Nathan Bransford, Author


Wednesday, July 25, 2007

What Was Your Favorite Book as a Child?

Thanks to everyone for their own unique take on Pottermania. I agree with Heather's comment -- it's amazing to see how many different opinions there are on one book and one writer. If you need any reminder regarding the subjectivity of the reading experience, just take a gander at the wide variety of opinions on a book that just sold, according to my exclusive and completely verifiable accounting, 78 bazillion copies in the last 72 hours.

Now lots of kids (of all ages) have officially grown up on Harry Potter, and as we all know, the books you read as a kid can have a profound effect on young and impressionable minds (children's book writers everywhere just uttered a collective "Bwa ha ha!!"). Books open up new worlds to children and make some of them want to go on to become writers.

Little Nathan Bransford's favorite books tended to involve a child living on their own or at war. I don't know what that says about Little Nathan Bransford (or his grown up version). So my favorites included ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS by Scott O'Dell, RIFLES FOR WATIE by Harold Keith and especially MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN by Jean Craighead George (who is a longtime Curtis Brown client, and who I actually had the honor and pleasure of working with when I was an assistant in New York. There's nothing quite like talking with someone you idolized as a child!)

So you tell me -- what was your favorite book as a child?






80 comments:

Kaytie M. Lee said...

I read all of the Nancy Drew series my library had. I also loved LITTLE WOMEN, although my relationship with that book has become very complicated. I remember enjoying Judy Blume books. The first books I started buying on my own were Piers Anthony's Xanth series.

I remember reading Island of the Blue Dolphins for school, as well as Bridge to Terabithia! And checking out The Silver Chalice from the school's library...

Once I had my own library card I intentionally sought out the children's novels that were obviously very old. Unfortunately I don't remember titles as well as I'd hope. One in particular--a sci-fi book in which alien overlords put a silver controlling device on everyone's head once they reach a certain birthday, and the hero had to rescue humanity from these aliens...I really wish I could remember the title of that one.

takoda said...

"The Wind in the Willows"

Loved Mr. Toad and his car antics!

Liz said...

Favorite children's book had to be The Secret Garden...I loved that book.

I also loved to read Louisa M. Alcott, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Lloyd Alexander and CS Lewis.

I enjoyed The Borrowers too:)

joycemocha said...

Kaytie--sounds like the John Christopher series about the Tripods. Can't remember the titles now, but your description sounds pretty accurate.

For me--the Black Stallion series was a favorite, as were the Little House books. I read pretty widely, though, with a focus on horse books, then science fiction and spy thrillers. For a little bit I was heavily into Arthurian stories.

Brian said...

THE WESTING GAME.

I still revisit it once a year.

THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS. (Didn't quite stand up to the test of time but freaked me out as a child.)

The Alvin Fernald series by Clifford Hicks.

Jim said...

Since you named three I think I'll go ahead and name three of my own favorites.

Where the Red Fern Grows, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Pigman.

I would have added My Side of the Mountain if you hadn't already.

Lauren said...

Mine was HARRIET THE SPY.

As a very shy, scared-of-everything child, I loved books about introverted, introspective characters who took control of their world and did something brave. Harriet was the ultimate. Of course, I kept my own spy notebook after reading that book. It inspired my first novel, too.

Second place goes to Judy Blume's OTHERWISE KNOWN AS SHEILA THE GREAT. Once again, strong girl character, and also, freaking hilarious.

Merry Jelinek said...

I still love The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - it has so many layers you don't understand until you're older...

The Outsiders, or any Hinton, was a favorite in middle grade.

I also loved Johnny Tremaine and A Light in the Forest.

Eric said...

Joyce, you're right re: Kaytie. Kaytie: the books are the Tripod Trilogy (though composed of four books) all by John Christopher: The White Mountains (1967), The City of Gold and Lead (1967), The Pool of Fire (1968), and When the Tripods Came (1989). Read them myself as a kid. I remembered them involuntarily when I read your post, since when you said "silver controlling device" I immediately thought "cap" (which is what they're called in the books).

That said, I read a ton of golden age science fiction, as well as the greatest children's author of all time, Dr. Seuss.

Eric said...

Also, I just realized John Christopher is a pen name. The author's real name is Samuel Youd.

Jillian said...

I absolutely devoured the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. Over and over again.

