Monthly Archives: May 2011

The Book in my Mind: A Poem for Writers

I’m working on a new novel right now,  and while this stage in the writing process always feels exciting and full of possibility, I also have mixed emotions when I finally begin writing a book that’s been living in my mind for months. I think it’s because the book that I imagined all those months […]

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Want a MARTY MCGUIRE discussion guide & bookmarks?

Are you a teacher, librarian, or book club leader who wants to share MARTY MCGUIRE with young readers? The folks at Scholastic would love to send  you a free copy of the full-color discussion guide we created for the book. It has discussion questions, some fun writing prompts and classroom/library club activities, author & illustrator […]

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HOW TO SAVE A LIFE by Sara Zarr

Two narrators. Both are teenagers, and both are hurting. But Jill and Mandy come from different worlds. Mandy’s spent her life with a mom who drinks too much and always seems to end up with the wrong man. Now, Mandy is pregnant, has dropped out of school, and looks to a woman she met online […]

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INSIDE OUT AND BACK AGAIN by Thanhaa Lai

I’ll confess: I was already smitten by the beautiful cover of this book when a friendly Harper Collins publicist handed me a copy at IRA a couple weeks ago. She promised me the inside was just as lovely as the cover…and she was right. INSIDE OUT AND BACK AGAIN by Thanhaa Lai is a gorgeous […]

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A Good Day for Ernest the Sea Monster…

This has been a most exciting day for a certain Sea Monster I know… I woke up this morning to find Publisher’s Weekly had reviewed SEA MONSTER’S FIRST DAY, which comes out from Chronicle Books next month. This was big news at our house because a) the reviewer liked it, and b) this is the […]

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EYE OF THE STORM: A Book Cover Story

Call me a process geek… I love hearing the stories behind books.  What sparked the idea…how many times the point-of-view changed in revisions…which characters got left on the cutting room floor. Titles and covers, too… so I thought it would be fun to share the cover for my new Walker/Bloomsbury novel along with the story […]

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10+1 – Ten Good Ways to Evaluate a Teacher (and one misguided one)

Normally, this blog is a place where I talk about books and writing and research…and other things that I think are important. But today, I’m going to talk about something that I think is incredibly and dangerously wrong. The NYS Board of Regents this week voted to ignore its earlier discussions with educators and instead […]

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St. James Cathedral School Visit & #IRAOrlando Part II

I was really excited about the Wednesday morning workshop I presented at IRA — talented authors Lindsey Leavitt, Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, and Cynthea Liu invited me to join them on a panel called “Plugged In,” all about using Web 2.0 tools to promote literacy.  I love panel presentations like this because in addition to sharing what […]

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Marty McGuire Contest Winners!

Thanks to all who shared your third grade memories to help me celebrate the launch of my new chapter book series, starring third grader Marty McGuire! You can check out the memory collection here on the contest post or here on the MARTY MCGUIRE Facebook page.  Contest winners who will receive a signed hardcover are: […]

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Hudson Children’s Book Festival & #IRAOrlando – Part I

I spent much of last week traveling, hitting the road to talk with readers, teachers, and librarians about a third grade scientist named Marty McGuire and an optimistic Sea Monster named Ernest on his first day of school. First up was the Hudson Children’s Book Festival on Saturday. This is an amazing festival held each […]

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