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Honestly, kids’ books were the best. Most aren’t near-copies of each other, all are allowed to have ridiculous premises, none are so heavy on romance that they have no plot… Good thing I have a Goodreads shelf for this one, or I’d never shut up. Here are ten childhood faves of mine that I really need to reread.
- Artemis Fowl. I adored this series from the very beginning. And even though the last book made me seriously distraught, I could really use a dose of Eoin Colfer’s fabulous high-tech fairies.
- The Thief Lord. I had a thing for Cornelia Funke and I’ve always had a thing for Venice – so this book was like a kid dream come true. With the bonus of a band of lovable orphans! Also, I discovered that The Thief Lord has a film adaptation starring teenage Aaron Johnson. What more reason for going back to this one?
- Septimus Heap. This series was like my rebound once I was done with Harry Potter. And I still do appreciate the imagination that has clearly gone into Angie Sage’s writing – it spawned a dozen copycat story kernels in my young mind. I haven’t read the last book yet, too, so a reread is in order before I get there.
- The Power of Five. I remember when my entire middle school was devouring this series alongside Percy Jackson, and I still adore these books. They’re dark, disturbing, and violent, very Horowitz. ‘Childish’ is the last descriptor I’d use for this series, so it’ll be much easier to come back to.
- Which Witch? Ah, how I loved this. I’m pretty sure there’s a fairytale retelling in here somewhere. Worth the reread to find out!
- The Star of Kazan. You can never have too much Ibbotson. This book started my obsession with Lipizzaners.
- Journey to the River Sea. I regret nothing. I still remember getting this as a Christmas present when I’d asked for, like, walkie-talkies or something. But this was so much better.
- Lion Boy. Because I (still) wish I could talk to cats.
- Matilda. Really, would this list be complete without Roald Dahl? Matilda was my favourite person ever.
- Molly Moon. Hypnotism and time travel. Need I say more?
Which of your childhood books do you miss?