23 Following

Writing and Reading and Editing, O My!

I am a writer, reviewer, teacher, and editor. I pick up and discard new obsessions on a regular basis. Right now I'm wild about the work of Brandon Sanderson and Bryce Moore. Longer-running favorites include Patricia McKillip and Mary Gentle. Information about me and my humble scribblings may be found at http://www.leonawisoker.com

Currently reading

Writing the Breakout Novel
Donald Maass, Anne Perry
What Would Aristotle Do? Self-Control Through the Power of Reason
Elliot D. Cohen
Coyote Wisdom: Healing Power in Native American Stories
Lewis Mehl-Madrona
Plants of Power: Native American Ceremony and the Use of Sacred Plants
Alfred Savinelli
Tolkien and the Study of His Sources: Critical Essays
Jason Fisher
The Wizard of Oz as American Myth: A Critical Study of Six Versions of the Story, 1900-2007
Alissa Burger
The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook
Emily Ansara Baines
Oy Vey! Isn't a Strategy: 25 Solutions for Personal and Professional Success
Deborah Grayson Riegel
Caution: Faulty thinking can be harmful to your happiness: logic for everyday living
Elliot D Cohen

The Witness Tree and the Shadow of the Noose: Mystery, Lies, and Spies in Manassas

The Witness Tree and the Shadow of the Noose: Mystery, Lies, and Spies in Manassas - K. E. M. Johnston Given that I usually find war-history stories, of whatever era, boring, this was a surprisingly fun read. Aimed at kids in middle school, the story follows a twelve year old boy in today's world as he unravels the mystery behind the "evil" Civil War era ghost banging around the creepy old house his family just moved into. The background information on the Civil War is kept light and often amusing, and doesn't feel at all dreary or boring. The main character, Jake Salmon, isn't the most brilliant, brave, or strong kid in school; he's an average pre-teen trying to muddle through like everyone else. What I liked most about this book is that the author doesn't stick to just one thread; she braids Jake's school problems together with his ghost problems, and finds a way to make them reflect off each other and convey an important lesson about doing the right thing in the end, all without being preachy or "infodumping". I would definitely recommend this book, and anything else by this author.