Day 4. A book that reminds me of home.
When I first started drafting this post, I thought of a book that reminds me of my childhood and that helped shape my world view and reminded me of why I felt those ways. But then I decided to take the prompt literally.
The young adult author Mary Downing Hahn lives in my hometown and sets a lot of her books in Maryland. I read some of her books growing up, and though I was too young to remember, as a librarian she used to read the kids (including me) stories at storytime. A favorite of mine growing up was the Sara Summer. I even have an autographed copy from when the author came to my middle school.
The Sara Summer is about a girl named Emily. Her best friend is falling into a popular clique, and she feels out of place. She meets Sara, the new girl in town, who turns out to be a bit of a bad girl. Emily’s mom doesn’t approve of Sara, but Sara gives Emily more confidence. Eventually, Emily has to stand up to Sara, but I think I remember them reconciling.
I’m sad I can’t find my copy now. Writing this is making me feel both nostalgic and forgetful. I really want to read it again.