By Real Simple
Updated June 18, 2014
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The first full-on chapter book I read as a kid. Every time I finished it, I would pick up another book, read a few pages, and think “No, I have to spend time with Jim Hawkins, Long John Silver, and the gang again.” I have been a fan of reading (and pirates) ever since. —James Holstein

To buy: $7.50, amazon.com.