Thought for the Day:
“Good fiction creates empathy. A novel takes you somewhere and asks you to look through the eyes of another person, to live another life.”
~ Barbara Kingsolver ~
Gifts for My Writer Friends:
Janice Hardy has such a great guest post HERE on Writers in the Storm with 5 Ways to Add Depth to a Scene. Don’t miss it.
Has your writing muse gone AWOL? Melissa Donovan at Writing Forward has a good post HERE called How to Find Writing Inspiration When Your Muse is on Vacation.
Anne R. Allen always has good things on her blog, HERE she a great post with 5 Tips for Writing Vivid Secondary Characters Who Don’t Take Over the Story. Sometimes secondary characters need to be wrestled into their place. This post is very helpful.
I hope you are enjoying whatever holiday you celebrate this weekend with family and friends. I will be having a family dinner later and am very much looking forward to that. We are having a perfect spring day here after some rain in the last week, with a little more rain coming late this week. That really is cause for celebration here. We are in the midst of the worst drought in 1200 years. I have no news on the health front. I had a second CT scan on Friday, and my pulmonologist will call me tomorrow with results and next steps. This is really a mystery. Maybe I will be written about in the medical journals! It could be my 15 minutes of fame. Through it all, I have baseball to make my days a little brighter. My beloved San Francisco Giants are having a great start to the season, and I am enjoying every minute.
A couple years ago, I read and really enjoyed a book by Jennifer Richard Jacobson called The Dollar Kids. You can see my review of it HERE. I loved the characters and they had a great story. When I saw another book by this author on the review list for the Manhattan Book Review, I requested it right away. What a fun book! And how could you resist that cute cover? Here is the review I wrote for MBR.
While on an early morning bike ride, Peyton discovers a boy who has been hit by a car. She visits the hospital where the boy, Gray, lies in a coma and develops a crush on him. Peyton and her sisters move back and forth between their parents’ two homes, dealing with the aftermath of an amicable divorce. Their mother is a journalist and needs to break a good story. Peyton decides to solve the mystery of who hit Gray to help her mother, although she steps on toes and gets in trouble. Peyton revises her “perfect boyfriend” list to fit Gray, setting herself up for either perfect love or terrible disappointment. When Gray wakes up, Peyton is in for some surprises.
Jennifer Richard Jacobson has created a character who is clearly twelve, with all the foibles that come with that age. The strong first-person telling of the story works well and keeps readers with Peyton every step of the way. The characters are all well-developed and believable, the dialogue is spot-on for the ages of the characters, and the story is compelling. This is a perfect middle-grade book with plenty of mystery, romance, and angst.
There won’t be a giveaway this week. I’ve already passed this one along. Please don’t forget to check for other Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday posts at Greg Pattridge’s blog HERE.