Thought for the Day:
“You sit down and you do it, and you do it, and you do it, until you have learned to do it.”
~ Ursula K. Le Guin ~
Gifts for My Writer Friends:
Cliffhangers are a great way to keep those pages turning. Anne R. Allen’s partner Ruth Harris has a great post HERE that will help you use cliffhangers well.
Angela Ackerman has a very interesting guest post HERE at Mythcreants called Depicting Characters Held Back by Fear.
Titles are hard to come up with. It’s a real art to find a great title. Bookfox has a great post HERE to help you come up with the best title for your book.
It’s time for another not-so-new book from one of those long-forgotten piles of books sent to me by a publicist some time ago. But as I always say, it’s never to late to talk about a good book. This one is for younger middle-grade readers and will help reluctant readers to find the joys of reading independently. Cody and the Heart of a Champion by Tricia Springstubb and illustrated by Eliza Wheeler is the fourth in the Cody series. Like the three books before this one, it will engage young readers and keep them turning those pages.
Cody is tired of winter. She simply can’t wait for spring to finally arrive and push winter away for the year. But there are other changes happening that don’t make Cody very happy. Her good friend Spencer isn’t available much when they used to play together all the time. His mother is going to have a baby and their situation living with Grandma is getting difficult. Cody’s brother, Wyatt, has a girlfriend and he seems to be changing and not being as close as he used to. Cody’s good friend Pearl is suddenly obsessed with soccer and seems to be making new friends that take her time away from Cody. All of Cody’s favorite clothes are suddenly too small for her. What is a girl to do?
Tricia Springstubb has written another fun and complex story that is perfect for the youngest middle-grade readers and will keep them wanting more. The characters are fully developed and very believable, as are the situations. Cody’s problems are things young readers can easily relate to. The charming illustrations by Eliza Wheeler are a real bonus for the readers and will help keep them turning pages. This is a delightful book, as is the series, and should be quite popular with this particular group.
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