I recall the summer I read all the Nancy Drew (about a young, independent girl); and then there was the summer that I read the Swallow and Amazon series (about a family of four children whose parents allowed them to live on an island by themselves all summer) by Arthur Ransom. This reading happened at that time in the lifecycle called latency, now referred to as pre-adolescence. Hmm, it feels like latency has been stripped of its importance as s stand-alone time.
Oh well, I'm enjoying my current latency, as I did then. Reading, and of course, independent travel.