The stories you read in childhood can stay with you for a lifetime.

Child sitting on a bed reading a copy of The Fellowship of the Ring.
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Today I wanted to share some books that shaped me both as a person and a writer. I was always an awkward child (as I’m sure some of you might be able to relate), but it’s something I’ve grown to love about myself (and you should, too. 🙂 ). And though I read pretty much all over the place in my childhood, three genres enticed me the most: fantasy, mystery, and horror. (I blame the horror bit on the fact that my birthday’s so close to Halloween.)

Now, decades later, I continue to find myself circling these genres again and again, with a little science fiction thrown in for flavor. Here’s a list of some of my absolute favorite middle grade books from childhood. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

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1. At the Back of the North Wind

2. The Chronicles of Narnia

3. The Dragonriders of Pern

4. Encyclopedia Brown

5. Nancy Drew

6. Sherlock Holmes

7. Poems and Tales of Edgar Allen Poe

8. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

9. Goosebumps

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