"Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic." Today's question on the YA Highway Road Trip is: "What is a book that brings back memories?"
For me, the answer is super, super simple. THE BABY-SITTERS CLUB series, by Ann M. Martin. I devoured these books. They were hot right when I was busy being a precocious reader--like many people who go on to spend the rest of their lives writing, I read middle-grade novels early, in first and second grade. I found the eleven and thirteen-year-old protagonists so glamorous, and longed for the days when I could baby-sit.
Some of the memories the BSC evokes:
- Sitting on the lid of the toilet in the bathroom reading. I have two older brothers who very much enjoyed terrorizing their little sister, and the bathroom was the only room in the house with a lock.
- Playing "Baby-Sitters' Club," first with my friends who also read the books, and then later, when I became a baby-sitter, with my charges--who were so surprised that I knew about the Rodowskis and the Prezziosos and all the names of the Pike children.
- Taking my copy of Baby-Sitters Club Super Special #2, Baby-sitters' Summer Vacation to an author signing at the then-Waldenbooks in the mall. All the other people had brand-new BSC books for Ms. Martin to sign, which they'd just bought before getting in line. And here I come with this then five-or-six year old book, completely tattered, contact-paper-covered to try to hold it together, stained from sticky hands because it had been read so many times while eating lunch.
"This one is my favorite," I said to her as I put it on the table. "I wanted you to sign my favorite one."
And she smiled and said, "I love it when people bring me their favorite one."
(No, the color isn't off--the pages are THAT yellow!)
I recently read the prequel to the BSC series, BSC 0 : The Summer Before, released in 2010 in anticipation of the re-release of the series. Reading it took me right back, and for that alone, I gave it five stars.
I have nieces now who this year will turn 8, 7, and 6...and I can't wait to introduce them to Kristy, Mary-Anne, Claudia, Stacey, and the gang.