What’s The Nine-Year-Old reading this week?

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Our mostly-weekly survey of the tidbits that cross The Nine-Year-Old’s desk. This week, The Nine-Year-Old adds some non-fiction to her reading diet and discovers the joy of fan fiction done well.

A sampling of this week’s books:

Done well, fan fiction gives readers a chance to revisit a world populated by beloved characters, long after the original author of that world has stopped writing about it. Done poorly, well, let’s just say that done poorly, fan fiction can provide some excellent teachable moments.

Fortunately for The Nine-Year-Old, her first brush with fan fiction appears to have been a happy one. In Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Whatever Cure, the original Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s great-niece is the one dispensing innovative cures for a new generation of misbehaving children.  Written by a writing team that includes Betty MacDonald’s granddaughter, Missy Piggle-Wiggle captures the gentle humor and inventiveness of the original series.

As far as I know The Nine-Year-Old hasn’t yet finished her non-fiction pick, Mammoths and Mastodons. No doubt she will tell you that that’s only because I wouldn’t let her read it at dinner last night. Undaunted, she found ways to work facts from the book into our conversation. If I hadn’t been distracted by Canelo’s attempt to kidnap my bread, I might actually remember one. That cat is really getting out of hand. I wonder if Missy Piggle-Wiggle has a cure for that?

I haven’t had a chance to talk with The Nine-Year-Old about Sideways Stories, but I’m looking forward to hearing what she thinks about it. Reading the description on Amazon, it sounds like another series in which quirky humor is used to make the life lessons go down easier. Some of those life lessons sound pretty on target for The Nine-Year-Old’s age group.

Have you or your Caterpickle read any of these books? What did you think of them?

Mostly recent news that fueled our dinnertime conversations this week:

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About Shala Howell

Writer of things ranging from optical network switching white papers to genetic testing patient education materials to historical fiction set in an 1880s asylum. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), my writerly self can be found blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, or musing about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.wordpress.com.
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