I recently converted Seth to reading Connie Willis. He's plowed through all the available time-traveling historian novels that she's written -- and I told him that no, he was not allowed to stay up until midnight to read the new one ("All Clear") being released on Oct 19th. :) He'll no doubt read that one in short order ... so my question to you, dear LJ, is this:
What other time-travel novels would be of interest to an 11-year-old boy?
He's not super interested in romantic plots, so "The Time Traveler's Wife" is out. I'm also still avoiding explicit sex and "too much" realistic violence (whatever that means) in movies/books/video games for him. (He's allowed to play Warcraft III and Dragon Age: Origins, but not Grand Theft Auto or God of War etc., for example.)
I just had my annual physical with my doctor ... this took some extra legwork to set up, because she left the group practice in Tewksbury last fall, and they wouldn't tell me where she went. I tried Google, and found the place she interned ... and THEY at least would tell me where she landed. Until yesterday, all I knew what her new address and phone number.
BUT -- I was so impressed with what she's doing, that I had to share. At the Tewksbury practice, she had become increasingly frustrated with the time pressure to see more patients more quickly, and she felt she didn't get to see her own patients, because the process of slotting in same-day appointments didn't match patients & doctors. She wanted to practice whole-family, whole-life medicine, but they didn't do OB, so she had to send her patients elsewhere to have babies ... and on and on.
What she eventually did was buy an existing small practice from an older doctor (I assume he is in the process of retiring). Most of his patients are elderly, so she joked that she bought a geriatric practice, but what she really wants to do is follow individuals and families for there whole lives.
Personality-wise, my doctor is young (defined as younger that me, ha!), friendly, and chatty. Both this time and the other two times I saw her, she seemed genuinely interested in me as a person, as opposed to just me as a body or (worse) me as a set of data in a computer. When I was filling out new patient forms in the lobby, she spotted me from behind the counter and waved enthusiastically -- she seemed to remember me on sight, and she also remembered a lot of my medical history even though her computer was down for the day.
Medicine-wise, she is respectful and informative. She is willing to put a couple options of "what it could be" out there, and talk through which one we want to pursue. She assumes that I'm intelligent and know what I'm talking about. She did not berate me for gaining weight, but asked about my plan to get back on track, and then suggested a followup visit in 3 or 6 months (my choice!) to make sure the plan is working. Best of all, she talked to me FIRST in her office, with both of us sitting in chairs -- so much nicer than sitting on an exam table with my butt hanging out of a wispy gown!
ANYway, when I have an experience this good, I want to share. Her office is located in Burlington, but she plans to move to a more accessible building in the next few years. Her plan is to stay within 5 miles of the current location, heading (perhaps) towards Lexington. If you're in the market for a doctor, let me know -- I'm happy to share her contact info privately.
Turning of the teapot and wandering off is not the same as making oatmeal and instant coffee.