|Source: Stone Words|
What?! Again!? Another kid’s story?!
Yes, my love for books, good writing, engaging plots, and children’s books appears once again.
Also, my gr-daughters are growing to the age when these books would be appropriate and interesting.
This book is Stone Words, written by Pam Conrad and published in1990 . Like the last book highlighted (Jennifer Murdley’s Toad), the plot is again in the supernatural world where the protagonist must wrestle with clues to find the answer.
Due to her mother's instability, Zoe moves into her grandparents’ house, where she meets another Zoe (Louise). While Zoe is alive in the modern times, Zoe Louise is more than one hundred years older, from another century.
They now dwell in the same house, and are part of each other’s lives. A friendship develops. They are separated by time…and a staircase.
As Zoe grows, Zoe Louise does not. Instead, she changes, drastically. Something horrible is about to happen, and Zoe must travel back to the past, to prevent an imminent event. If she is successful, Zoe will alter the past and the present. What will happen to Zoe Louise?
Just the book to read aloud and grab a fourth grade class, isn’t it? Well, it grabbed me, but I would not allow myself to read ahead to see the ending.
Again, good writing is good writing whether for a ten year old or those decades older.
Note: Pam Conrad (1947 - 1996) wrote and had published eleven children's books, many for YA. She also received many prestigious awards. She died of breast cancer, taking her talent and imagination with her. Information about Ms. Conrad can be found here and at this very excellent site.