Before I start this week’s MMGM I just want to say: STAY TUNED FOR A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT COMING THIS WEEK OR NEXT!
Once again, I must go back into the vast historic vault of my childhood reading. I couldn’t tell you how many times I have read THE BELGIAN TWINS. I’m not at all embarrassed to admit that I cry every time. Lucy Fitch Perkins is not a famous classic author like Frances Hodgson Burnett or Louisa May Alcott but for THE BELGIAN TWINS at least, I think she deserves to be. I have long wondered why her books haven’t had the longevity of other classics. I think the answer may lie in the fact that long after she stopped writing them, the “twins” format was replicated with much less success by other authors.
First published in 1917, THE BELGIAN TWINS is about a twin boy and girl who are separated from their parents during WWI, and go on a dangerous adventure through occupied Belgium in search of them.
This something like a perfect adventure story for someone like me. It has the survival and historical aspects that I have always loved, coupled with a kind of unabashed sentimentality that gets me every time. It is, on the one hand, quite realistic about the horrors of war, but on the other hand a gentle enough treatment to suit very young readers.
It’s a relatively short book at just over 35,000 words and despite being a “classic”, uses very simple language, making it suitable for younger less experienced readers. THE BELGIAN TWINS is out of copyright, but in print with at least one print publisher. It is also available for free at The Gutenberg Project. Download it! You won’t regret it!
Next: I can’t wait to read THE SUPERNATURALIST by Eion Colfer. I wasn’t a huge fan of the whole ARTEMIS FOWL thing, but this one looks darn cool. The new cover kicks butt! ARC me someone, this book comes out in August!
For other Marvelous Middle Grade Monday posts check out these blogs:
- Joanne Fritz @ My Brain on Books
- Ben Langhinrchs @ My Comfy Chair
- Sherrie Petersen @ Write About Now
- Brooke Favero @ Somewhere in the Middle
- Myrna Foster @ Night Writer
- Ally Beecher @ Kid Lit Frenzy
- Barbara Watson @ Novel and Nouveau
- Deb Marshall @ Just Deb!
- Anita Laydon Miller’s Middle Grade Blog
- Michael G-G @ Middle Grade Mafioso
- Natalie Aguirre @ Literary Rambles
- Ms. Yingling @ Ms. Yingling Reads
- Jennifer Rumberger
- Pam Torres @ So I’m Fifty
- Mary @ Writer’s Butt Does Not Apply to Me
- The Accidental Novelist