Archive for November, 2010

Book Review – The Capture by Kathryn Lasky

November 27, 2010

    More than entertainment, The Capture, the first book in the Guardians of Ga’Hoole series by Kathryn Lasky, is an intriguing adventure about two owlets, Soren and Gylfie, kidnapped by a band of evil owls, intent on controlling not only them but the entire owl kingdom. Each main character, a different species of owls, is beautifully developed with Kathryn Lasky’s detailed knowledge of owl lore, permeating their descriptions, actions, and the content of the book.
    With the help of one another and the inspiration of legends learned from their families, they resist “moon-blinking”, an attempt to erase their identity and yearnings, and eventually escape the sinister clutches of their adversaries. Two orphaned owls later join them in their quest, all believing in the legendary knight-owls, the Guardians of Ga’Hoole, whose stories encourage them to go on the long, arduous journey to elicit their help.
    Soren realizes that he “had become something else.” No longer is he just the child of his parents. He’s becoming something more than he ever imagined himself to be, as are his three companions, embracing their destiny to free the owl kingdom from evil.
    The beginning of this epic, the first book in a series of fifteen, is complete in itself, although I am tempted to read one more. Who would not want to find out how this saga unfolds! I highly recommend The Capture for interesting and inspiring content, excellent character development, and a great story.

The Perfect Thanksgiving Story

November 16, 2010

Learning gratitude and “seeing the silver lining in a situation” are prescriptions from both the Bible and worldly wisdom how to have a successful and joyful life. How would you like to have this important lesson clothed in a delightful story to warm your heart and inspire your actions this Thanksgiving season? The classic children’s novel Pollyanna is the answer.
Yes, I know you’ve seen the movie. Most of us have had the pleasure of experiencing Disney’s Haley Mill’s 1960’s version, but truly it is not the same story as you’ll find in the original book. Hollywood created an almost musical, extravaganza Pollyanna. However, if you haven’t read the book, you missed the full development of both characters and plot.
The Glad Game, the wonderful game Pollyanna’s deceased father taught her, is a key theme throughout; it is beautifully developed and practiced in the book. To read its inspiration lay in the “rejoicing texts” was such a joy to discover!
This is just a fun suggestion to read and share Pollyanna by Eleanor Porter with the special children and the young-at-heart in your life to make your Thanksgiving even happier.
Happy Thanksgiving!
Susan

GRADUATION!

November 2, 2010

On October 1, I completed the Apprentice Course of the Christian Writers Guild.  It was a three year investment  – fifty lessons ( “a comprehensive course for writers”) done under the guidance  of a mentor. After taking a month off, I am ready to pursue writing!