Category Archives: kidlit

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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Eleven

I finally finished watching Stranger Things with my family and now I feel like I’m caught up culturally again, even if the Post put Millie Bobby Brown on the out list this year. (Not in my house, Post!) Storm Reid … Continue reading

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Catching up

Holy cow, it’s December. I’m way behind on updates but highlights from this fall mostly revolved around THIS IS JUST A TEST, my middle-grade novel with Wendy Shang. They included: -A review in the New York Times. This was huge … Continue reading

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Books about the Refugee Experience

The news is filled with stories about refugees: what’s happening to them and the debate over them. There are citizens who believe it’s our moral obligation to give them safe harbor. There’s a new president who has barred many of … Continue reading

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Fuzzy: Introducing Paul Dellinger to the Kidlit Crowd

I worked with both  Tom Angleberger and Paul Dellinger at The Roanoke Times for many moons. But Paul’s tenure there eclipsed ours. It eclipsed everybody’s, really. For one thing, he was there a lot longer (44 years, people!) But even … Continue reading

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