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Description: 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?

Members: 84 participating members (show all)

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1
25,814 members, 516 reviews
4.32 stars (4.32 stars)

Lists: elkiedee (1), ahef1963 (1), dksthomson (1), charl08 (1), kgriffith (1), krazy4katz (1), ehousewright (1), Booksrme (2), SylviaC (2), raidergirl3 (2), souloftherose (3)7 more, tardis (3), ablachly (3), mavinger (3), vwinsloe (4), foggidawn (7), Tinuvia, rarm

Score: 60.67

2
40,169 members, 702 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: aethercowboy (1), al.vick (1), ErlendSkjelten (2), paulstalder (2), amarie (2), libraryman_76021 (2), foggidawn (2), ahef1963 (3), Cecrow (3), dksthomson (3), avatiakh (4)8 more, Booksrme (4), charl08 (4), anglemark (4), SylviaC (7), thorold (8), quondame (9), souloftherose (10), elenchus (17)

Score: 56.62

3
84,325 members, 1,117 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

Lists: Cecrow (1), buk1968 (1), conceptDawg (1), ahef1963 (2), dksthomson (2), souloftherose (2), paradoxosalpha (2), tardis (2), krazy4katz (2), kristilabrie (3), Booksrme (3)6 more, SylviaC (4), EMS_24 (5), reading_fox (7), foggidawn (8), thorold (10), Tinuvia

Score: 53.53

Explanations:

paradoxosalpha (2): It was assigned reading in fifth grade, though I think it was a re-read for me.

4
35,312 members, 890 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: amarie (1), libraryman_76021 (1), EricaSecor (1), .Monkey. (1), Cecrow (2), al.vick (2), dara85 (2), SylviaC (3), ahef1963 (4), dksthomson (4), ablachly (5)4 more, quondame (10), elenchus (16), Booksrme (32), rarm

Score: 45.85

5
30,709 members, 521 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: CindyAmrhein (1), Herenya (1), OneMorePage (1), mlfhlibrarian (2), quondame (2), EMS_24 (3), charl08 (3), ahef1963 (6), Booksrme (6), dksthomson (6), foggidawn (6)1 more, SylviaC (11)

Score: 37.23

6
3,368 members, 78 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)

Lists: Booksrme (1), thorold (1), reading_fox (1), tardis (1), elkiedee (2), charl08 (2), buk1968 (2), ablachly (4), souloftherose (9)

Score: 31.23

Explanations:

thorold (1): Sailing, codes, exploring, pirates - how could this be improved?

reading_fox (1): Read all of them over the years, but haven't been back to re-visit them. The new film is actually pretty good too.

tardis (1): 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.… (more)

7
24,892 members, 400 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: Bettesbooks (1), Morphidae (1), Cecrow (4), ahef1963 (5), Booksrme (5), dksthomson (5), souloftherose (5), charl08 (5), Dilara86 (11), SylviaC (12), rarm

Score: 31.01

Explanations:

Morphidae (1): 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.

8
20,835 members, 311 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (1), gwernin (1), quondame (3), Cecrow (5), Gateaupain (5), libraryman_76021 (6), reading_fox (6), ahef1963 (7), dksthomson (7), al.vick (24), Booksrme (31)

Score: 29.92

Explanations:

gwernin (1): I've actually owned this book since I was about 5!

Gateaupain (5): 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".....

9
6,067 members, 130 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: mavinger (1), katemcangus (1), ErlendSkjelten (3), ManWithAnAgenda (3), libraryman_76021 (3), SylviaC (5), reading_fox (5), Cecrow (8), ahef1963 (9)

Score: 27.16

10
7,765 members, 213 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: ErlendSkjelten (1), elkiedee (3), souloftherose (4), merrystar (4), libraryman_76021 (5), paradoxosalpha (5), Cecrow (6), ahef1963 (8), SylviaC (15)

Score: 25.01

Explanations:

paradoxosalpha (5): I'm pretty sure I read this long before the age of eleven. But it has a conspicuously 11-year-old protagonist.

ahef1963 (8): I didn't read this series until I was in my late 20s, but I was and still am mesmerized by them.

