This month the chain begins with Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary. I know about this series of books, but haven't actually read them. Despite missing this series, when I was young I certainly loved reading books about girls who were always making trouble. One of my favorites was Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren. Another favorite troublemaking girl from my childhood reading is Eloise by Kay Thompson. That book was illustrated by Hilary Knight and the illustrations are what make a good kid's book totally fabulous. Hilary Knight also illustrated Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald. I absolutely LOVED the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books when I was in elementary school. I suspect Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle is the kind of person those other delightful trouble-making girls will grow up to be.
"Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle lives in an upside-down house and smells like cookies. She was even married to a pirate once."
That fact brings me to a book about pretending to be a pirate: As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales about the Making of the Princess Bride by Cary Elwes. While Elwes's book is the true story of making a movie, Fear in the Sunlight by Nicola Upson is a novel which takes place on the set of Alfred Hitchcock's Young and Innocent. This novel is part of Upson's wonderful series based on the life of Josephine Tey. Among other things, Tey wrote A Shilling for Candles, the novel upon which the Hitchcock film in the Upson novel is based.