Next time that you’re asked to write the ominous “book report” think about getting creative in what you’re reading. Maybe you want to throw your teacher for a loop and introduce them to literture that they’ve perhaps not heard of before…until now!
1. How to Avoid Huge Ships by John W. Trimmer
2. Be Bold with Bananas by Crescent Books
3. Fancy Coffins to Make Yourself by Dale L. Power
4. 101 Uses for an Old Farm Tractor by Michael Dregni
5. Across Europe by Kangaroo by Joseph R. Barry
6. 101 Super Uses for Tampon Applicators by Lori Katz and Barbara Meyer
7. Suture Self by Mary Daheim
8. The Making of a Moron by Niall Brennan
9. Underwater Acoustics Handbook by Vernon Martin Albers
10. Superfluous Hair and Its Removal by A. F. Niemoeller
11. Lightweight Sandwich Construction by J. M. Davies
12. The Devil’s Cloth: A History of Stripes by Michel Pastoureaut
13. How to Be a Pope: What to Do and Where to Go Once You’re in the Vatican by Piers Marchant
14. How to Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren
November has been declared “National Writing Month” so, whatcha’ gonna do about it? Well, if you don’t consider working on your resume or posting to Facebook enough of a writing challenge then here are a few ideas for you to get your write on…
1. Sign up and commit to writing a novel during the month of November. NaNoWriMo
2. If writing a novel is a totally overwhelming and a freak you out idea, then perhaps you would consider writing a script. This program officially starts in April but does it hurt to practice? Script Frenzy Young Writers Program
3. When all else fails, just have fun! Explore the plot twist. Here’s a helpful or not so helpful but hugely entertaining guide to the writer’s favorite tool.
If you consider the fact that this author is more than willing to put on a cow costume to discuss her latest book, it might lead one to believe that this is not your grandma’s “young adult fiction” and you would be right!
Libba Bray takes us into the world of Cameron. Your typical high-school loser, never made it with the ladies, non-conformist, and all around apathetic student who has a preppy, attractive, and annoyingly perfect sister, who happens to not only be a cheerleader but his twin as well! Could it get any worse? Well, yes and no, depending on how you look at things.
Once you get past all of the clever writing, amusing innuendos, and hilarious references to pop culture you will literally be assaulted with the reality of Cameron’s slow slide into an insane world. So, hang on for a wild ride as Cameron discovers what it really means to live only after he makes the realization that, “I’ve been dying my whole life”. Add to all this drama an angel named Dulcie who’s a punk-rocker with hot pink hair, fluffy wings, and thing for our man, Cameron.
If you go for this type of fiction but don’t want to read the book because, well, duh, it’s a book, then I would highly recommend the movie, Donnie Darko. While Donnie doesn’t get the cute angel, he does get a 6 foot scary rabbit with a trip just as haunting and an ending that is as satisfying as Bray’s, Going Bovine, along with an awesome soundtrack.