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Lisa Yee is an author. She has been a journalist, written for television, and penned lyrics for jingles. Her first kids' novel, MILLICENT MIN, GIRL GENIUS won the Sid Fleischman Humor Award and some other stuff. Her second novel, STANFORD WONG FLUNKS BIG-TIME is an ALA Notable Book, and SO TOTALLY EMILY EBERS was released by Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic in 2007. GOOD LUCK, IVY also debuted in 2007 and is published by American Girl. Lisa first YA novel, ABSOLUTELY MAYBE will be out in 2009 and so will the first of her chapter book series BOBBY ELLIS-CHAN in BOYS VS. GIRLS. Both are published by Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic. You can find out more about Lisa at http://www.lisayee.com. And please check out AS IF! AS IF! (Authors Supporting Intellectual Freedom) champions those who stand against censorship, especially of books for and about teens. Check out http://www.asifnews.blogspot.com for more information.
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1. The Ultimate Children's/YA Challenge -- The Reamer Rib-Off

I was in New York recently, and so was my pal and BOBBY illustrator Dan Santat. Our mutual Writers House agent, Jodi Reamer, has dined with us on many occasions . . .

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Only this time would be different. Yes! Jodi set up a mega meat challenge -- The Reamer Rib-Off.

Dan vs. Alec Shane (Jodi's assistant and junior agent). I was there as a celebrity judge. Well, okay, I was there as a judge. Also in attendance as referee was editor Connie Hsu, who just left Little Brown and is now at Roaring Brook. What we witnessed was nothing short of amazing (and gross). So I thought that pictures would tell the story better than words . . .

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(Alec Shane)

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(Dan Santat)

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At one point the chefs and staff at Blue Smoke came out to cheer the carnivores on . . .

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It kept going . . .

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Dan won with a total of TWENTY THREE ribs. Alec weighed in at NINTEEN . . .

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There were prizes . . . .

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And like a true champion, when the Reamer Rib-Off was over, Dan had dessert . . .

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2. March Blogged-ness, Here Now!!!!

So then, when last we blogged this was going on . . .

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Since then, lots has been happening, only we've been . . .

1) Too busy
2) Too lazy
3) Too sleepy
4) Too, too

and therefore, have fallen off the blog wagon.

However, we're back!

Okay, why? What's up, you ask, or I ask, or someone asks. Well, here's the haps . . .

Recently, Peepy and flew into San Jose . . .

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And visited Christa McAuliffe School . . .

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Principal Rick Yee (no relation to Moi that I know of), was a good sport. Plus, I tricked him. And he read the part of Stanford Wong onstage with me as we acted out a library/food scene from Millicent Min, Girl Genius . . .

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I had such a blast and it's fair to say that Peepy did too . . .

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The weather was FREEZING back in Los Angeles. Well, it was in the 60s. So when I met up with my American Girl editor, Jennifer Hirsch, to hike up to the Griffith Park Observatory, I wore a coat. She's from Wisconsin, so to her the weather was lovely . . .

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It's aways great visiting the Observatory, and part of Absolutely Maybe takes place there!

On Read Across America Day, Peepy and I headed over to Temple City's Emperor Elementary were we were warmly welcomed . . .

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My parents had joined me that evening, and I was so glad because uber librarian Tim Rodriguez surprised me with a Congressional Recognition!!!

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Who's that at the Women's Business Summit? Why, it's me (Peepy's sleeping) and Pasadena Advertising's Suzanne Marks. I discussed social media and math. But only one of those.

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Recently, I chaperoned the South Pasadena High School Academic Decathlon Team to California State Finals in Sacramento. They took 7th place out of over 500 teams. Not bad for a school who attended their first competition just last year.

While in Sacramento, I got to do some sightseeing in Locke, the historical Chinatown area . . .

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And back home, food-wise, this happened . . .
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Speaking of Daylight Savings Time (I have still not recovered from it), these illustrators have adjusted nicely and are able to stay awake when sharing a meal with me . . .

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But not these guys . . .

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(That's Dan Santat, and that's Bob Boyle.)

