Friend Friday

How lucky I am to call so many fine writers friends, Frances O’Roark Dowell among them? I first met her through her wonderful book, Chicken Boy (Atheneum Books for Young Readers), and have been a huge fan of her work ever since. Her newest novel, The Class (Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books) ambitiously tells the story of… Read more »

Friend Friday

It is a complete delight to host local author, Sara Nickerson, today to celebrate her newest novel, Last Meeting of the Gorilla Club (Dutton Children’s Books). Her character driven stories are brimming with heart and wonderful writing; if you don’t know her work, you’ll want to get reading right away! And Sara is making that… Read more »

Friend Friday

Today’s Friend Friday friend, Lydia Lukidis, reminds us all of the power of persistence and of believing in one’s work. Though the road to publication for No Bears Allowed (Blue Whale Press) was neither smooth or straight, she hung in there to create a story that shows empathy in action. Read on! No Bears Allowed… Read more »

Friend Friday

Nancy Furstinger is a very patient person. In January 2019, I invited her to be a Friend Friday guest to celebrate her then-forthcoming picture book. The catch was that I wouldn’t have an opening until November 15! Lucky for us, Nancy agreed to wait and I think you will enjoy her story behind the story… Read more »

Friend Friday

Isn’t it amazing how some books and characters make indelible impressions on us? I can’t recall when I first met Ramona, but I will to my dying day never forget her first grade excitement as she took her seat, following the teacher’s instructions to “wait there for the present.” I would bet anyone reading this… Read more »

Friend Friday

It is my honor to host Varsha Bajaj today, as she shares about the genesis of her latest novel, Count Me In (Nancy Paulsen Books, Penguin Group). Varsha’s essay below certainly reminded me of the opportunity a writer has to respond to and reflect upon current events. With Count Me In, Varsha is not simply… Read more »

Friend Friday

I met J. Albert Mann when I was a guest lecturer at the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program for Writing for Children and Young Adults. We instantly bonded over our love of historical fiction and I was delighted when she was a Friend Friday guest for What Every Girl Should Know: Margaret Sanger’s… Read more »

Friend Friday

I am a huge Deborah Heiligman fan. In fact, we “met” when I sent her a fan letter after reading Charles and Emma, a book that completely enchanted and educated me. We are now warm friends, catching up in person whenever we can (which is not often enough). One of the many things I admire… Read more »

Friend Friday

Before I had the fortune and pleasure to meet her in person, I met Donna Gephart through the wonderful Death by Toilet Paper, and was impressed by her keen eye for the small detail that makes all the difference. Her books are packed with humor, honesty and passion, which will be readily apparent to you… Read more »

Friend Friday

What an honor to host Caroline Starr Rose, who shares my passion for bringing stories (and people!) of the past to life for today’s readers. And her experience writing her latest book, A Race Around the World: The True Story of Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland, illustrated by Alexandra Bye (Wendy Lamb Books) provides a… Read more »