Today I read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
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I know I'm a bit late to the party on this one, but it had been sitting on my reading pile for a while and I just hadn't got to it. I'm glad I did read it though, because I quite enjoyed it! It took me a little while to get into the first person, present tense narrative, but once I got used to it, the story was engaging and I wanted to know what would happen next. It isn't the best book I've ever read, but the action and self-actualisation of the main character kept the story moving along at a good pace. This book would not be suitable for young children, due to the violent themes, but would suit mature middle-school and high-school students.
Yesterday, I read The Golden Door by Emily Rodda.
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Emily Rodda is a beloved Australian author who has been writing children's books since I was a child. She is probably best known nowadays for the Deltora Quest series. I heard her speak at a festival a few years ago, and felt absolutely inspired. If you are unfamiliar with her work, look her up - you won't be disappointed! I thoroughly enjoyed this book in particular and am very keen to read the other two books in the trilogy - The Silver Door and The Third Door. Rodda's masterful descriptions, three-dimensional characters and terrifying monsters will have kids enthralled, and it is these very features that make Rodda's work so great as a mentor text. If you are looking for an author to study, Rodda is an excellent choice, and this book is a good place to start.
So, apologies for the change in focus for my Monday post, but I'm sure all you bookworms understand that when a book is calling, you can't say no!
A little housekeeping before I sign off. Since I announced a few days ago that there would be a giveaway coming, I've had an overwhelming response from TpT retailers who are keen to donate a product to the winner's prize. It is going to be a stellar giveaway, let me tell you! At the time of writing this post, we are only 22 followers away from the giveaway, so if you know anyone that might be interested in following the Little Green store, sign 'em up here! The sooner we hit the magic number, the sooner the giveaway goes live!
Have a great week everyone, and be sure to check in tomorrow for another YouTube Tuesday!