‘To the stars who listen- and the dreams that are answered’, Parker Morrison Talks Books

Parker Morrison at Powell’s City of Books, Portland

Stephanie Morrison is a resident of Kamloops and owner of Bumble and Bean Daycare and Out-of-School Program. She is also the mother of an avid young reader named Parker.

A month ago, mother and daughter went on a road trip to cross something off their bucket list. They drove many hours to see the largest independent bookstore in North America!

I asked Parker to tell us about her road trip and her passion for books…

“I’m Parker Morrison and I am turning 13 this weekend. I go to Westsyde Secondary School with my best friend Marlee Harasemchuk, who is also 13.

For my upcoming birthday, I crossed a huge thing off my bucket list. My mom and I drove nine and half hours to Portland to see the largest independent bookstore in the world, Powell’s City of Books! It was an amazing experience and I was completely overwhelmed by the amount and diversity of books.

There were five floors and an elevator. On the 5th floor, there’s a small room called the Rare Book Room, which holds huge and ancient books. The oldest book in the room dates all the way back to the late 1400’s, and the most expensive book costs $350,000!

photo taken at Powell’s City of Books, Portland

Portland was extraordinary and I would like to go again in the future with my best friend Marlee so she can see everything as well.

Marlee and I met when we were around two-and-a-half years old and we did ballet together. We weren’t necessarily friends back then, but we both ended up going to the same elementary school.

Neither of us talked a lot to each other, and it wasn’t until grade five that we really hit it off. Our friendship grew and grew, and books were (and still are) a third of what we talk about when we see each other. We constantly recommend series and authors, then read the recommended books in a matter of days!

It is almost a competition to see who can get through the book the fastest. Our one rule is that whoever finishes first can’t spoil it for the other.

That wasn’t the only competition we had throughout grade six and seven though. We also competed to see who got the better grades on a math quiz, an art project, and a social studies presentation. It resulted in us sharing the Academic Award at the end of the year!

We were both surprised, but laughed once we got over the initial shock. We both knew that the other person would get it, but never in a million years thought we would be sharing the award.

Parker Morrison and Marlee Harasemchuk receiving an academic award

I couldn’t think of a world without books. I love each and every piece of writing I have on my shelves. I currently own over 160 books. I designed my room to look like a library; it even has a feature wall that has 13 of my favourite quotes from a whole bunch of different books!

My favorite quote is written in gold and says,’To the stars who listen- and the dreams that are answered.’

I can proudly say I can read a single book with 400-700 pages in two to four days.

Is it bad I can’t choose a favourite book? I have too many! There’s the entire Throne of Glass series, All The Bright Places, Simon vs The Homosapiens Agenda, The Maze Runner… I can’t decide! My favourite book, if I really have to choose, has to be (insert every book I have in my library).

While I can’t choose a favourite book, my favourite author is easily Sarah J. Maas. She puts so much detail and love into her writing, kind of like J.R.R. Tolkien (who I also love). You can just tell that she was destined to write.

Throne of Glass is my first recommendation to anyone who likes fantasy, battles, and likeable characters that you can relate to instantly. It’s my favourite series of all time, and I have read it about five times over!

I wasn’t much of a reader when I was younger, despised it actually. But one day when I was eight-years-old, I was recommended a series called Geronimo Stilton by another kid at a birthday party. He said that he hated reading until that series, and was immediately hooked. My mom bought the first few books, which I read immediately. I couldn’t stop after that. I started collecting all the sequel series as well as the main one. I ended up with around 40 Geronimo Stilton books by the time grade four came around!

I then started reading more advanced reads for a nine-year-old, like The Last Dogs, Pegasus, and Silverwing.

Once I was 10, I started reading Young Adult books, like Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Hobbit, and Anne of Green Gables.

Around grade six and seven I had read A Court Of Thorns And Roses, Throne of Glass, City of Bones, Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children, most John Green books, Ranger’s Apprentice, and so much more.

Reading is such a cool experience. It’s helped me understand things and make decisions, enhanced my intelligence, helped me through rough times, and let me connect with different people.

I aspire to one day become an author, and I’ve actually started writing my first novel!”

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