One of my favorite parts of having a new book out is finding new blogs.
As a blog reader, I’m a disorganized beginner at best. An incompetent newbie. A higgledy-piggledy babyhead. A person could devote a lifetime to being caught up reading all the good blogs. But that would leave no time for watching videos about interspecies friendships on Youtube.
Like every writer in the modernish era, when I publish a book, I create a google alert with the book’s title to keep up with reviews. (Until I fine-tuned my google alert, it was also how I came to learn of the passing of many, many women who loved baseball.)
In lighter news, today’s google alert brought word of a review in a new-to-me blog, The Fourth Musketeer. The review reads, “This is a terrific book on so many levels; it touches on themes of women’s rights and roles, civil rights, baseball history, and so much more. It would be an excellent book for classroom use or for parents to share with their children, particularly those who are baseball fans. The vibrant full-color acrylic illustrations by Don Tate, in a style he calls “in between realistic and cartoony,” add immeasurably to the book’s visual appeal.”
There are lots of great reviews to be found at the Fourth Musketeer. including the one reviewed right before Effa: Viola Desmond Won’t Be Budged!, by Jody Nyasha Warner, illustrated by Richard Rudnicki. I can’t wait to get my hands on that one.
I was talking with a reporter from School Library Journal about all the books that keep coming out about women, like Effa and Viola, whose stories of civil rights activism are not yet known. She said you have to wonder how many more stories there are like that out there, waiting.
Surely there has to be a blog somewhere devoted to such a topic.
Visit the Fourth Musketeer Blog: http://fourthmusketeer.blogspot.com