Journal

Join me here to read my random thoughts on writing, publishing…life!

Chillicothe, Missouri: Home of Sliced Bread and Passionate Readers

I am just back from visiting some very impressive 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders in Chillicothe, Missouri. With my book, Just a Drop of Water, being a finalist for the 2016-2017 Missouri Association of School Libraries’ Truman Award, I was invited by the middle school media specialist, Laurinda Davison, to come visit for a… Continue reading Chillicothe, Missouri: Home of Sliced Bread and Passionate Readers

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Book Review: THIS IS NOT THE ABBY SHOW by Debbie Reed Fischer

This Is Not the Abby Show by Debbie Reed Fischer My rating: 5 of 5 stars I am notoriously tough when it comes to judging a book for its humor content, but I can honestly say I laughed my way through most of this one. Prior to reading THIS IS NOT THE ABBY SHOW, I… Continue reading Book Review: THIS IS NOT THE ABBY SHOW by Debbie Reed Fischer

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Book review: The First Last Day by Dorian Cirrone

The First Last Day by Dorian Cirrone My rating: 5 of 5 stars If the cover alone doesn’t draw you to this sweet middle-grade book, Haleigh’s story surely will. Haleigh doesn’t do well with change, and as the best summer of her life comes to an end, she spends her last night at the Jersey… Continue reading Book review: The First Last Day by Dorian Cirrone

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Where were you on September 11, 2001?

Growing up, I’d heard older people tell stories at get-togethers that often began, “I remember exactly where I was when . . .” I knew that whatever happened altered the person’s world in some way, and I hoped I’d never witness an event where I’d say the same thing some day. But then, September 11… Continue reading Where were you on September 11, 2001?

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Huffington Post: To Remember 9/11, Read a Book

I never dreamed my book would make it to the Huffington Post. This is such an honor, and I’m quite humbled. Thanks so much for including Just a Drop of Water in this article Saadia Faruqi. And thank you, Gae Polisner for letting Saadia know about my book. Readers, I hope you’ll check out each… Continue reading Huffington Post: To Remember 9/11, Read a Book

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Islamic reviewer writes her thoughts on Just a Drop of Water

I not only appreciate the positive review, but Kirin’s insight from an Islamic perspective. Much to think about here–especially in how the cover is interpreted. Review: JUST A DROP OF WATER, from Islamic School Librarian

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Five in Five with 5th grade teacher Jana Eschner

Hi, Jana! It’s great to have you here as part of our month-long #MGGetsReal initiative where we strive to highlight tough topics in books for kids who might need them most. Thanks so much for all you do in your 5th grade classroom to educate, befriend, and mold today’s students. Now let’s have some fun.… Continue reading Five in Five with 5th grade teacher Jana Eschner

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Book review: What Flowers Remember by Shannon Wiersbitzky

What Flowers Remember by Shannon Wiersbitzky My rating: 5 of 5 stars One day Old Red is training Delia as his flower apprentice, and the next he can hardly remember her. As heartbroken as Delia is when Old Red’s memory starts to slip, she turns her sadness into a town-wide effort to preserve Old Red’s… Continue reading Book review: What Flowers Remember by Shannon Wiersbitzky

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Five in Five with author Shannon Wiersbitzky

Hey there, friends! Thanks for joining me for this Five in Five with Shannon Wiersbitzky, author of both What Flowers Remember and The Summer of Hammers Angels. I’ve been so lucky to get to know Shannon after she invited me to participate in her campaign to highlight middle-grade books that tackle tough topics, which we’ve lovingly titled… Continue reading Five in Five with author Shannon Wiersbitzky

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Book review: Comfort by Joyce Moyer Hostetter

Comfort by Joyce M. Hostetter My rating: 5 of 5 stars Ann Fay is anything but a typical 14 year-old girl. Instead of hanging out with her best friend Peggy Sue at the movies, or playing at recess like the regular kids, Ann Fay—stricken with Polio the year before—works a Saturday job to help support… Continue reading Book review: Comfort by Joyce Moyer Hostetter

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Five in Five with author Joyce Moyer Hostetter

Guys, I’m really excited to have Joyce Moyer Hostetter here with me today. It’s been great getting to know her through our #MGGetsReal campaign in which we spotlight important books for middle grade kids dealing with tough issues in their own lives. Joyce is the author of 3 awesome books, Blue, Comfort, and the forthcoming… Continue reading Five in Five with author Joyce Moyer Hostetter

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Five in Five with 6th grade ELA teacher Cheryl Mizerny

Hey there, Cheryl. It’s so great to have you join me here today and thanks for supporting our #MGGetsReal campaign—spotlighting books with tough topics for real kids. We love educators and appreciate all you do on a daily basis. Keep on rocking in that classroom of yours. Now let’s get started because I’m excited to… Continue reading Five in Five with 6th grade ELA teacher Cheryl Mizerny

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Book review: Ruby Lee and Me by Shannon Hitchock

Ruby Lee and Me by Shannon Hitchcock My rating: 5 of 5 stars Growing up can be tough, but it’s even tougher when you feel responsible for a terrible accident and are at odds with your best friend because in a moment of rage you called her something really terrible. Tensions are thick in this… Continue reading Book review: Ruby Lee and Me by Shannon Hitchock

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