I reread Stranger with My Face a few years ago, and it's held up surprisingly well.
One that always freaked me out as a kid was the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series by Alvin Schwartz. The illustrations were the worst.
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Really wonderful interview. Thank you. I especially liked this quote: "If you can't walk safely in the street, your self-worth and economic opportunities are both limited."
Still relevant today.
Ooh, also, the His Dark Materials series. I bought the Amber Spyglass the week it came out and I'm pretty sure the scene where they kiss is exactly when and how I became a woman.
@pinniped Yes to Island of the Blue Dolphins. My favorite summer reading was always "Kids Alone Making it Work." So Julie of the Wolves, The Boxcar Children, Homecoming by Cynthia Voight, My Side of the Mountain, etc.
Alice Naylor and Tamora Pierce taught me way more about sex and bodies than my mother or my school. Thanks, ladies!
I was pretty into the Bruce Coville kiddie sci-fi books like My Teacher Is an Alien, My Teacher Fried My Brains, etc. There was a mean boy in one called Duncan that I remember having the first tinglings of attraction for in my pre-pubescent self. I have no idea what that says about me.
I love Dandelion Wine! Also Something Wicked This Way Comes.
I also loved (and still do) anything by Lloyd Alexander, but especially re-read the Prydain series over and over again. I wanted to be Gwydion so bad as a kid.
My cousin and I derived much of our free time activities from ages 9-12 from The Egypt Game
Ugh, I was just talking to a friend about Maniac Magee and how good and heartbreaking it is.
I loved rereading Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix and The Memoirs of a Bookbat by Kathryn Lasky.
Redwall, and all the ensuing books. I loved those little mice like no other. It was Game of Thrones for babies.