Thanks to Charlotte, who tagged me for this irresistible meme (thereby snapping me out of my blogging funk). Now for my list. About a year ago, I was poking around in my parents' attic and found several missing boxes full of my childhood books, mostly middle-grade paperbacks. Most of the books on this list were in those boxes; they were the ones I read first. Note the tags; I had well-defined preferences as a child.
1. Mandy by Julie [Andrews] Edwards. I loved Mandy's secret cottage and garden, and identified with her desire to care for a place of her very own.
tags: British, orphans, Christmas
3. The Christmas Dolls by Carol Beach York. I'm inordinately fond of this book and would read every Butterfield Square Story in the series if only I could find them (they're OOP).
tags: orphans, Christmas, dolls
4. Miss Happiness and Miss Flower by Rumer Godden. I'm still waiting for someone to make me a Japanese dollhouse.
tags: British, dolls
5. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. My childhood copy of this book, I'm sad to say, was not in the boxes. Perhaps it fell apart.
tags: British, orphans
6. What Katy Did et al. by Susan Coolidge. I own these in an Octopus Books omnibus edition which was one of my prized possessions. I even had my school librarian wrap the jacket in mylar for me. It wasn't in the boxes, either: it was on my shelf. Surprise! There are no British orphans in it.