Friday, February 11, 2011

I found it!

In my last post I talked about a book I read as a kid. It was about a girl who was on a TV show and was writing her memoirs at age 13...and after searching and searching for years I finally found the book online! It's called Confessions of a Prime Time Kid and it's actually a work of FICTION! AH! I think I must have been in 4th or 5th grade when I picked this book up at my school's book fair and I think I must have really thought it was true.

Over the years I have scoured the web trying to find reference to the vague memories I had of a TV show and the girl's name and I could never find anything. Well DUH! now that I realize it's fiction of course I wouldn't have found anything. I finally found the book on a used book website. I can't believe I actually found it. I'm so excited. I put it on hold at work so I can re-read it. I can specifically remember reading it in the bathtub at the house I grew up in. I would spend hours and hours and hours refilling the tub with water and reading books and this was one of my favorites.

So thrilled. Good night! :)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

One I forgot

I forgot that I read Claim to Fame by Margaret Peterson Haddix. I read it while I was in Sedona. I didn't forget about it because it was forgettable but I think because I was reading so much it's all getting a bit confusing.

Claim to Fame
was pretty interesting. I have always loved book about "celebrities" and child stars and their lives. I had a favorite book when I was a kid, it was written by a girl who was a child star in the 80's. It was her memoir and she had written it in her late teens. I can't remember her name except that she was named after Margaret O'Brien and her brother was Kelly and that she was in a show where she lived with an older gentleman and I think it took place in New York. I know that I picked it up at a book fair in elementary school. It's frustrating to me that I can't remember the name of the book or even the name of the actress and every couple of years I google search it but I can't find it ARG. And now I've digressed.

Basically the book was about a former child star who for all intents and purposes fell off the grid. No one knew where she had disappeared to, but in reality she and her father just wanted to live a quiet lifestyle... not because of all the fame but becuase of her gift. Lindsay Scott has a gift that allows her to hear whatever people are thinking about her. Whenever she goes out side of her house (which is one of the few places she doesn't hear anything) it's a crazy barrage of noise and thoughts all about her. I'm sure that if she was a normal person it wouldn't be that big of a deal, but if you're a child star and your sitcom is in's kind of crummy. Some of her fans find her though and try to "rescue" her. Although she has nothing to be rescued from, this kidnapping actually opens the door to the rest of her life.

It was an enjoyable book... now if only I could find that stupid child star memoir!!!

A book and a slow down.

So I've slowed down in my reading. It's been crazy busy in my life since I've gotten back from vacation. School started and then I got sick and so even though I had the last weekend off I was in bed sleeping the entire weekend. No reading, no housework, nothing. So I've basically been trying to keep my house in order, do my schoolwork, go to work and there has been no time for reading. Except for one.

The Old Willis Place by Mary Downing Hahn is a favorite among my students. The kids love all things Hahn to begin with but we literally have about ten copies of this title and they are constantly checked out. I'll admit I figured out what was going on before I was halfway through the book but only because I could relate it to a movie I had seen. I can totally understand why kids love this book and it really is pretty freaky. I don't want to say much about it since I don't really want to spoil it for you, but if you (assuming you're an adult) would like a quick, easy, fun kids ghost story this would be the book for you.

I now have two three-day weekends this month, so I plan to read a bit more. Hopefully after I've cleaned my house, gotten AHEAD on all my schoolwork, planned my birthday party, and not get sick. Fingers crossed for more reading?