Everything should be
as simple as possible,
but not simpler ~
Albert Einstein


Show v Tell Redux

Show V Tell has been my struggle since I started writing kidlit. Strong verbs come naturally to me. Organization? No problemo. But over and over and over again, in critique after critique, I hear that I am telling when I should be showing. Even when I think I have it figured out, I still hear that I need it to "be more narrative," etc etc. But I think A. LaFaye, in this blog post from GoodReads is speaking to me.

September thoughts...

Happy September (even though it is mid-October..)

To me, September feels more like the beginning of the year than January does. And I think my September got my year off to a good start.

Beyond Amelia Earhart: Women Pilots of WWII

Fly Girls: The Daring American Women Pilots Who Helped Win WWII, by P. O’Connell Pearson, is a fascinating and compelling account of the many female pilots who supported the war effort. Especially for those of us who think Amelia Earhart was the one and only female pilot of the early 20th century, Fly Girls helps readers realize just how many skilled, ambitious women aviators there were at that time.  

Dragon Charmer is ... Charming!!

I have said before in this column that we have an incredibly talented community of writers here in central Illinois. One case in point is Ruth Siburt, who used to write this column. Her novel, Dragon Charmer, has just been re-released by Royal Fireworks Press, with a new cover and some tie ins with creative writing projects for upper elementary students.

A Perfect Summer Story

Caterpillar Summer, a debut novel by Gillian McDunn, is a perfect summer read, in large part because of the setting. The reader is transported to a small island in North Carolina, and a lovely house built high near the dunes and the beach. 

Styx Malone and the Power of Personality

I could not put down the Season of Styx Malone, by Kekla Magoon (Wendy Lamb Books)

What grabbed me? First, the opening:

Two Tales of Adventure

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Knights, castles and dragons, oh my!

Thomas and the Dragon Queen, a lively middle-grade novel, has knights, castles, mighty war horses, princesses and dragons. The reader starts out thinking they know what they are getting from a book with those ingredients, but Crum turns almost every one of those characters and plot devices on their ears. So much fun!


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