My friend, Michelle, recommended Trixie Belden: The Secret of the Mansion by Julie Campbell to me quite a while ago. I recently listened to the audio version and enjoyed it. This is book one in the series. In it, we meet, Trixie, a girl who speaks her mind, is prone to finding trouble, but is also smart enough to think her way out of problems. She has two living parents - quite a find in a children's book.
We meet her friend, Honey, who is rich but dissatisfied with her life as her parents ignore her more than they should. She is a good friend to all.
We meet Jim, an orphan who is battling a wicked step-father. He is also a good friend, and with Trixie's and Honey's help, he may be able to save his inheritance.
If you were born in the 50s, 60s, 70s, or 80s, this book will take you back to a time when children were more likely to roam free, do dangerous things, get hurt but survive, and have a lot of chores and responsibilities.
This book was first published in 1948 and is still in print - this shows you how popular this series is.
Today, read a book from your childhood to a child even if that child is you.