The Words: 2195 total words, most of which was again done during 2 sprints with my daughter. And since I was close to 2000, I wrote a little more after she went to bed. I think I’m going to try to keep 2000 as my daily word goal for now, to try to avoid running out of story before the end of the month.
The Story: Most of today’s writing was from the POV of the antagonist, a perspective I added since the first attempt at drafting this novel. I initially didn’t intend for it to remain part of the story, but figured it would help to write it so I could better understand how the intricacies of the plot fit together. But the more I write of it the more it feels like part of the story, so we’ll have to see how it turns out. Besides, without it, the draft might be a little too short.
Total word count: 31,442
If you want to join me in my journey through the second year of NaNoToons (with a storyline), check out the NaNoToon from November 15, 2011!
Poison at the Pump
The Imagination Station #25
by Chris Brack & Sheila Seifert
My rating: 4 / 5
Genre: Historical children’s fiction, Christian
In this first of a 3-part story arc, cousins Beth and Patrick are tasked with finding a mystery liquid in London during the cholera epidemic of 1854. They are separated at first and meet historical figures like Dr. John Snow and Curate Henry Whitehead who played important roles in history. But when Patrick learns that he drank water from the contaminated pump, he’s not certain he’ll be able to make it back from 1854 alive.
I actually read part 3 of this story arc (which, in turn, is part of a much larger series) first, then decided to go back and read the preceding stories. I did not like this one quite as much as the third in the arc, which might have been due to the respective subject matters as much as anything. I did still like it, though, and appreciate the way these stories bring somewhat lesser-known pockets of history to life for children. The doctor who first posited that cholera was spread by contaminated water, rather than through the air, for example, is certainly not one that kids this age are likely to have heard about. For that matter, I didn’t know about him either, though I can’t guarantee I didn’t read about him in passing during a history class in school and simply forgot about him. But that’s all the more reason this story is a nice way of making historical events and figures more memorable.
I’m a little confused about the premise for the series, the Imagination Station, and how it works. That’s likely due to not having read the rest of the series, but I did think I knew enough about the Imagination Station from Adventures in Odyssey as a whole to know that it’s…well…all in the imagination. And yet, this story made it seem like the kids were actually sent back in time. So I’m not sure if I misread the book/it was just confusing in that area, or if they’ve changed the way the Imagination Station works (though then the name wouldn’t really make sense either). That confusion aside, I think the book is a great read for kids up to age 12.
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