When you were a kid, did you ever find a book that, to this day, hasn’t gone away – that you could maybe read, years and years later, and still enjoy?
Here’s my list, all books I read up to the age of about 11-12. I’m not limiting it to a ‘top 10’ – in fact, some of the entries cover whole series of books. Justifiably.
- Arthur Ransome – the ‘Swallows and Amazons’ series
- C S Lewis – the ‘Narnia’ series
- Robert A. Heinlein – all his ‘juveniles’ (Farmer in the Sky, The Rolling Stones, Have Spacesuit, Will Travel, etc).
- Madeleine L’Engle – A Wrinkle In Time
- Tove Jansson – Finn Family Moomintroll
- J R R Tolkien – The Hobbit
- J R R Tolkien – The Lord of the Rings
- Nicholas Fisk – Space Hostages
- Norman Hunter – the whole Professor Branestawm series (my copies of the first three were autographed by the author himself, who came to my parents’ house in 1970).
- Arthur C. Clarke – Islands in the Sky (my main entree to Clarke, a YA-pitched showcase for his comsat future, and the first appearance of the ‘broomstick’ he also used 50 years later in 2010: Odyssey Two).
- Andre Norton – Plague Ship.
Care to share your list?
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