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May Updates

Sprite finished the 10 Captain Underpants books and has gone back to the Magic Tree House books. He’s currently reading #25, about Shakespeare. He’s looking forward to giving the first Harry Potter a try this summer, since his brother started Harry Potter at this age.

A-Read is taking a break from Lord of the Rings. He finished a historical fantasy about the Three Musketeers and is now reading a MG fantasy (The Shadows from The Books of Elsewhere series). He’s halfway through and told me last night that it’s great. He’s looking forward to reading the last Harry Potter this summer.

I’m reading Code Name Verity, by Elizabeth Wein. I gave in to the pressure, even though I didn’t really want to read yet another book about World War II. I’m about halfway and I’m very glad I gave in. The research is astounding and the main character definitely has my attention. My stomach twists in anticipation of the plot twists to come.

As for writing, I’m working on a couple of freelance projects and revising a YA novel.

How’s your May?



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Young Middle Grade Boy Books

Today’s post comes from the me that is a mother as well as a writer.  The proud book-loving mama.

My older son has become an avid reader in the past year or so.  He is currently in the middle of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which he can barely put down long enough to play Legos or Wii, or go to school.  The rest of the family eagerly awaits the completion of this book so we can all watch the movie together.

In case you’re interested in what a 7- (almost eight) year old boy is into reading right now, below is the list of his recent reads.

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look

The King and the Calico…in Paris by Brooke Rousseau

The Name of this Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch

Diary of a Wimpy Kid series up to #3 by Jeff Kinney

Magic Tree House series up to #41 by Mary Pope Osborne

The Time Warp Trio series up to #8 by Jon Scieszka

Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton

Awaiting his attention are:

If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late by Pseudonymous Bosch

How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

I keep a list of books to suggest to him, too (like Pickle Impossible by Eli Stutz, Hereville-How Mirka Got her Sword by Barry Deutsch, The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett), for when he runs out of ideas of his own.

What are your kids into?


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My Young Reader

My oldest kiddo just finished the first Diary of a Wimpy Kid, against my initial better judgment.  When I read the first page last year, I immediately saw words I didn’t want him to know quite yet.  But a year later, all his friends are reading the fifth and newest Wimpy Kid, and his teacher believes all reading is a good thing.  So, he got it for the first night of Chanukah last week from my cousin and he was so excited.  He started reading it right then and there.  He finished it yesterday.  He loved it.  He called it hilarious, which is his highest praise.  And he couldn’t pick a favorite part. 

He’s got another Magic Treehouse on his bedside table, which he started last night.  And he’s looking forward to reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets during the Winter break.  Omigosh, we are once again all about HP – Harry Potter Legos for Wii, Harry Potter Lego kits and the Harry Potter Lego boardgame have all arrived for Chanukah, so far.

What he doesn’t know is that the Chanukah Fairy is also bringing him Cressida Cowell’s How to Train Your Dragon, and two Magic Treehouse books.

I just love books.  And I really believe there is a book out there for everyone.  I just wish I could convince my 11-year-old niece of that.  She won’t even let me try to find a book she might possibly like.  Well, she may spend a week here during the Winter break, so I’ll have more time to work on her.

Any suggestions for a reluctant female reader of that age?  I’ll gladly accept your suggestions in the comments box.  

Happy Whatever-Holiday-You-Celebrate-in-December!


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From Osborn to Scieszka

I hope everyone enjoyed a long weekend.  I obviously did.  So please excuse my tardiness in posting.  I was away from my computer for the entire weekend, compounded by lots of revision on stories and Kwizera, and some not-so-jolly migraines.

But here is an update on my 2nd grade reader with 5th grade tastes:

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief successfully behind him, he continues to read the Magic Treehouse books – now up to # 32.  And this weekend we discovered a new series:  The Time Warp Trio by Jon Scieszka.  He thinks they’re funny – and I agree.  He flew through the first one (Knights of the Kitchen Table) and started the second one last night (The not-so-jolly Roger).

His Harry Potter days are not behind us, but we’re taking a break.  Those books are not going anywhere and he has plenty of time to read them, as well as the rest of the Percy Jackson books.

Feel free to send more suggestions – post them in the comments.  Happy Reading!

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Dark Days

Last week Number One Son said, “I can’t stand to watch that movie another time,” about Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone. Everything came to a screeching halt. We stared at him. Did he really say that? He looked around at us all. “What? I’m getting kind of tired of it.”

Harry Potter only entered his consciousness two months ago. He has six more books to read, and seven more movies to watch. He can’t get tired of HP yet. The rest of the family has not tired of HP yet.

Number Two Son (who can’t yet read) said, “Aww.”

RocketMan said nothing.

I said, “It’s okay. Maybe he just needs a break. We can watch it when he’s not around.”

All hope is not yet lost. While he and his brother play Harry Potter less, he still wants Harry Potter Legos and the Harry Potter Lego game for Wii.

I successfully distracted him from reading Chamber of Secrets because I wanted him to get a taste of more age-appropriate literature. I guess I was more successful than I meant to be. However, he knows that Chamber of Secrets awaits and still really wants to read it.

In the meantime he just finished reading Rachel Vail’s Justin Case: School, Drool and Other Daily Disasters (he calls it hilarious) about a third grade worry wart. He loved it. Now he is reading the first Percy Jackson.

So, all you Mama and Papa Bears out there, what books do you struggle to get your kids to read? What books are you totally over? What books do you still love reading over and over?

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I’m Baaack

So after the amazingness of WriteOnCon I took a few days off. RocketMan and I went to Austin for a long weekend.

We stuffed ourselves silly with Mexican food and various food cart delicacies, including Korean BBQ tacos, cake balls, and Moroccan burgers. We spent time with an old friend, and made some new ones. We swam at a water fall. We hiked to the water fall in 104 degree heat. We visited the Botanical Gardens. We drank margaritas. And we sang along with the dueling pianos on Sixth Street.

All in all, it was a fabulous vacation. And it was just what I needed.

I came home recharged, renewed and refreshed. Creative. Eager. And with great ideas (thanks to Suzanne Lilly and RocketMan) to improve my WIP. I finished another draft of Kwizera with some big structural changes and it is has been steeping since before the weekend. This week I plan to read through it, probably several times, to polish it to a nice, glossy sheen.

So, that’s what a tiny, bloated, sweaty, tequila-soaked vacation did for me. How about you? Please share in the comments your favorite vacation spot, your fave vacay drink or food item, or the thing you came home most jazzed to do.

Thanks to RocketMan, MusicMan, The Flying Carpet, Torchy’s Tacos, Holy Cacao, and Chi’Lantro for a great weekend.

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Young Reader Update

Harry Potter continues to take over our house.  The 7 year old can barely take his nose out of it long enough to enjoy a long camping weekend with his dad and his cub scout pack.  Or to spend all day at camp.  And the 4 year old asks to watch the movie every day.  Yes.  Every.  Day.

I am still not tired of it!

The Magic Tree House books are being left on the wayside.  Sigh.  My little boy is growing up.  Next he has set his sights on Percy Jackson.  Good thing each series has 7 books.  That should keep us in boy books for years, especially since I won’t let him read the whole series until he is older.

What books have taken hold in your house?

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