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Another fun school author visit

Many thanks to teacher extraordinaire Eric Bloomstein and his wonderful students at Reed Academy for an enjoyable school author visit. These guys asked great questions and clearly had thought deeply about A Girl Called Problem.

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CBC Champions of Change List

I’m delighted to see A Girl Called Problem listed among other great books on the Children’s Book Council’s Champions for Change List (Spring 2020). Check out the list for wonderful titles that share inspiring stories of young champions fighting for social … Continue reading

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Pandemic Art

I know we’re all hoping for healthy growth and change to come from this period of social distance, loss, and hardship. I also find myself thinking of the art it has and will generate:  new murals, music composed over Zoom, … Continue reading

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The logistics: publishing articles and essays

A couple of weeks ago I put in a plug for the writers’ podcast, Launch. Host and author John August walks listeners through his process of producing a middle-grade novel from start to finish and answers all sorts of logistical … Continue reading

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A perfect podcast for publishing

Have you ever committed to a regular writing practice, perhaps pulled together an essay or the first few chapters of a novel that felt pretty polished, but then wondered, “How on earth do I get this thing published?” When I … Continue reading

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Authoring America’s future

Three cheers for the youth of America who are insisting that the U.S. engage in real conversations about gun violence. I hear and admire you! Part of what inspired me to write A Girl Called Problem–a novel about courageous young … Continue reading

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Joining the ranks of team “fake news”

My essay about building a sleep machine for my infant son, Liam, was published today in The New York Times. I hope the full essay (found here) provides you with a few good laughs. You might also get a kick … Continue reading

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Pulleys and infant insomnia

I’m working on two books at the moment: Kurinji, a young-adult novel set at a boarding school in the mountains of South India; and Sari Swinging: One Mom Opts out of the American Work-Family Grind, a parenting memoir about raising … Continue reading

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Reporting from Nicaragua

A year ago, my family and I were in Granada, Nicaragua, riding on chicken buses, swimming in geothermally-warmed waters, peeking into a caldera flowing with molten lava, and generally enjoying la vida nicaragüense. As we settle into the latter part … Continue reading

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YA–why the genre distinction?

An interview done by Scott Simon on NPR with author Claire Messud about her novel, The Burning Girl, recently caught my attention. The novel is a story of adolescent friendship, but it’s not labeled as YA. This distinction had me … Continue reading

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