Two Books to Read
When you were a kid and got something stuck in a tree, what was the first thing you did? You threw something at it, right?
Floyd just does what any kid (and most adults?) would do. When his kite gets stuck in a tree, he throws something else. Did that always work for you? Doesn’t for Floyd either. But does he give up?
Lucky for readers, no, he doesn’t. And we get to laugh. Jeffers also wrote The Day the Crayons Quit, another hilarious story.
Sarah Tomp spoke at a recent SCBWI meeting. Great presentation on a day I wasn’t planning on spending any money. Then she read the first page in her new YA novel, My Best Everything, published by Little, Brown, and Company in 2015.
I rushed out of the lecture hall after her talk and bought Tomp’s book in hardcover!
Lulu’s plan to escape her small town is torpedoed when her father reveals they don’t have the money she needs for college.
Like Floyd, Lulu doesn’t give up, but she finds danger, love, and consequences in the pursuit of her dream.
The book is written first person in Lulu’s voice and is addressed to the boy she falls in love with—the boy who, because of his love for Lulu, is pulled back into the life where he had been stuck. Moonshine is involved.
The book left me with a haunting bittersweet ache. One line that really struck me reads:
“Easy makes a good sell for meant-to-be.” Good words to remember in times of temptation.
Two Places to Visit in San Diego (one involving future reading)
San Diego, which has been dubbed by some as “America’s finest city,” is just about to be a little less fine. We are losing our last children’s bookstore as another independent folds. The Yellow Book Road has been in my family’s life since my son was a toddler.
When I went to Liberty Station this week, the “Store closing” signs broke my heart. Even though I got some really wonderful books at great prices, I’d rather pay more and have them stay. The owners, Ann and David, and their staff members have become friends over the years. I will truly miss them and their treasure chest of a store.
When I went two days ago, I thought everything might be too picked-over. Even though the inventory is obviously shrinking, they still have many wonderful titles. I will definitely get in a couple more visits before the end of the month. If you live in the San Diego area, go before The Yellow Book Road is only a memory.
A week ago, it was overcast with the prediction of spotty rain. It was a beautiful day to take a walk in the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park. (Did I ever tell you Seattle is my dream city?) A winding trail crosses bridges and leads down into recently opened parts of the garden.
My husband and I were able to enter the new Inamori Pavilion. I felt a peaceful calm as soon as we walked inside to view the exhibit of Ichiyo Yamamoto’s ceramics. They are amazingly detailed. For those of us who were taught to simply dip our pots into buckets of glaze, the exhibit is jaw-dropping. Yamamoto uses platinum in his intricate and delicate designs. The exhibit will be there until July 5th.