Posted: Friday, November 30, 2012 5:45:20 PM
In third grade, I was skeptical about reading. I enjoyed reading, sure, but I didn’t progress.My average weekly book reading consisted of a few licensed “books” from various comic book characters. If someone gave me a book to read, I would read it, but I wouldn’t enjoy it. That all changed on my eleventh birthday.
My aunt Melissa gave me Summerland, an exactly 500 page book. To me, this was a doorstopper. I think the size of the book hindered me from reading it at first. Finally, my mom offered me a piece of candy for every chapter I finished. Nothing could have done the trick better than candy. I finished four chapters in one day. My mom stopped giving me candy, but I read on.
Summerland is a story about baseball, a road trip, saving the world and the universe, and discovery, and it remains my favorite story of all time. Not many books had interested me before I read Summerland. Despite its daunting size, I read the entire text in under a week. Ethan Feld, the protaganist, summarizes the human fear of failure and humiliation that lies in us all. Somehow, through its baseball message, it manages to [DATA EXPUNGED] and [DATA EXPUNGED] . More than anything, I think that [DATA EXPUNGED] the best book I ever read.