Nick Leshi

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JULY 16, 2012 11:12PM

My Favorite Books from Childhood

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The passing of Donald J. Sobol, the author who created Encyclopedia Brown made me start reminiscing about some of the books I used to love reading as a kid. Here's a list of some of them.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - I remember reading this in fourth grade and being engrossed with the story from beginning to end. All those scenes are still vivid in my mind -- tricking his friends to whitewash the fence, playing with a captured bug in Sunday school, attending his own funeral after everyone thinks he's dead. Mark Twain featured the character again in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer Abroad, and Tom Sawyer: Detective, and even in a handful of unfinished projects: Huck and Tom Among the Indians, Schoolhouse Hill, and Tom Sawyer's Conspiracy.

Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective - Leroy Brown earned his "Encyclopedia" nickname by being a brainy kid who solved mysteries. It inspired me to think that young people might, in many ways, be just as smart (or dare we imagine, sometimes smarter) than adults? The stories made me want to read and learn and read some more.

The Hardy Boys - The old television series The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, starring Parker Stevenson, Shaun Cassidy, and Pamela Sue Martin (later replaced by Janet Louise Johnson) motivated me to hunt down some of the original books that inspired the show, and I wasn't disappointed.

The Three Investigators - More kid detectives getting into dangerous adventures! Notice a trend? These were probably my favorites as I followed the escapades of Jupiter Jones, Pete Crenshaw, and Bob Andrews.

Which ones were your favorites?

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Nancy Drew was No. 1 with me.

Also liked Pearl Buck's anthology "Fairytales of India", a book called 'Karen" about a girl born with CP, all the books by Noel Streatfield, ''The Secret Garden", a weird book called "The Ghosts", Edgar Allen Poe, "Johnny Tremaine", all the Beverly Cleary books too (my sons loved them as well).
Nancy Drew was No. 1 with me.

Also liked Pearl Buck's anthology "Fairytales of India", a book called 'Karen" about a girl born with CP, all the books by Noel Streatfield, ''The Secret Garden", a weird book called "The Ghosts", Edgar Allen Poe, "Johnny Tremaine", all the Beverly Cleary books too (my sons loved them as well).
Nancy Drew was No. 1 with me.

Also liked Pearl Buck's anthology "Fairytales of India", a book called 'Karen" about a girl born with CP, all the books by Noel Streatfield, ''The Secret Garden", a weird book called "The Ghosts", Edgar Allen Poe, "Johnny Tremaine", all the Beverly Cleary books too (my sons loved them as well).
Encyclopedia Brown was the bomb. I wanted his life.
I think you're right about the conspiracy to not let us post on your other story. Especially if this one works.
Nick, I remember all these. It seems as though my favorites from my childhood were the "We Were There" series which fictionalized events from American History featuring kids as observers to the great events and the great individuals. I devoured them. Maybe that's where I got my lifelong passion for history and politics.
The Lord of the Flies, The Old Man and The Sea, On The Road
Nick-these are great. I only read Nancy Drew as the girl detective.
Did you see my blog Books Beautiful Book asking for an open call on our favs? If you have a chance take a look.