Thursday, 17 November 2011
That One Book
For me, that book was Listening for Lions by Gloria Whelan. It’s this amazing middle grade book I read back in seventh grade, and even though I’m still only in high school, I forgot the name of the book. But did it haunt me for all these years. It’s not exactly, you know, a scary book or anything- it’s a book that deeply affected me back when I was young and impressionable.
(In fact, after reading it, I wanted to be a doctor in Africa. But we’re not going to talk about that.)
So, well, the other day I was throwing out stuff from my old school years, and I found a list of books I’d read in seventh grade. And I thought, hey, I might just find that book about the girl who grew up to become a doctor in Africa in this list! And guess what? I found the book. I can’t describe the happiness I felt. It was this amazing eureka moment, only I hadn’t had an idea… I’d found a book that I’d loved immensely in my childhood.
Books are our friends. And rediscovering someone- or some book- you haven’t seen for so long but often think about- is truly a gift.
Do you have that one book that you just can’t forget? That book which haunts you with its ideas? Have you ever rediscovered a beloved book? Tell me how it felt!