Thought for the Day:
“I’ve failed over and over and over in my life and that is why I succeed.”
~ Michael Jordan ~
Gifts for My Writer Friends:
C. S. Lakin at Live Write Thrive has a terrific post HERE to help you effectively show emotions in your characters.
Rebecca Luella Miller at Rewrite, Reword, Rework has an excellent post HERE on Adding tension during the editing process.
K. M. Allen has a good post HERE on ways to use action beats in your writing. It helps.
Last week I offered a gently-read ARC of Camp Shady Crook by Lee Gjertsen Malone to one of you. This week’s winner is our very own Greg Pattridge, host of MMGM! Congratulations, Greg. I will get my book out to you soon. If you don’t know Greg, what cave have you been living in? Seriously, though, the link to his wonderful blog, Always in the Middle, is HERE. Check it out. I have another giveaway this week, so please keep on reading!
I ran across a book called Zenobia July by Lisa Bunker on the list of books available for review from the Seattle Book Review. What an unusual name! So I read a little about it and chose it for review. It’s such a rich and complex book that my short review (remember, I am limited to 200 words) doesn’t really do it justice, but I just don’t have it in me to rewrite it today, so I hope it’s enough to grab your interest so you will get hold of a copy. Here is the review I wrote for the SBR.
Zenobia has recently moved to Maine to live with her aunt and her aunt’s wife. Zen had lived with her father after her mother had died when Zen was five. Her father had never accepted who Zen was because she had been born in a boy’s body. Now she will start at a new school where no one knows her or that she is transgender. Fortunately, her aunts are very supportive, and they have a good friend, a transvestite, take Zen clothes shopping to help her fit in better. At school, Zen finds a person who does not identify by gender at all, Arli, who has a small group of friends who, for one reason or another, don’t quite fit in. Someone hacks the school website making threats to some in the group. Zen, who happens to be a computer whiz, helps find the hacker.
Author Lisa Bunker has written a book that will be a welcome addition to the LGBTQ canon in middle schools. The characters are well-rounded and face problems that are very real and important. The writing is quite wonderful and the story compelling. This book deserves wide readership.
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.