Monday, December 19, 2016

5 with Monika Schröder author of Be Light Like a Bird

For today's post I turn the LibLaura5 blog over to Monika Schröder, author of Be Light Like a Bird, the moving story of Wren who is trying to find herself in the wake of the sudden loss of her father.

Monika, thank you so much for stopping by my blog to share about Be Light Like a Bird by finishing my 5 purple prompts.

Hi Laura, Thank you for inviting me on your blog. I appreciate the opportunity to talk a bit about BE LIGHT LIKE A BIRD.

Grief and hope…play an important role in BE LIGHT LIKE A BIRD. Wren is devastated after the loss of her father and doesn't understand why her mother acts so distant toward her. She slowly works through her grief, also with the help of Theo, who himself suffered the loss of a parent. She is lonely and her mother takes her away from the only home she knew. But she never looses hope. She makes a plan to convince her mother to stay in Pyramid, MI and to make it their new home.

Wren... has grown very close to my heart while I was writing the book. Even though she is grieving the death of her father she shows a lot of strength. When confronted with the choice of fitting in with the popular girls or standing up for what she believes in, she chooses the later. She decides to fight for the sanctuary where she watches birds and she comes up with creative ways to generate support for this project. At the end of the story she has formed a new bond with her mother and has found a new home. I think she is an awesome girl and I hope many readers like her as much as I do.

Monika's garden--"since we moved to the US I have become an avid gardener.
Gardening, to me, is the perfect supplementary activity to writing."

Birdwatching… is important to Wren. I love birds, but I am not a serious bird watcher. Wren used to watch birds with her father. Right after his death, she is not sure if she can continue watching birds, since the activity is so closely connected to her memory of him, and it was her father who gave her the journal she notes her bird sightings in. But then, after she and her mother arrive in northern Michigam, she decides to continue, and when Theo joins her birdwatching helps the two of them to forge their friendship. Her love for birdwatching also becomes the catalyst for her getting engaged in a civil action project to save the bird sanctuary from destruction from the expansion of a landfill.

Writing books for young readers…is rewarding. I love writing for kids. I hope that some young readers recognize themselves in my books. In the case of BE LIGHT LIKE A BIRD the book may help a grieving child or may help a girl to stand up against bullies. I also truly enjoy being part of the supportive community of children's book writers and teachers and librarians who are getting these books into the hands of kids. It is a great tribe to belong to.

Monika with her dog Frank whom she adopted from the streets of India

Sharing the books we love is another way to share about ourselves and connect with each other, so my last prompt for you is...

I've read many great books this year. One book I read and loved recently... was WISH, by Barbara O'Connor, a beautiful story about a girl who finds acceptance and love in an unexpected place. Charlie, a girl with a temper and an urgent wish, grows out of her angry shell with the help of her loving aunt, a true friend, and a stray dog. Young readers will connect to the well-drawn characters on many levels. WISH provides ample material for classroom discussion, while leaving kids with the assurance that, even if they feel alone, there is always hope. O'Connor's hallmark cadence and poignant descriptions of the southern setting enhance the charm of this book. Lovely all around!

Thank you, Monika!

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