Friday, May 30, 2008

ode to dinner...pause

tonight my dinner was an all-canadian meal at mcdonald's at 5:15 pre-double header softball games then a bagel with cream cheese at 8:45 post-double header. not photo worthy whatsoever.

and now i'm drinking neo-citron. what? a cold? at the beginning of june? the life of a teacher.

so in lieu of a dinner post - it's a book post. ode to gary paulsen.

gary paulsen wrote Hatchet - one of my all-time favourite kids novel of all time. if you haven't read it, you should pick it up at your library immediately. he's written tons of other books for kids as well a some for adults. i recently finished an "autobiographical odyssey" by paulsen called Eastern Sun, Winter Moon about his experience at the end of WW2 when he went as a child to the Philippines where his father was stationed at an army base. a wrenching story. but now i'm reading the above book: Winterdance, the Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod. if you've ever had a vague interest in the dog-sledding race, the Iditarod, that takes place in Alaska - you'll be thrilled by this book. if you've never heard of the Iditarod, you'll still like this book because his descriptions are just so clear and the story is so unbelievable. if they made this guy's life into a movie? we'd criticize it because it's not believable. he should have died a hundred times yet he's still alive to write about it and make you want to read more. so anyways - if you're looking or something...i recommend.

1 comment:

rachel said...

I keep checking the library shelves for Hatchet, but I think it must always be checked out. I read it when I was a young adult and would love to read it again, now as a writer for young adults. Keep throwing 'I reccommends' up here - you have an inside track on YA and kids fiction. :)