Monthly Archives: May 2008

I’m Happy-Dancing…

…because I got the final cover for Champlain and the Silent One today, and Fabulous Zach at North Country Books gave me the okay to share it!  New book covers make me positively giddy.  I haven’t talked about this one in a while, so I’ll share the blurb, too: His tribe calls him Silent One.  […]

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Four Days in Washington, DC

4 people, 1 small hotel room,7 museums,5 monuments & memorials,1 living history village,and many miles later… I have some highlights to share. Here we are on the steps of the National Gallery. I’m that one… in the pink shirt. On that top step.    Now do you see? By the pillar… No, the other pillar. I […]

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A Rainbow Kind of Day

Really. First, an ARC of Laurie Halse Anderson’s CHAINS showed up in the mail, just in time for a plane trip I’m taking tomorrow. Then the phone call I’ve been waiting for happened.  An over-the-rainbow sort of phone call.  More on that soon.  :^) And tonight, this…the first of the year over Lake Champlain. Thankful […]

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Raise the Spitfire?

The debate over what to do with the wreck of the Spitfire, the Revolutionary War gunboat featured in my first historical novel, seems to be resurfacing. Librarian Cally Flickinger alerted me to this article in the Burlington Free Press.  I expect it will reinvigorate our conversations about the value of historical resources. What do you […]

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Awaiting an Illustrator

There are so many exciting steps along the way in a writer’s journey.  Some of them, like getting books in the mail or doing a first book signing, you’ve heard about and expect to be amazing experiences.  But some of the other milestones have taken me by surprise.  Like when my editor emailed me last […]

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So long, salmon…

I said goodbye to some old friends on Friday. It was time for these little guys — salmon that my students raised from fertilized eggs in their science classroom — to make their way out into the river.  Our 7th graders spent a gorgeous Friday on the river bank, releasing the fish, conducting a watershed […]

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Of Macroinvertebrates and Multiple Choice

Guess what??  I’m going on a field trip tomorrow!  (I know that makes me sound like a third grader, but I love field trips just as much as a teacher as I did when I was a kid.)  We’re taking our 7th graders to the river to release the baby salmon that they raised from […]

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Thank you, Chamberlin School!

I spent a fabulous day with the 4th and 5th graders at Chamberlin School in South Burlington earlier this week.  Their amazing librarian, Cally Flickinger, even set up a special blog so we could chat a little online before my visit.   I did a large group presentation for each grade level; both went long because […]

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Children’s Literature New England

My Mother’s Day weekend started off in a room full of readers and writers.  I got to say hello to LJ friends saraharonson , tanyaleestone , sarah_create , and I heard two amazing lectures at the Children’s Literature New England Colloquy.  First came M.T. Anderson, discussing “Experimental” opening pages.  If you’ve never heard Tobin Anderson […]

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Thankful Thursday

I’m thankful because I’m going to see M.T. Anderson and Arthur Levine speak  at Children’s Literature New England tomorrow.  Is anyone else going to be there?  Also, two nights ago, I finished a new round of revisions on my MG novel MAPLE GIRL and clicked the send button.  My agent read it in 24 hours […]

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