“Mistakes are part of the dues that one pays for a full life.”
~ Sophia Loren ~
Gifts for My Writer Friends:
The Editor reminds us HERE that our characters do not live in a vacuum. Not only does nature abhor a vacuum, but our readers do as well. Read this one.
Such a great post on dialogue on Adventures in YA Publishing. You really must read this one. Click HERE to see it.
Darcy Pattison has a great post, Tea Party or Fist Fights? Why Action Scenes are Hard to Write!, on her blog. Click HERE to read all about it.
Our trip to Cooperstown, NY was a great deal of fun, but honestly, I am exhausted. A delayed flight on our way home made an already long trip just a little too long. But here we are and now, maybe I can start getting caught up. I have well over 300 unread emails (the internet was not good where we stayed) and, of course, there is unpacking, laundry, grocery shopping, etc. lurking in thewings. The tournament was fun. Our boys played brilliantly four of their seven games, really well but not well enough in two of their games, and seemed to forget everything they had ever learned in their final game. (sigh) That's kids' baseball. The highlight of the trip? Seeing our grandson Gehrig's happy birthday message on the big board at the Mets' game and the huge smile on his face at the game we attended on his 13th birthday. Our granddaughter Gracie's highlight? Getting a shirt that said, "I have no life. My brother play's baseball." Sad, but true! It's good to be home, but I can't wait for the next tournament! Yeah. Really.
I did have some time to catch up on some reading and want to recommend acouple of books that have been around for awhile, but I didn't get to until very recently. If you have not read Briar Rose by Jane Yolen, you have missed a truly great book. It is amazingly moving and absolutely unique. For those who love fairy tale retellings, you must read this. Even if that is not your cup of tea, this book is so worthy of your time. Just brilliant. I also read Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech. I don't know how I missed reading this one. It has been on my radar for years. I really liked it. If you love to be told a story, this is a wonderful, moving story told perfectly from 13-year-old Salamanca's point of view. It is a story of love and longing and is a true coming-of-age story.
Last time I was here, I promised a copy of Say It Ain't So by Josh Berk to one of you. The winner this week is Kathy Speggen! Congratulations, Kathy. I will be sending the book out to you this week. If you aren't Kathy, keep reading, I have another giveaway this week.
To finish off my baseball-themed posts for the end of summer, I have another baseball-themed book. The Secret at Haney Field by R. M. Clark is a perfect mystery novel for middle-graders, third through fifth grades. The main character is 12-year-old April O'Day. Her real love is baseball,and she really understands the game. When she wins a stint as bat retriever for the local minor league team, the Harpoons. She makes herself so invaluable with her great advice to the players, she is kept on through the summer. She even gets her best friend, Darren, a job retrieving bats for the visiting teams. But there is a mystery at Haney Field, ghosts of a time past, that few can see, but April is one of those few. She and Darren are determined to figure out what is going on, but obstacles are everywhere, and when the kids are fired, it seems the mystery may not be solved.
The author, R. M. Clark, was kind enough to give me a signed copy of the book for my giveaway. I really like this book for a lot of reasons. First, I love the strong, smart, female protagonist with a wealth of baseball knowledge. She is someone a lot of kids, both boys and girls, will enjoy reading about, and readers will also enjoy beefing up their own baseball knowledge. Clark clearly has done his homework. He includes a nice glossary in the book chock full of interesting information. The mystery is not scary, but fun and interesting. This is a real
winner and any fan of baseball will like it.
|R. M. Clark|
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