A bit of a different post from me today. I thought I’d give you all a break from my rambling to do something a little bit pro-active. Let me explain…
If you’ve stuck with me since the start of this blog (God bless you if you have), then you’ll know that I found my cancer the day before I met my literary agent. Well, another author, Tommy Donvaband, is currently going through the same, er, challenges that I am, only he has throat cancer. There’s a hugely active MG and YA author/reader/reviewer community over on Twitter and they put together a blog tour to raise awareness and support for Tommy. As an author, a lot of his income comes from talks and school visits, but the treatment he is receiving has robbed him of his voice. So, the lovely Viv of Serendipity Reviews asked bloggers to review one of Tommy’s books and I offered to be included, as both books and cancer treatment are massive things in my life right now.
So, for my review, I read the first Scream Street book, ‘Fang of the Vampire.’ As a teacher of primary age boys, it was irresistible. Without too many spoilers, Luke Watson, who is an ‘unusual’ boy himself, is thrown into a creepy neighbourhood, a place where vampires and mummies are the norm. It reminded me of the Goosebumps books I’d been reading to my students before I finished work, and I kept imagining how I would read it to them…all dramatic pauses and loud bangs. In fact, it’s first on my list of things to do when I get back to work – I can’t wait to see their reactions!
If you have a reluctant reader in your life, I recommend looking the series up. It’s definitely a series for little ones to read with a torch under the covers, especially in this stormy weather…
I’d like to wish Tommy good luck and strength for the rest of his treatment…you can do it, though there may be days you feel like you can’t.
There’s some more info about Tommy and the blog tour below, but for now, I’m off for a nap. Normal (ranty/moany) service will resume later in the week…
Tommy is the author of the popular 13-book Scream Street series for 7 to 10 year olds, published by Walker Books in the UK and Candlewick Press in the US. His other books include Zombie!, Wolf and Uniform (winner of the Hackney Short Novel Award) for Barrington Stoke, Boredom Busters and Quick Fixes For Kids’ Parties (How To Books), and Making A Drama Out Of A Crisis (Network Continuum).
Tommy lives in Lancashire with his wife and two sons. He is a HUGE fan of all things Doctor Who, plays blues harmonica, and makes a mean balloon poodle. He sees sleep as a waste of good writing time.
Patreon Link: http://www.tommyvcancer.com/support/