Then, in seventh grade, I discovered the fantasy novels of Katherine Kurtz. (Not exactly appropriate material for a seventh grader, but what can I say? I was a bit precocious. Sadly, that wore off years ago.)

My love affair with the Deryni books catapulted me into the world of fantasy, which, aside from Jane Austen and comparable British Lit, is my favorite genre.

And so I write it. For children.

Oh. I also adored the poetry of Shel Silverstein and still do. His poems are wonderfully warped. Methinks I must love warped things.

I've come a long way since Little House On the Prairie.

paulv said...

I feel I have to speak up for my all-time favorite, The World of Pooh by A. A. Milne. It can still bring tears to my eyes.

My other favorite, in a creepier vein, and which I also received as present on my 6th birthday, was Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales. Magic and gruesome death--just the thing for a young lad.

Scott said...

ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHIN is an excellent choice. I loved that one as a kid. So is MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN, although it was too late for to read as a kid. I read it a couple years ago after meeting its author.

I read so much as a kid, that I can't single out one book. But some of the books I loved in elementary school were THE CAY, THE ENORMOUS EGG, HARRIET THE SPY, the Hardy Boys, a book about a football QB called THE ROOKIE, TOM SAWYER. I discovered THE HOBBIT in Jr High and followed with the LORD OF THE RINGS.

I didn't read as much in Jr High. Instead, I wrote my own stories. My reading picked up again in high school, mostly fantasy, mythology, and classics.

Mig said...

I read all (and still have and value) THE THREE INVESTIGATORS mystery series. They were like the Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew but way cooler.

A Paperback Writer said...

Besides Little Women and A Little Princess, I loved mystery and supernatural-type books. The Three Investigators series was one of my favorites, with The Mystery of the Stuttering Parrot being top of the list. (I recently found a copy of this among Amazon resellers, though I wish they'd republish the series.) And I LOVED Zilpha Keatley Snyder books. Some of hers are still in print and some aren't. My most favorite of all of hers was The Velvet Room, followed by Black and Blue Magic (about a fatherless boy named Harry, who at age 11, discovers he has magical powers!), and The Headless Cupid. I also liked Snyeder's The Egypt Game and The Truth About Stone Hollow.
When I got into my early teens, I fell in love with the Tripod trilogy (thanks, Eric, for telling me John Christopher's real name!), then Mary Stewart's King Arthur stories, and -- of course -- Tolkien!

jessie said...

I adored The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. In fact, I read and re-read the whole Chronicles of Narnia (this was before it was cool to be a geek) starting at about age 7 until I was probably 13 or 14. I also loved Alice in Wonderland and The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg. Oh, and The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. I still try to read that one once a year.

alternatefish said...

I'm really liking this question because it is reminding me of all the great books I read that I've totally forgotten about. Like THE CAY and MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN.

That said, top prize goes to THE PRYDAIN CHRONICLES by my man Lloyd Alexander, as well as JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH and THE WITCHES and pretty much anything else Roald Dahl wrote. I am also still in possession of coverless copies of Patricia C. Wrede's ENCHANTED FOREST CHRONICLES.

I guess I liked fantastical escapism.

DMH said...

OMG! Someone else loved The Three Investigators! I absolutely loved that series.

I remember reading The Secret of Terror Castle (book #1), and my dad snuck into the room and shrieked. I screamed so loud! Then we started laughing. I, of course, began plotting my revenge.

Many of the books I loved had the MC getting lost in a fog or through a mirror, fighting for survival, and making their way back, a better and wiser kid.

BTW, Nathan, did you recently celebrate a birthday?

don killuminati said...

Maus by art spiegelman
Bone by jeff smith
EVERY Redwall book
Calvin and Hobbes by watterson
The Never Ending Story by michael Ende
Moomin books by tove Jansson
Watership Down by richard adams
Animal Farm

Nathan Bransford said...

DMH-

Yes, earlier in the month. I am now squarely in my late 20s.

DMH said...

Well, Happy Birthday! Hope you got some good stuff!

Dave said...

