Today I continue the Scholastic I Read YA celebration with the second #YAStandsFor Daily Social Challenge to: Tell us about the YA book that helped you find your voice.
It's likely going to be a choice of many, but I have to choose the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. Some people may call it a Children's series, but as he ages up to seventeen in the series, I think we can safely say it falls in the YA category safely also.
My reason for picking this series, is that Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is the book that truly cemented by love of reading. As a kid, I loved reading Babysitter's Club and Goosebumps, Nancy Drew and other great stories - so I was already a fledgling bibliophile. But when my 6th grade teacher started reading from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone to the class during the end of day free time, I fell truly, madly, deeply in love with stories.
Never before had I felt so entranced by a narration, by the world building and colorful characters and dialogue presented. It compelled me to find a copy of my own so I could read more than the bits I heard every day at school. It helped me to find my voice in that I began to identify as a Book Lover and a Proud Bibliophile.