Welcoming a Puppy

Saachi comes to Ladythorn Place


Saachi, a Jack Russell terrier, joined our family on August 6th.  She was born on June 14, so today she is exactly two months old.

She is vastly entertaining, but like any baby, she requires a lot of care and attention.


She loves to be outside, digging and rolling and chewing.  Surprisingly, she’s missed noticing the frogs in the yard, even when I point them out to her.

Saachi will be wildly active, chewing on furniture legs, our legs, shoes, and toys for about half an hour.  Then she sacks out for a good two hour nap.


We’ll have Saachi updates as she grows.

Welcome, Saachi!

What I’m Reading

story thieves


Story Thieves

by James Riley

published by Aladdin, 2015.


“You just told a character in a book that he was in a book! Do you have any idea what that means?”

“No?” Owen said.

“Me neither!” Bethany shouted. “And that’s what scares me!”

-from the back cover of Story Thieves


            Story Thieves is a fabulous book, and James Riley is a clever writer. The plot moves breathtakingly fast, with one dangerous, impossible situation following another.

Bethany, Owen’s classmate, is half-fiction. Her father was a fictional character and that gives Bethany the ability to jump into books. Even though her mother forbids it, Bethany continues to escape into stories to search for her father. She’s very careful not to interfere with the characters or plots, until Owen discovers her secret. He wants to go into his favorite series and perform some heroics. That’s when all the trouble begins.

Story Thieves is a fabulous, mind-stretching read. What book would you go into, if you could?