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[W] The Wig in the Window by Kristen Kittscher

26 Apr

(Part of this post was first written for my Materials for Tweens class.)

Even though they are very different, Sophie Young and Grace Yang are best friends who live in Luna Vista, a small coastal town an hour away from Los Angeles. When the would-be spies find the lights on in the middle of the night in the house of Sophie’s school counselor, Dr. Charlotte Agford, they think that they are a murder. It’s not actually a murder, but the girls decide that Dr. Agford is definitely hiding something, and they will stop at nothing to find out what it is.

Sophie and Grace explore issues of friendship, perception, and assumptions in this fast-paced middle grade mystery filled with action and red herrings that will keep readers on their toes. The side characters are also interesting–hopefully they will have bigger roles in the sequels.

A discussion guide aligned with Common Core standards can be found here (includes activities).

Even though I have a bunch of other W books, I wanted to showcase The Wig in the Window because it was written by local author Kristen Kittscher, and I feel like the other books I had on my list are more well-known. I loved how Kittscher wrote about a community like the one I grew up in (a coastal California town) with a fast-paced mystery led by a diverse cast.

I first heard about this book during Nanowrimo when someone contacted me about coming to a writing group and linked to the Children’s Book Writers of L.A., who had an event at a local library with Kittscher as the guest. It sounded like a fun book, so I put it on hold at my library because I needed more books for my assignment that I was also doing in November.

This post is my Blogging from A to Z entry for the letter W.

Nanowrimo Day 3

3 Nov

Stickers I designed for NaNo Los Angeles (our theme this year is fairy tales :)). Come get one at a write-in if you’re in the area~

To go with the last sticker, here’s the prompt for today:

slipper / pumpkin / midnight


Research Library @NHM

22 May

I took a quick picture yesterday of the research library at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, where I’m currently volunteering.


My supervisor made a nice little reading room area at the front of the library, but there are still tons of books in boxes like the ones in the back corner of the picture…

Los Angeles Central Library

13 Jan

(Going on a cruise for MLK weekend, so moderated comments won’t show up until Monday!)

Yesterday, I went with the seniors’ group at my church to visit the L.A. Central Library.


Since I only work in the afternoons, I can usually join them for the field trips they take in the mornings. I wasn’t planning on going to so many, but I love field trips! They’ve kind of adopted me as their mascot…

The last time I went to the central library was when I was in sixth grade researching patents for a project called Invent America. I think they had just reopened with the new Tom Bradley wing then, but I don’t remember much from that trip.

We didn’t have much time to browse yesterday, so I definitely want to go back and look around some more. I just have to remember to go on a weekend or stay for less than three hours. Parking was about $25 yesterday because they start charging every 10 minutes after three hours!