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Posted: 3/29/2009 6:44:34 PM EDT
What was the very first novel you remember reading all the way through. Something that was ahead of your grade, a grown up book if you will.

Mine was Dune (Frank Herbert) circa age 10.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 6:46:40 PM EDT
The collector By John Fowles
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 6:46:47 PM EDT
My first book was Pilot Jack Knight in 4th grade. My first "real book" was 2010 (arthur c clark) in 9th grade.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 6:48:46 PM EDT
I have no idea. When I was in 3rd/4th grade I started reading Dragonlance books though.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 6:49:27 PM EDT
my goodness man!! do you think i can remember that far back!!
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 6:52:47 PM EDT
The Five Fingers, I was in middle school so maybe 11 or 12.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 6:57:02 PM EDT
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THE VALLEY OF HORSES by Jean M. Auel as a kid and thus started my SHTF training...
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Patriot Games when I was in Jr. High.

I started reading it and my parents said I was not allowed to watch the movie until I finished the book. That book was fricking thick! But I did it.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 6:58:16 PM EDT
I read this at an early age. Excellent book by the way.

Link Posted: 3/29/2009 6:59:16 PM EDT
Two Moons by Sharon Creech. Understand it? Not at the time. Maybe 2nd grade I think. All I remember is sucking out venom of a snake bite?
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 6:59:19 PM EDT
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On my own that was not some book about astronomy? Red Storm Rising. I was about 12.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 7:00:54 PM EDT
Read Where the Red Fern Grows when I was pretty young, maybe 10 or 11. If you don't count that as an "adult" book, and if you don't count books assigned at school, it'd probably be The 13th Valley, by John M. DelVechio. Wish I still had my copy - I'd like to read it again now that I am all growed up.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 7:02:00 PM EDT
Star Wars Thrawn trilogy in the 3rd grade
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 7:03:47 PM EDT
MOby Dick when I was 9. The Fountainhead when I was 12. Atlas shrugged when I was 15. House of the Seven gables when I was 15 as well.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 7:04:02 PM EDT
The Happy Hooker when I was 8 I guess it ruined me for life. No wonder I went in the Navy
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 7:05:42 PM EDT
hmmm

most likely a Beverly Cleary book at age 7 or so. Something like Henry Huggins, or Ramona the Pest, maybe even The Mouse and a Motorcycle.

Or

Goose Bumps... I went back and forth between R.L. Stein and Cleary books for 2-3 years then moved on to fun stuff like Jules Verne and the Swiss Family Robinson.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 7:05:42 PM EDT
hmmm

most likely a Beverly Cleary book at age 7 or so. Something like Henry Huggins, or Ramona the Pest, maybe even The Mouse and a Motorcycle.

Or

Goose Bumps... I went back and forth between R.L. Stein and Cleary books for 2-3 years then moved on to fun stuff like Jules Verne and the Swiss Family Robinson.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 7:17:36 PM EDT
first chapter book was tail of a fourth grade nothing / first adult book was the last ranger
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 7:33:28 PM EDT
Old Man and the Sea

Link Posted: 3/29/2009 7:35:34 PM EDT
either the neverending story or jurassic park in 5th grade
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 7:38:41 PM EDT
Probably Dune as well.....
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 7:40:44 PM EDT
Probably some star wars offshoot chapter book. I was a little nerd.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 7:49:05 PM EDT
rise and fall of the third reich
unless the cat in the hat counts
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 7:49:22 PM EDT
I have no idea. I read a lot of books when I was a kid, dozens of them.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 7:51:51 PM EDT
'The War of the Worlds' in 6th grade. I ahd to read others before that but don't remember any of them.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 8:04:00 PM EDT
Probably the Redwall series in about 3rd grade.
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Star Wars: The Last Command in 3rd or 4th grade. It had a cool cover. It was a few years before I went back and read the first two. Now I have all three in hardback, heh.

ETA: Changed grades. I was reading larger books by then because of school.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 8:08:51 PM EDT
The Pearl, John Steinbeck in grade school.
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