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

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Average man Arthur Dent is plucked off the face of the Earth seconds before its demolition by his friend Ford Prefect. Ford, who originally introduced himself to Arthur as an out-of-work actor, turns out to be an alien doing research for the essential galactic tome, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Don’t panic. The newly (and absolutely) homeless Arthur is in good hands as he travels through the galaxy with Ford. And by good hands, I mean mostly harmless ones, of course.  

Why The Ten-Year-Old thinks you’ll like it: “Totally hilarious. The two funniest space aliens, except for maybe Chewbacca, that I’ve ever heard of are Zaphod Beeblebrox and Ford Prefect. If I’d understood the Vogon poetry, I’m sure I would have found it majorly offensive, but I didn’t so who knows.”

Who would like this book, according to The Ten-Year-Old: 

“Anyone who likes sci-fi would like this book. It’s a series of very weird coincidences.”

Ten (The Winnie Years) by Lauren Myracle

The Ten-Year-Old first met Lauren Myracle through her Upside-Down Magic series. Ten didn’t feature adorable cats on the cover, but it did have a protagonist exactly The Ten-Year-Old’s age, so she agreed to give it a try. 

What The Ten-Year-Old thinks about it: 

“It’s about a girl who lives in Atlanta and her life. Very good storytelling. The whole thing about the crack in the wall and her storing stuff in it was cool. It’s more realistic than you’d think given the first couple of lines about unicorns.”

“It doesn’t exactly capture my experience of being ten, but Winnie had problems with her friendships that I could totally understand. One friend was really kind of mean. I think those friendship problems are something anyone–even a seven-year-old–can relate to. Well, maybe not babies.”

Who would like this book, according to The Ten-Year-Old: 

“Anybody looking for something good to read that won’t make you laugh out loud super hard and freak your parents out while they’re driving. It is funny in parts, though.”

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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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