Come a little closer. I'm embarrassed to say this too loud.
Lean in a little so I can whisper it.
Okay, that's better. You see, um, I have this embarrassing secret. I mean, it's pretty bad for a Children's Bookseller who's read, like, over a thousand books, and is supposed to be an expert on the books she sells.
I've never read Anne of Green Gables.
Devoured plenty of other classics, like The Secret Garden and The Jungle Book, and more modern classics like Charlotte's Web and The Phantom Tollbooth and The Giver. And lots of contemporary books that are destined to become classics. Books like Savvy and When You Reach Me and Maniac Magee.
Anne of Green Gables. In fact, when librarian Betsy Bird of Fuse #8 Productions over at School Library Journal announced the Top 100 Children's Novels of All Time in April of this year (and, hey, keep checking her website because she's bound to do a YA poll starting possibly in February 2011), Anne of Green Gables was the only one of the top ten books I hadn't read.
I had a customer last week who wondered if it would be a good choice for her granddaughter who likes historical fiction. She asked me point blank what I thought of it. So what could I do? Heh heh (*cringes*). I nodded and smiled and said, "Oh, sure, that's a great choice for your granddaughter." (Did you notice how I worded it so I didn't actually say I'd read the book? Sneaky of me, eh?)
Go on. Admit it. There's at least one classic of Children's Literature that YOU'VE never read. Right? So tell me. What is it? And do you think you'll ever get around to reading it?