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Throwback Thursday: Harriet the Spy

Harriet the spy.jpgFor this Throwback Thursday I recommend: Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh.

Eleven-year-old Harriet keeps notes on her classmates and neighbors in a secret notebook, but when some of the students read the notebook, they seek revenge.

For amateur detectives, and readers who enjoyed Boxcar Children, Hardy Boys, and Nancy Drew this is a great classic! Harriet the Spy was first published in 1964, and like many of the Throwback Thursday Classics has also been adapted into a movie. We also have it available as an audiobook at the library.

You can find the book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J FITZHUGH and the audiobook at J CD FITZHUGH.

~aw

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Book Review: Polly Diamond and the Magic Book

Polly Diamond and the Magic Book.jpgPolly Diamond and the Magic Book by Alice Kuipers is the story of a young girl, Polly, who discovers magic and has many misadventures.   Polly loves to write stories and begins to put them in a special book.  She soon discovers that everything she writes about will appear in real life.  Certainly, all of Polly’s dreams will come true.  Come to the library to check out a copy of this book to see if all of Polly’s dreams are as magical as they seem.

~KF

You can find Polly Diamond and the Magic Book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J KUIPERS.

Camp Nanowrimo

Have you ever wanted to write a novel or thought about participating in Nanowrimo? Sometimes November is a difficult or busy month, and sometimes 50,000 words just seems like too much to tackle!Camp Nanowrimo

If you have ever had these thoughts then Camp Nanowrimo is for you! Camp Nanowrimo allows you to set your own word goal (it can be any number that you want – big or small!), and join a cabin of fellow writers to cheer each other on. Camp Nanowrimo runs twice each year: once in April and once in July. Best of all you can watch your progress on a handy little target, it sure motivates me when I watch the arrow get closer to the bullseye.

You can sign up at: https://campnanowrimo.org/ Is anyone thinking about giving it a shot?

Word-count Wednesday #5

Hello fellow writers!

This is it! The final Word-count Wednesday! Can you believe that Nanowrimo is almost over? If you reach 50,000 words by midnight be sure to validate your word count. The validator might become a little slow in the last hour so try not to wait until last minute.

I crossed the finish line, the official final word count was 50,518 words! This is slightly more words than Microsoft Word said I had, so be sure to keep in mind that the validator might not match whatever program you are writing in.

Grant Falkner, in his nanowrimo pep talk this year had a wonderful description of what we’ve accomplished:

You’ll know that you can keep going by simply putting one word in front of another, and you’ll sense this great gift waiting for you. The gift of your novel. The gift of your journey. The gift of your accomplishment. Plus, you’ll know how to deal with quicksand the next time you step into it—in writing and in life.

Thanks for another great November and congratulations no matter how much you wrote!
~aw

Word-count Wednesday #4

Hello fellow writers!

The target word count for today, November 22th is 36,674 words. No longer ahead, I am instead just on track due to holiday preparation at 36,700 words. I will probably fall behind on Thanksgiving but will do my best to catch up before next Wednesday.

If you’re already at 50,000 words or you get there this weekend then don’t forget to validate your word-count! You just paste the text of your novel into the validator on the website, and if you have 50,000 words you’ll win! You get access to some snazzy offers by companies that promote Nanowrimo and a nice winner’s certificate. Be aware that the word-count validator on the website will not quite match whatever your writing program is (Word, Pages, etc.), sometimes you will have more words than you thought and sometimes less so be prepared.

This week let’s get some advice from James Patterson to help get us through to the end:

Get into a writing routine. Think it’s hard to write every day during NaNo? Most professional writers keep this kind of pace all year round. Holidays, birthdays, vacations—you name it, we’re writing. The trick is making writing into a daily habit. Same time. Same place. Same hot beverage of choice. Every. Single. Day. Again. And. Again.

Don’t stress. I don’t mean to undermine the above, but remember this is one month, not your entire writing career. Try hard, learn from it, and if you don’t get to 50,000 words, figure out what you did wrong so you can get there next time.” (James Patterson 2013 Pep Talk)

There’s just one more week to go! We can do it!

~aw

Word-count Wednesday #3

Hello fellow writers!

We’ve reached that middle stretch of Nanowrimo, and November. Today’s word count goal is 25,00 words, and for once I am still ahead of schedule at 29,584 words. But regardless of whether you have reached the halfway point in your novel and written around 25,000 words or if you just have a couple thousand written you should be proud of yourself.

But beware, we’ve also reached the point where sometimes the magic fades from your story, where you start to wonder why you are trying to finish this story and whether you should give up and write something else… Guess what? You’re not alone, and even authors like John Green face these sorts of doubts:

At this point, you’ve probably realized that it’s nearly impossible to write a good book in a month. I’ve been at this a while and have yet to write a book in less than three years. All of us harbor secret hopes that a magnificent novel will tumble out of the sky and appear on our screens, but almost universally, writing is hard, slow, and totally unglamorous. So why finish what you’ve started? Because in two weeks, when you are done, you will be grateful for the experience. (John Green 2010 Pep Talk)

Keep your chins up everyone and let’s keep at it!

~aw

Harry Potter Fanfiction Contest Winner

Here at the Bartlett Library, we celebrated the anniversary of the first Harry Potter book all through the month of June.  One of the ways we asked you to celebrate with us was by submitting your Harry Potter fanfiction stories and we received some GREAT entries!  Without further ado, we’d like to congratulate Matea, whose submission, The Marauders, won first place in the 4th-6th grade category.  Thank you to everyone who submitted their work.  We have some budding authors in our midst!

Read the winning entry The Marauders!  Read about the winners in the teen categories HERE.

 

 

Camp Nanowrimo

Have you ever wanted to write a novel or thought about participating in Nanowrimo? Sometimes November is a difficult or busy month, and sometimes 50,000 words just seems like too much to tackle!Camp Nanowrimo

If you have ever had these thoughts then Camp Nanowrimo is for you! Camp Nanowrimo allows you to set your own word goal (it can be any number that you want – big or small!), and join a cabin of fellow writers to cheer each other on. Camp Nanowrimo runs twice each year: once in April and once in July. Best of all you can watch your progress on a handy little target, it sure motivates me when I watch the arrow get closer to the bullseye.

You can sign up at: https://campnanowrimo.org/ Is anyone thinking about giving it a shot?

Camp Nanowrimo

Have you ever wanted to write a novel or thought about participating in Nanowrimo? Sometimes November is a difficult or busy month, and sometimes 50,000 words just seems like too much to tackle!Camp Nanowrimo

If you have ever had these thoughts then Camp Nanowrimo is for you! Camp Nanowrimo allows you to set your own word goal (it can be any number that you want – big or small!), and join a cabin of fellow writers to cheer each other on. Camp Nanowrimo runs twice each year: once in April and once in July. Best of all you can watch your progress on a handy little target, it sure motivates me when I watch the arrow get closer to the bullseye.

You can sign up at: https://campnanowrimo.org/ Is anyone thinking about giving it a shot?