Wow, when I think back on what I read.
In grade school my parents were poor. They bought my brother and I a set of Grolier's Encyclopedia and then nothing else up till I was 13. I just opened each letter of the encyclopedia and read what was in it. . . If it was printed, I read it.
I was taking piano and organ lessons, though. I wasn't deprived, so to speak.
So when I hit 7th and we moved closer to relatives, I started reading all sorts of stuff. Tom Swift, Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, AC Clark, Edgar Rice Burroughs. Sci Fi stuff. I remember memorizing lots of poetry out of the reference books, too. Vachal Lindsay, Longfellow, Wordsworth, Frost and others.
I only read "good literature" when I hit college. We studied several Shakespearean plays in high school but they were so pulled apart and distorted, I never appreciated them as literature.
I never read "kids" stories. I never read "age-appropriate" stuff. I just read and if I didn't know a word, I had a dictionary. I remember asking the 10th grade teacher (A Nun) if I could do the report on "Stranger in a Strange Land." she had never read it. Needless to say, she was shocked by its premise.
Those years, they had an experimental catechism with lots of philosophers in it. I read Camus, Joseph Fletcher, Simone de Bouviour, Nietsche, Tielhard de Chardin, DeCartes, and more.
When I think about this all now, I wonder why I even like to read or write.

Dave said...

I forgot to say, my favorite books back then were by Albert Camus and Fyodor Dostoyevski.

Colorado Writer said...

My all-time favorites are the Little House books. I still have all of them from my childhood.

Michele Lee said...

Black Beauty, the Black Stallion books, anything by Roald Dahl, all books that I read over and over. I liked a lot of the Christopher Pike books too. I till think some of them are better than some of the adult horror I've read.

Writing Angel said...

WINNIE THE POOH. Enough said. :)

KingM said...

I liked My Side of the Mountain as well, but my favorites were probably the Chronicles of Prydain, by Lloyd Alexander, and the Narnia books.

bran fan said...

Another Harriet the Spy fan, here. I read that one over and over.

Also, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson. It is the funniest book I've ever read. I re-read it as an adult and it still cracks me up!

pws said...

My Side of the Mountain - I think I nearly had that book memorized.
Brains Benton mysteries - There were only six, but I loved them.
Three Investigators - classic.
Tom Sawyer - suprised this hasn't been mentioned yet. I must have read it twenty times growing up.
Enid Blyton - anything I could find by her I gobbled up, growing from the Secret 7 to the Fabulous Five (or whatever they were called).

Kaytie M. Lee said...

Joycemocha and Eric are my new favorite heroes. Thanks, guys!

Robert Henshaw said...

Can't remember how old I was, but "April Morning" really stuck with me. The horror of being a child and actually being called to defend your country (against the invading British) was a lot scarier than anything I'd ever read by Stephen King and others.

A Paperback Writer said...

Isn't it amusing how you can often tell the ages of the contributors? For example, those of us who listed 3 Investigators obviously grew up in the 70s. Those of you who listed Maus are much younger.
Some books, like the Little House series (which I should've mentioned earlier that I loved), are timeless. But some of the books give away the age of those of us who loved them.

DeadlyAccurate said...

My all-time favorite book was Willo Davis Roberts' The Girl With The Silver Eyes. I still have it, even though I don't have children.

Melissa said...

Oh gosh...

Three Investigators
Trixie Beldon
Black Stallion
Chronicles of Narnia
A Wrinkle in Time
Where the Red Fern Grows
Bridge to Teribithia
Secret Garden
101 Dalmatians -- the novel, not the Disney book
Bambi -- also the novel, not the Disney book
Tall and Proud

Tom Burchfield said...

Winnie the Pooh here, too. . . .

Kate said...

One fuzzy yellow head stands out above all the rest--Winnie the Pooh. I also loved Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little, The 5 Children & It, Little Women, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm--and to this day I still cry every time I read The LIttle House.

2readornot said...

LINNETS AND VALERIANS was my number one favorite. I also loved Madeliene L'Engle from the first time I read any of her books.

Anonymous said...

The 13 Clocks

Laura E. Goodin said...

I just gave my 11-year-old kid _The Thirteen Clocks_ to read. Largely because I have forbidden her to reread the Harry Potter books (except for VII) until she's branched out a bit. She is hotly resentful, but grudgingly admitted that it was a good book.

Marva said...

Strangely, the earliest thing I remember reading is The Decameron by Boccacio. My parents had no idea what was in their bookcase.

It was an eye-opener for a 10-year old. Really, I read it when I was ten. I was pretty much ruined for all that other kid stuff after that.

Janet said...

