Olive's Ocean

Olive’s Ocean by Kevin Henkes (0-06-053543-1)
When Henkes is not charming us with the mice in his picturebooks, he is amazing us with the depth of his characterization in his books for older children. Martha, the 12-year-old protagonist, is learning a lot during two weeks of her summer. She learns about wanting to be a writer, about her relationship with her grandmother, about cruelty, and about bravery.
This book will be enjoyed by girls in particular as they watch Martha sort through some confusing times in her summer. It is a story driven more by character than by action, leaving the reader with a quiet, serene ending that is as refreshing as an ocean breeze.

Fantasy Fiction Chat

Philip Pullman, Tamora Pierce, and Christopher Paolini Talk Fantasy Fiction
What a group to chat about fantasy fiction together! The conversation gives the reader a glimpse into the writing craft of the three authors. A great article to hand to kids who want to be authors. I will be giving one copy away on Monday to a great teen who wants to be a writer and reads at least two of these authors.