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Monday, 13 May 2013

Blog tour: The 5th Wave / Rick Yancey's Top 5 Childhood Reads



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My Top Five Childhood Reads by Rick Yancey


  1. The Hardy Boys series by Frank W. Dixon. This series occupied an entire shelf in my bedroom; I still remember the blue covers and the cheesy artwork. Funny thing is now I can’t remember a single plot, but I do remember anxiously awaiting each instalment.
  2. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. I remember the day I got this book, thinking, “Why does he have two middle names?” It was my first foray into fantasy, after which I dived into Terry Brooks and the Thomas Covenant books.
  3. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. What can be said? Well, this: brilliant.
  4. The Grinch Who Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss. I saw the animated version starring the voice of Bella Lugosi before I read the story. But I loved The Lorax and Green Eggs and Ham. Was never crazy about Cat and the Hat (it made me nervous for some reason). I am convinced now that my love of language, the way words sound and the way juxtaposition creates unforgettable effects, began with Dr. Seuss.
  5. Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobol. A kid detective? And he’s smarter than his own dad? And the author is kind enough to put the solutions in the back of the book for thick-heads like me? Gimme!  
Ah, How The Grinch Stole Christmas is still popular in my school library. In fact all the Dr. Seuss books are still much loved by my pupils. It’s funny I find it hard to remember my favourite books as a child – I loved The Twelve Dancing Princesses – dancing all night, yes please! But I also loved The Faraway Tree stories by Enid Blyton. (Another author who is still read by my pupils today.)


Tell us some of your favourite childhood reads in the comments. And don’t forget to enter the competition. 

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