Author Archives: madelyn


Today I un-killed one of my characters. His name is Joe and he’s pretty minor as characters go, but now he is un-dead. (Not one of the undead; just not dead.) The world I’m building, in a fictional town in Virginia, is … Continue reading

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Whenever I do an interview for an article, I always call it a “conversation.” I find it puts the subject more at ease than if I say, “I want to interview you about …” This post, from Marjorie Ingall at … Continue reading

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The shape of chocolate

I was sitting at the kitchen table (which is in the dining room because our kitchen isn’t really big enough for a table) doing some prep work for a school visit. It was right after Halloween, so I was also raiding my daughter’s … Continue reading

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Children’s Choice!

Starting on March 1, voting will begin for the Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards. Wendy and I are super psyched that This is Just a Test is one of five finalists in the 5th and 6th grade category. The full … Continue reading

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Sydney Taylor

This is my copy of All-of-a-Kind Family, the first in a series of books by Sydney Taylor. I loved this book as a kid and I still show it off when I visit schools. Because when I discovered this book, I … Continue reading

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