Monthly Archives: January 2011

Congratulations, Highgate Students!

Last year, I had an author visit with students at Highgate Elementary School in Vermont, and the kids told me all about the project they were working on — a book called Lake Champlain, A to Z, Past & Present.  They were in the research stages when we met to share writing stories, and they knew […]

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“What do you call that thing?” A revision story…

The Tiny Glass Tub Vial Jar : Why Revision Takes So Long Picture the scene: I’m sitting in my writing room one recent afternoon, on deadline with the final revision for my 2012 Walker/Bloomsbury dystopian novel, EYE OF THE STORM.  And I’m staring at this line: She pulls out a tiny round tub filled with […]

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Lake Champlain on a -17 degree morning

There is no school today. The temperature is -17…the wind chill -31.  Inside the house today, there will be reading aloud (we just finished Ellen Potter’s THE KNEEBONE BOY over breakfast, and wow! What an ending!)  There will be hot chocolate and Scrabble and chicken chili and some writing time.  Outside, there is a very, […]

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Plattsburgh & Burlington Author Events This Week

For folks in the Plattburgh, NY – Burlington, VT region, I have a couple weeknight book events this week and would love to see you! A Novel Evening for LiteracyThursday, January 207:00 pmKoffee Kat – 104 Margaret St. Plattsburgh I’ll be reading from SUGAR AND ICE and giving a talk, along with local author Bonnie […]

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What I Learned from Rapunzel: A revision story

One of the things I’ve learned about revising a manuscript is that no matter how tight the deadline, I can’t just lock myself in a room and revise 24-7. Much of my rethinking happens away from the keyboard. Leaving my desk provides me with different lenses through which I can view the story — and […]

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“What Happened to Your Book Today” A Poem for after the ALA Awards

In San Diego today, the ALA¬†Youth Media Awards were announced just as I was having my lunch break on the East Coast, so I was able to gobble up every honor and award announcement along with my leftover chicken. I was so happy to see some of my favorite titles from 2010 honored and delighted […]

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Recommendations for Rebecca

I got a terrific email from a young reader today: Hi Kate, I am an ABSOLUTE number 1 fan of your book, The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. I was wondering if there are any other books like that you know of? They don’t have to be yours, just books that you would recommend. I am […]

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“Little Girl, Big Pond…” The Washington Post reviews SUGAR AND ICE!

While battling Beltway traffic to get to the soccer/piano/ballet activity du jour, do you fantasize about a simpler existence for your children? In a snow-dusted small town, perhaps, with cow-pond skating and pancake suppers? So begins today’s Washington Post review of SUGAR AND ICE, which my editor had told me was coming…but I didn’t know […]

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Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt

The last book I read over the holiday break was an e-galley of Gary Schmidt’s OKAY FOR NOW, a fantastic and (is it possible?) even stronger follow-up to THE WEDNESDAY WARS. It’s a companion book, rather than a sequel, since this one is told through the eyes of Holling Hoodhood’s classmate, 14-year-old Doug Swieteck as […]

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Skaters & Sea Monsters: Some bookish surprises!

I went back to school today after a lovely, lazy vacation to find the new Scholastic Book Clubs flyer in my mailbox, and look what was inside! SUGAR AND ICE is a featured title in the January ARROW Book Club, along with THE BRILLIANT FALL OF GIANNA Z.  This made me smile for a few reasons. […]

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