Monthly Archives: October 2007

Robert’s Snow…Meet Illustrator Shawna Tenney!

Today’s illustrator feature for the Robert’s Snow: For Cancer’s Cure Fundraiser is Shawna Tenney, an artist with a gift for whimsy and, as you’ll see in her snowflake, a child’s playfulness.Blogger’s Note:  I’m a children’s author and a middle school English teacher, so my students are collaborating on our series of illustrator profiles. Today’s feature […]

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Trick or Treat!

I dressed up as Abigail Smith for Halloween on Saturday.  She’s the main character in SPITFIRE — a young girl who disguises herself as a boy to fight in a Revolutionary War naval battle on Lake Champlain.  In the first chapter of my historical novel, Abigail steals a rowboat and arrives to meet Benedict Arnold’s […]

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A CURSE DARK AS GOLD by Elizabeth Bunce

Charlotte Miller is my new hero. Not because she refuses to let a man solve her problems.  Not because she tries so hard to save her family’s woolen mill. Not even because she steps forward with courage in terrifying circumstances.  She’s my hero because she finds herself in a situation that is, by all accounts, […]

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BOO!!

Question:  When does a middle grade historical novel become a Halloween book? Answer:  When the author agrees to dress up as her main character because she can’t resist Burlington’s Church St. Marketplace Halloween Celebration.  Spitfire is about a girl who disguises herself as a boy to fight in a Revolutionary War naval battle on Lake […]

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Feeling lucky?

October must be contest month in the kidlit blogsophere because I can’t remember a time when I’ve seen so many offerings.  Cool ideas, too — here’s a roundup for those of you with lottery dreams… Being a teacher, I guess I’m especially partial to Jama Rattigan’s Apple-for-the-Teacher contest over at her blog, Alphabet Soup.  She’s […]

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RICKSHAW GIRL by Mitali Perkins

I’m partial to books with strong girl protagonists, so I loved Mitali Perkins’ RICKSHAW GIRL.  Naima is a young girl growing up in Bangladesh, living a life marked by both her family’s poverty and her appreciation for color and beauty.  As the best alpana painter in her village, Naima has a unique gift — a […]

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The smell of autumn…

My weekend was full of gushy pumpkin guts, fresh-baked bread, ripe red apples, and yellow river leaves.  For this, I am thankful… Montreal’s Atwater Market — always a feast for the senses! This bakery (above & below) was the model for the patisserie  in my MG Contemporary novel that’s making the rounds right now.  Needless […]

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Robert’s Snow…Meet Illustrator Judy Schachner!

“Oh, I’m Skippyjon Jones, and I bounce on my bed; And one or six times, I land on my head!!!” Today’s illustrator feature for the Robert’s Snow: For Cancer’s Cure Fundraiser is none other than Judy Schachner, created of the beloved Skippyjon Jones series and many more fantastic books for kids and kids at heart.Blogger’s […]

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What 3rd graders need to know…

Have you ever given a presentation, and NO ONE wants to ask a question during the Q and A?  I hate that.  But I LOVED visiting with the Oak St. School 3rd graders today. You’d think 75 kids packed into a small classroom might be a little chaotic.  It wasn’t.   You’d think 75 third graders […]

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Better than a Newbery…

I got an email this week from Mr. Smythe, my high school English teacher who read about SPITFIRE in a newspaper clipping someone mailed him.  He’s proud of me. You have to understand — Mr. Smythe wasn’t just any teacher.  He was that teacher.  If you’ve survived high school and lived to tell about it, […]

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