Great Reads

Pay it Forward Friday: Bridget Zinn’s POISON – Help Spread the Word!

A while back, you may remember my participation in the Bridget Zinn auction. It actually took the place of my Thanksgiving Picture Book Peek in 2010. Now I’m asking your help in an opportunity to contribute to Bridget’s beautiful legacy through her upcoming book release.Today, Bridget’s dear friend, writer and editor,  Holly Westlund,  is my… Read more »

National Book Award Finalists Announced!

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALISTS FictionThis Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz (Riverhead)A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers (McSweeney’s)The Round House by Louise Erdrich (Harper)Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain (Ecco)The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers (Little, Brown) NonfictionIron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1945-1956 by Anne Applebaum (Doubleday)Behind… Read more »

ABC Best Books for Children

TIME OUT FOR MONSTERS! is on the list of ABC Best Books for Children and in such fabulous company. WHEEEEEE! Here ’tis! Chuck Close: Face Book, Chuck Close, $18.95, (HC), 978-1419701634, AbramsHippopposites, Janik Coat, $14.95, (HC), 978-1419701511, AbramsKel Gilligan’s Daredevil Stunt Show, Michael Buckley, Dan Santat (Illus.), $16.95, (HC), 978-1419703799, AbramsShadow on the Mountain, Margi… Read more »

Writing and Your Day Job with Jeannie Mobley-Tanaka

Today I’m hosting my talented friend and agency mate, Jeannie Mobley-Tanaka, who’s debut middle grade novel KATERINA’S WISH has not one, not two but THREE starred reviews.  As if that wasn’t over-achievement enough, Jeannie is a renowned interpretive dancer (click for video) and a celebrated Anthropology/Archeology professor.  While Jeannie admits her “three” careers are now… Read more »

Peter Salomon on Novel Beginnings and HENRY FRANKS

Peter Salomon’s HENRY FRANKS appears in bookstores this month to rave reviews. Last spring I got to read the haunting opening scene and had a chance to chat with Peter about those deliriously, difficult-to-write novel beginnings. The Opening Scene of HENRY FRANKS:Spanish moss, bleached to gray in the heat, stretched down from the trees and… Read more »

TIME OUT FOR MONSTERS! Book Birthday Party!

It’s my book birthday for   TIME OUT FOR MONSTERS! To celebrate the release, we’ve got a lot going on! And there’s something for EVERYONE!CHECK IT OUT! Time Out for Teachers – Free Skype Visits and Resources for Teachers and Librarians for the 2012-13 School YearTales from the Time Out Corner – A fun video… Read more »