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.
11 thoughts on “Childhood Booklust Revisited . . . Score!”
That is so cool. I’ll certainly keep my eyes open.
I am so excited for you! There are a couple of books I would love to get my hands on, too. One I see on ebay for too much. The other, I can’t remember the title. I remember the gist of the plot and some details, but I remember I read it at least three times when I was in the 5th grade or so. It was very suspenseful and I loved that thrill.
Tell us about them, Lisa — maybe we can track ’em down for you.
This is amazing. I’m seriously excited for you. And I am contemplating tracking down my own childhood. Awesome.
Let me know if I can help, Lisa! Libraries have book sales all the time.
$60 US plus $18 shipping – not sure if in good enough condition?
Wow, Downith! XD
Yay! Downith is the bomb-diggity.
I found a copy of The Silver Crown at Powell’s last year. Could not stop smiling.
So fantastic that you found this! Yay!
I know! Janie asked for another chapter tonight! 🙂