Monday, December 16, 2013

Christmas Vacation

I'll be vacationing from my blog (and yours) until January 6, 2014.

Until then, here's some snowy Minnesota goodness right from my backyard.


And here's the little snowman we call Pedro. He sits on our landing and we pose him every day of December.

Merry Christmas and may your 2014 be glitter-filled.


Monday, December 9, 2013

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: The Wig in the Window

Spies. Mystery. Humor. Stories within the overall story. Fun. And still more mystery. The Wig in the Window by Kristen Kittscher is all of these things and offers readers an inside look at friendship and trust. It's a great mix of great things for all readers that would make a great gift for the middle grader on your list.

The premise: Sophie Young and her best friend Grace Yang are 7th grade sleuths who often sneak out on midnight spy missions. One time they even decide to spy on the strange middle school counselor, Charlotte Agford, who lives in their neighborhood. But this spy mission spins out of control and soon involves the police, the FBI and counseling sessions.

What I loved: Oh, the mystery, for sure. Just when you think you have it all figured out, of course, you don't. And that's what makes a mystery truly marvelous, right? Throw in some tension in Sophie and Grace's friendship, and this is a believable, fun, adventurous, rollicking middle grade debut you don't want to miss.

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Happy middle grade reading,

Monday, December 2, 2013

Patches of Sunlight

People flock to beaches, parks and swimming pools on warm summery days. For the fun. For the warmth. To cool off in the water, yes, but mostly to soak in the sunlight. Even dogs (probably cats, too, I'm not very wise in their ways) seek out sunlight for afternoon naps. In fact, my dog is known to follow sunlight patches as they journey through our house.

What other reason would there be to nap on the stairs, especially when you don't fit on the stairs, except a perfect patch of sunlight?

And all the time, writing friends are patches of sunlight. They pluck you up, encourage you, warm you. Which is just what you all did for me a couple months ago when I admitted I was in a writing funk. So this is my thank you. Thank you for being my patches of sunlight.