I *loved* "The Westing Game". Also, "The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" (is that right?). Hmm... "The Phantom Tollbooth" "The Boxcar Children" "Encyclopedia Brown" "Little Women"

A Pang

Hi Happy Feminist, found your blog via the Carnival of Feminists links.

I read most of the books above too, and loved them. Except Cue for Treason, which we studied in school. Feh.

I read a lot of big fantasy, most importantly The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia, but also The Chronicles of Prydain, and the Earthsea books became a big influence too. Monica Hughes' books, especially the Isis trilogy, were my first taste of science fiction, and then Ray Bradbury's The October Country.

But probably my dearest childhood (well, and early adolescence) book is Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass (and hence the rest of His Dark Materials). You know how kids now have grown up with Harry Potter? I grew up with Lyra.


I loved all those books. Harriet the Spy, The Westing Game, and The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler stick out in my memory.

And yes, I too had a spiral notebook. It was green, and it went everywhere with me. I think I ate tomato sandwiches for a week, too. :)


I loved the Witch of Blackbird Pond (however, since studying the Puritans the author did take a few liberties and exagerations). I read a lot of Scot-O'Dell books. I really enjoyed historical fiction. I also loved anything by LM. Montgomery (She wrote a lot more than the Anne series). I loved Nancy Drew and the Mandie books (they were Christian mysteries). I also read a lot of classics. My favorite were, The Scarlett Pimpernel, Jane Eyre, Wutering Heights, and anything by Jane Austen.


the pirate's wife

I feel like I'm showing my age here (which would be a ripe old 48). I am too old for Harriet the Spy, etc. The ones I remember the most are the old classics like Hans Brinker (aka The Silver Skates), the Nancy Drew series, and Anne of Green Gables (which may be a particularily Canadian thing). What I remember the most is the sense of independence and confidence from the young women in the Nancy Drew and Anne of Green Gables series. They seemed to have "power" over their circumstances. Along with that, (my father being a Boy Scout leader) I also recall vivid memories of boys' books (ie: Hardy Boys). I guess in the end there was absolutely no chance I would grow up as the epitome of the shy, coy, retiring girl. I never had a prayer...LOL.


I'm so glad to see The Westing Game on your list! I loved that book. I'm going to have to find that again and pass it around to the younger folks I know. So smart. And Harriet the Spy is my favorite book of all time. Bless, Louise Fitzhugh.

M Light

For me, anything by E. Nesbit or Edward Eager, especially Half Magic, was wonderful. I also loved the Narnia books, and Theater Shoes. There were two books, The Shy Stegosaurus of Cricket Creek and the Shy Stegosaurus of Indian Lake that I liked, but have never found again. The same is true for The City Under the Back Steps (she shrinks to the size of the ants).

There are so many more good fantasy books for kids now then there were 30 years ago, and I've read a number that my kids have recommended. I particularly enjoyed Dealing With Dragons, by Patricia Wrede; and Archer's Goon by Diana Wynne Jones.

Having kids has given me a reason (or an excuse) to reread some of my favorites. Currently, I'm reading the Narnia Chronicles to my six year old.


I loved Nancy Drew too - I think I read the Ghost of Blackwood Hall about twenty times. I now appreciate what a good influence she had on me! I still collect the Nancy Drew books and re-read them when I need comforting.
Harriet the Spy was the book which made me start writing in notebooks and journals.


Love Carnival of Feminists - I haven't quite got the time to keep up to date with blogs so this is great! Am enjoying your work.

Favourite child hood books include: "Black Cauldron" by Llyod Alexander and "Pollyanna" by I forget who ...

The Happy Feminist

How could I have forgotten Lloyd Alexander?!?!?

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