Speaking of dying, I have to wonder if these books would have had such endings if they had been printed today? It seems we as a society are way more protective of young kids than we were back then, and that endings resulting in the readers death might be frowned upon by schools and parents. Personally, I wouldn't have an issue with my kids reading these, if I had kids, and feel we have reached the point of absurdity in regards to what we shield children from, but that's just me. I am thankful that I grew up in a time when this wasn't the case, a time when books like this were available to me.
And now it's time to see if I can't figure out the right path once and for all. Anyone else ever solve this one? Whoever had the book before me checked off good choices, but so far none of them have led me in the right direction.