October 29, 2010

Forget-Me-Nots: The Booky Trilogy

This is a feature on my blog for highlighting books I enjoyed in childhood and the teenage years that I don't see getting much attention nowadays.

I didn't post a Forget-Me-Nots pick last week – so here's a whole series this week to make up for it! :D

That Scatterbrain Booky, With Love From Booky, As Ever, Booky by Bernice Thurman Hunter

Goodreads' description:

"Beatrice Thomson doesn't mind her funny nickname. It makes her feel special, which is important when you're the middle child: not the smartest, or the best-looking, or a boy. The Depression years are hard ones, with her father out of work and the family struggling to make ends meet. But irrepressible Booky, with her big imagination and even bigger plans, can tackle anything. A sharp-eyed kid can find plenty to see and do without spending a cent. Even if it does get her into scrapes!"

My sister had these 3 books and I read them multiple times when I was younger. Now I have the 3-in-1 Booky: A Trilogy version in my own collection.  This series has to be one of the best depictions I've read of a young girl growing up during the Great Depression. Her family was poor and had to make do with very little, but Booky still manages to have a great time. Some of the stories are funny, some of them emotionally moving, but they all feel very real, helped by the inclusion of what I believe are actual photos from Bernice Hunter's life. Plus, it's set in Canada, which makes it feel even more personal for me! :D

Anyone else remember these books?


  1. I remember Booky! I read the books as a kid. I saw one of the movies recently (I think it was Booky and the Secret Santa), which was quite cute.

  2. I've never heard of these, but I'm adding them to my list because I love this sort of thing! :)

  3. @La Coccinelle: I didn't realize there were Booky movies! I shall have to look them up.

    @Melissa: Happy to introduce the series to you!


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