Thought for the Day:
“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”
~ Louis L’amour ~
Gifts for My Writer Friends:
Anne R. Allen’s blog is always a good read. Her post HERE entitled How to Write a Professional, Not-Embarrassing Query to an Agent, Reviewer, Editor, or Blogger is one of the best I’ve read.
Every writer needs to do some research at one time or another. For me, it’s about my favorite part of writing. The Creative Penn has a terrific post HERE with 7 Tips for Researching a Novel.
I remember being taught somewhere along the way that things in stories happen chronologically, so there is no reason to use the word “then” when writing. But there is more to it than that. Check out the post from Louise Harnby HERE for some explanation and great examples.
It isn’t often (not nearly often enough!) when a book makes me laugh out loud, not just once or twice, but virtually all the way through. Homerooms & Hall Passes by Tom O’Donnell had me laughing out loud a ridiculous amount. I often stopped what I was doing to read passages to anyone I could find. The story is so clever and smart. Get your hands on this book any way you can, and then pass it along to any kids around. Do you have a reluctant reader? This book will have them reading. Do you have kids who think they should be reading up? This book is so clever, they won’t mind reading a middle-grade book. I sure hope there is a movie in the works, because I can’t wait to see it. Here is the review I wrote for the Manhattan Book Review.
Bríandalör is a land with wizards, barbarians, elves, thieves, demons, and more. A group of young Bríandalörians meets at a local pub to play a game called Homerooms & Hall Passes, a game they play with their avatars, set in a suburban American middle school, JADMS. Unfortunately, one of the group, Devis, stole a jewel that carries a curse, and they are sucked into the game, finding themselves as their avatars at JADMS. It’s a good thing it is Dress Like a Pirate Day, or they would have a much more difficult time blending in. But blend in they do, all except Albiorix, who, as Hall Master, had no avatar. But as a wizard, he manages. And what could possibly go wrong in this scenario?
Author Tom O’Donnell has written a laugh-out-loud, down-right hysterical book that absolutely nails what middle school is all about. The writing is crisp and the dialogue snappy and perfect for the characters. One doesn’t have to be a gamer to enjoy this book. In fact, it likely will draw gamers away from their consoles for a while. This book should not be missed. Adults and kids will enjoy this clever book.
I have a gently-used 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.