At a recommendation from critique group member Michele, I just finished my first Lisa Yee book, Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time. Thankfully my husband is used to me laughing out loud while reading, because this book was hilarious. And touching and completely absorbing. I just had to share the excerpt that sent me into hysterics last night:

“I feel nauseous, like the time Stretch and I ate all those frozen fish sticks and then drank hot chocolate to see if they’d cook in our stomachs.”

I only hope I can get that authentic a voice for my middle grade boy protagonist! What character voices inspire you?

Side note: this weekend I’m attending my first Iowa SCBWI conference! Anyone else going? My goal is to be very social and take lots of notes.