My mom bought me this book when I was in about the 5th grade, it changed everything for me as far as how I looked at the world. I had begun to see the aspects of cruelty in the world. I finally understood why I never quite all the way fit in with my predominantly white schoolmates and friends. This is when I learned what racism was and its roots... Quite a rude awakening for a 10/11 year old, ya think? I remember I kept reading it over and over, it touched me that deep....
On a lighter note, I loved the Babysitter's Club Book Series, BUT my mama would only buy me the ones with the black girl as the main character,
I read every single Agatha Christie book through middle school. I used to get so wrapped up in the drama and intrigue of it all. It was actually better than TV, I was such a nerd, but being a nerd was celebrated in my house so I didn't care about that. Funny thing about that is now I don't particularly care for mystery books.
I know y'all remember my favoritest (I know it's not a word, don't judge me) book in the whole wide world ever, ever, ever... I even dedicated a whole blog to my beloved "The Monster At the End of This Book"... go check it out, it is very entertaining! And anyway Grover rocks!
I absolutely loved the Anastasia series of books by Lois Lowry. Anastasia was a smart, awkward, sweet, clumsy, misunderstood 4-eyed preteen. Take a wild guess as to what I was as a preteen: smart, awkward, sweet, clumsy, misunderstood, 4-eyed, lol... I instantly connected with Anastasia, she was one of the first characters in a book that I thought about as a real person, that is where my living and breathing a book began.
Any-hoo, this is just a handful of some of my faves, what were some of you guys favorite childhood books and/or stories?