It's funny how when we reach a certain age we decide we're "too old" for some books and we give them away. Others get purged due to lack of space. And still others just disappear into that mysterious black hole from which books do not return. Little do we know that we'll spent most of the rest of lives trying to track them down again. We were out running errands this afternoon when we passed by a local charity shop. I had never been in it before so we ducked in to check it out. I ended up staying for half and hour going through their children and YA sections and totally scored with some of these books that I used to own and happily do once more.

  • Forever by Judy Blume (I just couldn't resist)

  • Blubber by Judy Blume (ditto)

  • A Royal Pain by Ellen Conford (I remember finding this quite amusing when I was young but had totally forgotten about it until I saw it.)

  • A Boy at the Leafs' Camp by Scott Young (I have Scrubs on Skates which means I'm only missing one book in the series now)

  • Bruno & Boots: Zucchini Warriors by Gordon Korman (love me some Bruno & Boots)

  • Vancouver Nightmare: A Tom Austen Mystery by Eric Wilson (yay Wilson)

  • Howliday Inn by James Howe (Bunnicula!!!)

  • Rainbow Valley by L.M. Montgomery (a nice old "Canadian Favourites" edition)

  • Pat of Silver Bush by L.M. Montgomery (another "Canadian Favourites" edition only this is almost pristine)

And the two I was most excited to find:

  • Here She Is, Ms Teeny-Wonderful by Martyn Godfrey

  • Send in Ms Teeny Wonderful by Martyn Godfrey

I believe these are the first and third books of the three book set. I'll have to track down the second one, It's Not Easy Being Ms Teeny-Wonderful. If you haven't heard of them it's because they are Canadian and from the 1980s. I remember loving them when I was younger. Actually I think my 4th or 5th grade teacher ( was the same teacher both years) might have read the first one aloud to our class (which was almost identical both years...). If you ever see them pick them up. They are great books for younger girls - especially ones with tomboyish tendencies. Don't be turned away by the fact that Ms Teeny Wonderful is well, a beauty pageant. Trust me.

I think the only way I could have scored more is if they had the second book in the Teeny Wonderful series and/or a copy of Korman's I Want to Go Home.

Hmm Wilson, Korman, Young, Montgomery and Godfrey - I bought me a good collection of Canadiana right there. Yes indeedy. And I got them all for a whopping $6. On top of that when we got home there was a message that my Willig had come in and is waiting for me at the local indie bookstore. I'm still contemplating if I'll run out and get it tonight after traffic dies down. I'm awfully tempted...

It's a happy, happy book day here. How about you?