I was talking with a friend recently about books and we got on to the subject of favourite books from our childhood.
One of my favourites is Adam's Ark by Paul Stewart. A book I read for the first time when I was about 10.
It's a beautifully written book about a young boy Adam, who is diagnosed as autistic at birth. He doesn't communicate with those around his despite many attempts.
When he is four, his Mum gets him a cat called Oscar, with whom he can "think-talk". Oscar helps him to start to communicate to the world around him and Adam discovers his special ability goes beyond his relationship with his cat.
Whilst trying to understand his gift and his place in the world, Adam soon discovers terrible things are happening and it falls to him and Oscar to help.
I always loved the idea that someone we would consider to have special needs actually had special powers. This story is beautifully written and has an incredibly powerful message. Although written for children, I am sure many grown ups would enjoy it too.
Being a cat lover, Oscar is my hero. I wish I could use telepathy with my kitties, imagine what we could get up to?!
I find reading books from my past help me to escape the day to day of adult life and children's books can take you back to the time when you initially read them.
- Which are your favourite books from childhood?
- Do you re-read them now?
I'd love to hear about the books you've read over the years.