As I write and want to add things into my story, like a steam river boat for instance, I actually have to do homework to look up the era in which I want to represent and how did that kind of boat work and how did they look, how fast or slow did they go, and how far they traveled between stops. How long would a certain journey realistically take. For that I even did a math problem that at such and such speed, plus stops, how long would it take to travel 1000 miles on a river? Ahh! Self imposed homework! But it's fun. Even if my story contains fantasy and unreal things, there has to be some realness too. I don't really want any logical questions about the boat speeds and types, trees and birds, carriages or motorcars unanswered. Because I wonder those kind of things when I read a book. What birds are normally found in cold mountain climates? Would the bird I chose fit in?(and yes, it does, because I researched).
So on that day when Kavi got his first library card, I picked out two books to bring home. Both by the same author, Eva Ibbotson, who I sadly never heard of before that!?
So I took home Journey to the River Sea and The Secret of Platform 13.
The Secret of Platform 13 was a much lighter, quirky, magical type of adventure. There were lots of magical creatures, a secret way to get to an unknown island, and a lot of wit. I was actually laughing out loud at some of it. It was entertaining. It's about a "gump", a grassy hump, underneath which a special door opens every 9 years for exactly 9 days to let people go to (or from) the magical Island, to get away from busy London life, or to go where they might feel more accepted. It's set in the early 1990's I believe, or late 1980's, so London would have been as it was when the book was written. A baby prince is born on the magical Island, and when he is a few months old, he is accidentally lost in London, kidnapped by a woman who had no children, and the magical door closes before they can get him back. Fast forward 9 years, and everyone is waiting for the magic door to open again so they can go rescue the prince from his fake mother and bring him back to his parents. And again, things don't go as planned!
I returned those books and then this week, I brought home three books. I found a blog last night that does a weekly "Library Loot" post, and people can join in. I decided to show what I got this week at the library.
The Farthest-Away Mountain, The Borrowers, and The Star of Kazan.
Next I'll read The Borrowers. I am pretty sure I have watched a movie version of it when I was younger, but never read the book. And my mom said she loved it when she was a kid and that I would love it too.
I'll read The Farthest-Away Mountain last. I read this book when I was a kid. I think my cousin had it and let me borrow it. But I look forward to re-reading it after so many years.
The blog I got the idea from is The Captive Reader. And I didn't really link up the right way this week, but will try to next week!
And here's a cool widget from goodreads.com, a useful book rating and recommendations site.