Yaaaaay, Children’s Literature!!!! It’s the BEST literature. And this is one of those books I remember from when I was a kid being totally completely absorbed in it. So good! By Astrid Lindgren who also did Pippi Longstocking, but this one is a lot better (I think).
Reminder! Where’s Your Hat Abe Lincoln in ONE WEEK!!! I expect you all to have read it. Or at least watched this video:
This book is actually in print, so no free version, but it’s also super widely available. You can get a new or used copy for about $5, and you can probably also get it from your local library. I bought a copy when I was 8 and have reread it maybe 20 times since then so you definitely get your money’s worth if you buy a copy!!! Especially if you have kids to give it to.
We have a heroine who is brave and unconventional, but also loves her parents, and really struggles as her sense of morality begins to become different from theirs. We have boy-girl friends who are very different personalities and attitudes towards the world, but get along great. We have adventures like falling in icy streams, and catching wild horses, and all kinds of things!
It’s just a really good book. A little darker and more adult than kids books usually are, but not inappropriate. I’m sticking with me “if you like A Wrinkle in Time, you will like this” rule. Similar higher level moral quandaries and relationship ideas, with appropriate sex and violence and so on content.
Really, all DCIB people should read it and also just people in general! It’s a slightly hidden gem of a kids book.