So I’m in the middle of revising my middle grade manuscript, and I’ve been thinking about what books influenced me growing up, and are still at work today. I have some obvious choices, and some that I’m sure I’ll think of later. I can’t leave out recent reads either, that, while perhaps not written for young readers, illustrated to me an unflinching look at a subject and informed me to dig deeper. I’m predisposed to making lists, so here is in no particular order, authors whose works I readily sought out at our little public library growing up, and ones who through word of mouth, I read as an adult:
Ursula K. LeGuin
The Bronte Sisters
Who kept you (or keeps you) up late at night with a flashlight under the covers? Bonus points for favorite childhood authors who influence your writing today.