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Old 01-26-2016, 10:08 AM
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Oh yeah. I had this one:

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Old 02-03-2016, 08:15 PM
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A gift from my grandparents to my sister and I when I was about a year old. First, dad would read me stories from there, and later I read it end-to-end.
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Old 02-05-2016, 03:13 PM
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Old 02-07-2016, 01:44 PM
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Geez! I read the first 3 or 4 in the series back in the day, but none of them stuck with me like the first one. The sentient white hole that burped random matter, the wounded feral car, the Dark World version of NYC, the clearly-gay-but-we-can't-say-that-shhh older wizard dudes... Just really great stuff. I remember having a little book-crush on Kit, too.
but turning into whales! and a computer that is basically a magic 3d printer!


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Old 02-15-2016, 08:39 AM
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Relevant! Scholastic Book Fairs were the best.
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Old 02-15-2016, 10:00 AM
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Did anyone else's school also do the mail-order thing?
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Old 02-15-2016, 10:09 AM
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Book fairs were easily the highlight of my school years. I hope they still do these.

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Did anyone else's school also do the mail-order thing?
Yeah! I remember picking out my books on the flier, filling out the coupon, and then my mom would help me add up the total and put the money in an envelope to give to my teacher. It was so exciting when the books finally arrived, because three weeks is an eternity when you're seven.
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Old 02-15-2016, 11:26 AM
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I spent so much money at Scholastic book fairs. I remember once that my mother got a concerned phone call from a teacher who questioned how much money I had.

"Did you know that you son has a wallet with him?"

No, no she didn't. I imagine she felt pretty conflicted about punishing me for spending too much money on books.

(To be clear, it was my wallet, with my money, so it's not like I'd snuck my hand into my mother's purse or anything. I was given a budget for the fair and sent to school with a 20 dollar bill, but I decided to ignore that and just take all of my money, which, given that I was a spoiled only child with a big allowance, was more than most kids had at that age.)
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Old 02-15-2016, 11:59 AM
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Book fairs were one of my favorite things back in grade school. I remember that's how I came into possession of my first copy of The Golden Compass and my first guide to identifying gemstomes. Both would prove influential to my formative years.
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Old 02-15-2016, 02:30 PM
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Relevant! Scholastic Book Fairs were the best.
They were the best!

All the books in the article seem like fairly recent vintage, though. :ifeelold:
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Old 02-15-2016, 03:41 PM
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All the books in the article seem like fairly recent vintage, though. :ifeelold:
The only book on that list that I remember reading was Amelia Bedelia, which I don't think I owned but must've gotten from the library at some point. I almost never bought fiction books.
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Old 02-15-2016, 09:03 PM
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man, book fair week was the best.

In sixth grade, I bought 3 of the 4 then-released harry potter books over the course of the week as I finished them, CoS-GoF. I also picked up a lot of the Royal Diaries series- Isabella of Spain, Marie Antoinette, Son Dok from Korea, etc

(and my parents bought me a babysitters' club series subscription; 4 books a month delivered to our house!)
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Old 02-16-2016, 02:12 PM
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Book fairs were the greatest. I think I picked up my first copy of Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper at a book fair--good thing, too, because The Dark is Rising is one of my favorite series ever.
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Old 02-16-2016, 05:50 PM
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Book fairs were the greatest. I think I picked up my first copy of Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper at a book fair--good thing, too, because The Dark is Rising is one of my favorite series ever.
I read those (along with pretty much every other fantasy book in my school library) when I was in middle school, although I confess I don't really remember any of them except the second one.
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Old 02-18-2016, 01:54 PM
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I reread it once every couple of years. Great stuff.
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