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1. The Witch of Blackbird Pond - Elizabeth George Speare
We read this in 7th grade, and I've always remembered it being one of the best things ever read for school, but no idea why!
2. Big Red - Jim Kjelgaard
Or any Kjelgaard book about dogs, honestly. He was literally one of my favorite authors when I was a kid (I got on that vintage-animal-stories train early!), but I never saw the movie version of this, and even though I own several of his books, it's disappointing that I can't really recall of the plot of any of them.
3. Hatter Fox - Marilyn Harris
I saw this at a book sale a couple of years ago, and I still regret not buying it. It seemed familiar but I couldn't really tell what it was about without its dust jacket -- fast forward to seeing it on my reading list from high school at 3.5 stars, looking it up on Goodreads, and OH BOY that summary sounds wonderful!
4. Brother in the Land - Robert Swindells
Apparently I rated this 4 stars in college -- and yet when I ran across it on Goodreads I thought, "Oh, that looks neat! I want to read that!"
5. Princess Academy - Shannon Hale
It hadn't yet blown up into mega popularity when I read it, or at least I hadn't heard of it when I found it browsing the library -- and I regret not writing a more detailed review, because despite 4 stars, I am pretty unclear what happens. Like, I can't even remember, does it involve magic, or are they regular girls??
6. The Cat Who Came For Christmas - Cleveland Amory
One of the first cat memoirs I ever read, now accepted as a semi-classic, one I rated 4.5 stars, and I...just got nothin'.
7. Steeldust: The Story of a Horse - Hoffman Birney
It annoys me so much that I cannot dredge up even a sliver of what this was about. I know Steeldust was a real Quarter Horse, but that's it. I don't even remember if it was aimed at teens or adults.
8. A Certain Slant of Light - Laura Whitcomb
It's a "ghost/love story," that's all I know. I liked this enough to buy it at a used book sale, then I got rid of it a few years later when I realized I had no idea why. I wasn't about to spoil a chance to get rid of a book I had no emotional attachment to by reminding myself.
9. Lad: A Dog - Albert Payson Terhune
Like Kjelgaard, the two books of his the library had were some of my favorites as a kid. I've been talking him up as a revered author my whole life, and I own tons of his books now. And yet...I really don't remember the one that started it all (or its companion: Buff: A Collie).
10. Weetzie Bat - Francesca Lia Block
I remember the beauty of the writing. I remember how its style enthralled me at age 13-14, like nothing I'd ever encountered, and how it subsequently became legend in my heart. But specifics? ...not really, no.