Anyone like pirates? Fish by Gregory Mone has plenty of them. It also has treasure! If you check back early in the week, I’ll also post some quirky trivia about Mone. After my Wednesday break, I’ll post some interesting information about Fish. I’ll review Fish this weekend.
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Gregory Mone is a novelist, magazine writer, science journalist, and speaker. As a magazine writer, he has covered artificial intelligence, robots, physics and biology. All these areas of course involved lots of research. His research has also taken him on multiple adventures such as hiking and surfing in Ireland, along with a couple spectacular ones such as sitting behind the wheel of a flying car and watching brain surgery up close–and thereby overcoming a tendency to faint.
Advice from a “Geek”
One day, Gregory Mone’s research gave him the privilege of interviewing Lance Greathouse, a dental laser repair technician who builds inventive machines in his spare time. For example, Greathouse created “a drive-able, fire-spewing tailgating rig.” Mone wrote about it in a piece for Popular Science, but Mone was also struck by what he called Greathouse’s philosophy. Of course, that kind of stuff isn’t relevant to a science article. Fortunately, one of the luxuries of authors who blog is that they can post those extras on their blog.
My favorite extra that Mone posted is Greathouse’s philosophy on raising kids: “If I could go back and do it over I would totally eliminate the video games. I hate that stuff with a passion. The kids waste so much time on that and they have absolutely nothing to show for that time. I’d rather my kids go out and collect rocks or sticks.”
What do you think? Should kids play video games? Should they not be allowed? Or is there a balance?
I also like this advice on putting down the phone: “When people ask him how he creates so many cool machines in his spare time, Greathouse asks them to hand him their phone. Then he turns it off and puts it away. ‘How can you focus on anything when you’re always looking at your phone all the time?’ he asks.
Just by trying to balance a teaching career with writing aspirations has forced me to ignore doorbells, phone calls, emails…. What are your biggest obstacles to having time for your passions?
Last, I liked what he said about the benefits of building: “When I’m working on something my mind is clear. That’s how I relax. People think I’m nuts because I’m out here hammering on something until one in the morning, but that’s how I relax. Some people fish, some people watch TV, some people build.”
Sometimes to clear my mind, I clean house or work in the yard. How do you clear your mind?
The news excited Mone, because “as far as I can recall, the last award I won was either the co-MVP of the Plandome Country Club Swim Team (a long time ago) or the Shelter Rock Elementary School Spelling Bee Champion (an even longer time ago)”. It also made him think that there should be more awards. This is his list and explanation of ones he feels he deserves:
Most Forgetful (Some might see this as a negative; I would consider it an honor.)
Best Morning Coffee Maker (Probably one of the more important roles in any house. Coffee, and how quickly it acts on the brain after wake up call, affects everyone, from parents down to infants.)
Most Likely to Wake Up Early (This is more of a weakness than a strength, but I want an award anyway.)
Best Random Storyteller (You need an adventure that features Michael Jackson, Cinderella and mermaids? Give me ten seconds….)
Worst Tap Dancer (This should still be an award, even though it’s a “worst,” because bad dancers are incredibly valuable. They make everyone else feel better about themselves.)
If I (Allison) were to make a list, I would include:
Most Serious (My poor husband thinks he can’t joke; I take him seriously far too often.)
Best Chicken and Potatoes Maker (I made these for my husband on one of his early dates. Now it’s a popular meal request during football season.)
Most Likely to Say “Just a Sec” (Does that make you think of Columbo’s line: “Oh, just one more thing.” Anyway, I’ve told my husband “Just A Sec” so often, he thinks it should go on my grave. If I don’t wrap this post up quickly, I’ll have to tell him again tonight.)
Best Family Communicator (I put out a monthly newsletter. Is that enough? I could mention the emails, phone calls, visits….)
Worst Decision-Maker (Okay, I’m not sure about this award. I can make some pretty big decisions, but I’m also the type who will waffle between two menu items at a restaurant. For that reason, I relate to Wembley on Fraggle Rock.)
What awards would make your list?
You might be familiar with Jim Hawkins and Long John Silver, but are you familiar with Fish, Captain Cobb, and Scab? The latter are some of the main characters in a book called Fish by Gregory Mone.
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Interested in checking out books and/or movies about pirates? You can find a list at the pirate magazine No Quarter Given. Incidentally, it also contains information on you can become a buccaneer. Moreover, it describes ships you can sail to have fun pirate adventures and crews that will help you in that endeavor. Me thinks, my husband and I might have to check them out when we retire.
What is your favorite pirate book, movie, game, or other adventure?
If you mouse over to Gregory Mone’s blog, you’ll also find a wealth of news items (sorted from oldest to newest) about modern-day pirates of another sort:
Here is an excerpt from the most recent: “Somali pirates will strike anything: one-thousand-foot-long oil tankers; tiny sailboats with three people on board; old-fashioned, crescent-sailed Arab dhows; freighters crammed with emergency food; freighters crammed with weapons; a tanker carrying extremely flammable benzene that American authorities worried could be converted into an enormous, floating bomb. The pirates have even attacked navy ships, apparently by mistake.”
Anyone have any other pirate news?
What do bow ties have to do with Fish by Gregory Mone? Well, its main character is not about your usual pirate. Perhaps, this is because Mone abhors violence. On a visit to Holten Richmond Middle School in MA, Mone showed the photo pictured here as proof. The idea for the character of Fish, a boy who loves to swim but hates to fight, actually sprang from Mone’s own experience. To read the whole story, check out In Defense of Bow Ties.
Intrigued yet? If so, check out the trailer for Fish. Then return on Sunday for my review.
Américas Award for Children’s & Young Adult Literature
CLASP founded the Américas Award in 1993 to encourage and commend authors, illustrators and publishers who produce quality children’s and young adult books that portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States.
The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
The Carnegie Medal is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for children. It was established by in 1936, in memory of the great Scottish-born philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie.
The Christy Awards are awarded each year to recognize novels of excellence written from a Christian worldview.
Coretta Scott King Award
The Coretta Scott King Book Award titles promote understanding and appreciation of the culture of all peoples. It is given to African American authors and illustrator.
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Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award
The Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award was initiated in 2000 to recognize authors, illustrators, and publishers of high quality fictional and biographical children, intermediate, and young adult books that appropriately portray individuals with deve
Hans Christian Anderson Award
The Hans Christian Andersen Awards is given to a living author and illustrator whose complete works have made a lasting contribution to children’s literature. The award is the highest international recognition an author can receive.
Kate Greenaway Medal
The Kate Greenaway Medal was established in 1955, for distinguished illustration in a book for children. It is named after the popular nineteenth century artist known for her fine children’s illustrations and designs.
Middle East Book Award
The Middle East Book Award recognizes quality books for children and young adults that contribute meaningfully to an understanding of the Middle East and its component societies and cultures.
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award
Honors fantasy books for younger readers, in the tradition of The Hobbit or The Chronicles of Narnia
Newbery Medal Award
The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
Pura Belpré Award
The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. It is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino experience.
Red House Book Award
The Red House Children’s Book Award is a series of literary prizes for works of children’s literature published during the previous year in England.
Sydney Taylor Award
The Sydney Taylor Book Award is presented annually to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience.