For #ThrowbackThursday during the month of July, I’m sharing my favorite books from my upper elementary and junior high school years. This was way back in the days when there wasn’t kindergarten for country kids (me), elementary school was 1st through 6th grades, junior high was 7th through 9th grades, and high school was 10th, 11th, and 12th grades.
The only book I remember a teachers reading aloud as we followed along was Hans Brinker an the Silver Skates. In 4th grade, my teacher read The Little House on the Prairie series to us aloud at the end of the day all year long. I suffered through, an I mean suffered through and have the emotional scars to prove it, Black Beauty, Where the Red Fern Grows, Old Yeller, Jack London’s stories and books, and all those other “classics” with animals in them and SOMETHING ALWAYS BAD HAPPENED TO THE ANIMALS!!! I consequently have trust issues when I pick up a book and discover there’s an animal in it that plays a significant role in the story. Nope. Won’t read it.
For today, July 13th, the book is Banner in the Sky by James Ramsay Ullman. It was published in 1954.
The author’s note at the beginning of the book tells us this is a fictionalized version of the first ascent of the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps in 1865 by a group of mountain climbers led by Edward Whymper. The author wrote, “Throughout, I have drawn on fact for the making of fiction.”
Exaggerating of course, if I had a dollar for every time I’ve read this book, I could retire. 😉
Until next time,
writing through history one romance upon a time