And this is Bob Boyle and Dan Santat and me starring in an Oscar-caliber mini-movie-documentary-about-Bob-Boyle!!!

Look! Who's that? Why, it's me being a dragon or a reader or an author or someone.
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Why? Because voting is starting for the Children's Choice Book Awards!!! (I'll post the video I did for this year's Children's Book Week, later.)

In the meantime . . . CLICK HERE NOW!!!! and be part of Children's Book Week!!!
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3. Super Fancy End-of-2013 Blog-o-Rama

Wheeeeee!!!!

Well, hello welcome to our annual End-of-Year-Blog-Round-Up!!!!.

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Before we begin rounding up (er, technically, wouldn't it be rounding down?) the year, here are a couple of TOTALLY AWESOME things that happened in December:

Firstly, NRP. That's right. National Public Radio. My favorite radio station.

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I was sooooo thrilled when they (they being NPR) asked me to come up with a list of my favorite children's books of 2013.

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I was especially thrilled because I LOVE NPR. I've even been on it before! Here's uber librarian Nancy Pearl naming her favorite first lines . . . and guess whose book is among them? (Hint: Millicent Min, Girl Genius).

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(Above: That's Nancy Pearl and me. Um. I hadn't changed my PhotoBooth photo thingy setting and thought I was taking a single photo, not four. Then I figured it out.)

So anyway, it was really, really, really hard to pick my favs of the year because there were so many. But ultimately, I chose books that gave me that oomph feeling when I read them. Here are a few of my favorites of 2013 . . .

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Here's NPR's blog where the book selectors, including Moi, explain how we made our picks.

And here are the Best Books of 2013. To see/read about my choices, roll your arrow-thing over the book covers on this link.

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Oh! Oh! Talking about great books, I also went to my pal Marla Frazee's book launch at Vroman's for God Got A Dog . . .

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In other December fun-tastic stuff, I was invited by Qlovi and the Children's Book Council to participate in an INCREDIBLE reading event. Here are the Qlovi people. (I know! They are so smart, young and attractive. These are REAL people, not models, although they could be models.)

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Anyway, a dozen authors were selected to read and talk with 12,731,890 (more or maybe a little more or a little less) students from all around the United States LIVE via Google+ Hangout.

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Okay, so I was a bit nervous as you can imagine. Not about taking live to 12,284,193 students, but about the whole internet camera computer thing. As you know, I have the power to bring down the interwebs . . .

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So the kind Qlovi folk sent me a really nice video camera . . .

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And after several tests, I realized the best position for it was on top of Lucky Charms . . .

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But I am so used to looking at my Mac Photo Booth camera, I had to give myself a reminder to look at the Lucky Charms camera when I was on talking . . .

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It was sooooooo fun! I didn't break the interwebs. No one got hurt. And I made lots of new friends all over the United States. I read from Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time . . .

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Here are some of kids I spoke to . . .

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And now . . . the round-up/down of 2013. It was a really busy year, so it was hard to pick just one blog per month. But here we go . . .


January's blog pick covered our visit to Scotland where we hung out where JK Rowling wrote Harry Potter, met the Harry Coo, and explored Monty Python territory!

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One of February's blogs was a follow up to our space shuttle Endeavor adventures. Peepy got to hang out with astronauts!

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March saw our visit to Singapore and it's glorious sights, a spectacular bookstore, and food, food, food!!!!

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April's blog" chronicled our trip to Dubai and a desert safari . . .

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May was a celebration for Children's Book Week, and we were honored to host the Children's Choice Book Awards. This blog takes you behind-the-scenes with a who's who in children's literature . . .

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In June we met up with our editor and agent in NYC, plus hung out with a Rolling Stone writer to explore good eats in Queens . . .

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July was a lazy month, and we revisited the best prank ever played on us . . .

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August witnessed the annual collision of authors and agent editors . . .

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In September we snuck into Amulet creator Kazu Kibuishi's studio . . .

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October was a mix of Einstein, math, donuts, friends and a new newspaper . . .

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November took us to Orlando and St. Louis and an incredible museum . . .

