- I do not now, nor will I ever, wear a purple hat, no matter how old I become;
- I realize that we kids who were raised in the '70s did crazy things, like running with scissors, and survived (frankly, I think it's a miracle);
- I already check under my car (and in my back-seat, and in my closet, and under the bed, and behind every door) for would-be assailants - my paranoia does not need to be fed;
- If I want to cry, I can just look at my ironing pile; and, finally,
- I will break the chain.
The BGF by Roald Dahl. Again, Roald Dahl accounted for an impressive percentage of the responses. This one is a hit with boys, girls and parents alike. All ages.
The Just series - Just Kidding, Just Disgusting, Just Shocking - by Andy Griffiths. Especially good for boys, age 7-10.
The Maxx Rumble books by Michael Wagner, with illustrations by Terry Denton. These feature an endless series of cricket matches and very wry humour. Suitable for cricket fans, age 7-8.
The Magic Thief (Books 1 & 2) by Sarah Prineas. Magic, wizards, secrets. Fun for the whole family. Age 7+.
Born To Run by Michael Morpurgo. Brilliant, heartbreaking, lovely. About the many lives of one incredible dog. Have the tissues ready. For older children, aged 10 +.
The Dragon Keeper triology by Carole Wilkinson. Fantasy, history and personal courage woven together to form a story you can't put down. Especially for girls aged 9+.
The Silver Brumby series by Elaine Mitchell. An oldie, but a goodie. Set in Victoria's Snowy Mountains, this is horse lover's delight.
The Gypsy Crown by Kate Forsyth. This is the first in a series of six. It follows the adventures of two gypsy children on a quest and fleeing persecution in 17th century England. Gripping. For readers aged 10 +.
The Slightly True Story Of Cedar B Hartley (who planned to live an unusual life) by Martine Murray. Award winning story of a quirky twelve-year old girl finding her place in the world. For children aged 10 +.