For this week’s Marvelous Middle Grade Monday I’m doing something a little different. My daughter and my niece came into my office so I thought I would interview them about their favorite book series. My daughter, L is 7 and my niece B is 11.
What is your favorite book series?
L (7) – My favorite book series is, um, Magic Treehouse. I like all the Magic Treehouse books – everything. I’ve listened to or read most of them.
What do you like about these books?
L –That they’re fun and I travel into the Magic Treehouse and have a fun adventure too.
B- They’re adventure books and about girls (and boys) kicking butt. And they’re fantasy. I love fantasy.
Which is your favorite book from the series or author?
L – My favorite actually is Tonight on the Titanic, because it is a sad story and it’s true. I really love it because it takes me on an adventure to a boat – on the Titanic.
B – I like a couple. They’re kind of all my favorite. But if I had to choose one to take to a desert Island it would be The Son of Neptune. I like it because it’s so long it took a long time to finish it. My mom and I read it together.
How do you like to read?
L- Silently by myself because I have some time to myself listening to music and reading.
B- I like to hear people read, people reading to me. Either a person or a recording, like an audio book.
Where do you get your books?
L- The bookstore or the library, but mostly from the bookstore or books that B gives me when she’s done with them.
B- The library or the bookstore, but mostly from the library.
Why do you like books?
L- Because it gives me time alone and I can listen to music and have ideas of writing my own book one day.
B – I don’t know, because if I have something troubling me I can just forget my problems and be transported into a different world.
Interviewer (me!): Tonight on the Titanic is very short, just 5300 words with a reading level of grade 3. The Son of Neptune is very LONG with over 117,000 words, and a reading level of grade 4 to 5.
As a writer, it’s great having real kid readers to consult. I talk to almost every kid I meet about what they’re reading and am always excited when I meet an enthusiastic kid reader. Frequently they leave my house with not just recommendations of books but actual books too! I can’t wait to get a few copies of my book WICKET SEASON to hand out.
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