Thought for the Day:
“Someone once told me not to bite off more than I can chew. I said I’d rather choke on greatness than nibble on mediocrity.”
~ Author Unknown ~
Gifts for My Writer Friends:
I ran across an interesting post by Pamela Donison called Using Poetic Techniques to Strengthen Our Prose. There are some interesting ideas HERE I’m going to try.
I have been told one of my novels is episodic, and that is not something one wants to hear. Janice Hardy at Fiction University has a post HERE that I know I need to study to try to get rid of that problem.
I know a lot of my readers write things other than MG novels. For those of you who write picture books or chapter books or want to, HERE is a great post that will help you decide which of these is most suited to your story.
I usually run last-minute holiday shopping suggestions just before Christmas, but this year I am going to share some ideas as we come into the holiday season. I ran across a site that has really cute totes (and I am obsessed with totes!) and shirts for the book-lovin’ people in your lives. Yes, it is okay to buy yourself a gift. Anyway, take a look HERE at Literary Book Gifts for some fun ideas.
Last week I offered one of you a gently-read copy of This Book Thinks You’re an Artist. Our winner this week is Michelle I. Mason. Congratulations, Michelle! If you don’t know her, she is a writer from St. Louis, and you can learn more about her HERE at her site. Michelle, I will get your book out to you soon.
This week I would like to tell you about a perfectly wonderful book I got for review from the San Francisco Book Review. When I get the list of available books, I first look for authors I know and titles that capture my interest. Then I look them up and check out their covers and publisher descriptions. I loved the title The Unforgettable Guinevere St. Clair, but I loved the cover even more. I had to have it. Here is the review I wrote for SFBR.
Gwyn’s family has moved from New York City to the middle of nowhere — the small town of Crow, Iowa. It’s tough enough moving when you are ten, but to be doing it because your mother has suffered a traumatic brain injury and it’s a last-ditch effort to bring her memory back by being in her hometown and everyone there knows the whole story . . . well, it doesn’t get much tougher. Gwyn is busy raising her little sister, Bitty, practically by herself since her father is so distracted trying to get Gwyn’s mother better. When an old man who lives nearby mysteriously disappears, Gwyn, a future lawyer, makes it her job to solve the case, causing all kinds of problems for lots of people.
Author Amy Makechnie’s debut novel is rich and complex, filled with extraordinary characters and gorgeous writing. This is a book that will challenge young readers to examine their own thinking about many things and to open their hearts and minds to those who are different from them. There is a lot of truth and honesty about the important things in life in this lovely book. It deserves readership well beyond its targeted middle-grade audience.
There will be no giveaway this week. I am giving the nice hardbound copy I received for review to the library at my granddaughter’s charter school. They have a tiny budget and really need books. Check back next week. I may have a giveaway then. If you are reading this in your email, please click HERE to get to my blog, then click on the title of the post, and leave a comment. And don’t forget to check for other Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday posts at the Greg Pattridge’s blog HERE.