This book is about a cat named Bunny who meets a mouse named Mike and a pigeon named Polly. They become friends. One day Bunny sees a newspaper article that says stuff about a mistreated carriage horse at Central Park named Joe, and Bunny is determined to save him. Bunny hatched a plan to save Joe, but Polly is reluctant because she does not trust Bunny.
This book is unique because usually the cat doesn’t talk to the mailman and drive a horse drawn carriage.
People should read this book if they like talking animals, animals saving animals, etc.
I got tipped off about this book by a couple people who knew I was always looking for books about ADHD kids. Oh and I am sooo UNFOCUSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This book is about a girl who gets diagnosed with ADHD in 7th grade. For me that is surprising as I was diagnosed in kindergarten (but Mom says they knew earlier). It must be hard to find out something like that when you are older. Cleo has to learn how to manage ADHD with friendships (not easy), school (also not easy) and being a teen girl (really not easy). She has to learn new skills and adjust to medication.
One thing I liked is how they talk about the medication part. People think you take meds and everything is better or you become a zombie. That hasn’t been my experience. I have tried a lot of meds – some have worked and others have made me sleepy, very grumpy, not hungry, not worked at all. I see my doctor pretty often and he includes me in the discussion about meds. I didn’t like Clea’s parents saying that medication was a parent only decision- the kid needs to have a say. They are the ones taking them. I haven’t seen the medication part of ADHD in that way in a book before.
The book also talks about accommodations kids with ADHD can get in school. I have an IEP (my adhd caused a lot of issues when I first started school) but don’t always use my accommodations. The book reminded me they are to help me, not make me weird. It could help explain why a classmate takes their test in another room or uses a special computer for some work. It is just what they need.
This book also brings some mean girl experience. I may only be in fourth grade but I still have that problem. I feel like I am only one who does but books like this help me know I am not the only one.
I think all kids should read this. Having adhd is hard and this could help them understand why we act “weird” some times. Teachers and parents should also read this. My mom read it and said it was very good. I even have lent it to my therapist to read. (PS dear authors, could you also write about kid going to therapy? Txs)
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When you were my age (9), did you read a lot? OH yes! I have always been an avid reader. I started independently reading when I was three and ever since then, I have read anything and everything I could get my hands on. I typically have three or four books going at once.
What was your favorite book? I am sure, being a book fan yourself, you know how hard a question that is! The book that I feel the most attachment to is Redwall by Brian Jacques. I forget how old I was when I read it, but the imagery Jacques creates and the depth of his characters made a huge impression on me. The quality of his writing is something I greatly admire.
How did you get idea to start book blog at 9? Well, I actually had the idea when I was eight. At eight years old, my grandmom told me she was shopping for a book for me and didn’t know what to buy and a kid in the store told her to get me “The Strange Case of Origami Yoda”. He said it was a good book and that I would like it, so she bought it. Well, it is a good book and I did like it. I thought that if my grandmom would take the advice of a kid maybe “this kid” (me) could help other kids and grown-ups looking for books for kids, find books they like. So I announced to my parents that I was going to get a job at a newspaper and write book reviews for them because none of my friends at school really wanted to talk about books. Not wanting to discourage me (but also realizing newspapers probably won’t hire an eight year-old) my parents suggested starting a blog and by the time I got it up and running, I had turned nine.
How have you kept it up so long? Blogs and school are hard to balance. It is a commitment, but so is playing sports or being in a club. I’ve been doing it so long it seems just like another part of my life. I guess I have learned ways to stream-line it too. I think the secret is, I love it. When you love something, it’s easy to do.
What is coolest thing to happen because of your blog? Like who did you get to meet or what book did you get early? That’s a really hard one because I’ve got so many things I am very grateful for. Because I am a reviewer, I do get many ARCs to consider reviewing and the mail is like Christmas every day for me. As far as things I got to do, I’ve skyped to a grade-school class in Honduras and a children’s literature college class in Singapore as a guest speaker. I’ve traveled to all kinds of fantastic book festivals (I especially LOVE the National Book Festival in Washington DC – if you’ve never been, you have to go), got a job as a Scholastic Kid News Reporter, and, my original goal of writing for a newspaper, well they didn’t hire an 8-year-old, but they did hire a ten year-old! I landed a monthly column in the Upper Bucks Free Press after their content editor overheard me interviewing an author at a book signing. I wrote my first column when I was ten and I still am writing for them today. I also freelance for some other papers. I met so many wonderful people who have become mentors to me. Author Michelle Isenhoff encouraged me to finish writing and then helped me edit my first book, which I published when I was eleven. I’ve had a chance to publish poems and short stories in anthologies. All of this wouldn’t be possible without my blog. As far as people I’ve met, that again is something I am forever grateful for. Jude Watson was my first interview. She was so nice to me and was very encouraging. I’ve developed a close friendship with Eileen and Jerry Spinelli whom I met years ago. We are pen pals still today. I’ve met Rick Riordan (I totally forgot my questions for him I was so excited), Chelsea Clinton, Kate DiCamillo, and when I was a Scholastic Reporter I met and interviewed Carla Hayden and Michelle Obama. I’ve also met absolutely amazing editors and publicists and also pre-published and self-published authors. Really, the entire kid-lit community is just amazing. I am profoundly grateful to be a part of it.
