Which children’s book had the biggest impact on your life and why?
Jess Ross
Jess Ross
J.R. Wilcox Community School J.R. Wilcox Community School
Toronto, ON Toronto, ON

Who doesn't love a good mystery? I grew up reading mystery books, reading them in the library, off my parents' shelves, and wherever else I could find a good whodunnit. I loved the clever, secretive protagonists, many of them women, from Nancy Drew all the way up to Miss Marple. I loved that age and gender didn't matter—what mattered was your smarts. And I loved that the characters were near-compelled to solve the crime, a puzzle and an abstraction from anything shocking; it wasn't about the horrible nature of crime but about a villain who wanted to outsmart everyone—and who always failed.

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