Okay, I'm new to the idea of blog challenges, so this will be an easy one.
I'm trying to help a girl after my own heart -- a total bookworm who reads anything you leave in her path and hopes to be a journalist someday. Her well-intended parents are Israeli scientists -- brilliant folks, but on unfamiliar turf when it comes to directing her reading habits, even leaving aside the language barrier.
Oh yeah, big-time empathy for me, the daughter of a nurse and an accountant who also didn't know what to do with their budding book lover.
Today, I offered to compile a list of childhood classics she can take out of our local library (now that she's finished the Narnia series). Then I thought, hey, I have all those brilliant literary readers, I'll ask THEM for suggestions!
So that's what I'm doing. In the comments section below would you pretty please:
1) Describe the ONE book you believe no highly intelligent, very motivated pre-teenaged girl should grow up without.
2) Limit your reasoning to only one sentence, please, because I have a short attention span (this is the challenge part -- keeping it brief).
3) If someone has already picked your favorite, please pick something else. The idea is to compile a nice, long list to keep her busy all summer.
Is it Black Beauty or Secret Garden or Little Women? Or something more contemporary?
See? Very easy. Anybody can jump in and there is no such thing as a stupid suggestion.
Many thanks in advance for the help.