August 2008 Archives

Assassin.jpegMore books I've been feasting on. I refuse to post about the books that strike me as Famine.

I've read two books by Anna Myers recently. She's an SCBWI Regional Advisor in Oklahoma and always makes me laugh when I meet her. I suddenly realized after the SCBWI LA Conference this year that I hadn't read any of her books. Duh! Both of these books are in that Tween land where they are sometimes classified as middle grade (mg) and sometimes as young adult (YA).

Assassin (Walker and Company) by Anna Myers

This story is told in alternating viewpoints - Bella, a young impressionable girl, who has lost her mother to death and been abandoned by her father, wants to be on the stage and Wilkes, better know as John Wilkes Booth, the actor who shot and killed Abraham Lincoln. I sometimes was annoyed with Bella, but Wilkes was totally convincing. Don't skip the prologue!

Confessions.jpegConfessions from the Principal's Chair (Walker and Company) by Anna Myers

Bird is sitting in the principal's chair and how she got there and what she does takes you for a ride in the mind of an 8th grade girl. This book is funny, and too true - boy, do I remember those feelings of trying to make my mother feel bad - and has a really satisfying ending.

Think I'll have to go read more books by Anna...

If you want to know more about her, go to her website at

Catching Up on Reading - Book of a Thousand Days

b1000days.jpgSeems like I go through spells where I don't find books I care to blog about. And, of course, there are those times where I'm not reading as much kid's lit as I'd like. But recently, I've been back on track and reading and have found some great books. Here's the first one I want to share. (I'm making my husband read it and know my daughter will want to read it. And I have to own my own copy...) 

Book of a Thousand Days (
Bloomsbury) by Shannon Hale

Wow, have I found a new favorite author. Dashti is a poor mucker girl who agrees to be maid for Lady Saren. The kicker is that Lady Saren is being locked in the tower for seven years for refusing to marry the man her father has chosen. Shannon Hale's words have magically not only put us in the tower with the two girls, but we also see Dashti's life before. I found this book very difficult to put down from the moment I read the compelling first line.

On Shannon Hale's website she has some deleted scenes. Don't read them until after you've read the book! But it's fun to get an insight into her writing process. Sue P.S. Thanks to Readergirlz for directing me to this book.