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An Irish Aside

Happy St. Patrick’s Day. I couldn’t resist putting on my green socks, sipping green tea, and revisiting my favorite upper MG book set in Ireland – CELTIC RUN by Sean Vogel (2012). Here’s the book jacket blurb: While in Ireland … Continue reading

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Did you hear the one about the…

I’ve received several emails this school year along the lines of… “My son is 12 and will only read funny books. He doesn’t want drama, deaths, or sad tales of homelessness… just pure laugh out loud funny. He’s not into … Continue reading

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The Path to Publishing: Become Famous First

There are a growing number of actors, talk show hosts, and anyone else who has had more than the standard 15 minutes of fame showing up as authors on the children’s bookshelf. I would guess their path is a lot … Continue reading

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The annual Academy Awards are announced this Sunday evening. Like most years I’m woefully behind seeing only three of the best picture nominated films so far. I’ll still watch the award show, but I’m always more fascinated with the screenplay … Continue reading

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Read widely to become a better writer. That advice has never been a problem for me. I’m reading all the time. It’s when I’m focused on writing where reading becomes even more important.  I’ve written stories in a first person … Continue reading

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CYBILS Public Nominations Announced

Thanks to Karen Yingling for the nudge to participate in the nominations that closed yesterday. Karen’s the chair of the MG Fiction category and her blog is a place I visit several times a week. MS. YINGLING READS is where … Continue reading

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A Year of Marvelous Middle Grade Monday! Are You Kidding?

Fifty-two reviews in one year. It’s been a fun ride and one that will continue. This week though it’s time to celebrate with my first ever monster-size giveaway. But first a look back at the titles… IDA B DEAD END … Continue reading

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