Submitted by la miller on 27 April, 2009 - 00:18

This is where I spent Friday afternoon. I read [w:Louise Erdrich]'s "[|Birchbark House]." A good read for a bright 8-year-old or a 38-year-old on a slow day.

It felt verrry good to lounge in the sun. Yes, yes, I should've been blogging and sending emails and working on a new article, but sometimes you just need to read. I picked up a couple children's books at Powell's recently for a young friend's birthday. And if my trend for the past year says anything, I'm very resistant to the idea of presenting a young friends with books I've never read. It's just too enjoyable to reading something easy and fun. And then you can ask about the book later.

On Wednesday, I read [w:Ida B.] . . . and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World by Katherine Hannigan. Ida B is a great character—she talks to brooks and trees and runs all over her parents orchard in Western Wisconsin. Life doesn't remain perfect, however, for Ida B. Her mom gets cancer and, after several years of homeschooling, she has to go to school.

As her life feels like it is spinning out of control, Ida B decides she is going to be miserable—no enjoying new friends, no laughter, no sharing with her parents anything good about school. How long can she stay miserable? Read it and find out.