Sunday, September 11, 2016

Barbara O'Connor

Barbara O’Connor is the author of award-winning novels for children, including How to Steal a Dog, The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis, and The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester. Drawing on your her South Carolina roots, O’Connor’s books are known for their strong Southern settings and quirky characters.

In addition to six Parents Choice Awards, O’Connor’s distinctions include School Library Journal Best Books, Kirkus Best Books, Bank Street College Best Books, and ALA Notables. She has had books nominated for children’s choice awards in 38 states.

O’Connor's latest book is Wish.

Recently I asked the author about what she was reading. Her reply:
I just finished two books for young readers that I adored.

Lucky Strikes by Louis Bayard is a young adult historical history novel set in Virginia during the Great Depression. What a writer he is!

The publisher’s description:
With her mama recently dead and her pa sight unseen since birth, Amelia is suddenly in charge of her younger brother and sister―and of the family gas station. Harley Blevins, local king and emperor of Standard Oil, is in hot pursuit to clinch his fuel monopoly. To keep him at bay and keep her family out of foster care, Melia must come up with a father―and fast. And so when a hobo rolls out of a passing truck, Melia grabs opportunity by its beard. Can she hold off the hounds till she comes of age?
The characters are so well developed. It’s brilliantly plotted and paced. Loved it.

Another book I loved is Moo by Sharon Creech. Of course, I love everything by Sharon Creech, but this one is one of my favorites.

The publisher’s description:
When Reena, her little brother, Luke, and their parents first move to Maine, Reena doesn’t know what to expect. She’s ready for beaches, blueberries, and all the lobster she can eat. Instead, her parents “volunteer” Reena and Luke to work for an eccentric neighbor named Mrs. Falala, who has a pig named Paulie, a cat named China, a snake named Edna—and that stubborn cow, Zora.
This heartwarming story, told in a blend of poetry and prose, reveals the bonds that emerge when we let others into our lives.

I raved about Moo on my blog.
Visit Barbara O'Connor's website.

Coffee with a Canine: Barbara O'Connor & Ruby and Matty.

The Page 69 Test: Wish.

--Marshal Zeringue