Monthly Archives: November 2010

SUGAR AND ICE hits the road (and I discuss parents in MG fiction!)

SUGAR AND ICE, my latest middle grade novel from Walker/Bloomsbury, comes out on December 7th, a week from today, and I’ll be visiting a whole bunch of blogs over the next few weeks, talking about everything from revision to research to skating schedules.  I hope you’ll visit some of the great bloggers hosting me to […]

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Stars on Ice in Lake Placid

Our family partakes in many of the usual Thanksgiving traditions…pie, turkey, naps…and then there’s the figure skating.  Almost every year, the touring skating show Stars on Ice launches its season Thanksgiving weekend in Lake Placid, and with a house full of skating fans, we’ve made it part of our holiday Saturday.  This year, it was […]

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More Thankfulness: #NCTE10 and #ALAN10 Part II

Sunday at NCTE started bright and early with a morning run, which…left a little to be desired. When I got down to the hotel lobby in my running clothes and asked about trails nearby, the hotel person said, "Yes, we have a running path. You can run on the boardwalk around the lake." I looked […]

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Thankfulness, #NCTE10, and #ALAN10

I am home from the NCTE and ALAN conferences and pretty much bubbling over with thankfulness all around — for safe travels, new friends and old friends I had a chance to see in Orlando, new books for my classroom, and great ideas. To top it all off, I got two great bits of book news […]

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It’s a Fibonacci Day!!

I am just (literally minutes ago) back from NCTE and ALAN, which were amazing and inspiring, and I promise to post lots of pictures once I find my camera and sleep a bit.  But this post absolutely could not wait…because it’s about Fibonacci.  And as of midnight, today is 11/23 (1 1 2 3) — an […]

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Where to find me at #NCTE10

I’ll be leaving bright and early Friday morning for the National Council of Teachers of English conference, where I’ll be through Monday.  Here’s my schedule, in case you’ll be there, too, and would like to see one of my presentations, have a book signed, share your chocolate, or just say hello. I’m wearing my teacher-hat […]

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How To Make a Really Good Outline (for Jay)

Dear Jay-who-commented-on-my-blog-post-about-outlines-today, I am guessing, based on your slightly frantic tone when you asked how to make a really good outline, that you have a homework assignment due soon that involves an outline. But you didn’t mention what the outline is for.  Is it for a short story? A persuasive essay? A book review?  What kind […]

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COUNTDOWN by Deborah Wiles

Another book we’ve enjoyed in the Messner house lately… I absolutely loved COUNTDOWN by Deborah Wiles. Franny’s coming-of-age story, set against the backdrop of the Cuban Missile Crisis, is the best kind of historical fiction — firmly rooted in the feelings and details of a time period but with young characters that feel as real […]

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SUGAR CHANGED THE WORLD by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos

One of my teaching goals this year has been to promote nonfiction more actively to my classroom of 7th grade readers.  Last summer at ALA, I made it a point to have more nonfiction signed to my students for our classroom library, and I’ve been book-talking those titles more frequently as well. The latest book I’ll […]

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PLAIN KATE by Erin Bow

I am woefully behind in my book-blogging, but I finished this book over the weekend with a cup of tea clutched in my hand and the best kind of character-worry in my heart…dying to find out how it would all end. I was lucky enough to hear Erin Bow read from PLAIN KATE at the […]

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