What authors do you really like? Any lesser known or new ones? Well I need like 40 pages for that but I will list some that come to mind. I already told you Brian Jacques, Rick Riordan is awesome, The Spinellis, Brandon Mull, Tom Angleberger, Margaret Peterson Haddix, Roland Smith, Gordon Korman, John David Anderson, Kate DiCamillo, Sandra Boynton, Gene Luen Yang, Lois Lowry, Christopher Paul Curtis, gosh I could keep going and going. As far as lesser known authors, a read a lot of self-published books and there are authors, I run across where I am amazed they do not have a publishing house scooping them up. Elise Stokes has a series “Cassidy Jones” that is A-MAZING! My mentor, Michelle Isenhoff has several historical fiction (one of my favorite genres) series that are wonderful. Also, many kids today don’t read classic authors and I think they should – Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Jules Verne- Alexandre Dumas – kids probably have never heard of these authors and should know them!
If you could portal into any book, what would it be? That’s easy – Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child! Maybe I could review food too!
What do you want to be when you grow up? I am planning on going to school for engineering and also journalism. I am interested in how journalism is rapidly changing in today’s world and perhaps developing different platforms for media to be circulated from. I also plan to keep writing and reading. Maybe I’ll have my own publishing house. That would be cool.
I liked to read in school and when my parents stuck a book in my hands because I was “SO bored,” but I didn’t choose to read very often on my own. I was more interested in playing! I played with my Star Wars action figures a lot at that age. My brother and I also liked to pretend we were running away from evil villains. I liked to write, though–mostly stories about aliens and other creatures. It wasn’t until I was older that I started to appreciate how reading let me live in my imagination a lot like playing and writing did.
2. What was your favorite story?
When I was very young, I loved a Little Golden Book called THE NEATOS AND THE LITTERBUGS. I used to beg my older sister to read it to me. When I was older, my favorite book was A WRINKLE IN TIME. The main character, Meg, is lonely and felt like a misfit, but she goes on an incredible adventure and starts to feel more comfortable with herself and others. I wanted that, too. I wanted a sense of belonging, and I wanted to travel the galaxy!
3. How do you get your ideas? Stories about kids with epilepsy are rare.
The idea for MEENA MEETS HER MATCH came from real life. My daughter, Amelia, was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was nine years old. I wanted write about what it was like for her. I also wanted to show that kids are kids, no matter what, and that everybody goes through ups and downs.
Actually, I’d say that most of my story ideas come from real life. I’m inspired by people I know and conversations I hear and things that happen to me. They light a fire in my imagination, but the ideas also change a lot as I write about them. My daughter’s experience was the spark that made me want to write a book, but Meena became her own person, and her story turned into something new and different from my daughter’s story.
4.What author do you really like right now?
Oh, there are so many, but Anne Ursu and Jacqueline Woodson are two of my favorites.
5. Do you have any new or lesser known authors you would suggest?
I don’t pay much attention to how well known an author is. I just know when a book draws me in and won’t let go. A couple of middle grade books that do that for me are BLUEFISH by Pat Schmatz and THE DESPERATE ADVENTURES OF ZENO AND ALYA by Jane Kelley. For nonfiction, I also love Patricia Sutton’s CAPSIZED!
6.What advice do you have for a kid who wants to be an author?
Practice! Nobody sits down at a piano for the first time and plays a song. They just bang their hands on the keys and make noise. Learning to write is a lot like that. You get good at it by doing it. So try writing new things. Go back to older pieces you’ve written and see how you could improve them. Play with words. Tell stories. Your writing will just get better and better!
7.As an author, do you hear from your readers? What do you like about that?
I’m starting to! It’s so fun to connect with people who are reading MEENA MEETS HER MATCH. Writing is funny, because I do it alone, but I also have an audience in mind. I don’t have any way of knowing who will be drawn to the story or what it might mean to them. I just have to put it out there and hope it finds its way to the people who need it. When someone does connect with what I wrote…it feels magical!
8.If you could portal into any book (yours or another person’s), what book would it be?
Wow, that’s a great question! When I was younger, I would have said that I wanted to time travel or blast into outer space. Now when I read, I care more about traveling into the minds and hearts of characters I love. I don’t have a specific book in mind, but I want to know what life is like for other people. I want to feel what they feel and see things from their point of view. That’s the portal I’d pick.
This book is about a girl named Meena who has a seizure. The Books starts out when she thinks everything is a contest. When she is making her president poster, she spaces out and scribbles on her paper and her teacher doesn’t even hear the teacher tell her to give it to her three times. Then she has seizure later and she goes to the hospital. One of the days before, her teacher tells them to make their valentines box. She starts by gluing candy wrappers on to her box. Because of the seizure, she is closely watched, with her parents watching her as she slept, (Creepy) and in school, kids go with her everywhere. (even the bathroom!!!😶😶) then– SPOILER ALERT 🚨 SPOILER ALERT 🚨 oops 😬😬
This book is unique because I haven’t read a book before with epilepsy in it or a kid facing such a big medical issue. Usually it is their sibling that is sick. It is different for it to be the main character.
This book could be the book for a kid dealing with a medical issue. There is also a big friendship issue which kids my age deal with a lot. I feel like it is a book for kids today – this is what life is like.
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This book is about, well, a million million million things, so, every page it either a story or a picture and they are super fun to read together with a younger sibling or adult, or just as a family. It has fun small stories, and poems. Each poem and story is a fractured fairytale, which means they are changed in a way to make it funny.
This book is unique because it’s laid out kinda like a newspaper booklet and it’s really cool because that.
I recommend this book to anyone who likes fractured fairytales, and like the book called The True Tale Of The Three Little Pigs.