Tuesday, April 20, 2010

WIP: not much, but first book review

OK, I let Wednesday slip by again...but this week I did actually work on my WIP a bit more, not much though. Excuses? You want excuses? (I do because two weeks in a row is not so good...)
1. Hero Games....planning, prepping, and attending. (my blog about it, click here)
2. Visit from two dear friends (Cindy Fox and Libby Stephens) that we haven't seen in four years...living overseas makes you very appreciative of friends "dropping by".
So, there are my reasons....only two, but I believe good ones.
Now, what did I get done?
1. I finally sent "The Contract" to a friend to critique. She returned it and I looked at her comments. Like them, but haven't changed anything yet...due to the above reasons. Thanks Amy for great ideas and thoughts!
2. Edited more on the "Mei Mei" story.
3. And from this blog got the idea to get pictures for my characters for my novel that is untitled. Thanks Lisa!But, again due to the reasons above, I haven't looked for faces yet. I may even do the poster board idea....love it!

So, here is my very first book review....
"Al Capone Does My Shirts" by Gennifer Choldenkow

I picked this book up at the school library. I'm so thankful that I can get books there as a parent to student/wife to principal. The title really intrigued me and seeing that it was a Newberry Honor book, I definitely wanted to read it.
I have to tell you, I was crying by page 30.
What?!?!?! Yes, you see this book really spoke to me in ways that it may not speak to everyone. I am a mother to a special needs daughter. I also have a son who is just like "Moose". Having this book written as a journal from the POV of Moose was brilliant. She captured the sibling of a special needs child really well. Gennifer Choldenkow is a sibling, herself, to a special needs sister. So, she really understands and got the message across. I loved this book...if you can't tell. Not just because of the special needs aspect, but having the setting on Alcatraz Island with Al Capone was very unique. I believe I learned a bit about that time era and finished the book wanting to explore that prison and era more.
If I ever get to SF, I'm going to take the tour...

3 comments:

A.L. Sonnichsen said...

MaDonna, You don't need to thank me for looking at your story. It was no problem! I haven't read the book you reviewed, but it sounds amazing. Something to add to my book list. :) I HAVE been to Alcatraz and it is one of the most intriguing places I have ever visited (well, in America, anyway). It's definitely worth a visit if you're in SF!

Amy

MaDonna Maurer said...

Definitely should put it on your reading list...it was just well done...
As for thanking you....had too....I've not looked at yours yet. Hoping to do that this weekend now that the whirlwind has passed. =)

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