Another member of our secret society, revealed:
What was the first piece of fiction you read that had an impact on you?
Probably “D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths” for children.
Just this weekend, I had a conversation about this book with an elementary school librarian; apparently it’s had a small resurgence thanks to the Percy Jackson books. Hurrah to that!
(If you haven’t peeked at it, The Truth About the East Wind is basically a love letter to D’Aulaire’s.)