews
3.9
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36,541 members
1,025 reviews
4.2
8 Members
Booksrme, dara85, Morphidae, elenchus, al.vick, ahef1963, gendeg, quondame
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Morphidae: Another book that remains a delight to this day.
gendeg: Subversively dark and hopeful at the same time. Brilliant.
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8,108 members
58 reviews
3.9
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10,495 members
135 reviews
3.8
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6,892 members
96 reviews
4.1
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34,589 members
432 reviews
3.8
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16,541 members
291 reviews
4.1
8 Members
mldg, Cecrow, elenchus, SylviaC, elkiedee, al.vick, ahef1963, quondame
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mldg: I remember discovering the Little House books in my school's very tiny library.
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3,974 members
47 reviews
3.8
7 Members
Morphidae, KimarieBee, SylviaC, dksthomson, al.vick, ahef1963, CindyAmrhein
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Morphidae: Loved this as a kid but the suck fairy got a hold of this BIG time. What a disappointment.
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16,547 members
279 reviews
4.2
6 Members
ablachly, Morphidae, foggidawn, SylviaC, elkiedee, ahef1963
Explanations
Morphidae: Loved this book back then and it has held up over time.
ahef1963: This was my favourite book as a child, and I still re-read it every couple of years.
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3,482 members
86 reviews
4.1
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7,977 members
141 reviews
½ 4.3
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50,808 members
452 reviews
½ 4.5
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17,730 members
424 reviews
½ 4.3
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26,907 members
238 reviews
3.9
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7,783 members
241 reviews
3.8
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3,555 members
72 reviews
4.2
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12,639 members
339 reviews
4.1
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11,313 members
144 reviews
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2,145 members
30 reviews
½ 3.6
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8,903 members
89 reviews
½ 3.5
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10,277 members
96 reviews
4.2
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22,435 members
479 reviews
½ 4.3
5 Members
Booksrme, SimoneA, charl08, ahef1963, lorannen
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lorannen: Technically, I read this for the first time when I was nine, but I re-read it often!
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7,149 members
118 reviews
3.8
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135,455 members
2,057 reviews
½ 4.3
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43,544 members
517 reviews
3.9
5 Members
bw42, Booksrme, Cecrow, dksthomson, ahef1963
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bw42: I know it was my favorite when I was eleven because it was my favorite from when I first read it at 9 or 10 until I was 13 or 14. I read it at least once every summer for that period
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5,076 members
56 reviews
4
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875 members
23 reviews
4
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2,418 members
20 reviews
3.8
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12,094 members
147 reviews
4
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11,358 members
172 reviews
4.2
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12,255 members
229 reviews
4.1
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25,390 members
453 reviews
4.1
5 Members
Booksrme, Morphidae, charl08, elenchus, ahef1963
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Morphidae: This is the first book I thought of when I saw the list and I was really surprised no one else had it down.
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1,305 members
25 reviews
½ 3.7
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18,362 members
298 reviews
3.9
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16,045 members
215 reviews
4.2
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1,429 members
14 reviews
½ 3.7
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2,968 members
36 reviews
4
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218 members
6 reviews
3.9
3 Members
Booksrme, thorold, paulmdh
Explanations
thorold: I've no idea why I liked these terrible books so much back then!
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5,320 members
152 reviews
4.2
4 Members
Booksrme, thorold, southernbooklady, ahef1963
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thorold: I'm sure this can't be as funny as I remember it being...
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8,612 members
125 reviews
3.9
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4,636 members
58 reviews
3.9
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1,330 members
19 reviews
½ 3.4
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2,715 members
47 reviews
4.1
3 Members
Gateaupain, avatiakh, merrystar
Explanations
Gateaupain: It was in the family revolving book-case and it is only later that I realised its social significance. I didn't even know it was set in America. I still have the bookcase 75 years later
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79,326 members
1,433 reviews
½ 4.4
3 Members
ShellyS, btuckertx, ahef1963
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btuckertx: A parent asked me to wait a few years before reading TKAM, but...
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9,527 members
85 reviews
4.1
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15,078 members
224 reviews
½ 3.7
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1,840 members
35 reviews
4
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9,013 members
65 reviews
4.1
3 Members
TeresaInTexas, inge87, ahef1963
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inge87: My hands-down favorite Little House book growing up. I got my copy from the Scholastic book club when I was 10 or 11.
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10,896 members
120 reviews
4.1
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59,701 members
923 reviews
4.2
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1,512 members
31 reviews
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858 members
17 reviews
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211 members
1 review
½ 3.5
3 Members
Booksrme, reading_fox, charl08
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reading_fox: A great series of adventures featuring wildlife and plucky heroes.
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3,775 members
56 reviews
3.8
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21,409 members
679 reviews
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210 members
1 review
½ 3.4
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11,303 members
209 reviews
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8,056 members
122 reviews
3.9
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4,187 members
87 reviews
3.9
2 Members
.Monkey., lorannen
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7,531 members
208 reviews
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1,626 members
26 reviews
3.9
3 Members
rosalita, Morphidae, SylviaC
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Morphidae: Totally forgot about Trixie Belden until Sylvia added it!
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1,034 members
35 reviews
4.1
2 Members
EMS_24, kjgormley
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43,263 members
685 reviews
½ 4.3
2 Members
paradoxosalpha, DeusXMachina
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paradoxosalpha: I remember reading this one when I was ten, in fact. I have vivid memories of reading it in my grammar school library, although I had checked out the book (in a sturdy old library hardcover) from the public library.
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2,041 members
71 reviews
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320 members
4 reviews
4.1
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1,766 members
27 reviews
4
3 Members
ABVR, Booksrme, charl08
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5,943 members
45 reviews
4.2
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6,195 members
138 reviews
½ 4.3
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5,812 members
150 reviews
4.2
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22,148 members
609 reviews
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7,932 members
59 reviews
3.9
84
5,627 members
72 reviews
3.8
85
328 members
9 reviews
½ 4.3
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3,812 members
65 reviews
3.8
2 Members
Booksrme, ShellyS
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7,592 members
194 reviews
4.1
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1,835 members
36 reviews
3.8
2 Members
seeword, inge87
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1,202 members
70 reviews
½ 3.7
90
12,812 members
243 reviews
4.1
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641 members
4 reviews
3.8
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4,473 members
85 reviews
3.8
2 Members
kgriffith, Cecrow
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9,336 members
124 reviews
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749 members
11 reviews
3.8
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2,573 members
38 reviews
3.9
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41,481 members
1,051 reviews
½ 4.3
2 Members
ahef1963, gendeg
Explanations
gendeg: Ender's realization at the end at what he'd done and how he'd been used was too much for my 11-year-old self to handle. Masterfully wrought and devastating.
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15,453 members
548 reviews
3.9
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9,685 members
106 reviews
½ 3.6
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1,375 members
22 reviews
½ 3.6
2 Members
ahef1963, rikaploo
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10,865 members
116 reviews
3.9
2 Members
Cecrow, al.vick