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Getting nerdy in Michigan

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to participate in nErDCamp. Located in Parma, MI, and hosted by Colby Sharp and his wife Alaina, nErDCamp is an unconference — two jam-packed days of teachers and librarians, authors and illustrators, learning from and teaching each other. It was unlike anything I’d ever been to before —… Read more »

The ten best things about 6/28/16

For more than a year, I’ve had that date on my calendar: 6/28/16, the pub date of my first book. At first, time crept slowly toward it. Then, in the last month or so, time sped up. It was moving too fast! I wanted to press pause and savor it. Now, I’m on the other… Read more »

Hopes, dreams, and fanciful wishes

We’re one week away from the publication of The Distance To Home, and part of me wishes I could press pause. After months of feeling like time was crawling, now it’s speeding past me. I want to savor this experience, but it’s slipping through my fingers. The truth though, I guess, is that the debut experience… Read more »

It’s all happening

What nobody tells you about publishing (or maybe it’s what everyone tells you, hehe) is that there’s a lot of waiting. But now that we’re just three months away from The Distance To Home hitting bookshelves, it’s starting to feel . . .  well, real. Reviews are coming out (in both this month’s Kirkus and School Library Journal)… Read more »

Book Review: The Maypop Kidnapping by C. M. Surrisi

Quinnie Boyd’s teacher, Ms. Stillford, has gone missing and Quinnie is convinced it’s a kidnapping. Mom is Maiden Rock’s town sheriff (and the postal worker and the realtor — it’s that kind of small town) and quite possibly the more reasonable of the two of them. Mom’s pretty sure Ms. Stillford left of her own… Read more »

On connecting with classrooms and the R-word

One of the really fun parts of getting closer and closer to publication has been connecting more with classrooms. This January and February, I’ve had the pleasure of Skyping with classes in Washington state, Ohio, and Texas. The first visit was with a class of 5th graders who had listened to The Distance To Home as… Read more »

ALA Youth Media Awards predictions

Tomorrow morning at 8 AM, librarians, authors, publishing folks–really, all variants of book nerds will be tuning in to the ALA Youth Media Awards. I am no exception. Honestly, as fun as everything at ALA Midwinter was yesterday, I think my favorite part will always be Monday morning. There’s a palpable energy in the room… Read more »

Bounding to a bookstore near you starting tomorrow . . .

Out of this world. No, really! Debut author Monica Tesler, who just so happens to be a friend of mine and a wonderful earthling, takes us beyond the Earth’s atmosphere in the adventure-filled first book of a new series. Twelve-year-old Jasper is the first from his family to be a cadet in the Earth Force…. Read more »