Thought for the Day:
“If you are not writing something you like, no one else will like it either.”
~Meg Cabot ~
Gifts for My Writer Friends:
An interesting take on Villains HERE from Steven Pressfield.
Have a saggy middle? HERE is a post on Writers in the Storm that might help you out.
Alex Limberg at Ride the Pen has some good advice about editing HERE.
I took last week off because it was my birthday and because getting older takes it out of me. But I’m over it now, so I’m back. Hope you didn’t miss me too much.
And when I was last here I offered a gently-read hardback copy of The Player King by Avi. Extra chances win the day this time. Nancy, who shared my link on Facebook, is this week’s winner. Nancy, I will get your book out to you very soon. Thanks for sharing my link! I appreciate it. For the rest of you, I have a mother great giveaway, so hang in there.
I am always on the lookout for a good adventure when I scan the list of books available for review. When I saw Lily’s Mountain by Hanna Moderow, I knew I had to read it. Here is the review I wrote for the San Francisco Book Review.
Lily, 12 years old, has grown up camping and hiking in her little corner of Alaska in the penumbra of Denali Mountain. She and her older sister, Sophie, and her mom and dad have hiked and camped in the area a great deal, and Lily and Sophie’s dad has taught them all the survival skills they need. Lily’s dad is a mountain climber and journalist. When he goes to climb Denali in the middle of summer, no one worries. But a phone call comes saying Dad has been lost in a crevasse. Lily doesn’t believe for a moment he is really gone. There is only one thing for her to do — she has to go to Denali and find him and bring him home. She talks Sophie into going with her to Denali Park but doesn’t tell her about the real mission.
Debut author Hannah Moderow is a life-long Alaskan, and she takes her readers
there with wonderful setting descriptions and terrific metaphors. The story is one kids will buy into, and it will keep those pages turning. The characters are well-rounded and complex. With crisp writing and a compelling story, this is a winner.
I have a gently-read hardback for of this for one of you. To win, all you need do is have a US address, be a subscriber or follower, and tell me that in a comment you leave on this post. If you are reading this in your email, click HERE to go to the blog so you can leave a comment. If you would like extra chances, please spread the word by posting the link on a Tweet, blog post, Facebook, or any other way you like. Let me know what you have done in your comment, and I will put in extra chances for you for each that you do.
Don’t forget to check out Greg Pattridge’s blog HERE for many more Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday reviews and giveaways.