Just returned from journalism conference in Austin. As always it was wonderful. Found a new place to eat: Shady Grove. YUM. Green chili corn chowder might be my new favorite soup. Today I had sweet potato fries. Whoa. Fabulous!
I spoke about writing, as always. 🙂 I always start by telling students what I’ve heard writers say from the beginning of time: If you want to be a great writer, you MUST read. And by read, I mean books other than the classics you’re forced to read in English. And then I made suggestions.
I’ve written about the Westerfeld books recently, so I don’t need to repeat myself. AMAZING!
I’ve actually only read the first in the trilogy, but it left a powerful image in my mind. WOW! I followed the first with Reading Lolita in Tehran and The Kite Runner. Eye opening stories about a part of the world I try to understand. Reading Lolita in Tehran is non-fiction and not one you can read quickly. But a little bit every day goes a long way.
DD rechecked the book from the library I don’t know how many times, so I figured I better find out what was so great. WOW.
I truly do believe this book should be added to our reading list for juniors. Singing With the Top Down is a unique story set in a time we call the “good ol’ days.” Williamson’s story rings true with characters you cheer for.
What do you recommend?