Monthly Archives: November 2008

The Hunger Games

I already posted a book review today, but our phone just rang.  It was my mom, home from Thanksgiving dinner at our house, calling to discuss the book that my 12-year-old son and I convinced her to read while she was here.  "How’d you like it?"  I asked her. "It was awful," she said.  "Wonderful […]

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What I Saw and How I Lied

When the National Book Award finalists for young people’s literature were announced a few weeks ago, there were only two titles on the list that I hadn’t already read and loved — and one of them walked away with the medal.  While the turkey was cooking  yesterday, I dug into Judy Blundell’s What I Saw and […]

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Thankful

For apple pie, but mostly because my mom is here to make it. For family and turkey and after-dinner plans — a traditional Thanksgiving basketball game with the neighbors and then this…       I hope your Thanksgiving is warm and wonderful, too!

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Learning to Love November

Being a writer means learning how to wait.  There have been some wonderfully honest and thoughtful LJ posts lately about the real story of what happens after a first book deal, and the truth is, there’s a lot of waiting around.  But really?  There’s waiting before that, too — waiting for critiques, waiting to hear about […]

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Welcome, baby worms!

So I was just poking around the bin of red worms we keep in the basement to eat kitchen scraps, and this scene is way too tiny to photograph, but… Imagine an apple peel, about an inch wide and two inches long and curling at the edges.  If you look very, very carefully at the flesh […]

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Congratulations, NBA Winners!

 Judy Blundell just won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature for What I Saw and How I Lied! Huge congratulations to Judy and Scholastic editor David Levithan, as well as amazing NBA finalists Laurie Halse Anderson (I’m reading CHAINS with my 7th graders right after Thanksgiving!), Kathi Appelt (THE UNDERNEATH), E. Lockhart (THE DISREPUTABLE […]

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Writers at the Post Office

Is it just me, or is there something very final about handing over a package to the person behind the counter at the Post Office?  I’d forgotten how nerve-wracking it can be…how I have to fight the urge to snatch back any package that’s full of my words.  The last time I was mailing manuscripts was […]

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A Visit with Cynthia Lord

Students at my middle school spent an amazing Thursday with Cynthia Lord, the author of the Newbery Honor Book RULES.  I met Cindy at the New England SCBWI Conference a couple years ago and had so hoped that I’d be able to have her visit with my kids someday.  She gave three presentations, sharing with […]

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Thankful Thursday

I’m waking up extra thankful this Thursday because… I spent last evening with a wonderful, friendly group of  book club women who chose my book SPITFIRE as their selection for this month.  It was terrific to hear the variety of books they’d read together, including LOVING FRANK by Nancy Horan and LETTERS IN THE ATTIC […]

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November Woods

As much as I love the bright leaves on the trees in October, there is also something to be said for the thick carpets of them that cover the forest floor now.  Temperatures never got out of the 30s in Northern NY today. We spent the better part of this chilly afternoon in the woods at […]

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