Category Archives: birds

On death

The deaths of people we’ve never met have cast a fog around our hearts this month. Here are some reasons why: Because even though we knew Lemmy was living on borrowed time, we thought he’d borrowed more. Because David Bowie has provided the soundtrack … Continue reading

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Book Trailer: How to Behave at a Dog Show!

Showing off the new book trailer for HOW TO BEHAVE AT A DOG SHOW with thanks to Kid 1 (who made it), Kid 2 (caption help), my friends (for providing pet pictures) and True Talent (those lovely dogs and cats … Continue reading

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Wendy Shang hits a home run

When it comes to words, Wendy Wan-Long Shang is patient. Sometimes the words rush right at her without pausing for breath. But they also walk. They amble. They bend down to pick a blade of grass. Wendy waits for the right … Continue reading

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Bitty (in art and sculpture)

Bitty, my main character from Canary in the Coal Mine, was lucky enough to have his likeness captured artistically lately, by the kids at Swanson Middle School, where I spoke last month about historical fiction, and by my friend Sarah … Continue reading

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Past the sell-by date, but…

I visited a library in Frederick, Md., this week, and the librarians asked me to bring along a craft. Fortunately, I had some Peeps left over from the last time I did book-related crafts with kids. Unfortunately, the Peeps had … Continue reading

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