Since I last posted, I became a published writer of fiction. Okay, so it's flash fiction and it's online, and I was paid all of $3, but it's a publishing credit. Visit this page on Every Day Fiction if you'd like to read my story.
I have another story coming in September from Twisted Endings
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So sorry I haven't been around lately. I'm back from my blogging break, which wrapped up with two weeks' vacation in Maine. My family and I live in Southeastern Pennsylvania. So why do we go to Maine, when we could more easily drive to New Jersey's beaches, or the Chesapeake Bay?
I think a few photos will explain that.
|Back Cove, West Boothbay, Maine|
|Back Cove, West Boothbay, Maine|
|Looking the other direction toward Boothbay Harbor|
|My husband walking on Ogunquit Beach |
|Ogunquit's rocky coastline |
|That, my friends, is a Lobster BLT, and it was delicious|
But enough dreaming about my vacation (sigh!). It's Marvelous Middle Grade Monday. And on my blogging break, besides finishing a much-needed revision and blueprinting a new novel, I tried to catch up on some middle grade classics I'd missed. I bought these books from my friendly local second-hand bookshop. I recommend all three of these, though by today's standards, they're a wee bit old-fashioned.
The Witches by Roald Dahl (Puffin paperback 1998)
Synopsis from indiebound
: This is not a fairy tale. This is about real
Grandmamma loves to tell about witches. Real witches are the most
dangerous of all living creatures on earth. There's nothing they hate so
much as children, and they work all kinds of terrifying spells to get
rid of them. Her grandson listens closely to Grandmamma's stories—but
nothing can prepare him for the day he comes face-to-face with The Grand
High Witch herself.
: Like every Roald Dahl book, this is imaginative, funny, fast-paced, and well worth reading.
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George (Puffin paperback 2001)
Synopsis from Indiebound
: Sam Gribley is terribly unhappy living in New York City with his family,
so he runs away to the Catskill Mountains to live in the woods—all by
himself. With only a penknife, a ball of cord, forty dollars, and some
flint and steel, he intends to survive on his own. Sam learns about
courage, danger, and independence during his year in the wilderness, a
year that changes his life forever. Named a Newbery honor in 1960.
: Lovely, in an idealistic sort of way. I've always enjoyed books about a kid on his own in the wilderness (Hatchet
, for instance) and how he manages to make fish hooks, build a shelter, and figure out what berries to eat. I doubt real parents would be as unconcerned about his adventure as Sam's seem to be (but I was really glad his Dad came to visit him at Christmas). This is one of those quiet books that simply don't get published today. If you're looking for more excitement, stick with Hatchet
by Gary Paulsen.
The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene du Bois (Puffin paperback 1986)
Synopsis from Indiebound:
Professor William Waterman Sherman intends to fly across the Pacific
Ocean. But through a twist of fate, he lands on Krakatoa, and discovers a
world of unimaginable wealth, eccentric inhabitants, and incredible
balloon inventions. Winner of the 1948 Newbery Medal.
A fun, old-fashioned story, this felt like The Wizard of Oz
meets Around the World in 80 Days
. No one writes books like this anymore. For one thing, the main character is an old man, not a child. I'm not sure if today's kids would enjoy this, but I did.
While in Maine, I read Neil Gaiman's new book, The Ocean at the End of the Lane
, which is not for kids. But it's filled with gorgeous writing, so read it if you get a chance.
What did you read this summer?