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February 25, 2010

Reader Q&A: Drew from Millersburg, MI

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In today's Reader Q&A, 14-year-old Drew Rose from Millersburg, MI raves about Tamora Pierce's series, shares three questions she'd love to ask Lemony Snicket, and names a recent movie she actually liked better than the book it was based on.

If you could trade places with any character from a book for a day, who would you be and why?

Keladry of Midland. Because she is a strong women who knows what she wants to do and why. Plus I'd want her patience.

What is the last book you read? Would you suggest it to a friend? Why or why not?

TRICKSTER'S CHOICE by Tamora Pierce. Yes, I would recommend it.

Name three characters from a book that you'd like to invite to your birthday party.

Alana The Lioness, Jonathan of Cont''e and George Cooper.

Do you have a favorite quote from a book? If so, what is it?

"Men care about there appearance just as much as women do, they just hide it better."
- Numair from Tamora Pierce''s Imortal''s Quartet: WILD MAGIC.

Tell us about your top three favorite books of all time.

Lioness Quartet: Tamora Pierce always has strong female characters; each character is different but they all have goals and will stop at nothing to complete them.

ICE FIRE by Chris D'Lacey because of the fantasy and comedy, and I also love polar bears so that works out too.

FAIRY WARS: The name may sound girlie but it's not. It's about another reality next to ours. The fairies don''t have wings but look a lot like people and are the same size. It's like The Lord of The Rings and Star Wars rolled into one.

If you had the opportunity to meet any author (dead or alive), who would you choose to meet, and what three questions would you ask him/her?

I would want to meet Lemony Snicket --- that's the name he goes by, anyways.

1. Is any of the Series of Unfortunate Events based off of real-life stories?
2: Was it tricky to come up with 13 books and find unfortunate titles for them?
3: How on earth did you come up with the character Count Olaf?

What movies have you seen that were based on books? Did you like the book or film version better? Why?

Eragon: The book was better because it had more plot.
Twilight: The book was better than the movie for sure. And I don't like romance so that''s saying something. I liked the book better because there was more to it.
The Golden Compass: The book was better than the movie. It explains more than the movie does.
Coraline: The film was better than the book. The book was all jumbled up whereas Tim Burton made the plot as smooth as possible.

Tell us about your favorite book series.

The Lioness Quartet is my favorite book series because of its strong female character, Alana, plus I'm a lot like her, temper-wise.

10-year-old Alana --- a red-headed girl with purple eyes --- and her twin brother, Tom, couldn't be more different in personality besides their wanting to help people, but they even want to do that in different ways. Alana and Tom''s mother died in childbirth and their father has been aloof ever since. Their Mother had a special magic power called the Gift, which only a few people have. Your Gift changes color so mages can identify you; it's determined by your eye color. Alana and Tom both have the Gift, but their Father refuses to let them use it because he believes their Mother''s Gift should have saved her. All their Father cares about is his scrolls in his library.

Alana has always dreamed of being a Knight but women aren't aloud to become Knights. Tom wants to become a mage but his Father wants him to become a Knight, so one day when Alana finds out her Father is going to send a letter to the capital of Tortall so he can send her off to a special school for girls, she convinces Tom to change the letter, saying their twin boys and that Alana --- or Alan as it is in the letter --- is going to work the 8 years of training to become a Knight while Tom is going off to a special school for mages. Alana cuts her hair before they leave and with the help of her servant, Corum, she goes on her way to become a Knight, knowing she has to hide the fact that she is a girl for 8 years.

The 4 books tell Alana''s story, as she tries to prove girls can do anything boys can. The first book is called THE FIRST ADVENTURE.