Posted tagged ‘Quirky’

A Time to Read

June 26, 2014

The school year is over. Yay! That was the cry heard from both teachers and students at the sound of the last bell.

Ahh, summer! For me, it’s a time to do things I don’t always find time to do when school is in session. The first thing on my list is to read, read, read, and read some more. Right now I’m reading a middle-grade novel by Kathryn Erskine, THE ABSOLUTE VALUE OF MIKE. I’m thoroughly enjoying it. There are lots of quirky characters that jump off the page. I like quirky!

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Now please excuse me while this quirky blogger continues reading!

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Quirky and Unique

January 23, 2014

Kate DiCamillo is an immensely talented author. The Newbery Medal and a Newbery Honor Book are among many of the awards she has received. DiCamillo seems to have the innate ability to know exactly how to create a work that will suck readers into her story and keep them there until the very last page. No wonder she was chosen to be the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature!

I just finished reading Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, a chapter book, written by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by K.G. Campbell. This book has received a lot of buzz. Could there be another award on the horizon for Kate?

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The characters in Flora & Ulysses jump off the pages with their quirky uniqueness. There’s Flora, a cynic, Ulysses, a superhero squirrel, Flora’s mom who’s immersed in writing romance novels, Flora’s dad who is a bit odd, Mrs. Tickham, the next door neighbor, and her great-nephew, William Spiver, who says he’s suffering from temporary blindness. As the story unfolds, DiCamillo cleverly weaves plot and characters together to keep readers emotionally involved and longing for more. Comic book elements add to enjoyment of this skillfully written book that garnered starred reviews and became a New York Times best-seller!

The ALA Youth Media Awards will be announced on Monday, January 27. Will Kate DiCamillo do it again?


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