For #womenwriterwednesday, we featuring Thea Stilton and Linda Sue Park
Linda Sue Park is the recipient of the 2002 Newbery Medal for her novel ‘A Single Shard’. Her novel ‘Cavern of Secrets’ is the second in the Wing & Claw series that follows the adventures of a young and gifted apothecary, Raffa Santana. Interestingly, the first thing Park ever published was a haiku she wrote for a children’s magazine. She was nine years old at the time: "In the green forest
A sparkling, bright blue pond hides.
And animals drink." The children’s magazine wrote a check to Park for $1 for her Haiku. As a Christmas gift, she gave it to her dad.
Elisabetta Dami is the creator of the popular children’s books ‘Geronimo Stilton’ and ‘Thea Stilton’. Her inspiration for Geronimo Stilton dates back to when she volunteered at a hospital where she took care of sick children. She wrote, “It was through writing that I became the mother of Geronimo Stilton and his extended family. This character was born from my heart to bring me closer to a dream I sadly was not able to fulfil: that of having children. I was in a hospital when I was told that I would never become a mother, and was also in a hospital when I started doing volunteer work with sick children. It was at the time when an American doctor called Patch Adams taught us that children need to laugh in order to recover, and so he dressed up like a clown to amuse them. I invented and told funny stories about a clumsy mouse that had lots of adventures, with twists in the plots and the guaranteed happy endings. I wanted to entertain children, see their eyes bristling with joy and create a bridge towards enchantment.”
Booker short list number 3. I had high hopes for it. Partly because it has wolves in the title. It was okay. A lonely teenage girl babysitting for and becoming close to a religious family. Tragedy happens. It was a sad coming-of-age story, and I liked the atmospheric setting in a forest community by a lake. But I didn't feel close to any of the characters, all the harrowing events they went through left me somehow cold. I think I wanted the story to be deep, but it felt disjointed to me. So it's Smith, Hamid, Fridlund for me now. I also know who got the prize, so I think I'll tackle that one next. ☺
Teen podcast is back starting Wednesday! The library is collaborating again with Terry Nelson from The Ground for this 5 session podcast workshop. Check out our calendar at beaconlibrary.org for more info.