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  1. Alexander, Lloyd — The Black Cauldron
  2. Anthony, Piers — Letters to Jenny
  3. Cooper, Susan — Over Sea, Under Stone
  4. Proulx, Annie — Close Range: Wyoming Stories
  5. Kincaid, Jamaica — Lucy
  6. Christie, Agatha — The Unexpected Guest
  7. Dick, Philip K. — Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
  8. Cooper, Susan — The Dark Is Rising
  9. Cooper, Susan — Greenwitch
  10. Shaffer, Peter — Amadeus
  11. Anonymous — Go Ask Alice
  12. Cooper, Susan — The Grey King
  13. Martin, Steve — Shopgirl
  14. Cooper, Susan — Silver on the Tree
  15. Gaiman, Neil — Stardust
  16. Gaiman, Neil — Coraline
  17. Le Guin, Ursula — A Wizard of Earthsea
  18. Le Guin, Ursula — The Tombs of Atuan
  19. Le Guin, Ursula — The Farthest Shore
  20. Le Guin, Ursula — Tehanu
  21. Merton, Thomas — The Seven Storey Mountain: An Autobiography of Faith
  22. Alexander, Lloyd — The Castle of Llyr
  23. Zelazny, Roger — Lord of Light
  24. Card, Orson Scott — Ender's Game
  25. Clarke, Arthur C. — Childhood's End
  26. Grahame, Kenneth — The Wind in the Willows
  27. Dahl, Roald — James and the Giant Peach

What a delightful little book! I've been meaning to pick up something by Roald Dahl for a few months. It took finding out that Tania is a big Dahl fan before I finally picked something of his up. I wonder what that says.

I think what I loved most about James and the Giant Peach is that, not only is it entertaining and highly imaginative, it's educational. The reader learns interesting facts about grasshoppers and earthworms and glow-worms, etc.

The illustrations by Quentin Blake are priceless, an indispensable part of the story. I don't know if Dahl's books can be acquired without Blake's illustrations, but they shouldn't be.

It feels like cheating to include this as part of my fifty-book goal, as it's such a quick and easy read. If it is cheating, though, I may have to cheat a couple more times, as I definitely want to read more by Roald Dahl.

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