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My Top Ten Favorite Books as a Child

These are books I've worn out more than one copy reading it!

  1. A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN by Betty Smith. The first adult book I ever read (I was ten.) I was at my grandmother's house, and it was the only book she had that wasn't about conquering arthritis. It turned out to be one of my all-time favorites.
  2. CHARLOTTE'S WEB by E.B. White. If I could only take one book to a desert island, this would be it. It's funny, it's sad, it's magical...it's got it all!
  3. THE MELENDY FAMILY by Elizabeth Enright. This is really three books, in one volume THE SATURDAYS, THE FOUR-STORY MISTAKE, and THEN THERE WERE THREE. It's about a big family who lived in New York City during WWII, who were always having adventures. Since I was an only child living in Chicago who wasn't having any adventures, I lived in this book for a long time.
  4. THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL by Anne Frank. I read this in sixth grade, and was totally blown away that a girl who had lived during WWII in Holland, had the same sort of thoughts and feelings that I did.
  5. DEPEND ON KATIE JOHN by Mary Calhoun. The first hardcover book I ever owned. My dad gave it to me for my tenth birthday. I got in trouble for reading it in class, because I couldn't keep from laughing out loud at some parts. I still do!
  6. THE JOYOUS SEASON by Patrick Dennis. Another adult book that I read because I was stuck at somebody's house with nothing else to read. Another laugh out loud book.
  7. THE BETSY-TACY BOOKS by Maud Hart Lovelace. This is a series of books about girls growing up in a small Minnesota town around 1900. I always did like books that took place a long time ago.
  8. THE BEANY MALONE BOOKS by Lenora Mattingly Weber. Another series about a teenager growing up in the 1940' and 50's. Beany came from a large family, had adventures...do you see a pattern here?
  9. AN OLD-FASHIONED GIRL by Louisa May Alcott. I liked this better than LITTLE WOMEN, but I can't tell you why!
  10. HARRIET THE SPY by Louise Fitzhugh. The first book I ever read where the adults weren't always right!

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