As part of the Night Study tour, Maria V. Snyder wanted to share her favourite books from her childhood. Here are the five books she loved the most.
1 & 2 ) Swimmy and Frederick by Leo Lionni.
In Swimmy I loved how all the little fish worked together to scare off the big fish, what a great lesson. And Frederick the field mouse gave me permission to daydream. He taught me the value of a story teller.
3) Put Me in the Zoo by Robert Lopshire.
I loved this book. The main character can change the colour of his spots and rearrange them in different patterns and shapes. I wished I had his spots and could play with them.
4) Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson.
Another great book for those of us who like to daydream and use our imagination. All you need is one crayon and you can create an entire world.
5) The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.
Each night my father read a chapter of this book to me. He was very busy so I didn’t see him much during the day, and I was such a daddy’s little girl, that I treasure those times together.
Night Study was published in February 2016. You can buy it hereSummary
Ever since being kidnapped from the Illiais Jungle as a child, Yelena Zaltana's has been fraught with peril. But the recent loss of her Soulfinding abilities has endangered her more than ever before. As she desperately searches for a way to reclaim her magic, her enemies are closing in, and neither Ixia nor Sitia are safe for her anymore. Especially since the growing discord between the two countries and the possibility of a war threatens everything Yelena holds dear.
Valek is determined to protect Yelena, but he's quickly running out of options. The Commander suspects that his loyalties are divided, and he's been keeping secrets from Valek...secrets that put him, Yelena and all their friends in terrible danger. As they uncover the various layers of the Commander's mysterious plans, they realize it's far more sinister that they could have ever imagined.
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