11
15,724 members, 192 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: avatiakh (1), mlfhlibrarian (3), seeword (5), Cecrow (10), dksthomson (11), ahef1963 (13), elenchus (14), charl08 (21), Booksrme (28), al.vick (32)

Score: 23.62

12
32,050 members, 974 reviews
4.21 stars (4.21 stars)

Lists: gendeg (1), dara85 (3), Morphidae (4), quondame (5), elenchus (9), ahef1963 (10), al.vick (13), Booksrme (20)

Score: 21.1

Explanations:

gendeg (1): Subversively dark and hopeful at the same time. Brilliant.

Morphidae (4): Another book that remains a delight to this day.

13
6,361 members, 118 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: JoLynnsbooks (1), ablachly (1), .Monkey. (2), elkiedee (4), Cecrow (9), foggidawn (9), ahef1963 (11)

Score: 21.01

14
13,452 members, 206 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: Morphidae (3), elkiedee (5), quondame (7), elenchus (8), Dilara86 (12), Cecrow (13), ahef1963 (17), SylviaC (18), Booksrme (21)

Score: 20.59

Explanations:

Morphidae (3): Several in this series get high marks from me, even now.

15
10,362 members, 141 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: paulstalder (3), ErlendSkjelten (4), KimarieBee (4), Morphidae (6), dksthomson (12), ahef1963 (18), SylviaC (19), Booksrme (27)

Score: 19.01

16
6,142 members, 91 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: miketopper (1), mavinger (2), elenchus (2), libraryman_76021 (4), reading_fox (4), Cecrow (7)

Score: 18.84

17
29,964 members, 409 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: seeword (3), thorold (5), quondame (6), dksthomson (8), anglemark (9), ahef1963 (14), charl08 (16), Booksrme (30)

Score: 18.74

18
6,813 members, 49 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: rosalita (3), thornton37814 (3), mlfhlibrarian (4), avatiakh (6), Cecrow (12), al.vick (12), JoLynnsbooks (13)

Score: 17.87

19
3,423 members, 43 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: CindyAmrhein (2), KimarieBee (3), dksthomson (10), SylviaC (10), ahef1963 (12), Morphidae (14), al.vick (40)

Score: 16.71

Explanations:

Morphidae (14): Loved this as a kid but the suck fairy got a hold of this BIG time. What a disappointment.

20
13,998 members, 265 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)

Lists: Morphidae (2), ablachly (2), foggidawn (5), elkiedee (6), SylviaC (6), ahef1963 (16)

Score: 16.51

Explanations:

Morphidae (2): Loved this book back then and it has held up over time.

ahef1963 (16): This was my favourite book as a child, and I still re-read it every couple of years.

21
6,998 members, 121 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 stars)

Lists: avatiakh (5), rosalita (5), al.vick (10), elenchus (12), charl08 (18), ahef1963 (21), Booksrme (23)

Score: 15.39

22
46,687 members, 448 reviews
4.53 stars (4.53 stars)

Lists: souloftherose (1), DeusXMachina (6), Booksrme (10), Cecrow (15), ahef1963 (23), rarm

Score: 15.12

23
23,154 members, 212 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: Booksrme (7), libraryman_76021 (8), Cecrow (11), elenchus (13), ahef1963 (15), charl08 (20), SylviaC (31)

Score: 14.76

24
3,085 members, 65 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)

Lists: elkiedee (10), charl08 (10), quondame (11), merrystar (11), Booksrme (22), SylviaC (29), al.vick (31)

Score: 14.16

25
15,541 members, 409 reviews
4.3 stars (4.3 stars)

