Monthly Archives: February 2008

Thankful Thursday

It’s not quite Thursday, but I’m feeling thankful for: …SNOW!!  We didn’t get as much as expected (I think jbknowles stole it all when the storm swung to the south), but it’s still beautiful, and the skiing will be great this weekend.…the delete button on my keyboard.  I just finished a rewrite of a chapter […]

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Signing, Skating, & Champlain

Three highlights of my February vacation week! I signed books and met some fantastic readers at Barnes and Noble in South Burlington, Vermont yesterday afternoon.  Thanks to everyone who came out to pick up copies of Spitfire and say hello.  I was especially happy to meet Marje VanOlsen from the South Burlington Community Library in […]

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Ice Song

We had a lazy morning on Lake Champlain.  When I woke up, the lake was frozen solid from our back deck to the island about a mile offshore.  When the wind picked up, it churned up the open water to the south, and the ice started talking. Sometimes, when the ice breaks up, it sounds […]

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A Tale of Two Eclipses

Oh, what a difference 3,000 miles, 85 degrees Fahrenheit, and a good telescope can make. Here’s a photograph of the August 27-28, 2007 lunar eclipse that I took through a powerful telescope set up in the Anza-Borrego Desert near Borrego Springs, CA.  We camped in the desert that night so we could view the eclipse […]

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Nonfiction Monday – An Interview with Jim Murphy

If you’ve spent any time around middle school kids, you know they devour Jim Murphy’s works of nonfiction.  Murphy has won two Newbery Honors for his books The Great Fire and An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793.  His latest book, The Real Benedict Arnold, was brought […]

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And the winner is…

Happy Valentine’s Book Giveaway Day!  In the spirit of sharing the book love, I held a contest on my blog to give away a signed ARC of Linda Sue Park’s incredible MG novel Keeping Score.  And in the spirit of entertaining my children, we devised a fun, Valentine-loving way to pick a winner. First, I […]

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Blog Soup

Sometimes I try to make soup out of all the leftovers in the refrigerator.  Today’s post is blog soup — all the little notes I’ve been meaning to mention but haven’t had time.  One of my favorite indies, Flying Pig Books in Shelburne, VT,  was nominated for the Lucille Micheels Pannell Award honoring bookstores that […]

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Building on Spec

For 110 years, the people of Saranac Lake, NY have taken part in a winter ritual that I absolutely love. They build a palace out of ice. The tradition dates back to 1898, when the community held its first winter carnival to raise the spirits of tuberculosis patients who had come to Saranac Lake seeking […]

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Contest for Impatient Readers

Sometimes it can be hard to wait.  I’m feeling a little impatient about the books of 2008 for a few reasons. As a writer, I’m feeling impatient because my second MG historical novel, Champlain & the Silent One,  is still seven months away from the shelves.  It’s off being edited and illustrated now, so all […]

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