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Picture Book Pairings for A Girl Called Problem

I love reading picture books and am a strong believer that young children shouldn’t be the only beneficiaries of this great body of literature. I know some wonderful teachers who will sometimes use picture books to introduce new topics to … Continue reading

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Growing Up With Ujamaa: An Interview

Interested in learning more about the history behind A Girl Called Problem? Following Common Core and looking for a nonfiction supplement to the book? I hope you’ll be as fascinated as I was with this first-hand account of what life … Continue reading

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Write what you know. But, what exactly do we know?

Over the last academic year, I’ve met with a variety of students–8th graders to college kids–to talk about the craft of memoir writing. The invites have come because I’m currently working on a memoir about two years I spent in … Continue reading

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A Girl Called Problem comes full circle

I started writing A Girl Called Problem as part of a graduate creative writing class taught by Kathryn Reiss at Mills College. In addition to being a very prolific and talented author of teen mysteries, Kathryn has taught young-adult craft … Continue reading

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The Amelia Bloomer List!

A Girl Called Problem made the 2014 Amelia Bloomer Project List. This is a list, compiled by the American Library Association, of the year’s best feminist literature for readers aged birth to 18. It’s an honor to find A Girl … Continue reading

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While on the topic of lists…

I’m overdue in celebrating this mention from the wonderful Betsy Bird at School Library Journal’s Fuse #8 Blog, but A Girl Called Problem‘s own Mama Shida made Ms. Bird’s list for the “WORST parents of 2013” in kid lit. Here’s … Continue reading

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Visiting Old Town Elementary School!

I had a wonderful time visiting Old Town Elementary School last week. They have a gorgeous school building, which has been divided up into intimate communities of small groups of classrooms with their own courtyard spaces.The 2nd graders have been … Continue reading

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