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05/20/2009 - 9:56pm

The following books have many of the same elements that make A Tree Grows in Brooklyn such as a memorable book: a young person learning to find her own voice when family problems and hard economic times amplify the ordinary problems of adolescence.

Wish You Well by David Baldacci.
Twelve-year-old Louisa Mae Cardinal and her younger brother must move with their invalid mother from New York City to their great-grandmother's farm in the Virginia mountains. When the forces of greed and justice clash, their struggle plays out in a crowded Virginia courtroom.

05/20/2009 - 9:45pm

 If you liked "The Fairy Godmother" by Mercedes Lackey for the way it played with the traditions of fairy tales, you may enjoy these titles:

"Little, Big" by John Crowley

One of my all-time favorite books - big, romantic; with plotlines following many characters:

05/20/2009 - 9:40pm

Karen Robards's style of romantic suspense and domestic fiction sugests that these titles may appeal to you:

"Mrs. Kimble" by Jennifer Haigh 

05/20/2009 - 9:29pm

Here are a few suggestions for other funny, touching, books:

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
Siddalee Walker needs her mother's help with a play she's writing about
women's friendships, so Vivi sends her the letters, photos, journals,
and souvenirs from the Ya-Ya sisterhood. This group of girlfriends was
wild and clever--and stuck in a small town where they were expected to
raise babies not Cain. (catalog summary)

05/20/2009 - 9:08pm

A web resource for the scoop on good works of horror is the
list of Bram Stoker Award winners (and nominees) from the Horror Writers
Association. The lists go back to 1987, so there's plenty of choice!

Their website: http://www.horror.org/stokerwinnom.htm#2003

05/20/2009 - 8:50pm

I enjoyed the Harry Potter series and have found these other titles enjoyable because of the characters' relationships and adventures: 


"The Lightning Thief" by Rick Riordan (Book 1 of the "Percy Jackson & the Olympians" series)

11/16/2011 - 3:24pm

If you liked "The Time Traveler's Wife" by Audrey Niffenegger, you might enjoy the following:

Ahern, Cecelia PS, I Love You
"Holly has always depended on her husband's practical advice to keep her going and despairs when she loses him to brain cancer, until a package arrives filled with advice for carrying on with her life without her beloved husband." (summary from Novelist)

05/20/2009 - 8:30pm

 Posted - 06/14/2004 : 8:26:40 PM 

If you liked the religious conspiracy aspect of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci
Code, then you may like:

10/23/2012 - 1:53pm
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

J. K. Rowling's much-loved epic tale of Harry Potter, an orphan who also happens to be a magician, starts with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches.

This first book in Rowling's series is followed by Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and finally Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsHarry Potter and the Prisoner of AzkabanHarry Potter and the Goblet of FireHarry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixHarry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

If you like the Harry Potter series, you may like these:

The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud

 

The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud
Nathaniel, a magician's apprentice, summons up the djinni Bartimaeus and instructs him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the powerful magician Simon Lovelace.

 

 

Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

 

Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie.

 

 

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

 

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
A classic series of fantasy books about the land beyond the wardrobe.

 

 

 

Dealing With Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
 

Dealing With Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
A princess grows bored with life at the palace and takes up with a nest of dragons.

 

 

05/06/2010 - 11:24am

If you liked "Good to Great" by Jim Collins, you might like the
following titles:

My first recommendation is an electronic book. If you'd like to read
it, please fill out the form at this link:
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Leading at the Speed of Change
by Bill Capodagli

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