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Kedgeree

Author surname beginning with X

My grand daughter's school set her year a challenge, to read a book(s) by authors whose surname started with a different letter of the alphabet, covering the whole alphabet.
She has achieved this ( with the encouragement of a truly wonderfuil Mother) with the exception of "X"
We found one author
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2007/jul/01/fiction.society
but it's a little advanced for a child to read. Grand Daughter is 11 and an excellent reader but the subject matter is complicated for a child.
Any ideas?
Once again, thanks in advance.

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Chazza

Does this count?

I couldn't resist: how about 'The Woodpeckers' by Fannie Hardy Eckstorm (non-fiction, about Woodpeckers).

More seriously there's The Horseman by Xenophon no sorry I just looked it up, it's called 'On Horsemanship' http://www.gutenberg.org/catalog/world/readfile?fk_files=1444832&pageno=3 , you can preview it there.

It might be tough going but if she likes horses there's a possibility she'll take to it. There's also the novelty of reading a book 2,400 years old. And it's not very long.

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Kedgeree

X

Thanks for that Chazza. It made me smile.
I have forwarded your suggestions to my daughter.
Thanks again for your kindness in looking.

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Kedgeree

X author

On the link you gave Chazza I also found this author of Russian Folk Tales
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/12851
Verra Xenophontovna !!!

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Darkginger

The Fourth Eye - Meg X

Just found the above novel for kids on Amazon (in the Kindle section). The blurb says "In a hidden town, a twelve-year-old genius will determine the future of our world — quantum evolution or the destruction of humanity. This fast-paced novel rockets the reader through Kidd and Emma's world and into a future where not even their own DNA is safe."

Sounds great!

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Chazza

Xenophontovna

I see it - 'Folk Tales from the Russian by Kalamatiano De Blumenthal and Verra Xenophontovna', looks like a better choice for a young lady.

Perhaps Kalamatiano is a relative of Heston's.

But what a great name, Verra Xenophontovna

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Kedgeree

X

The folk tales are actually quite funny. (I'm in my 2nd/3rd!! childhood!) The first one has the croaky frog making wonderful bread so not out of place here!!

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Kedgeree

Kindle Temptation

The only problem now is that you have both got me considering buying a Kindle and I had vowed I never would!!

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Liz from Cumbria

Kindles

"The only problem now is that you have both got me considering buying a Kindle and I had vowed I never would!!"

If you do succumb to temptation, you'll wonder what took you so long!

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Kedgeree

Kindle

Any particular one you'd recommend? Temptress!

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Liz from Cumbria

Wow, I'm a temptress (hee hee)

I have the old-fashioned Kindle with incorporated keyboard and both wireless and 3G (it was a Christmas gift a couple of years ago.) I absolutely love the convenience of it and my husband loves that there are no longer "millions" (his exaggeration)of paperbacks around. Still buy real books, just not fiction these days. Go on, you know you really want to!

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Darkginger

A-kindling we will go?

I've got the same model of Kindle as Liz, and I totally adore it - other than the husband, cats, and dogs it would be the first thing I'd rescue if the house caught fire. I used to have a REALLY bad trash-novel-buying habit, and would stagger through airports laden down with reading material - but no more!

I still buy some 'real' books - like the recent field guide to my camera, and Heston's Fat Duck cookbook, but no longer is the house stuffed with paperbacks!

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foxylady

Kindle

Same verion as Liz and DG, love it too. Still have lots of books from the library just fetched a pile of 5. Lots of free books downloaded from Project Gutenberg and very cheap one's from Amazon. Download our newspapers too, annual bill gone from £600 to £120. OH wants one of his own! Go for it K. xx

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Kedgeree

Birthday Request

MaybeI shall request one for my birthday.
Didn't know you could download newspapers too.!

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Noreen, Board Moderator

Kindle question

I have got the newer one (I think it's £89), without 3g though as I didn't want to start getting emails on it or I would be too distracted. I was a bit snooty about the whole Kindle thing anyway and wanted it to be as close to just having a book as possible.

I do like, it, but I also miss the touch and feel of a book, so much so that I pick up the odd paperback now and then to read. It is definitely worth it for holidays, I used to really load my suitcase up with more books than I could have ever possibly read. Mind you, there is no reading for the first and last half an hour of a flight anymore as you have to switch it off!

 
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