The Chronicles of Narnia, hands down. I was lending them out as my favourite books by the time I was seven. But Anne of Green Gables, Little Women, and Black Beauty also rated highly.

Angelle said...

Margot Benary-Isbert (from memory) had a wonderful book about a German girl and her family trying to keep body and soul together after World War II. There's a wonderful railroad car they convert into an apartment, lots of farm life, an outcast old lady in the woods, and I've had a soft spot for mastiffs ever since.

I really think seeing that war from another, ordinary side as a child deepened my empathy.

sex scenes at starbucks said...

The Black Stallion

Crystal Jordan said...

I have two favorites: WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE by Maurice Sendak and the ANNE OF GREEN GABLES series by L.M. Montgomery.

Crystal Jordan said...

Oh, and happy belated birthday, Nathan from someone who's only about 6 months behind you.

Sara said...

THE SECRET GARDEN, THE LITTLE PRINCESS, TOM SAWYER and HUCK FINN. Oh, and ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND

Heidi the Hick said...

cI pretty much read ONLY horse stories until about age 12 or 13.

The Pony Problem by Barbara Holland
King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

...a whole shelf more although the best one was a little book with gorgeous pictures and an almost realistic plot: A HORSE CALLED DOODLEBUG by Irene Brady.

Still love it, still tear up when I read it!!

Being a farm kid with not much money and two ponies, I found a lot of horse books to be just plain stupid. I damn well knew you can't love a horse into doing anything for you and it kind of irritated me that these fantastical kids had lovely horse lives...while I was riding bareback because I had no saddle! Worst of all? The Black Freakin Stallion. Even as a kid it bugged me. I was kind of jealous that this kid had nothing to do but tame a horse but mostly it just bugged me. Even at 10 I was skeptical.

Yeah I know I'm killing the dream. Sorry. Not really sorry. I'm still trying to conceive of the ultimate middle grade horse book that won't warp a kid's brain but will have some magic.

Then I discovered Brave New World and Atlas Shrugged and Canticle for Liebowitz and The HObbit and the Fionavar Tapestry and now I'm just thoroughly confused!!!!!

joycemocha said...

Heidi the Hick--

Did you ever read any of Vian Smith's young adult horse books? *Very* realistic portrayal of horse racing--especially steeplechase racing--in the UK.

Dorothy Lyons, while a bit fantastic, was also a bit more realistic about horses than others. Her "Blue Smoke" , while having a happy ending, also has a lot of angst and drama to it.

Then there's Dorothy Potter Benedict's Montana horse series--"Pagan the Black," "Fabulous," and "Bandoleer." I only knew about the first two as a kid--and found "Bandoleer" as an adult. In the first two books, the protagonists are a boy and his adopted sister--in the last book, he's dealing with wanting to go into the military (Vietnam era) and being jealous of her boyfriend.

Then the two of them admit their love for each other, and go off in the sunset to get married--after his dream horse gets killed while attempting to rescue the boyfriend.

Hmm. Guess there was a reason that one was never in a school library, huh?

But if you think kid horse books are horribly unrealistic, you've not read horses in fantasy and science fiction. Most are horrible, with horses as All-Knowing, All-Wise, All-Empowering to the little hick farmgirls who use them to escape a dreary lifestyle.

C.J. Cherryh does the best job in turning the stereotype, in my opinion, with carnivorous telepathic horses who will do *anything* for fresh-cooked bacon. (Riders at the Gate, Cloud's Rider--but they're SF, not F). I *recognize* her horses.

I *do* have a fantasy project centered around horses that I'm poking with--but the horses are most decidedly NOT wise Lipizzans. If anything, they're Quarter Horse/Appaloosa types with Thoroughbred and Arabs snorting around. And they are telepathic, but they don't communicate in words--just images, and not all of them can do that.

cate said...

I can't believe it.

Doesn't anyone remember Ramona? As in Quimby. As in, one of the most memorable (IMHO) misfits in children's literature. Can't pick a favorite, but I still remember those Beverly Cleary books like I had read them yesterday.

The Anti-Wife said...

Anything Nancy Drew or Trixie Belden. Loved the mysteries then and still do.

Jenny said...

I notice a lot of people mentioning the Little House books which I loved when I was in elementary school. But my favorite childhood "chapter" books were historical novels. In sixth grade, my favorite was MARA, DAUGHTER OF THE NILE, which a quick check of Amazon shows is still in print fifty years later.

