Meg’s Guest Review of “Maybe”

It’s 1946. Poland is in ruins after the Second World War. Happiness is scarce. A fourteen-year-old juvenile named Felix is stranded in his own mind. A prevailing addition to Morris Gleitzman’s Once series, Maybe follows directly after the novel Soon. Gabriek is the middle-aged guardian of both Felix and Anya who is a recalcitrant pregnantContinue reading “Meg’s Guest Review of “Maybe””

Review of ‘Because of You’ by Pip Harry

Tiny and Nola should never have met. Tiny scrounges for food on the streets of Sydney, Australia, and is driven to steal sanitary supplies from a pharmacy. Nola and her friends are picking out $1000+ dresses for their Year 12 formal in a trendy Harbourside boutique. But Tiny hears the writing group at homeless shelterContinue reading “Review of ‘Because of You’ by Pip Harry”

How Grandpa Discovered Central Asia

Dreamstime photo I worried about Grandpa. After Nana died, he was all by himself in England, and we, his family, were over here in Central Asia. My Mum and Dad both have jobs here, and we couldn’t go home to keep Grandpa from being lonely. He’d never been out of England in his whole seventy-twoContinue reading “How Grandpa Discovered Central Asia”

“Talk Under Water” by Kathryn Lomer

The Facebook page of Jessica Watson – the Australian teen who skippered her sailboat solo around the Southern Hemisphere at age 16 – brings Summer Rainbird and Will Lane together. They both think Jessica is awesome, but Summer has never set foot on a sailboat. Will lives on one. When they find out they haveContinue reading ““Talk Under Water” by Kathryn Lomer”

Writing fiction – Heroes and Characters

Here are a couple of central ideas from some of the recommended books on creative writing. A hero is not Spiderman or the fireman who saves a child, or your favorite football player. A hero, in storytelling, is the story’s central character, who goes on a real life – or mental, or spiritual – journey,Continue reading “Writing fiction – Heroes and Characters”