A Could-Have-Been Friend

Every now and then I find what I’m pretty sure is a secret message for me. Come on, don’t act like that’s such a crazy idea. Secret messages are all around us, right? Anyway, this one came in a library book from the Chester Country Library.

Inside Writing Magic was an old checkout slip.

Someone checked the same book out in March 2014. Writing Magic is tips about writing for young writers. I’ve been teaching/being a mentor about creative writing to some of the gifted students in my sister’s elementary class. More on that in a later post. I picked up this book to glean some ways to explain writing.

I’m not familiar with two of the other books the mystery person checked out. The Birthday Ball turns out to be written by Lois Lowry for grades 6-8, and Falling Down the Page is a book of list poems (love these!) for 8-12-year-olds.

img_8999The other two books are among my favorite children’s books. I read and re-read The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken many times. In fact, seeing it on the check-out slip made me grab my copy from the shelf and re-read it. I still loved it. And I loved that my copy has a Garfield bookplate in it! Apparently, little Tammy was very into Garfield in the 1980s.

For some reason, I never knew The Wolves of Willoughby Chase was the first in a series. I really should hunt the rest of the books down to see if they’re as good as the first one.

The Search for Delicious is by Natalie Babbitt, an awesome children’s book author. You may know her as the author of Tuck, Everlasting. Delicious is the book that tells me whoever checked out these five titles would be a good friend. The book isn’t that well known, and I don’t remember anymore where I got my copy. It’s a beaten-up hardback that looks to come from 1969, but that’s also the publication date and I have a book club edition. Anyway, this book is one of my all-time favorites. I can’t recommend it enough. And, yes, I’m going to start re-reading it right now!

Thanks mystery reader from 2014. I will never know who you are, but I bet we share a lot in common


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