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Bud, Not Buddy and a Child’s Point of View

  When I sat down to read Bud, Not Buddy, I thought for sure that my takeaway from this book would be all about voice. After all, Bud’s voice is soooo strong. His voice is funny and distinct and part … Continue reading

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Lessons from Sarah, Plain and Tall

Wow, I feel like I got so behind on this challenge! I haven’t forgotten about it – I promise! I had planned on reading But, Not Buddy for my next Newbery book, but I’ve been distracted because I’ve been reading … Continue reading

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Lessons From The Girl Who Drank the Moon

  It took me much longer to read and respond to this book than I thought it would! It has nothing to do with the quality of the book – it’s fabulous – but I was a bit of a … Continue reading

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Book One of my Newbery Challenge: The One and Only Ivan

  I’m so glad I started with this book because it’s one of my favorite middle grade novels of all time, and it was a fun way to kick off the challenge. No matter how many times I read this … Continue reading

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A New Year and a Newbery Challenge

2018 is here! And now I can finally say: “I have a book coming out this year!” 2018 is bound to be an exciting year for me as I see my novel go out into the world. (October!) I am … Continue reading

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Letter Writing

It’s been a while since I posted here, and the truth of it is simply that I was stuck. I had been clobbered over the head by a series of personal and professional failures, and my writing was suffering for … Continue reading

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What Jury Duty Taught Me About Writing

I had jury duty a few weeks ago and was picked for a felony trial. Whenever I mention it, people always kindly say something about what a pain it must have been, or it was too bad I couldn’t get … Continue reading

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When You Just Need a Break….

The standard advice given to writers is that they must write every day. There is good reason for this –writing takes practice, just like anything else, and it’s best to make it a habit. The only way to finish a … Continue reading

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When Self-Doubt Rears Its Ugly Head

I was recently talking to one of the writers I’ve been working with about ways to stay motivated when your confidence gets shaky and you’re hit over the head with writer’s block, and since this is such a common problem, … Continue reading

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Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Pioneer Girl

I recently read this review in The New Yorker of the new Laura Ingalls Wilder memoir, Pioneer Girl. I found it particularly interesting because I had just finished reading the memoir, and I had come to completely different conclusions than the … Continue reading

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