Thought for the Day:
“A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.”
~ Thomas Mann ~
Gifts for My Writer Friends:
Laurence MacNaughton has a terrific article HERE on Fiction University that will help you Plot Your Novel in 3 Simple Steps.
Dave Chesson has a good article HERE on Indie Reader that will give you 7 Mistakes to Weed Out When Editing Your Writing. These are largely things you know, but it is good to be reminded of them.
I wish I were better at taking advice. There is some good advice HERE from K. M. Weiland about How to Get Some Writing Done: Discipline vs. Enthusiasm.
I am amazed every day how much humor there is coming out of this pandemic. I could fill this post with memes every week that make me laugh. Here is my meme of the week. I hope it makes you laugh too. I got out a new puzzle this week, but I haven’t opened it yet. I had book reviews due this week and since I got my books so late, I had a LOT of reading to do, so the puzzle will wait. But reading new books — what a pleasurable problem to have! You will be hearing about these in the future. I hope you are all staying well and finding good ways to spend your isolation time.
I discovered through my years of teaching that a large number of kids claimed to not like history. That made me sad. Consequently, I always have my eyes open for books that will lead kids into a love of, or at least an interest in, history. When I saw Spies, Lies, and Disguise: the Daring Tricks and Deeds that Won World War II by Jennifer Swanson and illustrated by Kevin O’Malley available for review for the Tulsa Book Review, I knew I had to have it. Here is the review I wrote for them.
There has been a good deal written for young people about the history of World War II, of the various battles, how ships, airplanes, and tanks were moved, how decisions were made by officers running the armies. There has also been plenty about spying, but relatively little has been written for this age group about the behind-the-scenes trickery used to overcome the strong military of the Germans. The British, and to a lesser degree, the Americans used some fascinating and incredible ideas, some cooked up by famous people, to mislead the Germans. How about floating a dead body carrying plans for a fake invasion to where German sympathizers would likely find it? It worked. Or maybe use Navajo people communicating in their native language to baffle Germans with no knowledge of that unique tongue?
Author Jennifer Swanson has written with a surprising amount of humor about a pretty serious time in history, but it will work well to get youngsters turning the pages. Illustrated with photos and cartoony drawings by Kevin O’Malley will keep the kids interested. This is not a book for serious scholars but will be a good introduction for kids grades four to eight.
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.