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December (go back to top)

WISHING ALL OF YOU A FABULOUS 2014!!!!!!

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4. Lisa's Super Fancy and Thankful Blog!!!!! (November Edition)

Yes, it's that time of year again! November's Super Fancy and Thankful November Blog!!!

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So then, let's be bold (lazy) work without an outline, shall we? First up, but not necessarily in chronological order, I went to St. Louis to speak/teach at the Missouri SCBWI. However, we got purposely sidetracked and ended up at the most marvelous City Museum!

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The museum is a defunct shoelace factory that was artfully re-imagined . . .

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Speaking of artists, here's my lunch pal, author/illustrator (and draw-er of my Bobby books) Dan Santat crawling gracefully through one of the many tunnels and tubes at City Museum . . .

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And here we are swinging from ropes, participating in the ball pit, and enjoying a peaceful train ride . . .

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Then there was this . . .

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There's even a ferris wheel on the top of the building . . . oh! Look what I spy. Why, it's Katie Wools, illustrator and Lisa/Dan wrangler . . .

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So then, since we had a dinner to attend, we ate GOOEY BUTTER CAKE. Nom nom nom, this local favorite isawesomelywildlygood!!!!

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Hello? Who's that? Why, it's Delacorte executive editor Krista Marino and author Matt de la Pena at dinner, wondering where their GOOEY BUTTER CAKE is . . .

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The next day, it was off to the conference. Boom! Boom! Boom! There was a high school marching band competition happening at the same time. Same place.

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But did that bother my students? Nope. They looked so happy . . . until I made them revise and revise and revise and revise. Well, I was teaching a class in revision, after all.

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What's that? Lunch. Dan made a lemon bar chocolate brownie sandwich. Yum.

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Soon it was time for my closing keynote speech. Awww, all these people raised their hands when I asked, "Who would give me 70% of the payout if you won the lottery?"

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The next day, I taught a master class on how to write Bad Guys and Bullies. However, this Nice Gal, Rodeen Literary Management agent, Lori Kilkelly, brought me . . . MY VERY OWN GOOEY BUTTER CAKE!!!!

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Sigh. Because I refused to share, my students reacted badly . . .

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Later, it was deep dish pizza at Pi Pizzeria with Dan and Katie and Krista and author Jody Feldman and Moi . . .

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Later, we checked out Chuck Berry's Blueberry Hill which looked sort of like my office . . .

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Before the airport, we hit (as in pigged out) Ted Drewes for frozen custard . . .

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When it came time to head home, we saw a TV celeb -- the man with the baseball cap. Hint: One of the dads from Modern Family, the one who sells real estate, Phil.

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Back in Los Angelese, it was all about Marvels & Monsters: Unmasking Asian Images in U.S. Comics, 1942-1986 . . .

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We admired the graffiti in the LA Arts District . . .

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And we so totally admired our Mexican Chocolate Pie from The Pie Hole . . .

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That's not the only great food we had in November. Look, it's a bunch of authors and illustrators having brunch (you know who you are) . . .

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Hey! Did you get your Harry Potter postage stamps yet? I did, They're really cool, but controversial . . .

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What? Yes, that's right! We also visited Orlando, Florida for the FAME conference. Scholastic Book Fairs sponsored our visit . . .

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I gave a couple of presentations . . .

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. . . while Peepy and teacher Mike Cohen disagreed over what to eat for lunch -- salad or GOOEY BUTTER CAKE . . .

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And then last weekend, I got to attend my pal Ann Whitford Paul's book party at local indie Skylight Books. Here's Ann with 'Twas The Late Night Before Christmas illustrator, Nancy Hayashi . . .

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING, EVERYONE!!!

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(The lovely fruitful turkey created by editor Elizabeth Law's mom, Betty.)


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5. October's Super Fancy Happenings and Happy Things

Whoa. It's been a looooong time since my last blog. I've been busy doing this and that, and this . . .

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Yes, that's STET my fascinating and free daily online newspaper!!!! CLICK HERE to read it, or to subscribe. Did I mention that it's fascinating and free?

