The Princess and the Alien Abductors (Beagle Tails Book 2)

Baily the beagle and his fellow beagles BJ and Sunni think it's going to be a typical evening walk with their human, Junior, but it turns out to be anything but that.
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It was the first time I really got a glimpse of that period of time—how the factories chewed up and spit out children so cruelly in the mad rush of progress. The heart and gentleness of our main character, and the desperation of his brother back in his own time to find him make this story a very satisfying whole. Brother Jonathan by Crawford Killian. Another book that was more teenage than kid.

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This story gives us the picture of elite domed cities that are kept running by thousands of workers who live in the underground depths and go through their lives with no awareness of the daylight or luxuries above. When a boy is brought into the underground accidentally from a third place, a frontier farm, one underground girl decides to help him find a way out and back home. Dogsbody by Diana Wynne Jones. My second book by Diana Wynne Jones and it is another one I love—for quite different reasons than the first.

It is also the story of a girl sent to live with relatives who do not accept her and treat her poorly. Under Plum Lake by Lionel Davidson. Some books defy easy explanation. This was a book that fascinated me. It disturbed me and upset me. What happens if you start remembering a fantastical adventure you were made to forget? Oh to be back when I discovered this story as a kid! The first time I read about Harry Cat and Tucker Mouse it was only an excerpt from my reading book at school. But naturally I had to seek out the whole thing. While I saw the Disney movie, it was the book that captured me.

Despite the chauvinistic attitudes that are evident at times, the overall story is so much fun to read—especially if you love dogs. The revenge the pups get on Cruella Deville is a lot more fitting in the book than the movie. Bambi by Felix Salten. Never liked the movie much,but the book is a different story—the book is a very thought provoking and profound work where things are taken a bit more philosophically than the movie does. The deer in this book for most of the story all regard Man as a deity like figure with power over life and death. In the end of the story Bambi learns that Man, like the deer, can die and comes to the conclusion that there must be something greater than Man.

Children of the Dragon by Rose Estes. It did make me imagine having a dragon of my own. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren. For a girl with super powers look no further than the self-sufficient, utterly confident, utterly cheerful and terribly subversive Pippi. She thought outside the box and turned things on their head with delighting regularity—her disgust with education was particularly funny and I though it a very good point.

My school librarian read this to us, probably in first grade. It was one of the first books I bought for my daughter. Arrows of the Queen by Mercedes Lackey. Talia was the sensitive, shy girl who liked books and dreamed big. She was the girl who was bullied and ostracized often who nevertheless found a community and an identity that was hers. I still reread this every so often. Sabriel by Garth Nix. I remember buying this book off the shelf at the bookstore because I instantly loved the cover. A girl who was a necromancer?

A magic system that used a series of bells? Barbary by Vonda M. I loved the idea of cats in space, and the near-future feel of this entire story made me hopeful for the future of space exploration and possible alien contact. Experiment in Terror by Bernal C.


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Charmed by Marilyn Singer. That was probably the strongest message I took away from this multiverse story. Other than Diana Wynne Jones, this was probably one of the first stories of world-hopping I read about. I loved it so much I tracked down a copy years later. The Darkangel by Meredith Ann Pierce. Our heroine is not very strong at the beginning of the story, and she allows herself to be taken by the villain without hope she will even live. What if in an apocalyptic future Merlin is reborn to a resurgence of magic in the world? All the old Arthurian legends spin together within a fallen technological world.

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Kichebo is a rare cheetah who is mostly black with only a few marks in gold. She is rejected by most of her kind but finds commonality with another black cheetah who reaches out to her in spirit from the past. We were cat crazy and this story of a young domestic cat seeking out his heritage and discovering his true identity was just the perfect sort of story for us. The Borrowers by Mary Norton. It always had me peering in and under things, trying to catch some little people of my own.

Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. I read both stories as a fourth grader, but it was this adventure with Alice that fascinated me. The ability to travel through the mirror into another world that was so markedly different from our own once you got there. The idea of mirrors as portals. The chessboard storyline and the variety or realms Alice travels through all made this book both a wild adventure and immensely satisfying. It was the book I brought with me to the hospital to have my mother read me during my operation in my fourth grade year. I had to read this book for a class in 6th grade and it stayed with me long after, as Ged confronts his shadow self and reclaims his identity.

Among the Dolls by William Sleator. Yep, another book on my list from this gentleman. Among the Dolls was probably one of the creepiest things I read at that time. Imagine you mistreated your dolls in play and then found yourself locked in the dollhouse in a miniature version of yourself, unable to escape and having to put up with some very nasty dolls? It made me a little leery of dollhouses after that. Out of Time edited by Aidan Chambers. Short stories are a powerful communication tool—and often especially good for SF concepts. Ghost stories, spooky stories were another favorite thing to read, even if they did freak me out now and again do not get me started on the story of the mummy footsteps I read once.

My mother had the Winnie-the-Pooh books when she was a girl, so of course she introduced me to them. I learned all about Heffalumps and plots to steal honey. The Ghosts by Antonia Barber. Time traveling kids, a missing will, and dark plots set up in this paranormal mystery story. Apparently this was made into a movie in Britain.

Another gift from my mother. She loved this book and so read it to me as a child. Lost and Never Found by Anita Larson. While not strictly speculative fiction, this small book I purchased in 6th grade from Scholastic talked about mysterious disappearances from history, none of which have ever been fully explained at least according to the book. My favorite account in this booklet was the bit on the story of D. Cooper and how he vanished after jumping off the plane. But this was the forerunner to me becoming a fan of shows like the X-files and Unsolved Mysteries. Microcosmic Tales edited by Isaac Asimov.

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The Changeover by Margaret Mahy. This is probably the book that gave me the strongest sense of not just a female character, but what being female meant. While the changes in the story are magical ones, the thematic connection to a girl becoming a woman is very obviously at its heart.

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