Thursday, July 31, 2014
Secret Hum of a Daisy
Funny, tiny remarks that still make me smile:
Jo saying, "I come here all the time when it gets warm and film the wildlife, which includes people."
"That's how it had always been with Mama. Taping things up in a way that was easy to take down."
(She used double-sided tape. What a great image.)
First line: All I had to do was walk up to the coffin.
(I'm thinking a lot about First Lines these days. So important!
Re: Richard Peck's talk at Books of Wonder. And another Richard Peck beginning thought is HERE.)
Won't give away last line but it does refer back to the title. Which I always like. Titles are also tough. I kept forgetting this one while I was reading the book. Afterwards, not so much.
Here's a nice, short review of Tracy Holczer's debut middle-grade novel, via Publisher's Weekly: http://publishersweekly.com/978-0-399-16393-7
I read this one on the advice of an interesting list in the Christian Science Monitor of the best middle-grade books of the year, so far (though truthfully, some are Young Adult in my opinion) HERE.