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From the Book Jacket: Tomas is too shy to go out and meet the kids in his A tender story that gently explores children's hesitancy to pursue friends, and the joy. penny candy books news and information blog. Likewise, some days of the year my friends would miss school because deer hunting season just started and they were . Shortly thereafter, I met the lovely Jenny Brown. My Sister Myself by Jill Treseder Silverwood Books July 31st Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to participate in the blogtour. Six international friends all appear to be successful, albeit to different levels. When she finds out who her father is, she's ecstatic and wants to meet him.
I loved writing Angela because I sometimes imagined what it would be like to meet my own parents when they were children. Would I have liked them? Would they have liked me?
Would we have been friends? What would it have felt like to be equal to them? Madison gets to play out my own childhood fantasy with her mother, who is dealing with some hard issues. Eventually Madison helps her kid-mom to see the world with a brand new perspective.
And which character gave you the most trouble when writing this story? I struggled with how bad to the bone he should be given I was writing a middle grade novel.Pick A Card - "What's attractive about you?"
What scene are you most proud of, and why? Why do you think your book would be a great choice for Summer Reading? Maybe the secret sauce to getting kids to keep turning the pages - and to read them over and over - is the humor, heart, fast-paced adventure, and whopping dollop of new-fangled magic.
Not to mention a sprinkling of a few lessons along the way. At least it would have been the perfect summer fare for me when I was young! What do you like most about the cover of the book? How can I not love a scruffy dog hanging out on the beach under a palm tree wearing shades? Your Hello There series is written for middle grade readers, how did you decide to write for this age level?
Was it a choice, and how did you find it different than writing for other ages? Prior to writing novels for MG, I wrote for preschoolers: With middle grade, I now have the freedom to write more complex stories with more fully drawn, complicated characters.
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Plus it gives me a chance to subtly impart some important lessons along the way. Writing is just like playing an instrument. The more you do it, the better you get. I think the most important thing was gaining a better understanding of pacing and to be able wordsmith sentences down to their bare bones. And will you describe your method for each? They each have their rewards, although revisions are more challenging. Writing the original draft is a joy because of the Zen experience of total immersion.
The times when unexpected surprises tend to pop from my brain. And I love the mental stimulation of figuring out the puzzle of a story. They have the same best friends, the same red hair, the same dream of being a writer, the same excellent whistle. They both suffer one catastrophic night, with life-changing consequences.
Thirteen years later, they are both coming home. Linston End has been the summer home to three families for several decades. The memories of their time there are ingrained in their hearts: But recently widowed Alastair is about to shock his circle of friends with the decisions he has made - and the changes it will mean for them all Can these friends learn to live life to its fullest?
Alice is turning thirty and is stuck in a rut. Her friends are all coupling up and settling down, while she's still working as a temp, trying and failing not to shag her terrible ex, getting thrown out of clubs, and accidentally sexting her boss She decides to throw caution to the wind and jets off on a round-the-world adventure to FindTheFun and find herself.
Of course, she's no more likely to find the answer to true happiness on the beach in Thailand than she is at the electric beach in Tooting, but at least in Thailand there's paddleboard yoga. Can Alice find happiness on her travels? Or is she more likely to lose herself all over again? Somewhere Close to Happy by Lia Louise 13th June I thoroughly enjoyed talking to debut novelist Lia and her book sounds like my typical go to storyline, fun and uplifting.
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Lizzie James is happy. She has a steady office job with a steady stream of snackshas had the same best friend since school, and she sees her family every Thursday night for take-away and trashy TV. Lizzie likes her uncomplicated life.
Then a letter arrives one day from her first love, Roman. A letter dated the day he disappeared, 12 years before. As Lizzie uncovers the secrets of the letter, she discovers what really happened the year her life fell apart - and all avenues lead back to Roman. Lizzie James thought she was happy, or somewhere close to happy, anyway.