Does Timber Howligan pass the Bechdel test?

I believe in equal opportunity reading. Having both a boy and a girl, I’ve seen some differences in their preferences for certain kinds of stories…they’re gender differences, but is that a bad thing? When my daughter wants to fill her shelves with Fancy Nancy and Pinkalicious, I don’t make a big deal out of it. … Continue reading Does Timber Howligan pass the Bechdel test?

With all these books, do we need one more? (Hint: We do)

Have you read every book in the library? Every one in Barnes & Nobles? Do you have any idea how many used book stores there are in the world? Even if the book industry collapsed today, we’d all still have plenty to read for the rest of our lives. But our kids especially want the … Continue reading With all these books, do we need one more? (Hint: We do)

Is YA just for girls?

Are Young Adult books just for girls? Should they be? Well, no. But how do you explain this: “Imagine your local independent bookstore’s shelves. They teem with pouting girls and hunky boys and various shades of purple. Few self-respecting teen boys would venture there to find their next great read…So you are taking quite the … Continue reading Is YA just for girls?

Books your child should like because of the movies (there are worse reasons to read)

Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman Published by Harper, 2009 117 pages Opening line: There was a boy called Odd, and there was nothing strange or unusual about that, not in that time or place. During an endless winter, an odd, crippled, unlucky boy runs away from home. When he encounters three animals … Continue reading Books your child should like because of the movies (there are worse reasons to read)

Some things are worth waiting for–my experience with a professional editor

There are so many good things about being a writer—author Katey Howes captures most of them in this post: http://kateywrites.wordpress.com/2014/01/29/an-almost-objective-look-at-choosing-a-writing-career-illustrated/.  I happen to agree with all of these, especially the part about showing up to work in pajamas, and loving it so much you sometimes forget to pick your kids up from school (although, strictly … Continue reading Some things are worth waiting for–my experience with a professional editor

Rediscovering A Wonderful Book for Young Readers…and Writers

Title: Emily of New Moon (first of three in the Emily series) Author: L.M. Montgomery First Published: 1923 Opening Line: The house in the hollow was “a mile from anywhere”—so Maywood people said. Plot Summary: Emily Byrd Starr is orphaned at the age of 11 when her father dies of tuberculosis (“consumption”). Her mother’s people … Continue reading Rediscovering A Wonderful Book for Young Readers…and Writers

My eight-year old’s favorite books

I have an avid reader. He is also a reluctant reader. How can he be both? This is how my son gets into a book:"Son, what are you reading right now?""Nothing.""Why don't you try...."A. The 39 CluesB. How To Train Your DragonC. The Mysterious Benedict SocietyD. Etc."No, thank you.""No, really. Pick one."Whereupon, he will. And … Continue reading My eight-year old’s favorite books