I devoured the works of Rosemary Sutcliffe set in Roman and Saxon Britain, such as THE EAGLES OF THE NINTH, THE LANTERN BEARERS, WARRIOR SCARLET, and THE OUTCAST.

All these books had in common that the heros or heroines were lowly slaves or outcasts who had to triumph over some inner fear or disability to be able to save the very people who initially rejected them.

Finally, as I moved into junior high, there were Robert Heinlein's "boys" books which I read, rather defiantly, even though I was a girl and Heinlein made it clear he didn't have a whole lot of use for girls except as sex objects.

Nevertheless, I dreamed of becoming the First Girl on Mars and showing Mr. Heinlein that girls could replace the burnt out vacuum tubes in the broken space drive just as well as the boys could!

ello said...

I love this question! Especially because I love children's books and devoured them as a child. I loved Island of the Blue Dolphins - first book to make me cry. I also loved A Wrinkle in Time, The Hobbit, and Matilda and so many other books that deserve to be mentioned but can't fit here. But the book that made me want to become a writer when I was a kid was The Count of Monte Christo. It is still to this day one of my favorite books.

Other Lisa said...

My mother has a photo of me at the age of three reading "Lady Chatterly's Lover."

Of course I was reading it upsidedown.

Tsana said...

I'm very surprised that only one person's mentioned Enid Blyton.

THE MAGIC FARAWAY TREE and the FAMOUS FIVE books were probably the most memorable but I remember loving THE NAUGHTIEST GIRL IN THE SCHOOL and a bunch of others too.

SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS was probably one of the few "mainstream" (ie not SFF) kiddie books that I liked. I always found LITTLE WOMEN and all that other stuff terribly boring. Never have liked classics.

Oh, and a bit later on there was Tamora Pierce's WILD MAGIC books, which were great. A good bridge between kiddie and grown up fantasy books.

Stephen Parrish said...

Haven't seen it named yet:

Rascal, by Sterling North

Determinist said...

I AM DAVID is one of my favorites.

Sara said...

Meredith Ann Pierce's The Darkangel.

Edding's The Belgariad.

Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings

/Sara

Swede said...

The Wind in the Willows

Becky said...

What's really fun is getting to hand down your most loved books to your kids. I too loved the Little House books and HARRIET THE SPY and THE BORROWERS. My three have enjoyed those, but they've also introduced me to some great new authors...I am in awe of Christopher Paul Curtis (of BUD, NOT BUDDY and THE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM.) I've also become a huge fan of Barbara Parks--her Junie B. Jones books are hilarious.

Kim Stagliano said...

Mr. Pudgins, by Ruth Christopher. I scoured the used bookstores for years and finally found it when the Internet expanded my search. Mr. Pudgins was a magical babysitter who taught kids lessons via disastrous and hilarious babysitting adventures. I have my copy in my bookshelf right next to my first grade reader, "Tip" from 1969.

Tammie said...

Wow lot of great books listed.

I'd have to say the Laura Ingals, Little House series, Nancy Drew and later Judy Blume.

However as a teen I remember Gone with the Wind was the first book that actually made cry.

Welshcake said...

The Winter of Enchantment by Victoria Walker and Hans Christian Anderson's Fairy Tales.

Subservient No More said...

I loved the Anne of Green Gables series, and when I was a bit younger, James and the Giant Peach was my favorite. I still love the part where Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker get squished by the peach.

Lauren said...

Hey cate --

I loved the Ramona books too! I can't believe I forgot to mention those in my original response. My favorite was RAMONA AND HER FATHER. What a wonderful, touching, yet very very funny book. But I had all of them up through RAMONA FOREVER and read them over and over. I KNOW we weren't the only ones. Most of my friends at school had read the Ramona books, too.

I was very much into contemporary, realistic stuff as a kid. Still am. I feel like I'm in the minority here for not wanting to spend my reading time in fantasy worlds. My favorite thing about reading was getting to meet and empathize with kid characters who could have easily lived on my street and been my friends.

Kristen said...

I checked out five Nancy Drews every time I went to the library.

Ten because it was the limit.

Kristen said...

I mean, five.

Maya Reynolds said...

