Ava desperately wants a pet for her eleventh birthday-but gets way more than she bargained for when she adopts T-A-C-O-C-A-T.When Ava Wren hears about an injured yellow tabby with mismatched ears, she becomes obsessed and wants to rescue him. She even picks out a perfect palindromic name: T-A-C-O-C-A-T. But when Taco joins the family, he doesn't snuggle or purr-all he does is hide. Worse, Ava's best friend starts hanging out with Zara, a new girl in fifth grade. Ava feels alone and writes an acclaimed story, "The Cat Who Wouldn't Purr." What begins as exciting news turns into a disaster. How can Ava make things right? And what about sweet, scared little Taco?The New York Times called AVA AND PIP "a love letter to language. " With this second diary, Girls' Life advice columnist Carol Weston hits another home run.
April 11, 2015
2. Use your head: think about beginning, middle, and end.
3. Show, don’t just tell: it’s better to reveal than to explain.
4. Use your senses: sight, smell, sound, taste, touch.
5. Provide details: paint pictures with words.
6. Read your work aloud: listen to the rhythm and music of words.
I taught writing at Middlebury College in January of 2013 and used these tips and also the prompt techniques that Jerry uses with Ava and her classmates.
What else? Well, I hope you will jump into AVA AND TACO CAT with both feet, and that you like both reading and writing.
P.S. Here's a photo of my upside down cat, Mike.
Carol Weston is a writer and speaker. The author of fourteen books, she has been the "Dear Carol" advice columnist at Girls' Life Magazine since 1994. Her newest book is AVA AND TACO CAT (April, 2015). A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Yale with a master's from Middlebury, Carol has appeared on Today, The View, 48 Hours, Oprah, and given talks at scores of schools around the country. Newsweek calls her a "Teen Dear Abby." Carol and her husband, playwright Rob Ackerman, live in Manhattan and have two daughters and one cat. Carol has taught writing at Middlebury and at the New York Society Library. She speaks excellent French and Spanish and not-half-bad Italian and has had 40 letters published in The New York Times. Her novels in the works are AVA XOX and THE SPEED OF LIFE