This week's YA Highway Road Trip topic:
What books were you obsessed with as a kid?
Unlike most writers and English degree holders (I am both), I cannot tell of a childhood with my nose buried in books (not w/o resorting to fiction, anyway:). In fact, in grade school, my least favorite subject was English...because it mostly consisted of copying sentences out of a textbook to correct them (no handy workbooks back in my day).
All that changed in Jr/Sr High when I fell in love with literature and became obsessed by Historical Romances (thanks to a friend who read her mom's castoffs then loaned them to me).
Still, there were a few books that caught and held my attention as a youth. Like the Little House series:
I loved the TV show, and had a whole collection of the books. It threw me that the first book didn't have anything to do with Walnut Grove, but when my mom explained that it was set before the TV show, I gave them a try and enjoyed them.
I also had many Nancy Drew books, this one being my favorite. I loved the idea of secret passages and ghosts, only I wanted them to be real instead of some non-magic mystery to expose.
Which leads me to this book:
(God love Goodreads, I haven't seen this book in years). This is about a girl who has the gift of ESP. I did devour this book, which confirmed for me years later as a teacher that if you put the right book in a child's hand, even a reluctant reader will get hooked.
What about you? Any Childhood favorites?