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The Bookish Christmas: Kid lit edition

When I encountered The Bookish Christmas tag at Scifi and Scary Book Reviews (*the tag was created by callummclaughlin.wordpress.com), I couldn’t resist jumping into the bookish fun. Without further ado, here is my bookish Christmas list. Father Christmas: Name a … Continue reading

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Your childhood mischief could inspire a book chapter

If you have an entertaining tale of childhood mischief, your anecdote could inspire a chapter in my next book. Now through April 30, I am collecting memories of childhood shenanigans for my upcoming middle grade novel, “The Mountain of Dempsey Molehill.” … Continue reading

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Kids can win cash for reading a book and writing to the author

If you live in Illinois and have a child between fourth grade and high school senior, there’s an opportunity to win cash in exchange for reading — and then writing about it. The 2016 Letters About Literature contest is a … Continue reading

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Overcoming the fear of writing children’s books

At first, I didn’t want to release Sarah & Katy and the Imagination Blankets to the public. For five years, I had toiled and troubled over a novel with the working title Watchdog. The target audience was adults, and I … Continue reading

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6 literary dads whose kids we’d love to be

In honor of Father’s Day coming on Sunday, I’m jumping on the literature blogging bandwagon and sharing a list of the best father figures novels have to offer. Which of these awesome characters would you love to call Dad? 1. … Continue reading

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What you probably don’t know about the books you grew up loving

Who knew there was so much we didn’t know about the books we loved growing up? For example, do you know what inspired Katherine Paterson to write “Bridge to Terabithia”? How about the 50 words — no more, no fewer … Continue reading

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Readers, rejoice! Scout and Atticus are returning to literature

Have I died and gone to literary heaven? I must have. Because the impossible has finally come to pass. Harper Lee is releasing a second book. A statement was released to news outlets this morning, in which Lee announced her … Continue reading

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