On Friday I posted about authors I feel like I’ve met–but there is one other author that’s true about too, in a very different way. Geraldine McCaughrean wrote one of my all-time favorites, The White Darkness, as well as the rare excellent sequel to a class novel, Peter Pan in Scarlet. She also wrote Smile! a book I reviewed long ago…but I didn’t share the story of how I ended up reading it.
I wrote a letter to McCaughrean telling her about how much I loved The White Darkness, and she wrote a wonderful letter back. It turns out that’s one of her favorites of her books and she loves when people write her about it. I mentioned my review of the book and she checked it out, finding also my rather rhapsodic comments on Richard Morant as the voice of Titus. So along with a letter, McCaughrean sent me a cassette tape of the audiobook of Smile! which was also read by Morant.
McCaughrean has ever since been on my list of coolest authors ever! I still haven’t met her, but I’d love to, and I almost feel like I have, in a way.
Smile! turned out to be delightful too…as I reviewed some time ago.
How often do you really think about a photograph? You’ll look at photos in a whole new way if you read Smile! by Geraldine McCaughrean–or, as I did, listen to the audiobook.
Smile! is about Flash, a photographer whose small plane crashes in a remote area. He manages to save only one camera–a simple Polaroid, with ten shots. Flash is taken in by a primitive village, which has rarely had contact with the outside world. As he speaks to the villagers, he realizes that none of them have ever seen a photograph. Accepted by the villagers as “the magician who fell from the sky,” Flash must decide what to spend his ten photographs on–what sights will he preserve for the villagers? Continue reading “Classic Review: Smile!”