So, here you go, Buzz Blog readers... I finally have a digital camera! (Just in time for the Buzz outing to conference!)
So, here is the "book corner" in my apartment. It's a little cluttered at the moment, becacuase my walls in the apartment are plaster, so I can't hang stuff on them without the wire hanger thingees... so, on the shelves it all goes.
A lot of the books on the main shelf and to the right belong to my rooommate... the book shelf on the left (with the miniscule TV) is all me. And look at the little hand weight! Makes me seem all sporty, huh? You'll notice the blue monkey in the middle (given to me by Dad in 1981) -- he's sporting a scarf knitted by a fifth grade student in one of my classes a year or so ago. Also, the angels and the three graces -- who stand guard over my wishes...
Okay, anyway... on to the important stuff...
One of the books that most affected me as a young reader was... BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA by Katherine Patterson.
Contrary to what Disney would like you to believe -- this is not about the freaking "kingdom" that comes to life in the woods. There are no special effects in the book. Ms. Patterson herself was upset about the marketing campagin of the movie version, because it made it seem like some kind of LORD OF THE RINGS thing.
This is a book about growing up. About choices you make. About the hereafter. The book actually asks the question if you don't believe in God, do you go to Heaven when you die? The book has Jess, the hero, choose to attend an exhibit in the city with his hot art teacher over spending time with his best girl who's a friend.
It's a deep book, people. There are not talking trees or other crap like that. It's about the opportunities you make for yourself and unlikely friendships. If you haven't read it, please do.
In fact, I read this book aloud to a group at school when I was teaching, and the students were so into it. I love this book. I think it's one of the ones that made me want to become a writer. I love the idea of escaping to your own private world. As a writer, I do that daily. And as destiny would have it... TERABITHIA is published by HarperCollins Childrens, just like my book will be! I'm just a little excited about that...
After reading in the NY Times about Ms. Patterson's disappointment with the movie version, I decided not to see the film. I would rather spend time in Terabithia in my mind and in my memories...
Did anyone else read the book or go to the movie?
Heather Davis is the author of
Never Cry Werewolf
coming in 2008 from HaperCollins