Canyon Colors

I was in a rut and couldn't get into any one of the, at least ten, different books I was currently reading. Of course, I'm big time into writing mode so maybe that explains my lack of input since I've been outputting so much.

Anyway, I wanted to get through this slump so I did what I usually do - I went to my local library. I walk down the aisles, looking through the shelves, checking a list I carry with me to see if my library carries any of the Newbery winners or other books that I want to read. Something usually jumps out at me and this time I found two books that I wanted to read, both JFic/Middle Grade. I finished this book "When You Reach Me" by Rebecca Stead in just two days. The 2010 Newbery Medal Winner was a joy to read. It kept my interest and reminded me why I love to read and write juvenile fiction, also.

The main character, Miranda, is a huge fan of the book "A Wrinkle in Time"'  and also the concept of time travel. Ms. Stead develops an interesting story that includes lessons in friendship, mistaken motives, kindness, love, and growing up. Toss in a scene that reminded me of one of my favorite SciFi movies, "The Terminator" where Sarah Connor's son in the future sends back Kyle, his father, to save his mother from the terminator who tries to kill Sarah so she never gives birth to John Connor and you've got a classic time travel story.

I rate "When You Reach Me" 5 out of 5 stars *****


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