An author whose books have had a huge impact on my life is Eric Walters. One of the things I like about him is that his writing is often historical fiction. Of course, he also writes about different subjects, like basketball, and teen dramas, and has written a few books in the Seven Series. Another thing I like about him is the way he writes. He makes you feel like you’re actually in the book. In today’s post, I will be sharing my top 5 favourite Eric Walters books with you. Of course, this is only a small sampling of his books- he’s written close to 90 books in total.
#5- Royal Ransom.
When Jamie Ransom is chosen to help his cousin guide a group into Canada’s wilderness, he gets the surprise of his life when he realizes that 2 of the group members are next in line for the British throne. After Jamie, the Prince, and Princess get separated from their adult escorts, they have to work together to make it back to civilization, and avoid the kidnappers on their trail.
This book makes an interesting read, and makes you wonder, “What if this had happened in real life? It also has its funny moments, and the characters are well written.
After getting into trouble one too many times, Winston MacDonald is sent to live with his journalist father, who’s covering a human interest story on a man trying to run across Canada, named Terry Fox. Once Winston gets to know Terry and his friend Doug, he becomes inspired in Terry’s cause, and is happy when his father’s article becomes a hit. But when Winston finds out that his father’s next article makes Terry and Doug look bad, he’s torn between loyalty to his father and sticking up for his new friends.
I liked this book a lot, because it shows a new side of Terry, where he expresses his fears about cancer and the Marathon of Hope, but also shows Winston’s character that he’s just the same as everyone else. I also liked how Eric Walters decided to donate 100% of the royalties from Run to the Terry Fox Foundation, instead of keeping it for himself.
Every winter, it’s been a tradition for Beth’s family to celebrate Christmas at a resort in Thailand. But this year, Beth has to stay home for a swim meet, so her family goes without her. Unfortunately, they’re at the resort when a tsunami strikes. Told from Beth’s and her brother Sam’s points of view, Beth goes to Thailand to track down her family, and Sam tries to survive his new surroundings.
I’d never heard about the 2004 tsunami before reading this, so I found the book very informative, and I learned a lot. Also, I found Beth and Sam’s sibling relationship very relatable to me and my sister.
#2- We All Fall Down.
Will’s father works in the South Tower for a trading company at the World Trade Centre. Since September 11th is Take Your Kid To Work Day, Will goes to work with his father. He’s in his father’s office on the 85th floor when a plane flies into the North Tower. Now in a race against time, Will and his father try to make it out before the towers collapse.
When I first heard about 9/11, I didn’t really understand what had happened. Besides an I Survived book, there weren’t many books that did a good job of explaining it. But this one did. The sequel, United We Stand, also did a good job of illustrating the aftermath of 9/11, and how people were affected by it.
#1- Camp X
George and his brother Jack are living in Canada during WW2 when a series of events results in them being recruited as child spies by Camp X. Throughout the first book, and the rest of the series, the brothers become undercover agents, and befriend enemy spies to uncover their secrets. Their age is a blessing, because who would suspect two children of being spies?
I loved this book, because the characters are hilarious, and you never know what to expect. Also, I liked how a lot of real life people and locations were incorporated into the books.For example, Camp X was a real WW2 spy training facility in Whitby, Ontario, led by Sir William Stephenson who’s known in the books as Little Bill. Since Whitby is only a 45-minute drive from where I live, I’m planning on taking a tour of Intrepid Park, which is where Camp X was located.
So, those were my top 5 favourite Eric Walters books. Of course, there are tons more worth mentioning, but you’d be here all day if I did. Anyway, I’m looking forward to whatever books Eric Walters comes up with next!