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I was just cleaning out our storage room and found a tub FILLED with Sweet Valley Twins and Sweet Valley High books that I have been hoarding since childhood. :) There are more than 50 books in the tub. I have two boys and we're not planning on more children so I don't see any reason to continue to have these collect dust in my basement. Is there any interest in this community for the tub of books for around $30.00? That's around .50/book. They are in EXCELLENT condition. I'll put them up on Craigslist in a day or two, but in the interest of reviving this community I thought I'd offer them here first!

Thoughts on reviving this community. We were once a thriving community and I'd like to see things pick up in here again! Selling/trading is welcome. Passing along fun things to do in the Atlanta area with families would be AWESOME. For example, Last weekend our family took a trip up to the Vines Botanical Gardens for the grand opening of the model train exhibit. We saw the awesome train sets, then strolled through the botanical gardens which were FREE to enter. The kids loved seeing the geese, ducks, turtles and fish in the ponds. It was a beautiful day and a really fun outing for the family. Check it out and scroll down for regular season hours:

http://vinesgardenrailroad.com/index.html

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goodjoan
May. 14th, 2010 11:21 am (UTC)
I checked the AR levels on these and the twins are too low (3.5-4.5 generally) but the SW high books are right in the sweet spot for my daughter, who was reading on a 6th grade level at the end of first grade (mostly mid 5 to mid 6s) But looking at the descriptions, I'm not sure they are age appropriate. Murder, arson, dating college guys? Are they really that 'grown up?'

This is the story of my life, my kids all read on a level way off par with their age and grade. Finding books for them that will get them credit at school is practically impossible! My daughter still loves to read stories like Junie B Jones and Ramona because they are socially/emotionally on the right level, but they are written so simply that under the AR program that they use in our district, she can't use them for class credit without prior OK from her teacher! It's had a funny effect on her. Where my boys would always look for harder books and challenge themselves with stuff that was probably over their heads even when given their own choices, my daughter gets to the public library and heads straight for the pictures books and baby books! At school all her classmates are picking these big, shiny picture books out of the 'easy' section and she's stuck having to head to the chapter books! When she gets her chance, she loves to dig into a big pile of shiny pictures and easy stories! I joke that it's her literary junk food. It doesn't gain her anything academically, but it's fun!

Anyway, I am curious if you think the 'high' books would be ok, on topic, for a 3rd grader, I would be interested. If you think they are socially too grown up, I'll sadly have to pass!
mrs__smith
May. 14th, 2010 12:59 pm (UTC)
I'm not certain what an AR level is or if I'm reading your sentence incorrectly, but the "Twins" books are way too mature for 3.4-4.5 year old kids! I was a very advanced reader as a young kid (about on the level of your daughter at her age) and read the "Twins" books when I was in early elementary school and the "High" books in later elementary, just because I liked the stories and they were relevant to my age. I think for pure enjoyment reading the "Twin" books would be perfect for your daughter's age and are age appropriate content. The "High" books, while VERY VERY conservative by today's standards, might still be a little mature for a 1st grader and would be better suited for a 3rd or 4th grader. That would be my opinion, anyway! Also, the newer version of these books (they were reprinted/rereleased recently) have been updated and are not as "wholesome" as the originals.

That's my personal take on them. :) If you think this would suit your daughter, I'd love to see them go to a local girl who would love them as much as I did!
goodjoan
May. 14th, 2010 02:54 pm (UTC)
AR (accelerated reader) is a scholastic publisher program that rates book by reading level so kids can more easily grab books that are in their target reading range. So the 3.4-4.5 is grade level, not age. My daughter is going into 3rd grade this fall so maybe they will be a good fit for some fun summer reading!? Like I said, the twins books will be too low for her to get school credit, but she may enjoy them for rainy days or reading a book in the porch swing!
mrs__smith
May. 14th, 2010 04:47 pm (UTC)
I think she would adore them for fun summer reading. I have such fond memories of reading them on my school breaks as a little girl! And if you wanted the lot you could always put the "High" books up until she's a little older, too.
goodjoan
May. 14th, 2010 05:12 pm (UTC)
Well, then I'll buy them from you! It'll have to be next week though, as I'm hosting 15 girl scouts in my backyard for a camp out tonight and will need the rest of the weekend to recover!
mrs__smith
May. 14th, 2010 06:21 pm (UTC)
That's perfectly fine, I have date night with my husband tonight and a busy busy weekend with family coming to visit from Maine. You can message me here on LJ or email me at gabesmom@gmail.com when your schedule opens up and we can set a time to meet up. :)
goodjoan
Jun. 16th, 2010 06:08 pm (UTC)
I am SO Sorry! This completely slipped my mind and I just noticed the email way back in my inbox. Do you still have the books? If so, can we ararnge to meet and swap books for cash?
mrs__smith
Jun. 17th, 2010 12:05 am (UTC)
No problem, I still have the books! Are weekdays or weekends better for you?
goodjoan
Jun. 17th, 2010 02:11 am (UTC)
Probably week days, but later in the day on weekends works too. When are you free?
mrs__smith
Jun. 18th, 2010 06:16 pm (UTC)
Weekdays are good, I'm a little busier next week than usual because I have a Dr. appt., my son's OT appt., and I am going out of town Friday. Here's what I do have:

Tuesday: free after 1:30 pm
Wednesday: free before 12:30pm or after 2:15pm
Thursday: free between 9:30am and 1:30pm (my kids' camp hours)

Does any of that work for you or should we skip to the next week (which is much more open)?

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