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The 10 Most Recommended Fiction Reads for Preschool to Adulthood

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Harry Potter (series). Written by J.K. Rowling. (Scholastic, 2007) These seven immensely popular novels chronicle the adventures of a young wizard, Harry Potter, and his friends Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger. Harry battles Lord Voldemort, a dark wizard, who wants to rule the wizard world.

Charlotte's Web
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Charlotte's Web. Written by E.B. White. Illustrated by Garth Williams. (Harper & Row, 1952)  When Wilbur the lovable pig learns he is to be slaughtered for a Christmas dinner, his true friend Charlotte, a barn spider, saves his life.

Young Adults (Ages 13-17)

The Giver
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The Giver. Written by Lois Lowry. (Houghton Mifflin, 1994) Jonas learns a horrible truth about his society, realizing that he is living in a world that has eliminated all pain, fear, war, hatred, and freedom.

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Code Name Verity
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Code Name Verity. Written by Elizabeth Wein. (Hyperion Books, 2012) A young female undercover agent, code name "Verity," is captured by the Gestapo after her spy plane crashes on an unauthorized flight into France during World War II.

Adults (Ages 18+)

Rabbit Series
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Rabbit (series). Written by John Updike. (Knopf, 1960-1990) Four novels follow the life of one-time high-school basketball star Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom over several decades, from young adulthood, through paunchy middle age, to his retirement and death.

Bring Up the Bodies
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Bring Up the Bodies. Written by Hilary Mantel. (Henry Holt, 2012) Set in 16th century England, the book deals with the downfall of King Henry VIII's second wife, the audacious Anne Boleyn. It is the sequel to Wolf Hall and the second part of a planned trilogy about Thomas Cromwell, chief minister and henchman to King Henry VIII.

My other books are The Best Liberal Quotes Ever (2004), What Liberals Believe (2012), Quotes from the Underground (2012) and Quoting Liberally: Why Lefties Are America's Best Hope (2012). A Lifetime of Fiction is not political, unless you subscribe to a political philosophy that views education and literacy as left-wing subversion. Lifetime is just solid advice - uniquely authoritative roadmap for any parent, teacher, or booklover looking for their next great read.   

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William Patrick Martin is the author of five books, most recently A Lifetime of Fiction: The 500 Most Recommended Reads for Ages 2 to 102. He also owns Zabby Books, an online bookstore. Martin has been a professor of education at both Temple (more...)

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A Lifetime of Fiction: The 500 Most Recommended Re... by William Martin on Monday, Apr 28, 2014 at 1:16:24 PM
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