Fighting With Kids Over Good Books

Yeah, I know. There are FAR worse things I could fight with my nine-year-old over. But the recent stack of books we checked out from the library had some extremely hot properties in it! Things got a bit ugly. Is it wrong to make your son go to bed early so you can sneak in and finish his current read? I’m feeling tiny little pangs of remorse. Very tiny, though.

So, my advice is not to tell your kids how good these are before you have the chance to finish them:

Zen and the Art of Faking It by Jordan Sonnenblick. Hilarious, moving, quick-as-popcorn beach read. Good for adults and kids.

Savvy by Ingrid Law. Oh, wow. I so wish I had written this. In fact, I have a novel in progress much like it… glad I read this first so I can make sure mine doesn’t seem derivative!

What Are You So Grumpy About by Tom Lichtenheld.  Picture book we scooped up at Book People a few weeks back. Funny, and perfect for my little grumpus. Um, and maybe me.

I have been a writing MACHINE this week. Submitting, too. Strangely, it’s all essays right now! But I’m heading over into my documents folder right now to dig out Perfect Mischief and start my first round of truly horrifcally detailed revisions. Joy.

Posted in Children's Fiction, People I Love on 07/29/2009 07:36 pm


  1. I love this one- I’m reading a book Lettie checked out and hasn’t yet read- it is sweet and wonderful. I’m hopeful she’ll check it back out Wed. and actually read it this time. (She is hot with Nancy Drew right now- – her vocabulary is certainly increasing.:)


    • Nikki Loftin

      Hi, Kathi! I have to admit, I am having a ball catching up on my MG reading. I finished Savvy, Maniac Magee, and Frindle on the beach… and started Lunch Money and Millicent Min, Girl Genius! Um… of course, I read about 3 adult books, too. I’m kind of a reading addict.
      So, what was Lettie reading? You didn’t say!


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