Lists: ABVR (1), souloftherose (6), elenchus (6), ManWithAnAgenda (7), SylviaC (13)

Score: 13.68

26
14,018 members, 261 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: quondame (8), elkiedee (14), elenchus (15), Cecrow (18), SylviaC (27), al.vick (28), ahef1963 (32)

Score: 13.6

27
10,085 members, 140 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: ManWithAnAgenda (1), kristilabrie (1), lorannen (3), rarm

Score: 13.5

28
1,866 members, 30 reviews
3.6 stars (3.6 stars)

Lists: Herenya (3), elkiedee (7), charl08 (8), Booksrme (18), ahef1963 (25), SylviaC (39)

Score: 13.21

29
8,028 members, 85 reviews
3.55 stars (3.55 stars)

Lists: paulstalder (1), mavinger (7), Dilara86 (9), thornton37814 (10), Booksrme (15)

Score: 13.05

30
8,733 members, 88 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)

Lists: thornton37814 (7), elkiedee (8), merrystar (10), elenchus (11), Cecrow (17), ahef1963 (27)

Score: 13.01

31
19,276 members, 439 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 stars)

Lists: SimoneA (2), lorannen (2), charl08 (6), ahef1963 (19), Booksrme (25)

Score: 12.99

Explanations:

lorannen (2): Technically, I read this for the first time when I was nine, but I re-read it often!

32
5,844 members, 104 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

Lists: dara85 (1), JoLynnsbooks (4), merrystar (13), Cecrow (14), ahef1963 (20)

Score: 12.89

33
119,523 members, 1,944 reviews
4.29 stars (4.29 stars)

Lists: kjgormley (1), Tinuvia (6), ahef1963 (22), Booksrme (24), rarm

Score: 12.67

34
3,088 members, 76 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: souloftherose (7), elkiedee (9), mavinger (11), merrystar (16), Booksrme (29), SylviaC (32)

Score: 12.37

35
39,374 members, 497 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: bw42 (1), Booksrme (11), dksthomson (13), Cecrow (16), ahef1963 (24)

Score: 12.11

Explanations:

bw42 (1): 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… (more)

36
4,276 members, 52 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: gwernin (2), vwinsloe (3), Morphidae (10), Booksrme (26), al.vick (35)

Score: 12.07

37
803 members, 22 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: amarie (3), merrystar (7), charl08 (9), elkiedee (11), SylviaC (20)

Score: 11.9

38
2,069 members, 17 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

Lists: seeword (4), elenchus (5), JoLynnsbooks (7), dksthomson (9), al.vick (41)

Score: 11.85

39
6,834 members, 219 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

Lists: raidergirl3 (3), charl08 (7), Booksrme (8), elkiedee (12), ahef1963 (29)

Score: 11.75

40
10,032 members, 136 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: foggidawn (3), ManWithAnAgenda (8), mavinger (8), al.vick (16), ahef1963 (33)

Score: 11.47

41
9,685 members, 154 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Lists: al.vick (3), elenchus (7), charl08 (12), elkiedee (13), ahef1963 (30)

Score: 11.46

42
10,824 members, 211 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)

Lists: SimoneA (1), libraryman_76021 (7), souloftherose (8), Tinuvia (9)

Score: 11.15

43
21,829 members, 414 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

Lists: Morphidae (5), elenchus (10), charl08 (13), Booksrme (19), ahef1963 (26)

Score: 10.72

Explanations:

Morphidae (5): This is the first book I thought of when I saw the list and I was really surprised no one else had it down.

44
1,185 members, 11 reviews
3.69 stars (3.69 stars)

Lists: timspalding (1), elenchus (3), quondame (4)

Score: 9.87

45
10,781 members, 323 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: .Monkey. (3), mavinger (5), SylviaC (8), ahef1963 (28)

Score: 9.83

46
2,577 members, 31 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

Lists: jillmwo (1), merrystar (3), SylviaC (9)

Score: 9.35

47
204 members, 4 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: paulmdh (1), thorold (3), Booksrme (9)

Score: 9.35

Explanations:

thorold (3): I've no idea why I liked these terrible books so much back then!

