Sitting on her stoop on 90th street, Eva has writer's block. Fortunately for her, she lives in the city. In Roni Schotter's Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street, we learn that, with a bit of luck and a colorful cast of characters, fantastic and extraordinary things can and do happen.
For me, the most enjoyable aspect of this book was meeting Eva's eccentric neighbors: ballerinas, pizza delivery guys, famous Broadway stars (past and present), moms pushing strollers, etc. The array of individuals passing by a single stoop during the course of the day can only exist in the city. Each offers her advice about writing: "Stretch... Use your imagination..." says the ballerina. "Add a bit of spice," says her neighbor who is making soup. And just as a writer might urge her story along, Eva sets in motion an amusing cascade of events with her simple "what if?" suggestions to her neighbors.
I'm sure that this book can be used in a classroom setting in conjunction with writing exercises. Oh, yes! Look here and here.
Big Kid says: That girl made a lot of stuff happen.