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The Nifty 50

"The Nifty 50" Continued...

Issue: "Nifty 50 Books," July 1, 2000

The Hobbit

Tolkien, J.R.R.

Another must-read: Bilbo Baggins, set in his ways, surprises even himself by going on an adventure with dwarves to combat a dragon. Older children move on from here to the superb Lord of the Rings trilogy, but (with occasional skipping where the action slows down) the three books also make excellent bedtime reading extended over many weeks.


Voigt, Cynthia

First in a fine series about the Tillermans and their friends in a small town on the Chesapeake Bay.

Charlotte's Web

White, E.B.

The famous story of Wilbur the pig and how his life is saved by Charlotte, a spider who is both a good friend and a good writer.

Little House on the Prairie

Wilder, Laura Ingalls

Both boys and girls like these stories of pioneer living.

Amos Fortune, Free man

Yates, Elizabeth

Amos, an African prince, was captured and sold into slavery in the United States. He works to buy his freedom powered by his Christian faith.

Susan Olasky
Susan Olasky

Susan pens book reviews and other articles for WORLD as a senior writer and has authored eight historical novels for children. Susan and her husband Marvin live in Asheville, N.C. Follow Susan on Twitter @susanolasky.


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