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Disclaimer: My guess is that my own list is limited to those of us born sometime during the 1980s and schooled on the west coast, but I'm going to just throw it out there as if it were actually universal.

What are the canonical books that you read in elementary and middle school? You know, the sort of books "everyone" read.

Some of mine include Maniac Magee, The Martian Chronicles, The Giver, Hatchet, White Mountains, In The Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson, and Charlotte's Web.

What about short stories? I remember "The Lottery" and "To Build a Fire" the most clearly. I read "The Cask of Amontillado" for extra credit when we read The Martian Chronicles.

I'd love to hear your lists, even if they contain repeats. I know lists like this one exist, but I'm most interested in what you remember reading.

[livejournal.com profile] bennj and I just reread The Giver together, and we're moving on to Maniac Magee next. Elementary school goes a lot faster when you finish the book in an evening, let me tell you.

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Date: 2010-08-10 04:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scholarjeff.livejournal.com
Of the ones that you listed, I know we read "Charlotte's Web", "The Giver", and "To Build A Fire", but I remember that we didn't read any of those other ones. Which is a little strange as I was also born in the 1980s and schooled on the west coast, and I would've expected there to be more overlap.

Not very many of them come to mind at the moment - I remember that I was nearly constantly reading, so off the top of my head I'm not quite sure what I've read as part of the stuff that everyone reads in school, and what I read independently. If someone asks about a specific title I can generally remember, though.

Looking at the list you linked, titles that leap out at me: "Bridge to Terabithia", "Tuck Everlasting", "Jonathan Livingston Seagull".

Just now I also remembered one from fifth grade, "Save Queen of Sheba".

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Date: 2010-08-10 04:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] krustad.livejournal.com
We had 'Shoebag', 'Shiloh', and 'Dicey's Song' along with some of the previously mentioned.

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Date: 2010-08-10 05:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] arisrabkin.livejournal.com
To Kill a Mockingbird. Johnny Tremain.

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Date: 2010-08-10 06:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] terpsichoros.livejournal.com
Elementary school reading, assigned in class (as opposed to read on my own):

Island of the Blue Dolphins, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

I know there were more, but I can't remember them. I can't remember any non-textbooks I was assigned in middle school, but I do remember a lot of my independent reading: the Encyclopedia Brown stories which I hadn't read in elementary school, and many of the Heinlein juveniles.

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Date: 2010-08-11 02:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] minimo.livejournal.com
Charlotte's Web was the first book that made me cry! But besides that, I don't remember books that everyone read. I was a weird little loner with one best friend, and I didn't like many kids.
I loved the Wonderful Voyage to the Mushroom Planet. It's kind of odd I never went on to become a huge sci-fi person.
I read a lot of Nancy Drew, but I'm pretty sure that was younger.

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Date: 2010-08-11 12:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] northwyrm.livejournal.com
In my dark, deserted corner of the world I know we at least read: "The Giver", "Hatchet", "Kavik the Wolf Dog", "The Pearl" (though I'm having trouble remembering if that was in middle school), "To Build a Fire", "Island of the Blue Dolphins", "The Most Dangerous Game", "Summer of my German Soldier", "A Wrinkle in Time", "The Indian in the Cupboard", "The Outcasts", "Meet Addy", and "The Pit and the Pendulum". I'm sure there were a good deal more, but it's hard to remember stuff from way back then, especially if it didn't have a significant impact on you.

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Date: 2010-08-11 12:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] northwyrm.livejournal.com
...We also read "Diary of Anne Frank" of course, but I can't remember if that was in English or German.

Haphazardly, Smattering, Some

Date: 2010-08-11 06:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katmerlin.livejournal.com
Narnia, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Cask of Amontillado

Where the Red Fern Grows, Clay Marble, Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, Charlotte's Web, Trumpeter Swan, Bridge to Terabithia, Call of the Wild, My Side of the Mountain, The Giver,

A Secret Garden, A Little Princess, Little Women, Anne of Green Gables, The Princess and the Goblins, Roahld Dahl, Little House on the Prairie, The Borrowers, The Wizard of Oz, Black Beauty, Nancy Drew, Half Magic, Far Walker, Bunnicula, Scott O'Dell, The Pearl, Indian in the Cupboard, A Wrinkle in Time, Westing Game, Book of Three,




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Date: 2010-08-11 09:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sister-europe.livejournal.com
I remember reading Hatchet, and hating it... I think it's because I read it as an 11 or 12 year old girl. Maniac Magee was a huge favorite, but one of the best things about it was the fictional town was based on a real town that was right down the road from us. I liked The Giver, but the idea of bathing the old people freaked me out as a little kid.

I remember reading Bridge to Terabithia and Tuck Everlasting, though I don't remember much about them. And A Day No Pigs Would Die.

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Date: 2010-08-12 08:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] centaur.livejournal.com
I probably could come up with hundreds of books, but I thought of the ones below because of both their affect at the time and my still remembering details of their stories.

The Wish Giver, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, Sideways Stories From Wayside School, Bunnicula, Encyclopedia Brown, Henry Higgins, The Littles, The Witch of Blackberry Pond, Morning Girl, Waiting for the Rain, Tom Sawyer, The Egypt Game, The Oz Series (particularly The Patchwork Girl of Oz, and The Wind in the Willows.