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Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

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Initial post: Feb 20, 2010 4:33:38 PM PST
Stephen King's novels have been an integral, pivotal part of my life, from the moment I found a battered paperback copy of "Carrie" in my backyard as a young girl, and devoured it while sitting on the patio in a saggy strap lounge chair. No other author or artist of any kind has had as much influence or given me as much joy - hands down it is Stephen, from that first engrossing read to "Under the Dome" and "UR", both of which I just finished ("UR" on my Kindle - sublime!). So here is the thing. My daughter who is 11 and in 5th grade is an avid reader, as was I at her age. I'd like to introduce her to Stephen King, and was thinking of starting with the Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. Thoughts? I don't want to terrorize her by introducing something that is not age-appropriate, and I would value outside advice from other parents who did or did not have a child read this book. Thanks Constant Readers! Lisa

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2010 11:48:11 AM PST
Lizzy B says:
I loved "The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon"! It would be ok to let her read because it is told through the eyes of a child who is alone in the woods and doesn't throw out random age-inappropriate thoughts (you know what I mean). I also think "Eyes of a Dragon" would be appropriate as well... I've also seen a few of Stephen King's short stories published by Scholastic in collections of short horror stories by different authors-I'm going back about 10yrs on that one so I don't remember the name of the books, but I remember one had "Battlefield" in it (the story with the "toy" soldiers).
When I was 11, I read R.L. Stine and gradually grew into Stephen King as I became older-now he is all I will read :o)
She's too young now, but maybe at 15 or so you can let her read the short story "The Long Walk" by Richard Bachman. LOVED that one.

Posted on Mar 13, 2010 6:30:44 PM PST
I peeped into this post because I read my first Stephen King novel at 12, and although I think "The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon" is age appropriate, of all his books, it is the one I was most disappointed with. Frankly, I thought it was a stinker. At 12 I read "The Stand". I still had my Barbies, and I was, I'm sure, way more innocent than kids nowadays.

Posted on May 17, 2010 2:05:56 PM PDT
D or L Day says:
I gave my children the Eyes of the Dragon at about age 9. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon would be fine. I would be more concerned whether or not she connects with the subject matter. The focus on baseball might not work for some children.

Posted on Jun 4, 2010 9:42:33 AM PDT
I read the Eyes of the Dragon at 8 or 9, as well. It was my first King novel, and I remember how much I enjoyed the "real" characters as compared to the more... flat? characters of the teen/kid's books I'd read. I think the Girl Who Loved Tom Gorden would be fine.

However, I'm also of the opinion that any book is appropriate to be read if the child can read it (dependant upon their personality, of course). Kids are actually much more comfortable and aware of the "darker" side of life than we'd like them to be. I understand the desire to not terrorize her. I think it's probably a mommy judgement call. Do *you* think she could handle it? :)

Posted on Jul 19, 2010 11:45:48 AM PDT
Texas says:
I read Pet Sematary when I was 14, I think. I am a child of the 70s though and grew up on Freddy Krugger and Jason from Friday the 13th, so I was pretty much desensitized to violence by that age. I do have to say the film version of Pet Sematary is the scariest movie I ever saw. The part that got me was the sister with spinal meningitis. I had nightmares over her!

Posted on Aug 6, 2010 8:21:30 PM PDT
Rose says:
The Tailsman.

Posted on Nov 18, 2010 9:42:28 AM PST
Ferdy says:
I think it's really dependent on the child. Some kids get really freaked out reading the Goosebumps books. My daughter is 13 and if she reads anything scary, she ends up sleeping downstairs on the sofa for a week. I, on the other hand, starting devouring everything from Stephen King including Salem's Lot, The Shining, The Stand, etc. when I was in 7th grade. I'm still a horror novel and horror movie junkie and as far as I can tell, it didn't warp me too badly. You have to assess your daughter's maturity level and make the decision.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2010 9:04:53 AM PST
A. D. Jones says:
I thought this was a great book. I could feel the girls desperation as she walked.

Posted on Dec 15, 2010 4:46:48 AM PST
I started reading the Dark Tower series at 11 and had finished The Stand. I also think Tom Gordon would be fine, but if you are more liberal thinking , maybe something like The Green Mile.

Posted on Jun 8, 2011 11:13:57 AM PDT
T. Tallent says:
Track down the pop-up version! It's my prized possession...well book wise of course.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2011 9:31:51 AM PDT
I'm not sure about that one. Even though the main character is a kid, there's a lot of mature content.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2011 7:09:10 PM PDT
A. D. Jones says:
I read Pet Semetary when I was 14. I thought it was the greatest book ever written. I still feel that way. Stephen King is by far the most interesting author I have ever read. I am a constant reader and I often check to see if I am lucky enough to find that he has blessed us with another masterpiece. Tom Gordon was scary because it could really happen and it is told from the perspective of a child. I have read it three times, and it is interesting to me every time I read it. You are the judge of your child and only you know if your child is ready for King. I can tell you that I have read his amazing work for many years and have never been disappointed!!

Posted on Oct 5, 2011 4:04:42 AM PDT
Larry Gaddis says:
I'd say start her out on what ever you feel is the most appropriate book. I was 12 when my uncle gave me his SK collection. He had collected a few hardbacks and mostly paperbacks copies of everything up until then (which was the early 80's), and I dove in head first! My parents had always given me the leeway of being able to read what ever I wanted as long as I didn't let it consume me, I couldn't read it and then go act it out! They told me that would be absurd, and besides they would have punished me if I had gone out and made a fool of myself. They did the same thing with music, let me listen to whatever I wanted as long as they didn't have to hear it, they didn't sensor me much at all, which was nice, it let me be me, within reason of course! and I feel that I turned out ok, no I didn't go on to be a self made millionaire, but I do think I'm a productive member of society, with a healthy imagination, and a love for fiction novels.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2011 5:21:21 PM PDT
I read my first Stephen King book, IT at the age of 10 years old. If your daughter is mature I think that The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon would be fine for her. I think some of the short stories from Night Shift and Skeleton Crew would also be good for your daughter.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2011 5:22:34 PM PDT
I have the pop-up version too! It's one of my personal favorites because most folks don't realize that it ever actually existed. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2011 8:27:15 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 30, 2011 8:28:33 PM PST
The Eyes of the Dragon should be the one you should give your daughter as a gift and use to introduce her to Mr. King. Stephen King wrote it for his daughter, and while it is a child's tale, it is classic Stephen King; filled with the same suspense and magnetic twists and turns that keep a reader attracted and attached to the story.

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 10:40:48 AM PST
A. D. Jones says:
That was also an excellent book. I truly enjoyed it. I believe either book The Eyes of the Dragon or The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon would be great starters for beginning King fans.

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 11:13:29 AM PST
Eyes of the Dragon is also a good lead in to the whole Dark Tower series too.

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 12:23:30 PM PST
A. D. Jones says:
I agree! That series was written over many years and each book was very good. I still reread those books and I still enjoy them!

Posted on Mar 27, 2012 3:45:03 PM PDT
Keith Parlee says:
thank you for this, just got back from the library with my 11 year old, also in grade 5, who picked it up, and I was unsure. also forgot about 'eyes of the dragon', also a good one......
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