Monthly Archives: August 2008


The UPS guy came this week with a new revision letter and another marked up manuscript from the editor working on my middle grade novel with Walker Books.  I went through her notes, which are funny and brilliant and helpful and all things that an editor’s notes ought to be.  And tonight, I sat down […]

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It’s a bird…. It’s a plane….

We see a lot of interesting things fly by our deck on Lake Champlain. There are always seagulls, geese, ducks, and great blue herons. We spot an occasional bald eagle, and one September we saw a huge swarm of Monarch butterflies — there had to have been more than a thousand — on their migration […]

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Happy Monday Things

1. My new regional MG historical novel, Champlain and the Silent One, is available for pre-order on Amazon!  Seeing it there with a cover and a blurb and everything brings it one step closer to real.  The book is due out early next month, and  I’ll be signing copies at the Burlington Book Festival on […]

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Thankful Thursday

Lots to be thankful for…even as summer winds to a close. 1. I’ve been revising two books this summer — and surviving.  I was a little worried back in June when I figured out this would happen, but somehow, two editors at two different houses have been intuitive enough to stagger their editorial letters and […]

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The smell of new pencils

It’s a sure sign that summer is winding down… Not only am I spending time in my own 7th grade classroom this week, working on some curriculum with colleagues, but I’ve also gotten a sudden surge of requests for information about my author visits from teachers and librarians who are planning for the new school […]

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Friday Five

#1  –  We spent yesterday afternoon here, picking lovely, fat blueberries, which led to… #2  –  Blueberry pancakes for breakfast this morning! #3 –  Speaking of blueberries, have you seen Laurel Snyder’s adorable book trailer for her middle grade novel Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains?  Laurel’s running a contest on her blog right now […]

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Things to Do & People to See

I was going to post a new picture of my composting worms, but when I went to check on them today, they were all too busy eating cucumber peels and yelled at me to close the lid. Instead, I offer up the most random collection of links you ever did see… 1. I am extremely […]

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Supporting Autism Research

I’ve blogged several reviews of books that feature characters with autism. Cynthia Lord’s Rules and Judith Mammay’s Knowing Joseph are terrific titles that are out now. And I’m really looking forward to my agent-mate Tara Kelly’s debut YA novel Harmonic Feedback (Henry Holt, 2010), which features a character with a form of autism called Asperger’s […]

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Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning

In many ways, Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning (Walker Books, August 2008) is a coming-of-age story, but here’s the thing…  Violet Raines is coming of age on her own terms and in her own sweet time.  Danette Haworth’s debut middle grade novel is perfect for kids like Violet who aren’t in a hurry […]

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Talking Books

I’m excited about a couple author events that will take me to some beautiful spots in the  Adirondacks this month. This Saturday, August 9, I’ll be at Westport Heritage Days, talking lake history and signing books at the Westport Marina from 1-3.  And next Thursday, August 14, I’ll be giving a reading with Vermont author […]

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