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Summer retro reading

14905262 This summer, my 10-year-old daughter has in her bedroom two of my favorite books from when I was about her age.

Last night she began reading the "Secret Language," by Ursula Nordstrom. In this book, a young Victoria North heads off to boarding school and gets off to a tearful, shaky start -- until she meets a wisecracker named Martha. It was first published in 1960! I read it several years after that and was thrilled to find a reissued copy in the children's fiction department at our local library this week. As a kid, I remember being so intrigued by the concept of boarding schools and housemothers (strict and otherwise).
My absolute favorite novel, and one I read a half dozen times beginning about age 11 or so, was "Up a Road Slowly" by Irene Hunt. This book, a Newbery Medal-winner, follows a girl named Julie from 7 to 17 - beginning when she goes to live with her Aunt Cordelia after her mother's death.

I loved this book. It convinced me that I wanted to become a writer when I grew up. Imagine that!

As a mother, I so enjoy being able to share these books with my own daughter - even if she does not end up loving them as much as I did.

Next, maybe I can get my hands on some books from the Trixie Belden mystery series .... 

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