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Sandra Alonzo

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My second grade teacher, Mrs. Fiester, who encouraged us to write lots ...more

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Booklist 2/1/10: Alonzo’s first novel features the sort of likable, embattled narrator that brings to mind Arnold Spirit from Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (2007), but instead of being tormented by negative stereotypes and poverty, 15-year-old Yancy’s primary source of misery comes from his nearly sociopathic older brother, Will. The story is told entirely in diary form, complete with handwriting-styled font and plenty of cartoony drawings (again reminiscent of Alexie’s book). After Will, who suffers from conduct disorder, violently threatens Yancy’s horse, teen and horse take off into the California desert. There, they encounter a kind Mexican worker, who helps Yancy begin to size up the challenges of liv ...more

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Riding Invisible

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“You’ve seen a herd of goats
going down to the water.

The lame and dreamy goat
brings up the rear.

They are worried faces about that one,
but now they’re laughing,

because look, as they return,
the goat is leading!

They are many different kind of knowing.
The lame goat’s kind is a branch
that traces back to the roots of presence.

Learn from the lame goat,
and lead the herd back home.”
Rumi
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Kent M. Keith
The Paradoxical Commandments

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.”
Kent M. Keith, The Silent Revolution: Dynamic Leadership in the Student Council

Enid Bagnold
“I don't like people," said Velvet. "... I only like horses.”
Enid Bagnold, National Velvet

C.S. Lewis
“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.”
C.S. Lewis

Jack Kerouac
“[...]the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!”
Jack Kerouac, On the Road

Mahatma Gandhi
“An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.”
Mahatma Gandhi




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Sandra Alonzo Angie wrote: "Hi! Thanks for the friendship.Your books look good!"

Hi Angie: Nice to be your goodreads friend too!


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Angie Cornelison Hi! Thanks for the friendship.Your books look good!


message 6: by K.F.

K.F. Ridley Hey Sandra. Saw the trailer. Awesome.
Kim


Borislava  B.  Borissova Author Thank you, Sandra, for adding me :)))

Borislava


Gerald Griffin Sandra, thanks for befriending me.


Sandra Alonzo Hi Debbi:

Thanks for your comment, and also for the great review. RIDING INVISIBLE is one of those 'books from the heart.' I grew up with a brain-damaged younger brother, much different from Will, but who suffered from childhood-onset-schizophrenia. This enabled me to embody the character of Yancy, partly because as a kid, horses were my great escape.


message 2: by Debbi

Debbi Smith This book makes me think you have been through some of the things you wrote about in Riding invisible. I have ,and your writing rings so true!


message 1: by Cinda

Cinda Ha, Ha, Sandy, thanks for the book recommendation. I think Graycie is living in our house! Cinda


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