TUESDAY TEASER

The Purple Booker created the Tuesday Teaser for bloggers to “tease” someone into reading their current read by quoting a few lines.

My teaser for today comes from Matthew Dick’s Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, a library book I finished last night. Here are a few lines from page 235 three fourths of the way through the story. Three imaginary friends are talking here:

” ‘ How did you know my name?’ Oswald asks…[This] might be the fairy’s chance to turn things around.

‘Baldo is my friend,’ the fairy says,’ I don’t want you to hurt him…Baldo needs your help, Oswald.’

I will not let him hurt the fairy like he has hurt me. But as I reach over to grab him…she shakes her head ever so gently. She is telling me to stop. Or to wait at least.

I obey.”

Max Delaney is an autistic little boy who has made up an imaginary friend named Baldo, from whose point to view the tale is told. As readers we see the physical/real world of Max, but we also see the world of imaginary friends Baldo comes to know as he aids Max in the perils of everyday life. This is definitely a unique story.

Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

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