FF: Growing Up

Roary: Still Growing Up

Sometimes I mention that I’m reading a book not yet in print, and that I’ll tell you when it’s available.  That’s the case with Growing Up Meathead by James B. Zimmerman.  See under “Also” for more about this thoughtful not-just-for-kids book.

For those of you unfamiliar with this column, the Friday Fragments lists what I’ve read over the past week.  Most of the time I don’t include details of either short fiction (unless part of a book-length collection) or magazines.  The Fragments are not meant to be a recommendation list.  If you’re interested in a not-at-all-inclusive recommendation list, you can look on my website under Neat Stuff.

Once again, this is not a book review column.  It’s just a list with, maybe, a bit of description or a few opinions tossed in.

Recently Completed:

Trickster’s Queen by Tamora Pierce.  Audiobook.  Sequel to Trickster’s Choice.  Not a lightweight read, despite an overload of cute monsters.  I cried several times…

Unnatural Death by Dorothy L. Sayers.  Also published as The Dawson Pedigree.

In Progress:

The Tyrant’s Tomb by Rick Riordan.  Audiobook.  Trials of Apollo, four.

The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy L. Sayers.  As with her prior novel, a story in which timing is a key element.


Growing Up Meathead is a series of interconnected short stories based on the author’s own experiences as a boy figuring out what sort of person he wants to be.  “Meathead” is a well-earned nickname because, if there’s a dumb choice to make, Jimmy will make it.

Jimmy’s not a bad kid, a mad kid, nor is this one of those “problem” books that turned me off to so much in the “kids’ book” category, since every kid seemed to be dealing with Big Issues like drug abuse, gangs, or sexual abuse.  This is a book about being a kid: about dealing with peer pressure, about having a logic system with priorities completely alien to an adult mind.

The illustrations are by the author and, as the cover shows, don’t glamorize either Jimmy nor his life.  A bonus for me was that Jimmy is growing up in the same part of Maryland where I spent my summers!  (No, I didn’t know him then.)

8 Responses to “FF: Growing Up”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    This week, I am reading The Prince’s Doom (Star Crossed #4). by David Blixt.

    I just started Dragon and Thief (Dragonback #1) by Timothy Zahn.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Last time I checked, our library didn’t have the Blixt series,which is a shame. Like many, I like to test a series before purchasing. I like your enthusiasm for it!

      Anything with “thief” or “assassin” in the title hits a resistance level for me, but I’ve like what Zahn I’ve read, so I look forward to your report!

  2. King Ben's Grandma Says:

    I started The Toll by Neal Shusterman. It’s the third book of the Scythe series. When I noticed it was 1am I closed the book.
    I’m not very far into the book and it reads well on it’s own, but I kept pausing and trying to remember what happened in the previous book.

  3. Eric Says:

    I’m still reading The Stone of Farewell, these long books make for long term companions when my reading time is so limited! To make matters more complicated, I’ve also begun reading The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemison. How long til I actually finish a book??

  4. sean omelvney Says:

    Just Finished Wolfs Soul. Loved it the book, and sad that it ends the series again.

    Started working on the Feather Thief, great true crime story with some NM connections.

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