30 Day Book Challenge – Day 24

Today’s prompt: A book that you wish more people would’ve read

I think the books you read when you’re a child or in your teens have the biggest and longest-lasting effect on you. There were quite a few books I read when I was younger that had a great effect on me. Sometimes I do wish more people would read them, but other times, it’s nice to keep the secret of a really awesome book close to your heart.

But no more secrets… I wish more people would read Sylvia Cassedy’s Behind the Attic Wall. I donated my copy a few years back and I no longer have it, but I read it so many times that I remember it very clearly. It’s a juvenile/YA novel about a 12-year-old orphaned girl (named Maggie) who has been kicked out of yet another orphanage and is going to live with some relatives of hers that she didn’t know she had.

These relatives live in what used to be an old boarding school for girls and they’re pretty old fashioned, leaving Maggie to her own devices much of the time. Maggie discovers a secret room where there are two talking dolls. These dolls lead Maggie into a fantasy world in which she is loved for the first time in her life.

It’s beautifully written and the author’s style is literary and haunting. I think it was both the plot and the literary style of the book that influenced a lot of my own writing over the years. I’d definitely recommend it to children ages 10-14.

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