J.K. Rowling’s Secret Book

The news was released that J.K. Rowling has actually written and published more books than even her number one fans know about.
She used the pseudonym, Robert Galbraith to write The Cuckoo’s Calling. Robert Galbraith was ex-military, he came up with the idea to write a story about a war veteran turned private investigator who is called in to probe the mysterious death of a model- usatoday.com 
J.K. Rowling went about this very well, but she was no match for The Sunday Times.
The Sunday Times claimed it was investigating “how a first-time author with a background in the army and the civilian security industry could write such an assured debut novel” when it connected the dots. The paper said clues included the fact that Rowling and Galbraith shared the same agent and editor, and that Little, Brown published Rowling’s novel for adults, “The Casual Vacancy.” It also said the book’s style and subject matter resembled Rowling’s work.– usatoday.com
J.K. Rowling said it was nice to be able to write a book without people reading just because she she wrote it, and to get genuine feedback on the book.
Have any of you read The Cuckoo’s Calling?  If so, what was your opinion of it?

Good work Sunday Times!!
http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/

And quotes in italics from… http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/books/2013/07/14/jk-rowling-crime-book/2515595/

Happy Reading,
Maddie

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Witch and Wizard

In Whit and Wisty’s world, all music, books, and anything else fun is banned. They have gone from a democracy to a monarchy of sorts. Sounds pretty bad, huh? Ya, it gets worse for Whit and Wisty. They soon find out that they are a witch and a wizard after they are abducted in the middle of the night. Ripped from their warm beds and placed in front of millions of people, to die for something they didn’t even know about. Can they escape?

I really loved these books! There are four books in the series so far. Written by: James Patterson

  • Book 1: Witch and Wizard  314 pages  105 chapters. (don’t worry they are short chapters)
  • Book 2: The Gift   340 pages  101 chap
  • Book 3: The Fire   336 p.   88 chap.
  • Book 4: The Kiss  357 p.   86 chap.
    Definitely worth reading!!Happy Reading,
    Maddie

House of Dark Shadows

In the House of Dark Shadows, the King family move into an old house. (This again, right?) But they soon discover a hidden part of their house with portals that can transport them to places far away. In distance and in time. If they can go through the portals then surely things can come in from the other side too. And that is just what happens. A mysterious creature slips in from the portal in the cover of night, and snatches their mother. Throughout the six book series the Kings have to figure out how to get their mother back from the grasps of time.

I really liked this series for the most part. The portals added a different element to the books, that many time travel series’ don’t have. I do think the series is a bit long, but it is still overall a good read. I had a hard time finding the books though. If you are interested in reading them, they are considered christian books, so check in the religious section of bookstores and libraries.  (But it isn’t a big part in the books , so if that isn’t your thing then you will still like the series.)

First book: House of Dark Shadows  286 pages  40 chapters
Second book: Watcher in the Woods  290 pages  45 chap.
Third book: Gatekeepers  305 pages   50 chap.
Fourth book: Timescape  305 p.  52 chap.
Fifth book: Whirlwind  310 p.  35 chap.
Sixth book: Frenzy  340 p.  ? chap.  (I don’t have the book with me.)

Happy Reading,
Maddie

The Stone Child

I really liked this book. It had an element of mystery and fear.
The book starts off with a boy (Eddie) who is moving to a new town. (Honestly, someone needs to come with a new beginning for scary stories.) The town he is moving to was once the home of his favorite horror story author, Nathaniel Olmstead, whom disappeared thirteen years ago. Eddie starts to see strange things straight out of Nathaniel Olmstead’s novels. Eddie and his new friends have to figure out how to stop the monsters from jumping off the pages before the worst monster of all comes alive.

One of the really cool things about this book was you were figuring everything out along with the characters. There was kind of a written puzzle that leads to the answer to everything. I loved sitting down and figuring it out.

  • Written By: Dan Poblocki
  • 274 pages
  • 19 chapters

    Happy Reading!

