I’ve been reading a lot of middle grade lately. Mostly books I bought for A-Read, but then decided to read, too. It’s fun having our own little book club.
Recently we read:
Rick Riordan’s The Red Pyramid
Sarwat Chadda’s The Savage Fortress
Gennifer Choldenko’s No Passengers Beyond This Point
From these books I’ve learned a number of lessons. Among them:
- How to depict a sibling relationship; the fights, the responsibilities, the joys.
- Main characters must have a tangible goal.
- The most unbelievable things can happen in a book, as long as you make the reader believe.
- Road trips (or plane trips) don’t have to be boring.
- I prefer a more subtle type of bad guy.
- Talking directly to the reader can help build tension. (But it can also pull the reader out of the narrative.)
- Quirky characters are fun to read.
- Give the reader something unexpected.
What writing lessons have you learned lately?