Amazing Kids! Magazine

Staff Q & A: What is your favorite book and why?

By the Amazing Kids! Staff


Want to know a little more about the Youth Staff here? Check out our Q&A with some of the Online Magazine staff members; their responses to these questions are below!

What is your favorite book and why?

Mindy Yang (Editor-in-Chief): One of my favorite books is The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom. The main character, Eddie, is a maintenance man at an amusement park. After Eddie passes away, Albom brings us through a journey to meet the five people that influenced Eddie’s life the most. The book is special to me because it explains the power that individuals can have. The Five People You Meet in Heaven shows how all human life is intertwined by experiences.

Ryan Traynor (Assistant Editor): I have many favorite books, but one that comes to mind is Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. This book is about a 13-yr-old boy who is the sole survivor of a plane crash in the Canadian wilderness. The only things he has to survive are the things on his back and the hatchet his mother had given him as a present. I liked this novel because Brian makes mistakes, has setbacks, and yet continues on to triumph over the wilderness for 54 days. It details the lessons he learns along the way. I could relate to the boy and cheered him on throughout the book.

Isabella Taylor (Poetry Editor): My favorite book is really a tough choice since I have so many favorites.  I guess I would choose The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald because I love the story line and the character development in this book.  There is also the element of suspense and the ending – brilliant!

Tanmaya Murthy (L.O.L Editor): There are a number of books that are on my “favorites” list! Choosing one book would surely be unfair on my part. I have a favorite book from each genre. Nevertheless, Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson has truly mesmerized me. The creative world created by the author is a delightful treat to the reader. It’s definitely one of my favorites!

Sarina Patel (Contributing Writer): My favorite book is Circus Galacticus by Deva Fagan. The author writes with such thoughtful humor and zesty spunk that you can’t help but immediately grow fond of Beatrix’s fearless, funny, and vivacious character.

Beatrix is a character everyone can relate to- she’s a little headstrong, determined to outdo others, and often feisty. I’ve personally loved space for quite some time now; but even for those that don’t like space will be bedazzled by this ragtag crew of charismatic clowns and their charming Ringmaster. The characters aren’t staged- you can relate their traits to people in real life! Beatrix’s level of understanding and leadership blossoms as she begins to work with the freaks and geeks of the Big Top. With a heavy dose of magic and a sparkling spoonful of mystery mixed in there; Deva Fagan stirs up a cauldron of delight.

As Beatrix struggles to cope with the intergalactic danger; lethal attacks, and even her true desire, she learns that it’s not just all about her being the star….there are many others that shine bright too, and with a little bit of stardust, she can make the circus work.

Charming and hilarious; Deva Fagan delivers characters that are realistic and a plot that’s may just be more intriguing than space itself. It’s a book that you should absolutely, definitely read and enjoy. Prepare to be star struck with the craft and tender insight that’s been inserted into this out of this world book.