Monthly Archives: November 2007

We interrupt these book reviews…

…because Armchair Interviews has just posted a review of my middle grade historical novel, Spitfire.   Mom and other interested parties can click here to read it.

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Me and the Pumpkin Queen

This is one of those books that sneaks up on you.  It caught me off guard.  Based on some positive reviews I’d read and the back cover blurb, I expected it to be cute. I thought I’d kind of like it.   I didn’t expect to be so swept up in Mildred’s quest to grow the […]

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Someone Named Eva

I’ve read quite a bit of historical fiction set in Nazi Europe, but SOMEONE NAMED EVA by Joan M. Wolf takes a look at a part of World War II that I never knew about.  Eva is really Milada – a young Czech girl who has blond hair and blue eyes that allow her to […]

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Cybils – Middle Grade Fiction

I am reading and reading and reading some more, and slowly, my stack of Middle Grade Fiction Cybils nominees is dwindling.  I’m a panelist for this year’s Children & Young Adult Bloggers Literature Awards, and I’m loving it, every page of the way. It’s been an interesting process for lots of reasons, most of which […]

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Thankful Thursday

Three things today – 1. I finished the first draft of my chapter book last night.  It has messy hair and ripped sweatpants and warts, but it’s done, and that’s what revision is for.  Plus, parts of it are funny and sparkly. 2. This relates to #1.  I’m thankful for E, who lit a fire […]

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Done!

 I just finished revising the last chapter in my MG historical novel CHAMPLAIN & THE SILENT ONE. I have the rest of the week to wrap up Part II of my November goal — the first draft of my chapter book, which is within 1000 words of where it needs to be.  I see the […]

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Out of the mouths of ‘tweens…

At dinner tonight, I was describing a new project idea to my 11-year-old.  We’re talking a brand-new, just percolating grain of an idea…but I wanted to bounce it off my real live boy and see if the concept, at least, intrigued him. I told him about the two main characters, how they somehow connect even […]

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Thankful because…

(This reminds me of a project I did in third grade.  When I finish typing, I will be getting out crayons to draw pictures of all these things on a paper plate…) 1. I am inching my way toward my JoNoWriMo goal. I think I’m going to make it! 2. My E is dancing in […]

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The ink isn’t dry yet, but…

I’ve accepted an offer of representation from Jennifer Laughran with the Andrea Brown Literary Agency!  Lots of you know her as literaticat , and I can’t even begin to express how excited I am to have my manuscript in her hands. I’ve been sitting on this for more than a week because I couldn’t quite […]

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45 minutes at the Met

My trip to NYC last week for the NYS English Conference didn’t include much down time, but I did have a couple hours free Friday morning before I had catch my train back to Albany.  I have a weakness for art museums of all kinds, and if you’ve been to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, […]

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