Since “LitKid” and I began this blog, some of our favorite authors have been kind enough to stop by and visit, do interviews and share links to LitKid’s reviews. This has been especially exciting for LitKid, and as a parent, I appreciate it more than you know.

Tonight, I’m writing in hopes you might have a few minutes to send a message of encouragement to an 11-year-old friend of LitKid’s whose life changed in an instant Wednesday morning. She is a fellow avid reader whose room is bedecked in full-on Harry Potter/Gryffindor decor. Since we go by pen names here, I’ll call her ReaderGirl.

This is the short version of the story of ReaderGirl’s week.

On Wednesday morning, when her mother went in to wake ReaderGirl for theater camp, she found her in the middle of a seizure. She was rushed to the hospital, where they determined that the seizures were being caused by a brain infection; their best guess was that it was viral meningitis, likely from a mosquito. With no warning, a normal summer morning morphed into a parent’s worst nightmare.

Two scary days passed, and ReaderGirl appears to be past the high-risk, life-threatening stage of the infection; seizures have stopped, fever comes and goes, and she’s finally able to eat real food.

The doctors don’t know yet whether there will be lasting effects from the seizures and infection. Though ReaderGirl is talking like her spunky smart self – even correcting the bad grammar on a TV commercial – she is still experiencing some disorientation/confusion about certain things, and this remaining bit of the unknown is unnerving for her and her parents, as you can imagine.

LitKid and ReaderGirl are scheduled to have their first day of middle school in just two weeks, and starting middle school is hard enough even when you’re feeling 100 percent like yourself.

ReaderGirl is such is a voracious reader that I thought it would mean a lot – not to mention being very cool – if we could bring her some messages of encouragement from stellar authors. (I’m pleased to say that her parents asked for suggestions from LitKid’s summer reading wish list when shopping for ReaderGirl’s birthday in July, and they bought Bigger Than a Breadbox, Wonder and The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict.)

If you would like to send a message for ReaderGirl, please feel free to leave a comment here or  send one via email to And if you have author friends who would be willing to send an encouraging word, please pass this on to them.

Thank you so much for considering it ~ LitKid and I are grateful.

~ AKid@Heart (who is newly reminded by all of this to focus on and be thankful for the important/good stuff)