Monthly Archives: March 2011

Can I help you find something? Searches that led to my website

I recently had my website redesigned & moved to a new server, and along with that change came a new service that counts website visitors and gives other information…like where in the world they’re located and what they typed into a search box to find me. I have to admit…this last bit of trivia fascinates […]

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When will the ice break up? Contest guesses so far…

Here it is late March, and the temperatures are still only in the 30s here in the Lake Champlain region.  To pass the time until Spring, I posted a contest this week to see who can guess when the ice on Lake Champlain will break up in front of my house.  Guesses need to be […]

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Sur et Sous la Neige (My book’s being published in France!)

I just got an exciting letter from my editor at Chronicle Books letting me know that they’ve sold French language rights for my upcoming picture book, OVER AND UNDER THE SNOW, illustrated by  Christopher Silas Neal. OVER AND UNDER THE SNOW translates loosely to SUR ET SOUS LA NEIGE, though I have no idea whether […]

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When will the ice go out? Guess and win an ARC of MARTY MCGUIRE!

So…I’m having a contest to see who can guess when the ice on Lake Champlain will break up in front of my house. As you can see, it’s still frozen. Lovely and sparkly this morning…but still mighty cold and solid. To enter the contest, just leave a comment with the date and time you think […]

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Thankful Thursday: Auctions, Awards, and an Almost-Spring Contest

1. I’m thankful for the kind, organized people who have put together a couple great online efforts to raise money in the wake of the recent disasters in Japan. Right now, my books are part of two such auctions. You can win signed copies of The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z., Sugar and Ice, Marty […]

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Ten Miles Past Normal by Frances O’Roark Dowell

I read TEN MILES PAST NORMAL by Frances O’Roark Dowell as an e-galley, loved it, and will be picking up a copy for my classroom library.  It’s one of those YA titles that high school kids will love but that’s also going to be great for 7th and 8th grade readers. As the book begins, […]

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NYS Science Olympiad at West Point

My weekend trip to the Hudson Valley was a fascinating mix of past and future. We stayed in a Beacon, NY bed & breakfast that my husband claimed must be haunted. In truth, even if there were ghosts (I didn’t see any), I wouldn’t have cared because the breakfast they served — fresh fruit, a […]

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Meet Me in St. Louis!

This week has been busy-busy-busy…but full of good things, so this is going to be one of those mix-of-everything blogs. First, the Meet-Me-in-St.-Louis part… I had a great Skype visit yesterday with these Bellerive Elementary School fifth graders who had read THE BRILLIANT FALL OF GIANNA Z.  (In truth…only the kids and their teachers were […]

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Waiting for the perfect time to write

In one of my author Skype visits last week, a student asked this question: How long did it take you to write your first book? Well…er…7 years, I answered him a little sheepishly. There were some good reasons it took so long: I was learning my craft and had a long way to go before […]

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Five Bookish Things on a Friday

1. I’m reading this book right now – -and really loving the ideas it’s giving me for my new science-gone-wrong novel project. I love writing craft books and highly recommend this one for anyone planning or revising a novel. 2. I can’t believe my MARTY MCGUIRE chapter book series launches in less than two months. […]

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