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What was Your Favorite Book as a Child? | Your Questions, Day 17 of 30

What was your favorite book growing up? Why?

Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison: Lois Lenski: 9780780746688: Amazon.com: Books

Lois Lenski’s Indian Captive, which was a narrative version of Mary Jemison’s real capture and life with Native Americans. I loved any book with kids living VERY different lives in very different worlds than mine. I also loved The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm, Mandy, anything by Roald Dahl — especially Matilda, Zlata’s Diary, and this one book I cannot remember the name of but it involved going back in time (through… the early internet?) to Ancient Egypt and solving a series of mysteries in order to get home before mom & dad noticed that the video game ate the kid. It sounds stupid. I loved it.

I INHALED books. I am so sure there are more. What books were your favorites as a kid?

3 thoughts on “What was Your Favorite Book as a Child? | Your Questions, Day 17 of 30

  1. I don’t really remember what I read when I was young. I did read a lot of age-appropriate books starting around second grade, but nothing comes to mind, though I have vivid memories of spending time in the library in 2nd-6th grade. I was 12 when I bought my first book with “my own” money. It was a science fiction book by Arthur C Clarke. Starting then I read mostly science fiction until at age 14 I read the Lord of the Rings. Then I went on a fantasy kick.

  2. I had typed out a thing and it looks like it didn’t post. Whomp whomp. Anyway, I really enjoyed Judy Blume (her Fudge series), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (I don’t think I’ve read any other Roald Dahl books, which is a mistake, I know), Shel Silverstein, Strega Nona, and a bunch of others that are somehow escaping me.

    I also really LOOOOVVVEEEDDD the Scholastic Book Fair (and those lil mail order pamphlets we’d get…once a month I think in grade school). I ordered SO MUCH STUFF. I know I definitely bought some Babysitters’ Club…tho…I don’t think I ever read ‘em…

    High Schoolish age I loved 1984 (still my favorite book), Animal Farm, The Great Gatsby, I Am Legend, and, again, a bunch of stuff that eludes at the moment. I’d never heard of Indian Captive, sounds interesting!

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