Thought for the Day:
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”
~ Mark Twain ~
Gifts for My Writer Friends:
As I have said here, I am having a great deal of trouble dealing with simple things like reading and more difficult tasks of writing during this isolation. I am not alone. Anne R. Allen has a terrific post HERE to help us all understand those feelings.
Janice Hardy has another great post HERE by Laurence MacNaughton that will give you a 6-Point Story Checklist for Powerful Scenes.
I don’t know that I have ever seen a post on foreshadowing before. K. M. Allen has a good one HERE on her terrific blog.
I am beginning to believe the best thing to come out of this crazy crisis is the incredibly clever, laugh-invoking memes. This is my meme of the week. I hope you enjoy it. I actually left my house this week for the only time in the last month. I went to pick up books for reviewing, something I can do without any human contact. Honestly, I felt a little panicky when I drove away from my nice, safe house. But I made it and seem no worse for it. And now I have some new, fun books. I also did another puzzle this week, and this time I actually had all 1000 pieces and could finish it without a hole. This was a really challenging one for me, but a lot of fun. I hope you are all staying well and keeping busy.
I offered a gently used copy of This Book Thinks You’re an Inventor to one of you. This week the winner is Danielle Hammelef, who always shares my link for extra chances. Congratulations, Danielle! I will get your book out to you as soon as I can get someone to do a post office run. Thanks for playing!
This seems like an appropriate time to be reading survival stories. I am a big fan of them and am always on the lookout for good ones. A while back, I saw a story by Terry Lynn Johnson on the review list for the San Francisco Book Review. I have read other books by her and know she writes great survival stories, so I snagged a copy of her latest, Dog Driven. It’s a terrific read. And isn’t that an inviting cover? How could you pass that by? Here is the review I wrote for SFBR.
McKenna Barney, fourteen, realizes her vision is failing. Her younger sister has already lost almost all her vision to a genetic disorder called Stargardt disease. McKenna faces the same fate, but she still has enough vision to compete in one more dogsled race, one that would carry important letters to try to raise awareness for Stargardt. And she cannot let her parents know what is happening or they will stop her. Even in the best of weather, a dogsled race is difficult, and there will be storms to face along the way. McKenna’s dogs know her well and know how to race, and she finds unexpected help from two of her competitors. Maybe she can do this.
Terry Lynn Johnson has quite a franchise with middle-grade survival stories set in Alaska. This is a terrific survival story that will keep young readers totally engaged and turning pages. The writing is terrific, the dialogue is spot-on, and the characters are well-rounded and completely believable. The story is very compelling. The family relationships not only in McKenna’s life but those of her two competitors add a lot of complexity and credence to this great book.
No giveaway this week. I donated my hardbound copy to the school library. But check back next week. I expect to have a giveaway then. And don’t forget to check for other Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday posts at the Greg Pattridge’s blog HERE.