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High School Summer Reading Lists for 2013

20 books today's students are diving into — and why you may want to read them, too

AARP Facebook Fans Remember Their Summer Reads

We asked AARP Facebook followers to reminisce about the books they devoured as kids.

  • Many, like Christina Hutcheson Carson, remembered the Nancy Drew series. "We had a Bookmobile that drove up to our school … Couldn't wait to get my hands on Nancy Drew."

  • Carol Blum read Nancy Drew, too, but also a popular series about nurse Cherry Ames.

  • Karen Carlson White was among several who recalled The Secret Garden, the Louisa May Alcott books, and The Little House on the Prairie series.

  • Suzanne MacEwen added "The Bobbsey Twins series," and "every fairy tale I could get my hands on!"

  • Dave Morris recalled The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Cross and the Switchblade and Great Expectations.

  • Lisa Schielke said, "Every Pippi Longstocking book."

  • Amy Richardson Mabry thinks fondly of Summer at Buckhorn because it "was read to us by our mom every summer."

  • Who could forget Lassie Come-Home? Not Diane Sliger.

  • And who could forgetThe Red Pony? Not Kathleen Katz.

  • Frances Hollifield Wilson reminded us of Raggedy Ann and Andy stories.

  • Rickey Garrett recalled The Borrowers and To Kill a Mockingbird.

  • Sherry Goodman Hughes must have read nonstop as she included Rifles for Watie, Red Sky at Morning, Mr. and Mrs. Bo Jo Jones and Abraham Lincoln biographies.

  • Charlotte Grace Gibson remembered The Pilgrim's Progress.

  • Pat Norton-White added The Black Stallion to our list.

  • Tim Loftus added The Lucky Starr series by Isaac Asimov.

Austin O'Connor writes on entertainment and lifestyle topics for AARP Media.

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