Thursday, 16 December 2010
Author Spotlight Week - Tina Pinson shares her favorite authors
I like Ted Dekker, Dean Koontz, John Saul, Frank Paretti, and I like to read Julie Lessman and Mary Connealy. Okay, so I like thrillers and comedy and touch of romance. I'll pretty much read anything, if the writer holds my interest. I used to love Carolyn Keene, of Nancy Drew fame. Still read them sometimes, like to play the games, but I digress. Since I'm able to download free books on my Kindle from some of the great authors, I have been reading some of those stories as well. When I find the time. One author that stuck with me over the years, was E. L. Konigsburg. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler is this quirky little novel about two kids, Claudia and her brother, Jamie, who run away from home and camp out in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Claudia leaves home because she believes her parents don't appreciate her, and gets Jamie to join her, because he saves his money, and everyone knows you need money to live on when you run away. They set up shop in the Museum, sleeping in the displays, taking baths in the fountain, (where they find extra money) and hiding out from the guards. Then they stumble on a mystery concerning the newest exhibit, an angel supposedly carved by Michelangelo. To research the statues authenticity, they seek out the donor of the piece, Mrs Frankweiler. Going through her files they learn the truth about the angel. I read this story in elementary school, and again later. Why this little story resonates with me, who knows? I liked the whole concept of staying in the museum. And then the little mystery of the angel. It's a cute story.