Welcome to the first ever Flashback Friday. This Friday I look back at the MG books and series I loved as a middle school and junior high school student. All of these series had books released in the 90s. Some of them are being re-released for the current generation, while others have faded from print.
Animorphs by K. A. Applegate
I never got around to reading all 54 books in this series, not counting all the companion books. By the time the book hit #30 and up, I was over-due for more advance reading. Ah, but I’ll never forget how I fell in love with Cassie, Tobias (my favorite) and the rest of the crew as they battled the Yeerks. In May 2011 the first seven books in the series were re-released in both paperback and Kindle.
We can’t tell you who we are. Or where we live. It’s too risky, and we’ve got to be careful. Really careful. So we don’t trust anyone. Because if they find us… well, we just won’t let them find us..
The thing you should know is that everyone is in really big trouble. Yeah. Even you.
Goosebumps by R.L. Stine
Harry Potter might have bridged the reading gap between school kids and adults, but it surely wasn’t the first series to be a read at a large scale by our youth. In my generation, it was Goosebumps. And kids who didn’t read the books watched the TV series. According to Wikipedia, by 2008 it had sold over 350 million books and it’s not dead yet. On July 1, 2012 the first hardcover ever in this series will be released. Many of the series is also available on Kindle.
For the first time ever, Goosebumps is in hard cover! Catch the series’ most notorious characters–undead or alive…
From horror master R.L. Stine come two new chilling stories in one spooky standalone:
Lu-Ann Franklin usually loves Halloween. Not this year. Her best friend, Devin O’Bannon, is going away for the week. And she has to go to a boring party where nothing exciting could ever happen. But when Lu-Ann comes face-to-face with The Haunted Mask, major trouble lies ahead.
Devin O’Bannon didn’t want to leave his best friend Lu-Ann Franklin behind on Halloween. He didn’t ask to go on this trip. And that was before he heard the strange scratching on his windows and saw the shadows moving around in the fields. Something is out there and it doesn’t seem to want Devin around!
Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
I originally shunned this book because of the popularity. I didn’t begin my reading of the series and sequential fan-craze until the release of the fifth book. I shouldn’t of waited. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets released in 1997 and according to Wikipedia has sold over 450 million copies. Every single book in this series hit the New York Times Bestseller List. This book series also helped removed the stigma of adults reading MG and YA books. J.K. Rowling is set to release her first adult novel entitled The Casual Vacancy on September 27, 2012.
Harry Potter has no idea how famous he is. That’s because he’s being raised by his miserable aunt and uncle who are terrified Harry will learn that he’s really a wizard, just as his parents were. But everything changes when Harry is summoned to attend an infamous school for wizards, and he begins to discover some clues about his illustrious birthright. From the surprising way he is greeted by a lovable giant, to the unique curriculum and colorful faculty at his unusual school, Harry finds himself drawn deep inside a mystical world he never knew existed and closer to his own noble destiny.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Shwartz
I think the illustrations in this book were just as scary as the stories. I read this book repeatedly right before bed and it definitely contributed to my love of horror. Although the trilogy began in the mid-eigthies, the last one was published in 1991 and eventually sold as a box set. They reprinted this book in 2010 but changed the artwork. In order to find the original artwork, you either have to pay big bucks or get lucky in. I have my fingers cross that they will make this book available on kindle in its original form so a new generation can enjoy these stories.
Are you brave enough for Scary Stories?
Some boys and girls were at a party one night. There was a graveyard down the street, and they were talking about how scary it was.
“Don’t ever stand on a grave after dark,” one of the boys said. “The person inside will grab you.”
“A grave doesn’t scare me,” said one of the girls. “I’ll do it right now. . . .”
Welcome to the macabre world of Scary Stories. Inside, you’ll find alarming tales of horror, dark revenge, and the supernatural, with spine-tingling illustrations by artist Stephen Gammell.
You can buy ONLY the new version of illustrations in paperback or ebook from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. To get the original illustrations, which are much better, you need to buy used on Amazon, Ebay, or check your local used bookstore.
The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
Although I wasn’t as much of a crazed fan-girl over this series as the others on the list, The Indian in the Cupboard deserves a special place because it was one the only book in junior high that I was given as a reading assignment and liked. My tastes even back then were more dark and taboo than the teachers allowed. I was the kid who got yelled at for reading during class and frequently hide paperbacks with the class textbook in the backdrop. My choices of books were denied for book reports. In retrospect, I kind of understand why Forever by Judy Blume and Red Dragon by Thomas Harris might not have produced school-appropriate conversations. But when I received a brand new copy of Indian in the Cupboard from my teacher in 6th grade, a story about magic and mystery, this book fiend was ecstatic!
At first, Omri is unimpressed with the plastic Indian toy he is given for his birthday. But when he puts it in his old cupboard and turns the key, something extraordinary happens that will change Omri’s life for ever.
For Little Bull, the Iroquois Indian brave, comes to life…