Monthly Archives: January 2008

Welcome Sara Zarr!

Funny things happen sometimes.  A few weeks ago, I received an email asking if I’d like to review Sara Zarr’s new book SWEETHEARTS.  Sure!  I loved STORY OF A GIRL, and well, there’s the whole pink cookie on the cover thing.  I loved the book and jumped at the chance to host a stop on […]

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Kindling Words

What do you get when you take 75 people who care passionately about writing, illustrating, and editing children’s books, put them together for four days, feed them a lot, and build a blazing fire on a cold January night? Magic. I’m home from Kindling  Words, full of inspiration, ideas, new friendships, and rich desserts.  Homemade […]

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Two notes on a Tuesday

Two quick notes tonight  — one looking back and one looking forward. Looking back… I loved being part of the Robert’s Snow: For Cancer’s Cure fundraiser for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute this holiday season.  In addition to posting interviews with some amazing illustrators to promote the snowflake auction, my students and I created our […]

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I’ve learned a new word…and fly it like a new kite.                     ~Ralph Fletcher, Ordinary Things “Look,” she whispered, pointing to a tiny trail in the snow. It looked as if someone might have dragged a slender stick from one tree trunk to the next, about six feet away.  “This is […]

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A Home Run!

Linda Sue Park just hit another one out of the ballpark. Watch for this book.  It’s due out from Clarion in March, and I predict It’s going to win awards. Keeping Score is the very best kind of historical novel – one that first introduces kids to funny, dynamic characters they’ll love and then brings […]

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Educator Resources from LCMM

Thanks to the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum for featuring Spitfire in its January newsletter for educators!   Click here if you’d like to sign up to receive the museum’s newsletter. It’s always full of great teaching ideas and resources for the classroom. If you’re interested in Lake Champlain history or boat-building, LCMM is a fantastic resource.  […]

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The mother of all book-signings!

Meet  43 children’s authors & illustrators! Kindling Words CaravanThursday, January 24, 20084:00-5:00Phoenix BooksEssex, VT I’ll be there signing copies of Spitfire, and I’m bursting at the seams over the company I’ll be keeping.  Here are some hints… Kindling Words Caravan 2008Laure Halse  AndersonSarah  AronsonNora Raleigh Baskin Jeannie BrettRobin Brickman Elise  Broach Janet  Buell Laurie CalkhovenCinda […]

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Book Brawl

I love it when I book-talk a new selection for my classroom library and end up with a near-battle over who gets to sign it out first.  I know, I know, chaos is generally frowned upon in school, but I love to see kids ravenous about reading.  Here’s the book that caused the commotion this […]

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Sherman Alexie is  brilliant.  But you probably already knew that. This week, I finally got to read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Wow.  Just wow. I won’t write a traditional review here, because plenty of other people have praised this book up and down, and there was that whole award thing, too….  […]

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Sweethearts by Sara Zarr

Jennifer Harris used to be that poor, chubby kid who sat alone in the cafeteria. Well, almost alone. There was Cameron Quick, another social outcast. Another kid living in poverty and living on the fringe of third grade society. He was her only friend and the only person who ever understood Jennifer Harris. And then […]

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