Sharon Creech... when I was in, say, 5th and 6th grade, I had a few favorite authors. Andrew Clemens, RoadOH HELLO CHILDHOOD. HAVE YOU COME TO VISIT?
Sharon Creech... when I was in, say, 5th and 6th grade, I had a few favorite authors. Andrew Clemens, Road Dahl, Madeleine L'engle, Louis Sachar... and then her.
I originally read Walk Two Moons, and after falling in love with that book, I promptly headed over to the library and started to devour her other books. There's another book that sticks out in my mind--I think it was called Heartbeat--but this sticks out particularly because it was one of the first books I ever read where someone was truly different in the mental sense.
Represented in short, malformed verses, it would be long before I read the likes of Flowers for Algernon, and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, but it left a permanent impression on me by representing an entirely new frame of mind. I was fascinated in this short, simple book taking me into a world I truly never had experienced. Seeing the character progress and learn at the side of his teacher... it really is something. It's one of those books that you read and then have popping up in your mind long after you've finished it. It's probably largely nostalgia speaking, but one thing is for sure: Sharon Creech will be required reading for my kids.
(Note: I haven't read this book in a while, so I don't actually remember much, just the residual feelings towards it)...more
At the time that I read this--fifth grade, I think--I remember the imagery and tone of this book having a big impact on me. Certain things stick out iAt the time that I read this--fifth grade, I think--I remember the imagery and tone of this book having a big impact on me. Certain things stick out in my mind--the abalone and that cliff, her diet and learning of survival skills, but mostly, the sense of utter isolation that I, the reader, felt for the main character--I can't remember her name for the life of me.
The idea of being completely alone for such a long time really struck a chord with me. I was a very dependent kid, so the idea of abandonment terrified me. The idea that someone could just grow up and be forced to learn so quickly baffled me. I found myself longing for her people to return right alongside her.
That's a lot for a 10 year old. Books have always been such a powerful weapon to me....more