Okay, so I'm thinking that instead of blogging weekly, like I used to do, or sporadically, like I've been doing, I'm going to try a monthly blog, beginning with this one!

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Lisa, what else have you done this month, you ask. Or he/she/they ask. Well, how about this -- I got to spend a Hollywood afternoon with my east coast friend, author/journalist Sarah Darer Littman . . .

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Here's what else has been going on . . .

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(We were on a Comic-Con panel a couple years ago talking about Warp Speed.)

Over at Vroman's bookstore in Pasadena, I spoke to a group of students from Chandler School . . .

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While digging through my old things, I unearthed this memo from ABC, when I used to be a writer/producer at Disney, and this Red Lobster drink menu, when I was a menu writer . . .

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Speaking of menus, Greg Pincus and I celebrated his debut novel with a custom-made donut from Donut Friend. Oink* . . .

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(*The oink is referring to the donuts, not Greg.)

Later, I attended Greg's uber fun book launch party at Flintridge Bookstore. (It's so wonderful to see the bookstore doing so well, especially after this happened a few years ago.) Here's the party . . .

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Um. Because of all the donuts and cookies and pie, Peepy and I had to go to the dentist . . .

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Being at the dentist was not nearly as fun as a four-and-one-half-hour opera. Seriously, Einstein On The Beach was a blast! Well, after the first half hour when I was soooo confused and couldn't figure out what was happening. Then, when I just went with it, I LOVED it . . .

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This was my favorite part. A women repeating this endlessly . . .

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You'll have to trust me. It was mesmerizing. But it's one of those things you have to experience in person.

I will be the first to say, I love this place. It's the Last Bookstore. Beautiful, don't you think? (We've been there before.)

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In honor of Halloween, here's a Peep battle . . . Pumpkin vs. Ghost . . .

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(To see more Peep explosions, here's a video we made.)

Why, look! My fav Halloween candy . . .

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And finally -- La la la la . . . what's that? Huh? Really? YES! It's the TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY of my first novel. (Squeee!!!)

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(Pretend the is a cake for the Millicent Min, Girl Genius.)

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Since October 2003 when Millicent Min first came out, I've written nine more books . . .

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It's been a wonderful decade, not only writing, but traveling all across the United States and overseas, to talk about my favorite subject -- books!

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Thank you to everyone at Scholastic, especially Arthur Levine for discovering me, and being my friend and editor. And Cheryl Klein, my other editor, you are amazing . . .

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(Here are Arthur and Cheryl discussing one of my books.)

Thank you to Jennifer Hirsch, my American Girl editor, seen here hard at work when we were researching for the Kanani books in Hawaii . . .

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Here's a shout out to Jodi Reamer, my agent, seen here hanging around her Writers House office . . .

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(Or maybe it was at one of our "annual summits.")

And finally, to my readers -- a heartfelt thank you for all your support. It's been a wonderful ten years, and I look forward to the next ten.

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6. Sneaking a Peek at Kazu Kibuishi's Studio

I love seeing where creative people work, don't you?

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This week I had lunch with these bookish folk(s) . . .

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That's Kris Vreeland from that glorious children's indie bookstore Once Upon a Time, my lunch buddy Dan Santat (he of the 87,413 books out each year), and Kazu Kibuishi creator of Amulet and the illustrator of the 15th Anniversary HARRY POTTER books.

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(Above: During lunch Kazu drew a picture for my daughter).

Later, we visited Kazu's studio. His workspace is so much less, er, dense than mine. Let's compare, shall we?

His space . . .

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My space . . .

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(Disclaimer: It looks different now. Um, less creatively cluttered.)

Disclaimer: Kazu has a real staff and I have an imaginary one. Hence the discrepancy of size between our work environs. Here's more of his studio . . .

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Why, look! It's Kazu with HARRY POTTER editor Arthur Levine (He, that would be Arthur, not Kazu, is my editor, too!)

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Put all seven of the books together and the spines look like this . . .

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Psst. Wanna know a secret? Kazu has drawn people who worked on the series and hidden them on the book covers. I won't reveal who/where everyone is. However, I will point out Ms. Rowling's cameo . . .

