Over the past 15 months of reading for the Printz Committee, I have become lost in books even when I revisit them. I just fall back into them, eager to lose myself and spend some time with characters I have come to know and love and think of as family and friends. It's an incredible experience. Add to it the other committee members who join me in this unconscious delight and the experience becomes deeper and more rewarding.
But I have been getting lost in books for all of my reading life. It all started, as near as I can recall, with Nancy Drew and Cherry Ames and Sue Barton. When I see kids today reading series books, I grin in recognition. They are on the way to what McCann describes in the NYT piece. Stop my heart; execute me. Let me live within the pages of this book for now.