While Sunny is determined to hate everyone at Plumstead Middle School, Eddie hopes simply to survive, Salem tries her hand at writing, and Pickles acts like . . . well, like Pickles. Original. My Thoughts I needed a quick read to fill in the time while my husband was away on a trip for work.… Continue reading Book Review: Report to the Principal’s Office by Jerry Spinelli
Will Everett has always wished for an adventure. Little does he know that his adventure starts the moment he boards the Boundless. There is a murder, and now Will must protect a key that can unlock the train's hidden treasures. Villians are fast on his heels and strange creatures are lurking outside the windows… Continue reading Book Club Review: The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel
The Night Gardener, by Jonathan Auxier, follows two abandoned Irish siblings who travel to work as servants at a creepy, crumbling English manor house. But the house and its inhabitants are not quite what they seem. Soon, the children are confronted by a mysterious stranger—and an ancient curse that threatens their very lives. My Thoughts… Continue reading Book Review: The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
Thank you to my friend MaryLou for including me in her blog post today. We did have a great conversation. MaryLou is a fantastic writer looking to get her first novel and picture book published.
I have had four conversations about writing during my last week in Winnipeg before leaving for our winter home in Mexico.
The first was with a friend who had just finished reading To Obama With Love, Joy, Anger and Hope by Jeanne Marie Laskas. President Obama received 10,000 letters a day when he was in office and every night his staff picked ten for him to read before he went to bed. It was his way of keeping in touch with the people who had elected him. My friend said the book made her realize just how important those letters had been to the President. It made her decide to write a letter herself to our Prime Minister Justin Trudeau telling him she recognized the personal sacrifice it required for him to serve our country and even if she didn’t always agree with him she appreciated the efforts he was…
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We are nearing our first meeting for my YA book club where we will be discussing our first novel - The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel. However, in the interest of staying ahead of the game, I am announcing our February book now so everyone has time to pick up a copy before the beginning of… Continue reading YA Book Club February Book Announcement
Coop is an aging, cynical, down-and-out dachshund who faces the ultimate test when his new owner, Mike, and Mike's grandchildren, Zach and Emma, run into trouble. Mike rescued him, but does Coop have what it takes to do the same? My thoughts: This is a fantastic tale told from the point of view of Coop,… Continue reading Book Review: Coop the Great by Larry Verstraete
Did you know today is National Science Fiction Day? Happy Birthday, Isaac Asimov! Today, I'm making two recommendations for sci-fi [and fantasy] writers. The Worldshapers is a podcast by award-winning author, Edward Willett. Each episode is an interview with a sci-fi/fantasy author. Really great stuff, so give it a listen. 2. About eight years ago, I… Continue reading How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy