|The Bobbsey Twins|
Over the course of the next fifteen years I not only wrote and was published many times over in the mystery field, but became immersed in the genre, reading them by the boatloads. Although, I confess, my educational background in the genre is still severely lacking many of the masters in the field.
Pictured are my favorite mystery series as a kid.
As a rule, I don't re-read books, but the two books which made a huge impact on me as a young teen and which I have re-read are The Yearling by Marjorie Rawlings and To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Both of these books I read on my own long before they showed up on my school reading list.
And no trip down my childhood reading list lane would be complete without mentioning The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. A book I still treasurer to this day. When I was about 11 or 12, I tried to check this book out of my middle school library and was refused because the librarian thought it was beyond my age level. When I told my mother this, she immediately wrote a note to the librarian saying I was allowed to check out any book in the school library, no matter what the book was.