Books recommended in this video (and a little more information about them)
Writing Magic: Creating Stories that Fly by Gail Carson Levine
This book is full of writing advice, geared at Elementary aged kids but good for writers of all ages! It includes advice on silencing your inner critic, writing characters, getting over writer's block, and more! Every chapter ends with a prompt, and the book includes a great character sheet. Check it out!
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
Any introduction to this book seems silly, since odds are you've already heard of it. It's the story of a hobbit who wants a quiet life, but then gets whisked off the become the Burglar in a quest. It is an exciting adventure full of giant spiders, trolls, goblins, dragons, elves, dwarfs, hobbits, humans, and treasure.
So You Want to be a Wizard? by Diane Duane
The first book in the Young Wizard series, So You Want to be a Wizard? is about 13-year old Nita Callahan who finds a self-help book on how to become a wizard. This throws her into an exciting adventure, along with Kit Rodriguez, another budding wizard, and Fred, a white hole that the two kids accidentally summon. The book is fun-filled and unique and "well worth a read."
Sahara Special by Esmé Raji Codell
I kind of failed to give a good description of this book in the video. I don't usually like books about troubled kids who discover themselves and realize their worth blah blah blah. But this book is so much more than that. It's funny and clever and really makes you think. Believe me, it is fantastic.
Beyonders: A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull
Jason Walker finds himself in a magical world--a world without heroes. The land has mostly been taken over by the evil Maldor, and few rebels remain. But Jason, along with another Earth girl named Rachel, has involved himself in a quest that may just save the world... or get them killed.
Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
Elantris was a great city, peopled by ordinary humans transformed into magic-using demigods. But then Elantris fell, leaving its inhabitants powerless wrecks. Prince Raoden finds himself in Elantris, neither dead nor alive and a future of starvation and pain ahead of him. Meanwhile, his fiance, Princess Sarene, has arrived to be told that her betrothed has died. Sarene sets about trying to learn about the politics in her knew kingdom, all the while trying to keep a recently arrived high priest of Fjordell from converting the populace. Elantris is full of intrigue, magic, romance, politics, amazing writing, and fantastic characters.
Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
Shakespearean comedy at its finest, Much Ado About Nothing follows the stories of two young couples: Claudio & Hero and Benedict & Beatrice. Claudio and Hero are pretty boring, since they're just cute and in love. But Benedict and Beatrice fight constantly--and their friends decide to hook them up, because either they'll be perfect for each other and fall madly in love, or they'll kill each other and it will be hilarious. This play is laugh-out-loud funny and just plain ridiculous.
Much Obliged, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse
Wodehouse is a comic genius. His works are wordy and witty and just plain fun. Bertie Wooster always manages to get himself in some sort of trouble, and relies on his gentleman's personal gentleman, Jeeves, to get him out of it. For wacky, off-the-wall, British humor you can't do better than Wodehouse.
Today's Novel Idea Inspired by: "Begin a story with the first line of one of your favorite books." A prompt I just made up off the top of my head.