A few months ago when I was at the movies I saw the trailer for #Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I decided to read the novel before I saw the movie and I loved it. The book is unique. There are many odd photographs throughout the book that go with the story which made me wonder if the author saw the photographs and based the story around them. Either way it really doesn’t matter. The storytelling is artful and exciting.
It reminds me a X-Men where these children have special powers. The story is about a boy named Jason who saw hi grandfather’s murder by a strange creature. No one believes him. His parents believe that he’s traumatized after grandfather die but soon Jason discovers a world where the normal rules don’t apply and children who have special skills. It was very exciting and unexpectedly filled with a little romance to boot. Read this book for the beautiful writing and the great story.
The summer is coming soon and now is a good time to set your goals. Teen who want to be writers.
I just finished reading The Last Star by Rick Yancey. I waited an entire year for this book to be released and it was worth the wait. The story is from various characters point of view. It follows Ringer as she makes her way back to Zombie after loosing another member of their team. Cassie and Evan Walker deal with the aftermath of Grace, a sniper who tried to kill them. Zombie continues to deal with the loss of his sister and his own insecurities as he continues to take charge of his child soldiers who are fighting to save the Earth. Meanwhile, Vosch is getting ready for the Fifth Wave.
One thing I love about this book is the strength of its female characters. Cassie and Ringer both have undying strength and courage. The love story is a backdrop but it’s still there.
This book is packed with action. I don’t want to release spoilers so all I can say it that I read it in three days. Can I say more?
Now that last week I asked you to write a story based on a title now try writing a story based on a picture. What if this was the cover picture for your book? What would your story be about?
Feel free to come up with a title too.
Titles sell books. Well, it’s the total package really. When I am browsing the bookshelves in libraries or bookstores searching for a book to buy or check out it’s often the artwork on the cover and title that helps me decide which one to take.
Write a story based on this title. If you plan to write a story and share it on the My Words page let me know which title you chose. Good luck!
The Toss Up
Out of Time
Write a story about the world getting hotter and hotter or colder and colder.
What do your characters do about this new development? What is happening to people and the world around you as this phenomenon begins and takes hold? Me, I think I might go underground in a network of caves and prepare somehow.
If you’re into sci-fi maybe you’d make plans to leave Earth? What would your characters do? Maybe they’d throw one last party then make plans to survive?
What would you do in order to survive?
Write a eulogy to a bad memory and event. Here’s my example.
You’re not me anymore.
You see, I’ve discovered that I am smart.
I am beautiful.
I am good enough just the way I am.
You use to whisper things into my ears.
Things I use to believe were true.
None of them were.
So today I am bidding you farewell.
I am putting you away and burying you in a box.
Never to return again.
Sometimes when I am driving my GPS goes crazy and takes me for a long ride. We trust that the GPS will take us to where we want to go but what if the GPS had a mind of its own?
Write a story about your GPS sending you to an unknown location. Where do you go and who do you meet? Be creative and have some fun.
Write an alphabet poem using alliteration.
Here’s a brief example.
August was really awfulBecause it was the time I was bullied.
Cathy was really cruel.
During most of the days.
Everything inside me felt empty.
What is in a name? Writers think long and hard and often change the names of their characters. Names are important. They help create the personality of characters. What if you had a character named Mildred? Would she be a warrior?
Try this what if your character’s name was Rain and she was in love with a boy named Ash? Write a story about them and explain how they received their names.