Were you a preadolescent girl of the 90s with an obsession for Lip Smackers, Skip-its, doodling in class and, of course, books? If so, you and I are soul mates. I was a book guzzler at that age. I would hop in my bike and cruise over to the library, where I’d spend an unnecessary (but totally awesome) amount of time running my fingers over the books in the pre-teen section, agonizing over which book I’d devour next.
I’m so grateful that these books shaped my nerdy bookish life! Without further ado, here are the ones I remember swooning over. What did I miss that you absolutely loved??
If there’s one series that shaped my preadolescent life, this was it. Our library carried the whole series, and my best friend (who happens to still be my bestie and an LQ contributor, Becky) and I would voraciously read them all. We knew all of them, and could easily spot a new one on the shelf as our library got them. These books told the stories of girls’ (and a couple boys’) lives and experiences with America, from being a Native American to emigrating to the country to being a slave to voyaging on the Titanic. What an amazing way to reel kids in to learning about American history.
Little House on the Prairie
Be still, my heart! I had the whole set of these (heck, not embarrassed to admit I still have them), and I just devoured them. How could you not get super into an amazing story of a girl growing up on the wild prairie, and in those big woods? This series is definitely one of my top literary life shapers. I couldn’t get enough of how amazing Laura Ingalls Wilder was – how tough she could be, how brave she was…she was one of my first female literary crushes.