I’ve read this book about two or three times. I’m still not tired of it. This tale written by Zilpha Keatley Snyder never ceases to captivate me. Audrey Abbot has a dream of becoming a writer, but nobody else knows. She doesn’t think it would seem important in her world, one with a dying father and an extremely hardworking mother. So Audrey keeps her aspirations inside of her. Until one day, when she runs into a strange old woman, who she finds herself telling about her writing. And isn’t Audrey surprised when the woman presents her with a glittering bronze pen? She tells Audrey to use it well, and wisely. The girl takes it home and immediately starts using it in her writing. But the story doesn’t end here. Strange things start occurring. All of a sudden, Audrey’s dog is talking to her! Then…is that a dragon under the bed? Audrey can only think that it might be the bronze pen that’s doing this, but the things Audrey writes about don’t always end up the way she expects. The pen is unpredictable, so does she dare use it to try to save her dad’s life? This book has touching characters, a cool plot, and is (like I said before) captivating. Tons of kids will enjoy this exciting fantasy.
Possibly my all-time favorite graphic novel series is Amelia Rules! Really, how can you not love it? It’s about an extremely funny, interesting, and adventurous young girl, who still has her flaws. Amelia Louise McBride is real, and I think that’s a part of why I love her. Amelia has moved from her beloved New York City to a small town she didn’t even knew existed. Even living with her cool Aunt Tanner can’t brighten things up. Things aren’t looking their best, but she has made friends. Reggie, who (let’s be truthful) is rather odd, Pajamaman, who is friendly despite his quiet nature, and Rhonda, who has lumpy hair and a sharp tongue. Let’s just say she and Amelia are still, um…getting used to each other. Jimmy Gownley’s words and drawings go together to make you laugh out loud, and Amelia is a truly unique character. And don’t stop with this book! There are many more. I say this is a book that both kids and adults will enjoy, and I hope they do.
This book is just fun. It is full of monologues/dialogues, all based on everyday life in Medieval times, every one written by the talented hand of Laura Amy Schlitz. There are parts from Nelly the sniggler, Constance, a pilgrim, and even Giles the beggar. And, believe me, there are tons more.This helps children gain insight into what life was like all those centuries ago. Who knows, maybe your ancestor was a tanner, or a glassblower? These witty bits of literature are a great way to get children interested in history, and how people lived before them. Some rhyme, some don’t. Some are for two actors, some are for one. You can read them just to yourself, or get a friend and take turns acting out the various parts. What makes them even more fun (and this is just something cool I noticed) is that they’re all related. Occasionally, a story will be told from two points of view, or you just might learn more about one character while reading about another. It’s just a fun book that’s meant to be…well, fun. I’m confident kids will enjoy it, and it’s not just kids that like books or history. It gives children with a dramatic flair a chance to enjoy themselves as well. I definitely suggest you at least take a look. See you!
P. S. Guess what? Girl Knows Books is approaching it’s 100th post! Yes, that’s right! The countdown starts today. June 13, 2011: 9 posts to go!
Now, we all know that this blog is for kids. I review kids’ books, I write about kids’ authors, and that’s pretty much because I’m a kid. But attention adults, because this one is actually one for you! The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, by Alan Bradley. (I mean, it’s fine for the kids, but I found it in the adult section at the library. It’s for both, okay? Let’s get on with it.) Meet Flavia de Luce, an experienced chemist who is probably one of the most reliable experts on poisons you’re likely to meet. She’s also an eleven year old. Flavia lives at the creaky old estate of Buckshaw in England, and with two decidedly evil sisters, a stamp-obsessed father, and a mother who’s dead, things aren’t always quite as interesting as she would like. But all that changes when Flavia happens upon a dead body in the cucumber patch. She doesn’t know who it is, but she does have a feeling that it might have something to do with the dead jack snipe that mysteriously appeared on Buckshaw’s doorstep recently. Now, why did that bird have a strange stamp stuck on its beak that seemed like it nearly gave Mr. de Luce a heart attack? This mystery has more twists and turns than the craziest maze in the world, and I can guarantee that it won’t turn out the way you think it will. Gripping plot, detailed characters, and great writing will keep you turning the pages. So go grab a copy!
If you look at the header when you first bring up my website, you will notice smack-dab in the middle and a little to the left, there happens to be a rather surly looking young girl with yellow braids and a basket on her arm. This, if I may introduce you, is Matilda Bone, who knows a ton about religious things, such as what’s above and what’s below, but hardly anything about the medieval world she lives in. But when the priest who has raised her sends her away to be assistant to Red Peg the Bonesetter Matilda quickly realizes that life will be quite different. She thinks herself superior to all who surround her in this village, and longs for nothing but to return to what she knows. But, slowly, Matilda starts to wake up and embrace the people and surroundings of her new home. This is her story about realizing that prayer and knowledge are not the only desirable things in this great wide world we live in. It is also one of my absolute favorite historical fiction novels, intertwined with interesting facts about the Medieval Ages. Its characters are diverse, and the author’s writing only makes it more enjoyable. Yes, Karen Cushman has created something wonderful. So I strongly suggest you got to the library and check out Matilda Bone at once. Really!