To this day, I can close my eyes and visualize exactly where the bookshelf was in both my Kindergarten and first grade classrooms. Similarly, I can remember the exact layout, down to the silly pump-you-up for reading posters, of the library housed in my elementary school. I spent so much time pouring over the books contained therein.
I first met Behind the Attic Wall the summer before second grade. I think it was my first official chapter book. It felt solid in my little hands. I opened it up and never looked back. The story consumed me. It kept me up nights, way past bedtime, under my covers with a flashlight.
I was a reader before I crossed paths with Behind the Attic Wall, but this book changed the game for me.
I re-read Behind the Attic Wall every single year through middle school. Later, I would read it every few years, most recently this summer. Every time I open its cover, I am transported back in time and I can remember what it felt like, as a little second grader, to fall in love with my first book.
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How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book.
~Henry David Thoreau, Walden
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