Monthly Archives: October 2010

Five Shiny Things on a Friday

1.  A final copy of SUGAR AND ICE arrived in the mail today!  It is even prettier than the ARC – I just love the care that the Bloomsbury/Walker designers take – even under the jacket. SUGAR AND ICE, for those who may be new to the blog, is my December 2010 figure skating novel.  […]

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When the Story is Personal: How much should authors share?

Librarian blogger Betsy Bird (Fuse #8 at SLJ) reviewed National Book Award finalist MOCKINGBIRD by Kathryn Erskine this week, and I found myself pondering one paragraph of her review in particular: The Asperger’s I do not question because that is tricky territory. I do not have a child with Asperger’s and Ms. Erskine does. However, […]

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My New “Not-an-Office” Writing Room

For years, my husband and I have shared an office that is also shared with a treadmill, keyboard, and sometimes violin and saxophone.  It has no door, and while it’s a fine place to answer a few emails or do tax stuff, it’s not conducive to writing when there’s a house full of people. In the […]

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An Author Visit with Annie Barrows!

Thanks to the always-awesome Flying Pig Bookstore, the 3rd and 4th graders in my school district had an amazing author visit with Annie Barrows this afternoon. She’s the author of Chronicle’s IVY AND BEAN series as well as THE MAGIC HALF with Bloomsbury, all of which are big-time favorites in the Messner house. We hosted […]

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Remembrance and Hope

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What happens to our middle school readers?

One of my former students, a freshman now, came to visit last week.  She had lots to say about high school, most of it positive, but when I asked her what she’s reading these days, she shrugged. "I don’t have time to read with all the homework. We got assigned Of Mice and Men for […]

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Thank you, Natick Fit Girls!

I had a terrific Skype author visit this weekend with a particularly active group of young women — the Natick Fit Girls.  It’s a crew of 4th and 5th grade girls who read and discuss a book while they train together for a 5K race. Their coach contacted me a few months ago after she […]

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Sugar and Ice Kirkus Review (and another happy-dance!)

Messner’s real-life experience as the mother of a competitive skater * is evident in her skillful portrayal of the sport’s demands. The story follows Claire through eight months of intensive training that leaves her little time for family, friends and relaxation. Claire’s self-doubt and inner turmoil over whether to continue with the Silver Blades after […]

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Thankful Thursday – Revision and The Quiet of the Woods

My thankfulness this week comes in black and white… …because I’ve been working on two big revision projects.  This is a couple pages from EYE OF THE STORM. They…err…need just a bit of work.  But revision is my favorite part of the writing process, so as messy as this looks, it’s great fun. I’m also […]

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Brian Floca’s MOONSHOT winner!

Last week, I was pretty much bubbling over with excitement when I was able to share the news that the incredibly talented Brian Floca will be illustrating my MARTY MCGUIRE chapter book series with Scholastic. Thanks to all those who commented and entered the drawing for a signed copy of his book MOONSHOT.   The winner was chosen […]

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