Becca Wilhite Blog

July 19, 2011

Belle’s Bookshelf “When You Reach Me”

Filed under: awards,Belle's Bookshelf,books,kids — becca @ 11:58 am

I know. You’ve waited long enough. Here is the latest installment of Belle’s Bookshelf, done by my Kid 3, now 10 years old.

I have recently read a book that was way better than I expected. It is called “When You Reach Me” written by the master of resolving: Rebecca Stead. My Amazing Mother gave me this book for my birthday in June and handed it to me and said “Just read it.” So now I’m handing it to you and saying “Just read it.” Thanks, Mom.

This book is a challenge to write a review on, so I won’t tell you much, so I don’t spoil it. The main character’s name is Miranda, a strong-hearted, calm, city girl with a single mother, who, in the beginning, gets accepted onto a game show, The $20,000 Pyramid. Miranda faces many challenges that most others will not face. It deals with friendship, race relations, families, money, winning and losing, and forgiveness.

This book has adventure, humor, heartbreak, puzzles, happiness, and most of all, lots of resolving – every point in the story (even the naked man running down Broadway) comes to a resolution. To prove my point of amazingness, this book recieved 21 honors, including the Newbery Medal.

You can check it out from your library, but after you read it, you’re going to want to buy it.

  • 195 pages, published by Yearling/Random House
  • Perfect for ages 8 and up, depending on maturity (mention of the naked man might make some kids uncomfortable)
  • Could be a good read-aloud, but I want to hold it in my hands while I read it.

February 5, 2010

Fun Stuff Friday

Filed under: awards,familyness,interviews — becca @ 2:48 pm

Here’s some fun:

Today I found out that Bright Blue Miracle is a finalist for a Whitney Award. This is a cool awards program for writers who also happen to be LDS (that’s Mormons, you know, and we’re really nice people). The award is named for Elder Orson F. Whitney, who said, “We will yet have Miltons and Shakespeares of our own.” Which is awesome, but maybe not totally fitting for BBM. Because, clearly, it’s prose. Other than that tiny detail, right. Totally Miltonesque and Shakespearean. Totally.
Also, I was interviewed on Novel Journey today. I’m not sure if they didn’t like MRRO, or just didn’t have a chance to read it, but there’s not a review (but I sound kinda cute, dont’ you think?). Check it out if you have a minute.
Also we’re going on a family date tonight to the local High School basketball game. Think Kid 1 will be sitting anywhere near us? Yeah, we don’t count on it, but it will be fun. And she may surprise us, you know. Her friends think I’m cool, remember?
Have a loverly weekend, all!

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