More than a year ago, I did a post about my ongoing search for two of my favorite childhood books.
They were for sale here and there for $100-$400US each—quality unverifiable—but I was hoping for a more financially responsible option.*
Now, thanks to a dear friend, my search is half over!
About a week ago, I received an e-mail from thefirstmausi,** who told me she’d just seen How to Become King— Jan Terlouw’s novel about a teenager’s quest to become king despite the obstacles placed by a 1984-esque Ministry—on Amazon for about forty dollars, though she didn’t know if it was still available or if I wanted to risk buying something without a cover or various pages.
I checked. It was. And I did.
My book—mine!— arrived Wednesday. It’s not new and I still paid a bit more than the original price of the book, even considering thirty-odd years of inflation . . . but what price happy childhood memories?*
I loved this book so much that my name was on every other line on the check-out card of my elementary school’s copy. I started reading it to Janie last night. I still love it.
Thank you, firstmausi !
Now . . . Anyone have any leads on The Night They Stole the Alphabet ?
*Picture my parents and my husband staring at the screen in utter shock right here, because they will, are, or did.
*Okay, yeah, under $100US, unless we’re talking mint condition happy childhood memories.