Monthly Archives: July 2011

Just Keep Swimming…Thoughts on Drafting

I am closing in on the end of my 2013 novel with Walker/Bloomsbury. It doesn’t have a title right now. It used to have one…but it was the wrong title, and now it’s simply known as Science-Gone-Wrong-Everglades-Thriller, or SGWET, for short.  (That’s pronounced Sig-Wet for those who like acronyms…appropriate, given the whole swamp thing, no?) […]

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Signing with a Sea Monster (err…make that Lake Monster!)

I have to say that this weekend’s book signings were among the most unusual I’ve ever done…not because of the kids for whom I signed books…but because of who else (what else?) attended the events! Saturday, I read SEA MONSTER’S FIRST DAY for Barnes & Noble story time in South Burlington, Vermont. And guess who […]

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REAL REVISION: An Interview with Jo Knowles, author of PEARL

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that my first book for teachers, REAL REVISION: AUTHORS’ STRATEGIES TO SHARE WITH STUDENT WRITERS, was released from Stenhouse this summer. I’m celebrating with a series of author interviews on the topic of real revision…the nitty gritty, make-the-book-better strategies that some of my favorite authors […]

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Signing, Reading…and Retreating!

These past two weeks of July have been my busiest of the summer. Here’s why… Last week, I spent an afternoon with kids at the Chateaugay Town Recreation Park, thanks to the Chateaugay Library. The kids there have an amazing set-up for their recreation program… not just guest speakers, but tons of space to play, […]

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The Harry I Used to Know…

“Tell me one last thing,” said Harry. “Is this real? Or has this been happening inside my head?” “Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” I took my kids to see the last Harry Potter  movie this afternoon.  I enjoyed the […]

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Author Event in Lake Placid (& how to order signed books, even if you can’t be there in person!)

I’ll be at The Bookstore Plus in Lake Placid this Saturday (7/16), visiting with readers and signing books from 3-5pm.  If the weather’s good (fingers crossed!) the store plans to set up a table right on Main Street. If you’re in the area, please stop by to say hi – and if you tell me […]

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The Amazing Readers of Plattsburgh Public Library

A while back, children’s librarian Miss Karen asked me if I’d do an author visit for the Plattsburgh Public Library Summer Reading Program.  I was planning to read SEA MONSTER’S FIRST DAY and OVER AND UNDER THE SNOW with the younger kids & show a presentation on research & writing for the older ones. I […]

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What Will We Tell the Kids? Google+ thoughts for parents & educators

  Google+ is here, and love it or hate it, the appearance of a new social network  provides a unique opportunity for parents, teachers, librarians, and other people who spend time with kids. With Facebook, the kids were there first, and we grownups sort of trickled in, kind of like discovering a party in your […]

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Real Revision: An Interview with Lisa Schroeder

Today, the UPS guy brought my author copies for REAL REVISION: AUTHORS’ STRATEGIES TO SHARE WITH STUDENT WRITERS, so I’m celebrating with the first of what I hope will be many author interviews on the topic of real revision…the nitty gritty, make-the-book-better strategies that some of my favorite authors use when they’re revising a project.  […]

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Five Books That Aren’t for Novel Writers (but really, they are)

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you probably know that my first teacher resource book, REAL REVISION, was just released from Stenhouse Publishers. When I was working on that project and telling my husband about it, the first thing he said was “Writers are going to want this, too.”  Would they? I know […]

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