I especially related to Francie. Her love of reading and, eventually, writing spoke straight to my own little-girl-self. I had no fire escape or magic-feeling tree to hide out with, but I did use books as friends when I was growing up. Still, today, books are how I travel and how I continue my education. They are beautifully efficient teachers - both accepting and challenging to the reader.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn will be added to my list of all-time favorites, without a doubt. I got my copy off of the Borders Bargain Shelf for just one dollar. If only all of my money was so well spent. If only all bargain shelves yielded such treasures.
* I chose it from Becky's List.