Do you remember the first stories you ever heard? What about the first ones you read for yourself? What were they? What books were your friends growing up?
The first stories (outside of the Bible) that I remember being read to me were Brer Rabbit. My babysitter used to keep me entertained for what felt like hours by his many escapades. Those stories are the first that I remember falling in love with.
When I was in first grade, my teacher read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe to my class. What amazes me now is how, even then at six years old, I knew that the Lion was like Jesus. It's proof to me that children can understand adult truth if you just give them the chance.
The first series' I read were the Elizabeth Gail series, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and Christy Miller, Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley Kids, and Sweet Valley High. But the series I loved the most was Trixie Belden. Have you ever read them?
Trixie Belden is a teen detective who solves mysteries along with her brothers and best friends. She always seems to find herself in the thick of trouble and ingeniously catches criminals, much to the local police's chagrin. For her safety, they want her to keep away from police business. But she can't help it. Mysteries find her. And with the help of her friends and family, the Bob White club, they live one adventure after another.
As a child, I couldn't get enough of Trixie Belden. A few months ago, I found a box in my parents' basement filled with her books. I was ecstatic. My mom and I had the hardest time finding the final books of the series, though, so my set is incomplete. I'm hoping that with the help of Amazon and Ebay I can finally find the rest. Until then, I can't wait to re-read this incredible series! Even the box they were in has that wonderful "old book" smell. This is going to be a lot of fun!
If you're ever looking for a clean read, a good mystery, something that both reminds you of your childhood era and takes you into another world at the same time, I definitely recommend this series!
Happy reading! I'll see y'all Tuesday!
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