David Yoo shares with us what his book picks were....
My favorite books when I was in elementary school was Roald Dahl’s Danny the Champion of the World, Judy Blume’s Then Again, Maybe I Won’t, and S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. I also really liked The Meat in the Sandwich, by Alice Bach, because it was the only “sports” novel I owned at the time, and The Girl Who Owned a City, by O.T. Nelson, which is like Stephen King’s The Stand, only for kids. (I also re-read The Stand back in fifth grade countless times, for that matter.)
My sagging bookshelves (sagging because I built them myself) have a little of everything in them. To pick a few titles that aren’t specifically intended for children that teens might miss as a result—I revere The Last Picture Show, by James McMurtry, Goodbye, Columbus, by Philip Roth, Into the Great Wide Open, by Kevin Canty, Rain, by Kirsty Gunn, and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog, by Dylan Thomas.
That said, the shelf I most often go to for pleasure reading features the entire works of Lucia Berlin and James M Cain, probably my two favorite writers, ever.