Wednesday, June 26, 2013

My Favorite Kind of Science Fiction

My favorite kind of science fiction is the kind that creeps me out a little, A. because the world the author creates is so real, or B. because the future that's depicted seems like it could happen.

Kate Messner creeped me out. The future world she created was totally believable, AND the future in her story seems to be a natural extension of the world we are living in today.

She creates some smart, ethical, daring kid characters and some just about completely evil adult characters. And she can put you in the middle of a tornado and make you feel like you are right there.

Eye of the Storm
by Kate Messner
Walker Childrens; 1 edition (February 28, 2012)
review copy from my classroom library

I haven't quite finished reading NOTICE AND NOTE, but I've definitely read enough so that I'm reading under the influence of "the signposts." There's lots about this book that I'd like to hear kids talk about. There are a few things I'd like to point out to them, such as how Kate shortens her sentences to build tension. And boy, howdy, does she build some tension.

This book grabbed me, sat me down in my chair, and didn't let me up until I finished it. Luckily, there is no severe weather in our forecast any time soon...


  1. On my list! I'm participating in Kate's Teachers Write, too - so I feel as though I am gaining insight into the way she writes, which I can (as you will) teach my kids all the more effectively in the Fall.

    1. Tara, I'm doing Teachers Write, too, but not very publicly. Mostly I'm trying to get back to the place where "a poem a day" is a non-negotiable.

  2. Absolutely! I read this book and then would begin to wonder why storms are becoming more severe, why storms were breaking up around my town, etc. :) Great story.


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