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In my mind, this is an almost perfect list of older children's literature. I read these stories as a kid and will read these to my children. The only ones I would think to add are "Dandelion Wine" by Ray Bradbury, and "Freak the Mighty, by Rodman Philbrick, and of course later in the early teens, some of the books with more adult topics... [[Click for a link to a list of 100 of the best books of all time]]
“The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd is a quiet story about a young girl who lives in the deep South during the 1960's. As she comes of age, she runs away from her unhappy home with her widowed father, in search of her mother's roots; ultimately to try to find out who she is. I have shared this book with many. It will always be one of my favorites.
“She reminded me that the world was really one bee yard, and the same rules work fine in both places. ..Act like you know what you're doing, even if you don't. Above all, send the bees love. Every little thing wants to be loved.” ― Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees
"some books are meant / to be read just like this / alone, with the evening, / a bowl of fruit ripening / waiting for the reader / to grow hungry, but / she won't, the book / will devour her, / and it / will soon / become / morning."