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By Jackie Burrell
Monday, January 28th, 2008 at 6:00 pm in Books, Contest.

We had big fun during last week’s baby books contest collecting baby gift tips, from baby slings and onesies to diaper cakes. (And boy, are we glad our kids never received the 5-ft tall stuffed Mutual of Omaha tiger D described as a what-not-to-do!) Congrats go out to Vicki – lover of baby Uggs and last week’s winner.

And now, on to this week’s challenge. This one’s inspired by Nancy Yi Fan, the 12-year-old author of the New York Times bestseller “Swordbird” and its prequel, “Sword Quest.” Yeah, we’ll give you a moment to re-read that. Twelve. 12. A decade plus two. This action-packed, fantasy epic, written by what can only be described as a literary prodigy, is about the bird battles of Stone-Run Forest and the legendary Swordbird who can conquer evil and restore peace to the land. Young Nancy’s favorite book is “Charlotte’s Web,” which hit the silver screen last year in a charming re-make. We figure it’s just a matter of time before some Hollywood movie studio options “Swordbird” too. Meanwhile, here’s how you can win this magical duo of tween-perfect reads. Click comments (we’ll draw a winner’s name this weekend) and tell us, what movie, based on a wonderful children’s book, is your family’s fave?

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9 Responses to “TWEEN BOOKS Giveaway”

  1. Cathy Says:

    Oooh, we love The Mouse And The Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary. There is a cheesy TV movie made by ABC in the late 70’s/early 80’s that we love watching together with the kids. That Ralph and his close calls really got our heart rates up.

  2. Noreen Says:

    Witches by Roald Dahl. We love the movie, my daughter loves that the little boy becomes a mouse

  3. Harmony Says:

    This is a tough one! Any Roald Dahl books seem to make great movies, Matilda being our favorite. Of all time favorite I would have to with Harry Potter, our whole family adores the movies and the books.

    A close second would be “A Series of Unfortunate Events” in which Jim Carrey plays Count Olaf. Hilarious! My daughter has loved that movie and the soundtrack since she was tiny! (do I get a slap on the wrist for letting her see it?)

    In both movies I love the problem solving and comradere especially the sibling bond in the SOUE movie.

  4. d Says:

    Did they ever make a movie out of the “A Wrinkle in Time”? That book was so good as a preteen.

  5. Thankful Parent Says:

    The Princess Bride by William Goldman

    Loved it as a kid, and love to watch with the family.

  6. Jackie Burrell Says:

    Yes, Disney made a movie version of “Wrinkle in Time”! Haven’t seen it, but Amazon’s got it listed and it looks like people either loved it or hated it.

  7. Dk Says:

    I’ve just finished reading Sword Quest. I LOVE it!!!
    It’s even better than my favorite Swordbird.

  8. Paige Says:

    Princess Bride is a GREAT movie from a GREAT book. And I can’t believe a 12 year old is writing novels that are published and everything! I have a 13 and 11 year old, and they would LOVE To see that kids their age can write books, too.

  9. Stacy Says:

    My 11 year old daughter has read “Fairy Dust Tales” by Bess Adams. She loves this book because it is about a 12 year old girl who moved to a new town and struggles with fitting in. We just moved to Indiana last year and she was able to relate to the character in the story. I found the book for her at

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