Thought for the Day:
“Sit down and put down everything that comes into your head and then you’re a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff’s worth, without pity, and destroy most of it.”
~ Colette ~
Gifts for My Writer Friends:
Christie Wright Wild offers classes in writing and once in a while puts out a free tip sheet. HERE is a very useful one on writing a one-sentence pitch.
Time to start querying agents? The Writer Magazine has a good post HERE on the does and don’t of querying.
I won’t be here next week. I will be taking my granddaughter, Gracie, and heading to New York for spring break to spend some time with Maggie. It’s all good news from her, by the way. The drains are out and there was no sign of cancer in her lymph nodes, so she will not even need to have radiation. WooHoo! We will be coming home late the next Saturday, so I’m hopeful I will miss only one week of posting, but at my age, jet lag may win out and make me miss another. Fear not. I shall return.
The book I want to tell you about this week is one I reviewed for the Tulsa Book Review. When I saw an offer for a book by Anne Ursu, I grabbed it without knowing any more about it than that. I had read her earlier book, Breadcrumbs, a few years ago, LOVED it, and reviewed it on my blog. You can see that review HERE. Anyway, I snagged the new book, The Lost Girl, as soon as I could, and I am so glad I did. It’s really, really good. Here is the review I wrote for the TBR.
Lark and Iris are twins — identical twins — and they have always done everything together. While they look exactly alike, they really are different in some important ways. Lark is creative, artistic, and messy. Iris is organized, a reader, and tidy. But everything changes when the girls find that in fifth grade they will be in different classes. They argue with their parents and beg to have the principal change things so they can be in class together. Iris is sure she needs to protect her sister. Lark is having a hard time. The girls’ father has to go to London for six months for his job and Mom signs the girls up for separate after-school activities. That is when Iris meets a mysterious man who claims he can help, but he is not what he seems, and danger is suddenly closing in.
Author Anna Ursu has written a magical story of sisterly love and loss and friendship. Her writing is lyrical and the story, though in a contemporary setting, has the feel of an old-fashioned fairy tale. This sweet, beautiful book will engage readers far beyond its intended middle-grade audience.
I have a gently-read ARC of this book for one of you. All you need do is be a follower or subscriber (it’s free!), have a U.S. address, and leave a comment below. If you would like extra chances, please share the link to this post on Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media outlet and let me know you have done that. 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.