Monthly Archives: September 2011

Almost-October News: Snow, Skype, Running & Reading

How did it get to be almost October? October is one of my favorite months because it means pumpkins and cool apples and hayrides. It means first fires in the fireplace and leaf-colored hikes. And this year, it means that OVER AND UNDER THE SNOW will be a real live book in bookstores.  Some very […]

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Turn Off the Spell-Check

It happens every year.  The first time I take my 7th graders to the computer lab to start work on a writing project, they log into their computers, open up Word, start typing…and STOP.  They might only be a sentence or two into what promises to be a brilliantly funny narrative or a sharply persuasive […]

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This Sunday…Burlington Book Festival Kids’ Day!

Confession: I am slightly addicted to book festivals. There is something about all those authors and illustrators, all those readers and all those pages in one place that gets my book-loving-heart beating. If you’re a kindred spirit, you’ll want to know about this weekend in Burlington, VT.  The annual Burlington Book Festival runs all weekend, […]

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Real Revision: An Interview with Linda Urban, author of HOUND DOG TRUE

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’ve been 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 […]

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Hound Dog True by Linda Urban

I have been waiting SO patiently to talk about this book. And now it’s coming out! Next week!  (On the 19th, to be exact, but if you look, you might even find it before then.)  In the interest of full disclosure, I’ll start by saying that HOUND DOG TRUE author Linda Urban is a friend. […]

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Psst… Want an early copy of OVER AND UNDER THE SNOW?

I’ll be signing books at the Rhinebeck, NY farmers market this Sunday from 12-2 with Oblong Books and Music.  And guess what book is sneaking out a little early to be part of the event… Even though OVER AND UNDER THE SNOW doesn’t officially come out until October, it’s been released from the warehouse ahead […]

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The Feller that My Mother Thinks I Am (and the teacher, too!)

At the end of every school year, I ask my 7th graders to sit in their 7th grade chairs one last time to write letters… to the people who will be sitting in those chairs come September.  This past June was no exception.  My kids wrote pages and pages of advice, warnings, and words of […]

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Lemonade, Strawberry Ladybugs, and Libraries in Need

First of all…a HUGE thank you to everyone who has donated to the flood-ravaged Wells Memorial Library and everyone who has helped to spread the word. I spoke with library board chairperson Marie-Ann Azar Ward this afternoon, and she says donations are pouring in, to the point where the library director burst into tears with […]

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Sunday Brunch (Osprey style!)

My daughter and I took a walk at Ausable Point State Park this morning, looking for caterpillars on milkweed. Instead, we found this young osprey enjoying a meal (fish? I think?)  The bird let us watch, taking photos for almost twenty minutes, only looking up occasionally to make sure we weren’t coming any closer to […]

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Still cleaning…and still in need: An update from Wells Memorial Library

Cleanup continued at Wells Memorial Library in Upper Jay, NY today. If you haven’t yet read about the flooding that devastated the library during Tropical Storm Irene, you can read all about that (and how to help) here. Volunteers hauled what felt like a million more buckets of mud out of the basement. That’s where […]

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