Dear Cara (Very early) 2 July 2010

Dearest Bugs Goaty,

I think I’m writing a post not because it’s late (or early for that matter) because I could just go and sleep, but I was going through my shelfari and it sturck me just how much of a book nerd I was in grade school. Correction, story nerd. Over the years, I’ve become some what more of a book collecter than a frantic reader like I was before. I literally could not sleep if I hadn’t read for at least fifteen minutes before. Perhaps it was middle school that beat it out of me, or maybe having more internet influence. Yeah, that might be it. This was a major advancment at SJA when we got all new computers and upgraded to Vista. Seriously, EPIC. My mind was blown. But even before that it started to lag. Anyway, that’s not what this is supposed to be about. I’m going to rant at you about my favourite gradeschool books and you can read or not. I have a feeling this is going to get really boring. By the way, I’m going off the order of books in my shelfari, not by preference.

“Midnight Magic” by Avi: I don’t really remember exactly when I read this at all. I think it was summer sometime but it’s a very spooky book in atomosphere but in content it’s very logical; if that makes sense at all. It’s a mystery set in the middle ages with the typical Avi style (Nothing but the truth was written by him but this is totally differnt). I can’t really spit out any words here to show why or how I liked this books. I think I liked how it was a bit of stepping stone to the “Teen” genre.

“The Dark Hills Divide” By Patrick Carman and following sequals: This one’s totally takes me back to SJA’s library. The first one sat on the shelves for a while and I knew it but I didn’t really get around to reading it for a while. It’s a really clever world it’s set in. This one is also a mystery but this one is better; all equiped with secret passages, danger, injury, death if I remember right. It’s a good young adult mystery. (Geez, this is so boring all ready)

“Things Not Seen” and “A School Story” By Andrew Clement: Oh my goodness, I think these books have really chaged who I am. I had a HUGE crush on the main character of “Things Not Seen” because he gets turned invisible by an electric blanket and a meteor shower! Is that not the most sexy thing ever?! Of course, as a fifth grader, I don’t think I would use “sexy” but he was very attractive. Though he had to go for the blind girl in the end. And “A School Story” really was the model of what I wanted my life to be for a long time. A sixth grader writes a book, sends it to her editor mother under a fake name, and in the end gets it published. It plays out much better than that sentence tells but it seriously changed my life. Seriously.

“The Young Wizards Series” By Diane Duane: These ones were a huge part of my life too. I read these all after we moved to our La Vista house so like sixth or seventh grade. What I loved about these books was they pushed my brain farther than it had gone with anyother books. I know I told you before. They are a little like American Harry Potter except the magic is WAY more complicated and scientific. Like it actually makes sense. Amazing. Ask Michaela, she read these too. I really need to reread all these because the ninth book came out this year. What’s amazing is the author wrote the first book in the eighties and is now releasing the ninth. These books take FOREVER for her to write because they’re so complicated. Geez, I really need to reread these; just thinking about it.

“Phoenix Rising” by Karen Hesse: Oh sigh; literally. This book really could easily be turned into a Hallmark movie but it’s not. It’s really not. It’s about a small fictional town with a power plant that explodes or something, and how the refugees deal with the radiation. I almost cried at the end; and I can’t help but thinking of this when I hear someone say “Shep”. Oh David! I love you! Sorry, I couldn’t help it. AAAAhhhhh!!!!

“The Star-Spangled Secret” by K.M. Kimball: This one gets me frankly because it has an undertone of a romance, and it’s a mystery. Oh and the danger. Can’t forget the danger. It’s about a girl whose brother goes missing off a boat during the revolutionary war. I used to know it backwards and forwards.

“The Two Princesses of Bamarre” and “Writing Magic” by Gail Levine: Even though this woman wrote “Ella Enchanted” too I liked this one way better. It’s very Ella Enchanted-y in that it’s whimsical and very fable-y and there are elves, and a death, and a love interest. Sigh. Why does a death always make it? Frankly the the only part of “Writing Magic” I remember is her talking about Corpal Tunnel. Ehehehehehe… Anyway, it was her talking about writing for fun and getting started and stuff. When I was in middle school I REALLY REALLY REALLY wanted to be a writer; but…mmmm…not going to happen I think. Still, made me love books more.

Hehehehhehehe, “Sleepy Ella” by Angela McAllister: Sigh, what can I say, I used to have this book memorized. It’s just part of my life. Face it. A little girl goes wandering through a fairy land to find the perfect treasure so she can go to sleep. In the end, a star is the perfect thing to hang over her bed. [insert your AAAWWWWWWW here]

“The Perilous Gard” by Elizabeth Marie Pope: In theory, this book is really creepy. A young noble girl wanders into the land of evil fairy people that comitt human sacrafice? Oh dear. It is really creepy, but it’s still good. It’s been a while but the memory seems so dramatic. And when I found this one at the library for sale I very nearly shrieked. Jessi was with me actually and she didn’t understand why I was so excited. I was almost bouncing.

And last but not least “Pickle Things” by Marc Brown: This isn’t on my shelfari but frankly, shelfari doesn’t deserve it. It’s about if everything in the world was made of pickles! I would totally send it to Andrew Sims but unfortunately it’s kind of a family item. When we were little we read this book all the time. And when I say little I mean like I was three and Tess and Jonah didn’t excist yet. Epic. I giggle at the thought of it.

Farewell Bugs Goaty!

Love, DFTBAOYD, Pickles, And All That Jazz,

                                                                                           Ella/Bow Wow

  1. Ello Ella! I was rereading this today, I enjoy this blog, you sound all nerdy and funny when you talk about the books. And I must say, I said, “Awwwww!” way more than just that one time.

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