Independence Hall (I,Q Series)

I thought this book had a wonderful story line, but I honestly found it kind of boring. It was a very plot orientated book, and I like when the characters are a bit more prominent. But, I will let you all decide what you think of it.
It is about two step-siblings who discover a secret about their family involving the government. They have to figure out how to protect themselves and who to trust.
-Written by: Roland Smith
-293 pages (paperback)
-56 chapters

Happy Reading!
Maddie

Breathe: A Ghost Story

This book starts off as any other scary story. A boy (Jack) and his mother move into a new house. The first chapter is written in the point of view of four ghost children who live in the house. As the book continues Jack encounters another ghost, an older women, who is intrigued with having another living child around. Her fascination with Jack goes to the extremes, she wants him to call her mom, and she becomes jealous of Jack’s real mother. She secretly plans to get rid of Jack’s mother. Soon Jack meets the four ghost children. They warn Jack of the dangers of the ghost mother, and what she will do to get what she wants. Even if it includes murder. Can he escape her clutches before he ends up like the other children?
-261 pages
– 25 chapters
-Written by: Cliff McNish
I love a good old fashioned horror story and this one makes the cut. But it also has enough twists and turns to separate itself from all the other scary stories.

Happy Reading!
Maddie

Group Discussion with S.E. Hinton

Hello Everyone!! Hope you all are having a good Monday! Mine has consisted a lot of staring at the computer screen.
Now, last week I informed you all that I was invited to a group discussion with S.E. Hinton (author of The Outsiders.) I have been on the computer since 10:30 periodically checking for any response from her. Finally around 12 she started responding to questions. My question was kinda far down in the list, so she didn’t get to it till around 4:45. I am so very very happy she actually responded, I saw quite a few she simply skipped over.
So here is what I asked, “Hi S.E. Hinton!!!
I want to start off saying you are my favorite author. I absolutely love The Outsiders, I fell in love with each and everyone of the characters. They help me make tough decisions and I love sitting down with the book if I am having a rough day. I can’t even express how much the book has helped me and will help me in the future. I know a lot of people think my love of The Outsiders may just seem like a fangirl obsession, but it truly is more than that. I have learned something from each of the characters and I will carry that through life.
I just finished reading, That was Then, This is Now. I loved it, but at the same time I hated it. I do understand that Bryon was in an odd frame of mind when he called the cops on Mark, but I have a best friend, and I could never imagine doing something like that. I can’t help but think maybe he did the right thing though. So my first question is, maybe you could give me a little insight to how Bryon’s decision truly affected Mark. Would he have ended up in jail anyways, possibly because of something else?
Second question… All of your books have a true meaning to them, something that makes people think. So I was wondering how you come up with the inspiration for your books? And if you are writing anything else at the moment? I hope to be able to write something that really makes people think and feel, but I just haven’t had that type of inspiration yet.
Also, I read somewhere that you failed your first creative writing class. Not sure if that is true or not. But I recently auditioned for a school of the arts, my art being creative writing. I got in!! I am thrilled, but at the same time I’m afraid I’m going to get tired of writing, and it will seem like, just school work. I really hope that doesn’t happen. Do you have any advice for me when it comes to writing?
Sorry this was so long, but I just had so much to say. I hope you can reply.

Thank you!!!
Maddie D.

P.S. I heard you like the TV show Supernatural! That is my favorite show! Not many people have heard of it, which saddens me that they are missing out on such greatness, haha. Oh, and what is your opinion of Sam’s hair? I honestly liked it better in the first season.

This was S.E. Hinton’s response, “Alot of people throw That Was Then against the wall
when they finish it. Good, they got it! I don’t
start with a message in mind, years later people write me & tell me what the message was.
I like Sam’s hair on Supernatural. I think it suits him.- S.E. Hinton

Not quite the response I wanted, but I love it anyways! And I thank Mrs. Hinton for taking the time to respond to some of the many questions she received on this discussion.

Happy Reading!
Maddie