Monthly Archives: April 2007

Books by the Bed (what I’m reading, just finished, & about to read)

The Double BindChris Bohjalian Water for ElephantsSarah Gruen RulesCynthia Lord Crossing the WireWill HobbsBird by Bird (which should be on EVERY writer’s nightstand)Anne Lamott Letters in the AtticBinnie Shimko The Weather MakersTim Flannery

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It’s Spring!

I know there have been other signs of spring….  Robins and purple crocus flowers and even a few warm days here and there. But this is the real deal.                 Rasputin the evil groundhog showed up on my deck today.  He burrows underneath (and in fact lives down there all winter, I think) until he […]

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I just finished Cynthia Lord’s book Rules ( cynthialord ) , and I can’t say I’ve read too many books that are more deserving of the Newberry Honor.  What a beautifully crafted book.  It’s amazing and fresh to read an author whose voice is so honest and just plain real.  Rules is about a girl […]

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My Writer’s Notebook

This is my Writer’s Notebook. (I know it’s not technically a proper noun, but I love it enough to have assigned it that special status here.)  I remember being a kid and having an author visit my school in third grade, talking about her Writer’s Journal.  She didn’t bring it or describe it, so I […]

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Sharing the news~

Now that my contract for Spitfire is signed, sealed, and delivered (it should be there by tomorrow, I think), I decided I wanted to share the news with my 7th grade students at SMS.  Here’s how it went: Me: (holding up the cd with the digital version of my manuscript on it)  Before we start […]

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The Phone Call…

It’s been a week and a day since I got the news that Spitfire, my first middle grades novel, is going to be published by North Country Books.   Spitfire is a historical novel set on Lake Champlain during the Battle of Valcour Island in the American Revolution. It’s told in alternating chapters through the voices […]

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