1. About how many books have you read in the last year?
b-11 “At least twenty, but some of the books I would like to read are not published yet, or my parents won’t let me read them. Like, Allegiant, for example.”
g-11 “NO IDEA!”
g-9 “About a dozen.”
(I’m certain all of these estimates are low. I see these kids reading ALL THE TIME! Often they are rereading their favorite books.)
2. Of the books you’ve read in the last year, which are your favorites, and why?
b-11 “My two favorite series are The Heroes of Olympus, by Rick Riordan, and The Kane Chronicles, by Rick Riordan. I like them because a.) They both get connected in the last book in the Kane Chronicles. b.) They help you learn. c.) They both have a lot of suspense and adventure.”
g-11 “The Heroes of Olympus series, by Rick Riordan, because they make me feel like I’m a part in their quest. Usually I imagine somebody is making my story. I pretend I am reading a book like rick Riordan’s that explains how I am feeling & what I’m going through. The books are so well written.”
g-9 “The Harry Potter series, Out of My Mind, and the Half Upon a Time series. Because I really like there was magic in the Harry Potter and Half Upon a Time series. And in Out of My Mind, an eleven year old girl is in a wheelchair and can’t move or talk, except for her thumbs, which she uses to press keys on a computer to help her communicate. She is one of the smartest kids in her school, but at first, no one knows.”
(Now I have to read that one. I’m a sucker for contemporary realism.)
3. Are there certain things you like or look for in the books you choose to read?
b-11 “I look for adventure, suspense, sci-fi, drama, and mysteries. Oh, and fantasy.”
g-11 “Well, I like adventure and humor in a book.”
g-9 “Fantasy, realistic fiction, and animal books.”
4. Has anything made you stop reading a book? If so, what?
b-11 “No. But I won’t read a book unless it has a good description on the back.”
g-11 “Yes. Like it’s not my type, or…huh. That’s it.”
g-9 “No, but if I don’t like what it says on the back, I won’t read it.”
5. Do you recommend books to your friends?
b-11 “Yes! I always will recommend a good book to someone.”
g-11 “Heck yeah! Just did to my dad & sister! J
g-9 “Yes, because if I really like a book, I want my friends to see if they like it.”
6. What types of books would you like to read more?
b-11 “I would love to see more sci-fi books, mostly because I love technology, and it fascinates me at how it has advanced, and is still advancing.”
g-11 “I’d like to read more fantasy.”
g-9 “I answered that in number 3.” (Correct, as usual my lady.)
7. Is there anything else you’d like to share with our blog readers and middle grade writers?
b-11 “If you have not read Rick Riordan’s books, I highly recommend you do. He packs a bunch of humor into a very serious plot/goal. Like how it would happen in real life. Please take his tips in his books. HE IS A GREAT AUTHOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (<--That's 41 exclamation points, in case you wondered.)
g-9 “The picture on the front of the book is a very important part of the book. It draws the reader’s attention. You should make the front cover relate to the story in some way.”
Happy writing, everyone!