The Black Stallion and Island Stallion books by Walter Farley

Mara, Daughter of the Nile

By the time I was ten, I was reading the Perry Mason books, which scared my mother, who re-directed me to Agatha Christie and Mary Roberts Rinehart, thus starting my love for mysteries and thrillers.

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takoda said...

Hi, To the poster who likes Zilpha--she has a new book out called "The Treasures of Weatherby."

"My Side of the Mountain?" I'm going to politely disagree. I just read it recently, then "Hatchet" right after. No comparison. "My Side" read like a flat non-fiction book. "Hatchet" had the spark, emotion, and depth that "My Side" lacked. Both survival tales in the woods. One with a character I could care less about. The other with a character I became emotionally involved with from the very first page. IMHO!

cyn said...

island of the blue dolphins by o'dell

a little princess by burnett

dancing shoes and ballet shoes by streatfield

a wrinkle in time by l'engle

all read many many times. as an adult, i almost NEVER reread a book. even when i like it loads. and i just read all the books above to my daughter, too.

Anonymous said...

Jonathon Livingston Seagull and Illusions - loved them both and still read them over and over.

And everything by Beverly Cleary.

Anonymous said...

Nathan,

What is the difference between a literary agent and a literary agent associate? I'm confused.

pixy said...

Oh, good question...

I really earned my love for reading about 5th grade. That year I read a lot of books that impacted me:

BRIDGE TO TEREBITHIA<--I actually hated this book after I read it because it was so sad, but it really impacted me, so I'll add it as a favorite.
JACOB HAVE I LOVED
WRINKLE IN TIME and WIND IN THE DOOR
ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT'S ME, MARGRET<--This book taught me a lot. :)

Roxan said...

Baby Island. I know, you've probably never heard of it. LOL

A Paperback Writer said...

Thanks, takoda. I'll look up the new book.
Roxan, I read BABY ISLAND, too!! Oh my heck! I'd totally forgotten about that.
Quick! must get to Amazon and see if I can find it!
wow. that's a bizarre memory!

mkcbunny said...

Island of the Blue Dolphins made me cry, too.

Hands down, my favorites were anything Oz. I read the Baum books countless times, as well as Ruth Plumly Thompson and other post-Baum authors. Kept doing so into my twenties and still have several hardbound early editions.

Watership Down, Narnia, Alice in Wonderland, and Lord of the Rings were favorites, as well.

La Gringa said...

It depends on where in my childhood I was When I was first learning to read, it was WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE. I was an advanced reader for my age however, so I was reading on about a high-school junior level when I was in third grade. At that point, my favorite book was a science fiction book called THE REVOLVING BOY by Gertrude Friedberg (sp?) which I believe is long out of print.

I tended to love authors more than single novels. I really liked Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke and Ray Bradbury. I must have read MARTIAN CHRONICLES about a hundred times.

I now have favorite childrens books that I read as an adult. Probably my favorite is THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH. Brilliant book!

xengab said...

I loved everything Enid Blyton, especially the Folk of the Faraway Tree.
Ruth Parks Playing Beatie Bow.
Robin Kleins Half way across the galaxy and turn left. Plus Penny Pollards diaries.
As a teen I loved Piers Anthony, Terry Pratchett and Robert Rankin. (and still do)
And now I am a fantasy writer and I KNOW its because of my reading of Enid Blytons works

MountainPowerLineman said...

I was fortunate to have a mother that loved the library, and worked to instill a love of reading in my life.

I remember loving several books.

Tom's Midnight Garden

And Then There Was Light

All of the Narnia books

The Mrs. Piggle Wiggle books

Dragon's Blood
Heart's Blood
A Sending of Dragons

Anything by John Bellairs

Hatchet

The list goes on and on. I hope that my daughter will love reading as much as my wife and I do.

Sara said...

As a girl I remember enjoying reading esp. the Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Three Investigator series. My dad once caught me reading a book as I pretended to study :o).

Also love the Famous Five, Secret Seven series and other books by Enid Blyton. And how can I forget all the Archie comics as well as the Indian mythological comics I read ?!

Makes me nostalgic immediately. Reminds me of the summer holiday afternoons we used to go to the library.

Would like to add though that I discovered books by Roald Dahl when I started working at a bookstore and loved all his childrens poetry (even do now) and books like Esio Trot, The Vicar of Nibbleswick etc.


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