48
4,763 members, 142 reviews
4.24 stars (4.24 stars)

Lists: southernbooklady (2), thorold (11), Booksrme (17), ahef1963 (31)

Score: 9.23

Explanations:

thorold (11): I'm sure this can't be as funny as I remember it being...

49
7,225 members, 117 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: gendeg (3), ManWithAnAgenda (9), souloftherose (11), ahef1963 (52)

Score: 9.04

50
4,068 members, 48 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: foggidawn (4), merrystar (8), SylviaC (14), ahef1963 (34)

Score: 8.93

51
2,379 members, 42 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

Lists: avatiakh (3), Gateaupain (3), merrystar (5)

Score: 8.75

Explanations:

Gateaupain (3): 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… (more)

52
71,110 members, 1,370 reviews
4.38 stars (4.38 stars)

Lists: btuckertx (1), ShellyS (3), ahef1963 (35)

Score: 8.68

Explanations:

btuckertx (1): A parent asked me to wait a few years before reading TKAM, but...

53
8,082 members, 70 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: thornton37814 (4), Dilara86 (13), Cecrow (20), ahef1963 (40)

Score: 8.42

54
12,914 members, 200 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

Lists: anglemark (6), Booksrme (12), charl08 (14), ahef1963 (36)

Score: 8.41

55
1,632 members, 34 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: thorold (2), mlfhlibrarian (5), paulstalder (11)

Score: 8.24

56
9,418 members, 101 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)

Lists: merrystar (6), elkiedee (15), SylviaC (21), ahef1963 (41)

Score: 8.04

57
53,274 members, 851 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: JoLynnsbooks (2), ShellyS (4), ahef1963 (37)

Score: 7.81

58
1,194 members, 23 reviews
3.76 stars (3.76 stars)

Lists: Morphidae (8), elkiedee (16), SylviaC (22), ahef1963 (42)

Score: 7.8

59
1,330 members, 31 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: foggidawn (1), SylviaC (16), ahef1963 (38)

Score: 7.61

60
737 members, 15 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: raidergirl3 (1), SylviaC (17), ahef1963 (39)

Score: 7.57

61
179 members, 1 review
3.55 stars (3.55 stars)

Lists: reading_fox (2), charl08 (11), Booksrme (16)

Score: 7.56

Explanations:

reading_fox (2): A great series of adventures featuring wildlife and plucky heroes.

62
3,532 members, 53 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: ABVR (5), anglemark (5), JoLynnsbooks (11)

Score: 7.55

63
18,300 members, 650 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: rikaploo (1), elkiedee (17), ahef1963 (43)

Score: 7.53

64
189 members, 1 review
3.43 stars (3.43 stars)

Lists: seeword (1), SnootyBaronet (2)

Score: 7.36

65
9,802 members, 198 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: inge87 (3), JoLynnsbooks (9), al.vick (17)

Score: 7.32

66
16,101 members, 290 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: mavinger (4), Morphidae (7), al.vick (21)

Score: 7.16

67
6,073 members, 106 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: elkiedee (18), Cecrow (26), al.vick (36), ahef1963 (46)

Score: 6.88

68
3,322 members, 78 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: lorannen (1), .Monkey. (4)

Score: 6.83

69
6,863 members, 191 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: paulmdh (2), elkiedee (19), ahef1963 (51)

Score: 6.78

70
1,404 members, 22 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: rosalita (4), Morphidae (9), SylviaC (37)

Score: 6.76

Explanations:

Morphidae (9): Totally forgot about Trixie Belden until Sylvia added it!

