Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A Mish Mash of Things

Some Unrelated Items:

1) The Ocean

The water goes in,
the water goes out,
the water goes in and laps at your toes,
you chase it back out and play with the flow,
the sand squishes deep and relaxes your feet.
A day at the beach is the best thing I know.

2) I read two great books in the last week.

Both are adult fiction with YA crossover appeal.
Both have bright young main characters named Christopher.
Ah, but that's where the similarities end.

THE OUTSIDE BOY, by Jeanine Cummins, is about a Pavee Gypsy boy in Ireland, 1959, attempting to find his true identity. You can smell the woodsmoke with this one and it is now one of my favorite books of all time.

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, by Mark Haddon. Hilarious, heartbreaking, and quite moving - this one is narrated by an autistic boy, who is trying to find out who killed his neighbor's dog, and he finds out quite a lot more. It's very well done - and I'm so glad I read it.

3) You have 3 more days to enter your name in the comments section to win Jen K. Blom's adorable new book called Possum Summer on this blog.

Here's the link if you haven't seen it: Meet Jen K. Blom.

Contest closes on April 15th, so Go Now and jump in while you still can!

(Would you raise a baby possum? What do baby possums eat, anyway?)

Good Luck. Hope you Win!

1 comment:

Linda Benson said...

Yes, I know that is a very bad poem. (Or just a very okay one, anyway.) I just got back from a (too) short visit to Hawaii and I couldn't quite let go of the feeling. I could sit by the ocean for hours and watch it roll in and out, in and out. *sigh* I love the beach!