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Why use dative in "Сколько тебе лет"?

In the following sentence: Сколько тебе лет? Why do you use тебе, the dative form of ты? I think this sentence means "How old are you?" but why not say it with genitive, like: Сколько тебя лет?...
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The usage of dative case

I had a long break (~6 months) from learning Russian and now I'm a little confused. Does {personal_pronoun}_dative + (не) + infinitve + что, for example Мне (не) прочитать эту книгу mean I must (...
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