Thought for the Day:
“The will to succeed is important, but what’s more important is the will to prepare.”
~ Bobby Knight ~
Gifts for My Writer Friends:
HERE is a cute graphic post to help you know filler words you can cut easily.
Suzanne Purvis is HERE at Fiction University to help you punch up your prose with rhetorical devices. This is really good.
Sometimes theme is hard for authors to identify. The post HERE from Reedsy will be a big help with this issue.
Last week I offered a gently-read ARC of Tricia Springstubb‘s sweet book, Cody and the Heart of a Champion, illustrated by Eliza Wheeler, to one of you. This week’s winner is AGARDENOFBOOKS2. I don’t know anything about this person except that I read her/his blog. He/she reviews a wide variety of books and posts often. You can check out the reviews HERE. Congratulations, AGARDENOFBOOKS2. I will get your book out to you soon. For the rest of you, I have another giveaway this week, so please keep reading.
I’d like to tell you about On Snowden Mountain by Jeri Watts today. I saw this book listed for review from the Tulsa Book Review, and it sounded like it was right up my alley — middle-grade historic fiction — so I requested it right away. And look at that gorgeous cover! I love it and I was not disappointed with this book at all. Here is the review I wrote for the Tulsa Book Review.
Ellen’s father went off to fight against Hitler and left her to take care of herself and her mother, who had fallen into one of her deep sadnesses. At twelve years old, this is no easy task. Soon she runs out of food and the store won’t extend credit. She has no choice but to contact an aunt she hardly knows. Ellen is shocked when Aunt Pearl shows up, packs a few of their things, and takes Ellen and her mother to a tiny town in the mountains. There Ellen meets people who help shape her life — Russel Armentrout, the Skunk Boy; Mr. Pritchert, mailman; Miss Spencer, town teacher; Moselle Toms, town gossip and troublemaker; and Mrs. Armentrout, an old friend of Ellen’s mother and expert healer with herbs. Ellen learns important lessons about her family and about herself.
Jeri Watts has written a compelling story filled with fully-formed, credible characters, each of whom has a complete backstory alluded to by the author, but without taking over Ellen’s story. Watts’s writing is gorgeous and will transport readers to another time and place. This book deserves readership far beyond it’s intended middle-grade audience. Don’t miss it.
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. And don’t forget to check for other Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday posts at the Greg Pattridge’s blog HERE.