About the author: I am a senior illustration major with minors in art history and creative writing at the Maryland Institute College of Art. I was born and raised in a boring little town in Upstate New York that didn’t get a bookstore until I went away to college. But that’s the simple stuff.
I am currently studying children’s illustration (combining my love of writing and art). Additionally, I have been working on my minor’s thesis, which studies the current phenomenon of crossover fiction (books which are read by both children and adults). I was unsurprised during my research to find that the current vogue of crossover literature was founded on the books I devoured during my middle and high school years- many are to be found in the list. It is this thesis, and the urging of my classmates, that has finally pushed me to post this list.
WARNING: I am not to be blamed for resultant reading under desks, procrastination, or deterioration in sight due to reading with flashlights. Note for flashlight readers: I was told, in middle school, by my optician, that reading in low light for long periods of time without looking up can strain one’s eyes. While I’m not entirely sure of the validity of this statement, I can tell you that I have a classic bookworm’s eyes. Beware.