Book Review: The Memory Bank

December 29, 2017


Memories are powerful. When Hope Scroggins is separated from her only sister Honey, memories are all she has. They are fading fast. 


This inventive middle-grades novel  brings readers into the inner workings of a large bank that stores memories and dreams and the vagabond children who are trying to destroy memories. Hope explored The Memory Bank searching for some connection with her sister and learns that some memories are so embedded into us that they can never be forgotten. But will those memories connect them once again?


Author Carolyn Coman interweaves the written story of Hope's journey with a visual depiction of her sister Honey's story illustrated by Rob Shepperson.


Memories drive us as humans. They bring empathy and compassion in our everyday interactions that connects us with other people. Shared memories either bring us together or can tear us apart. They have incredible power in our lives and our decisions.


As writers, our memories are the best resource we have. They help us tap into emotion that brings  our writing and our characters alive on the page. When we write from our personal memories, our writing takes on that same power. 


During the holidays, did any memories resurface that you haven't thought about in years? Write them down before you forget about them. What emotions are attached to those memories? What decisions have they impacted in your life? Take a few minutes to journal about the answers to these questions. Set it aside. Revisit your journal entry in a few weeks or a month or two and think about how you can integrate those emotions more effectively into what you are currently writing. 


Check out The Memory Bank at your local library.




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CAROLYN BENNET FRAISER is a published writer and creative writing instructor in Brevard, North Carolina, where she enjoys helping youth find their passion for writing. 

Carolyn is available to speak to children and youth about creative writing at your school or special event. 

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