Every reader has to start somewhere. Can you remember which stories shaped you into the reader you are today? I know I will never forget the feeling of sheer joy and excitement whenever it was story-time, that along with the sense of achievement and utter sadness when I finished a book. So I thought I’d do a post highlighting the middle grade novels that help turn me into the insanely nerdy bibliophile I am today.
My introduction to Roald Dahl was through my Grade 2 or 3 teacher who absolutely adored his work. I remember being so excited at story time and thoroughly enjoy listening to her reading the class Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and the Glass Elevator and The BFG. This of course led me to Matilda and Fantastic Mr Fox. I honestly think that Roald Dahl’s books laid the foundation for my love for fantasy and both the books and their movie adaptations are among my favourite things.
Diamond Brothers by Anthony Horowitz
Once again my introduction to Anthony Horowitz was through a teacher who read these books to the class. I must have been in Grade 4 or 5. I distinctly remember The Falcon’s Malteser being read to us. And there after I made my father take me to the library so that I could take out the rest of the Diamond Brothers series to read at home.
Goosebumps by R.L Stine
What would a childhood be without Goosebumps. I remember reading Night of the Living Dummy, which was followed by really bad nightmares and then still picking up Be Careful What You Wish For, How I Learnt To Fly and Return of the Mummy. I blame all my boy cousins for my love of Goosebumps.
This series started a life long friendship. I met my best and oldest friend because I had the Sweet Valley Jr High book she wanted and she had the one I wanted. After that we were inseparable. Aah… The good times. These are perfect for young girls between the ages of 8-11.