Thought for the Day:
“I’m writing a first draft and reminding myself that I’m simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.”
~ Shannon Hale ~
Gifts for My Writer Friends:
It’s awfully important to have clarification on your theme as you write your novel. C. S. Lakin at Live Write Thrive has a great post HERE with 4 Ways to Bring Out Theme in Your Story.
Why do I keep posting links to articles about filter words? Because, as Susan Dennard tells us HERE on Pub Crawl, we need to remind ourselves over and over that this is a problem.
Mellissa Donovan has a great article HERE on Writing Forward that has 100 Common-Sense Ways to Write Better.
And 2020 marches on with the Covid crisis getting worse by the day, and the presidential drama getting ever more dramatic, and the word million coming to mean a few thousand. What a strange year this has been and continues to be. I sure hope things will settle down soon. It will be nice to not have to think about politics for awhile. We are busy planning for holidays like no others. We made the hard decision this week we can’t bring my grandson home for a visit, which makes us all very sad. But we are all well, and I will have my two daughters and granddaughter and son-in-law here with some nice family meals. It is the best we can hope for in this strange year.
This week I want to talk about a book I should have reviewed long, long ago. It’s one of those books I donated to the school and it fell off my radar, but I just loved it, and I don’t want it to be missed by any of you. The book is A Talent for Trouble by Natasha Farrant, and it is a real romp. Here is the review I wrote for the Manhattan Book Review.
Alice lives at Cherry Grange, a sweet cottage in the English countryside. She misses her mother, who died a few years earlier, and her father, who travels a lot, but she has her Aunt Patience to take care of her. Unfortunately, they can’t afford to keep the cottage. Aunt Patience sells it and sends Alice to Stormy Loch, a Scottish boarding school.
On her way there, Alice meets another student, Jesse, but they have a misunderstanding. Then she meets Fergus and they become friends, which hurts Jesse. Alice receives a mysterious package and instructions to meet her father. When Alice, Fergus, and Jesse are assigned to team up for an orienteering challenge, Alice sees this as the chance to meet up with her father. What could go wrong?
Author Natasha Farrant has written an adventure that will have youngsters holding their collective breath and turning pages as fast as they can read them. The story is very compelling, the characters are endearing and realistically flawed, and the writing is crisp. The second-person perspective with a true storyteller at the helm is perfect for this sweeping story. Although the cover is cute, it doesn’t represent the excitement inside.
I have no giveaway this week since I long ago donated the nice hardback copy I got to the school. Don’t forget to check for other Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday posts at the Greg Pattridge’s blog HERE.