Saturday, December 11, 2004

Horn Book Fanfare

Horn Book has posted its "Fanfare" books for 2004.

Also, I've learned that the technique Linda Sue Park has employed (see previous post) is "metafiction."

Friday, December 10, 2004

Project Mulberry by Linda Sue Park has posted the first few pages of Linda Sue Park's new novel, Project Mulberry, which is due out in April 2005. They're really interesting. First, they're contemporary, which is noteworthy because Linda Sue is more known for her historical novels. And even more so, the narration is interspersed with exchanges between the protagonist, Julia, and the author, Linda Sue Park herself!

Linda Sue has been writing in new directions lately. This year's releases included The Firekeeper's Son (Clarion, 2004) and Mung-Mung (Charlesbridge, 2004)--both picture books, both wonderful and recommended!

Having been an LSP fan from the beginning, all I can say is, "lucky us!"

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Jane Kurtz

One of my fave children's authors is back from another trip to Africa. Surf by to see her petting a cheetah and read Jane Kurtz: Visit to Southern, Eastern, and Western Africa (2004) by Jane Kurtz.

Books on my to-read pile: Offsides by Erik Esckilsen (Houghton Mifflin, 2004); The Game of Silence by Louise Erdrich (HarperCollins, 2005)(the sequel to The Birchbark House); The Education of Patience Goodspeed by Heather Vogel Frederick (Simon & Schuster, 2004)(sequel to The Voyage of Patience Goodspeed), The Moon Came Down on Milk Street by Jean Gralley (Henry Holt, 2004); Miss Lady Bird's Wildflowers: How A First Lady Changed America by Kathi Appelt, illustrated by Joy Fisher Hein (HarperCollins, 2005); Hana in the Time of the Tulips by Deborah Noyles (Candlewick, 2004); Pterosaurs: Rulers of the Sky in the Dinosaur Age by Caroline Arnold, illustrated by Laurie Caple (Clarion, 2004).

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Jorge Argueta

Check out an interview with Salvadorian poet and children's book author Jorge Argueta from

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

11,000 Years Lost by Peni R. Griffin

Greg and I took off down I-35 to The Twig in San Antonio this evening to attend Peni Griffin's signing of 11,000 Years Lost. I'm particularly interested in the manuscript--though I've yet to read this current incarnation--because all things Peni are fascinating and because I read the initial draft back when I lived on Lake Austin Boulevard. She told me about her Pleistocene Ice Age Extension Page (a companion to the novel), looked darling in her green-and-white dress, and generally was lovely to see.

Monday, December 06, 2004

Liz Garton Scanlon

Spent most of the past weekend working on a revision of a picture book manuscript I'm writing with Greg. I just love my husband. He's so amazing. And then our writing buddy Anne Bustard was gracious enough to look it over for us before we sent it out. Thanks, Anne!

Today's highlight was lunch at Katz's with Liz Garton Scanlon, author of A SOCK IS A POCKET FOR YOUR TOES: A POCKET BOOK (Harper, 2004). This debut picture book, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser, is a must-read the whole year long and a must-have for National Poetry Month. Look for more great books from Liz in the future!

Sunday, December 05, 2004

Researching Reality: How a Young Adult Novelist Researches

Read a PDF file of the article Researching Reality: How a Young Adult Novelist Researches by Alex Flinn, an Author Talk from VOYA (December 2004).

Alex Flinn is the author of Breathing Underwater (Harper, 2001), Breaking Point (Harper, 2002), Nothing To Lose (Harper, 2004), and Fade To Black (Harper, 2005).
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