There are a million ways I could answer this question. What I say today will probably be different a year or ten years from now. Still, the books that have truly influenced me will always make up a part of who I am.
In fifth grade, I read THE YEARLING, a big, fat, lovely, tragic, challenging story about the end of childhood. I read it again last school year with my sixth and seventh-grade book club. It still hit me in the heart, but differently this time. As an adult, I could watch Jody’s life change in a way I didn’t understand when I was eleven. As a parent, I empathized with Penny, the father who would do anything to protect his son yet ended up in the position of causing him the most pain.
If you had to pick a book that has affected you deeply (with the permission to switch titles tomorrow!), what would it be?