71
956 members, 33 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: EMS_24 (2), kjgormley (2)

Score: 6.73

72
36,683 members, 615 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

Lists: paradoxosalpha (1), DeusXMachina (5)

Score: 6.68

Explanations:

paradoxosalpha (1): 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.… (more)

73
13,915 members, 203 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: quondame (1), mlfhlibrarian (6)

Score: 6.56

74
1,750 members, 70 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: jen.e.moore (1), ManWithAnAgenda (6)

Score: 6.56

75
305 members, 4 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: ManWithAnAgenda (4), al.vick (20), SylviaC (26)

Score: 6.49

76
1,615 members, 26 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: ABVR (8), Booksrme (14), charl08 (15)

Score: 6.48

77
1,132 members, 18 reviews
3.39 stars (3.39 stars)

Lists: seeword (7), JoLynnsbooks (12), SylviaC (23)

Score: 6.44

78
5,001 members, 41 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Lists: Herenya (2), JoLynnsbooks (3)

Score: 6.4

79
5,754 members, 131 reviews
4.3 stars (4.3 stars)

Lists: merrystar (1), mavinger (10)

Score: 6.25

80
5,145 members, 138 reviews
4.24 stars (4.24 stars)

Lists: marcelaphane (1), ManWithAnAgenda (10)

Score: 6.25

81
18,729 members, 578 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

Lists: ManWithAnAgenda (5), foggidawn (11), ahef1963 (73)

Score: 6.24

82
6,778 members, 55 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: inge87 (8), al.vick (15), SylviaC (24)

Score: 6.22

83
5,054 members, 64 reviews
3.76 stars (3.76 stars)

Lists: amarie (4), elkiedee (20), ahef1963 (53)

Score: 6.2

84
3,423 members, 56 reviews
3.76 stars (3.76 stars)

Lists: ShellyS (1), Booksrme (13)

Score: 6.11

85
7,183 members, 183 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)

Lists: rarm (13), merrystar (15), charl08 (19)

Score: 6.06

86
1,575 members, 35 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: seeword (2), inge87 (9)

Score: 5.67

87
1,049 members, 69 reviews
3.76 stars (3.76 stars)

Lists: JoLynnsbooks (8), elkiedee (27), ahef1963 (61)

Score: 5.56

88
7,648 members, 57 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

Lists: inge87 (1), ahef1963 (44)

Score: 5.55

Explanations:

inge87 (1): My hands-down favorite Little House book growing up. I got my copy from the Scholastic book club when I was 10 or 11.

89
542 members, 3 reviews
3.71 stars (3.71 stars)

Lists: EMS_24 (4), mlfhlibrarian (7)

Score: 5.29

90
3,809 members, 77 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: kgriffith (2), Cecrow (19)

Score: 5.28

91
7,585 members, 111 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: Cecrow (25), al.vick (34), ahef1963 (45)

Score: 4.99

92
685 members, 12 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: ManWithAnAgenda (2), Cecrow (37)

Score: 4.99

93
2,247 members, 36 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: charl08 (25), SylviaC (41), ahef1963 (47)

Score: 4.9

94
37,975 members, 1,017 reviews
4.31 stars (4.31 stars)

Lists: gendeg (2), ahef1963 (48)

Score: 4.88

Explanations:

gendeg (2): 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.… (more)

95
13,168 members, 536 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: marcelaphane (2), ahef1963 (49)

Score: 4.88

96
8,682 members, 96 reviews
3.59 stars (3.59 stars)

Lists: kristilabrie (2), ahef1963 (50)

Score: 4.87

97
299 members, 9 reviews
4.34 stars (4.34 stars)

Lists: mavinger (6), foggidawn (10)

Score: 4.81

98
8,614 members, 113 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: al.vick (5), Cecrow (21)

Score: 4.54

99
71 members, 0 reviews
4.4 stars (4.4 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (5), Cecrow (22)

Score: 4.52

100
778 members, 16 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

Lists: mlfhlibrarian (8), paulstalder (13)

Score: 4.49

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