Thought for the Day:
“When I’m writing, I’m waiting to see somebody, and I’m waiting to hear them. It’s almost like conjuring spirits out of the air, using your own imaginative instability.”
~ Charles Baxter ~
Gifts for My Writer Friends:
This is just for fun. Mental Floss has a post HERE with 25 Words That Are Their Own Opposites. I never thought about a lot of these, and some are a real reach.
I haven’t posted anything from Kristen Lamb for a long time. I don’t know why. Her stuff is always so good. HERE she has a GREAT post on Why Editing Matters & Simple Ways to Make Your Work SHINE.
Anne R. Allen has a very interesting post HERE about unsympathetic characters and whether or not a protagonist needs to be likable. Her posts are always so good.
Anyone who has been reading my blog for a while, you know I am a huge baseball fan. Baseball is central to the two novels I’ve written and very central to my family. This week, with the trade deadline looming, my family and I spent a lot of time waiting and watching. My daughter Sara was a mess as other teams (including the dastardly Dodgers) made big trades while the Giants seemed to be doing nothing. Heck, there weren’t even rumors floating around. All she could talk about was Kris Bryant, but there seemed to be no movement until 29 minutes before the deadline. Bryant was coming and the celebrations began. Today, he is playing his first game as a Giant (the game is on-going as I write this) and hit a home run his second at bat. He looks good in a Giants uniform. I think we might keep on celebrating for a while.
Last week I offered a gently-read ARC of The Beatryce Prophecy by Kate DiCamillo to one of you. This book won’t be out until September, so if you didn’t win it, you might want to pre-order it. It’s well worth the wait. The winner this week is Susan Wroble. Congratulations, Susan! I will get the book out to you soon. If you don’t know Susan, she is a writer from the Denver area. You can learn more about her HERE on her website.
My daughter Maggie is an actor, and I spent a fair amount of time being a stage mom and hanging out with the theatre geeks at her school. When I see a middle-grade novel that is about young people doing theatre, I am always interested. I actually had two come up for review recently, so I will be sharing one today and another in a week or few. The book I want to tell you about today is The Chance to Fly by Ali Stroker and Stacy Davidowitz. It’s really a terrific book that will open a lot of eyes and minds in the middle-grade set. Here is the review I wrote for the Seattle Book Review. Please do click on Ali Stroker’s name. She doesn’t seem to have an author page, but the Wikipedia article about her is fascinating.
Nat Beacon is thirteen and has a great life—a best friend, Chloe, who loves musicals just as much as Nat, her lovable dog Warbucks, and a wheelchair racing team that is competing well—when her parents announce they’re moving across country. Nat’s dad immediately finds her a new racing team to help her maintain her physical strength. When she is at practice, she spots a flyer for a teen theatre group putting on Wicked for their summer show. Nat has never seen it, but she knows the music cold, and she knows there is a character in a wheelchair. Her parents insist she shouldn’t try out, but she does anyway. Maybe she has found her tribe! Then there is a fire in the theatre and it seems all is lost. But is it?
Authors Ali Stroker and Stacy Davidowitz have written a book that will be beloved by theatre kids and kids with disabilities. Stroker is the first person in a wheelchair to appear in a Broadway show and win a Tony. Her experience gives a great sense of reality to this sweet book. The story is compelling and the characters are absolutely believable. Don’t miss this.
I have no giveaway this week since I will donate the nice hardback copy I got to the school. Don’t forget to check for other Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday posts at Greg Pattridge’s blog HERE.