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Look! It's J.K. Rowling's workspace . . . well, it was at one time . . .

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To see more photos of where J.K. Rowling worked on Harry Potter, and to witness me defacing the bathroom there, and to behold an autographed J.K. Rowling novel that is all mine, CLICK HERE .

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(Above: This is a cow I met in Scotland. It has nothing to do with creative spaces, though it might argue otherwise.)

Okay! Back to the United States. Before we left Kazu's studio, he signed books for Once Upon A Time customers . . .

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Speaking of signing books, my pal Sonya Sones has been touring and touting the release of her latest, greatest YA, To Be Perfectly Honest . . .

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Did you know that Sonya is also a fabulous photographer? If you don't believe me, just look HERE! And to see my collection of famous author and illustrators with my Peep, click HERE!!

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7. James Thurber and Me, and (Maybe) You, Too

Lisa. Lisa, where have you been everyone’s asking. (Okay, no one asked that, but pretend they have.)

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Well, I’ve been creating STET, my totally free and mucho interesting daily online kidlit/bookish/outer space/bad dogs newspaper . . .

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(To see STET or subscribe, CLICK HERE.)

Plus, I have been thinking, One Day I will . . . post a new blog . . .

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(This cool art installation was leaning up against Vroman’s, the closest indie bookstore to my house.)

Speaking of indies, this week I went to a new one. (It’s not actually new, it’s been around for 1-1/2 years, but it was new to me). It’s called The Pop-Hop . . .

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Look what I bought, James Thurber’s Alarms and Diversions . . .

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I am a HUGE James Thurber fan. Here are some of my books. Er, some of his books, that are mine . . .

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So a few years ago when I was selected to be the Thurber House Children’s Writer-in-Residence, I was beyond thrilled.

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One month of living in James Thurber’s childhood home in Columbus, OH, writing and reading, and writing and teaching, and writing and writing and writing.

And now . . . in honor of Thurber and writers everywhere, I am revisiting past blogs about me and James (Thurber would want me to call him that) and posting it here. (The links will take you to the blogs and photos that I wrote/took while living at Thurber House.)

Ready? Set . . . Thurber!!!

I remember when I got the call. It was sooooo exciting! (Squeee.)

The historic house, though haunted, was (and still is) TOTALLY cool . . .

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(That's me and my friend Julia deVillers. If you have a friend visit you, Thurber House rules are that you must wear matching outfits at all times.)

I had my own swell two-bedroom apartment in the attic where the bed fell on James's father--AND the run of rest of the house at night! (Thurber House is a museum and literary center during the day.)

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(Above: James Thurber's room where James and I wrote, though not at the same time)

The rumors about the house being haunted are true. In fact, when I was interviewed, I was asked, “Are you afraid of ghosts.” (I am not.)

Here’s the (friendly) ghost, or at lease the one who visited me. (Actually, I did have a real ghost experience. But I’m not ready to talk about that.)

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I’m not saying that the ghost pushed me, but when I went running there was an incident. Yes, I stopped a bad fall using my face and end up in the hospital looking like a delightful fall color palatte . . .

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(The last time I told my kids I was going to go running, they told me to wear a helmet.)

Back at Thurber House, I was missing my dog, but I felt better when I sat in the garden among Thurber’s dogs . . .

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The the hospitality was incredible. There are lots of friendly people in Columbus, OH.

The young Thurber writing camp authors were uber enthusiastic . . .
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(Ummm . . . it took us a while to figure out the screen, but once that was up, we really got going!)

At the Dowd Center. the kids will amazed me with their creativity. Later, Scholastic donated 500 books to their library . . .
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I loved walking around town (not running) and taking in the sights. There's art everywhere! . . .
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The Columbus Main Branch was only a couple blocks away . . .
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And the award-winning Worthington Libraries are a book-lovers dream . . .

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I had to watch Peepy at all times, so she wouldn’t get in dangerous situations . . .
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These amazing women ran Thurber House during my tenure . . .

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The men weren’t so bad either . . .

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Look! It’s the stairs to the private writer's apartment . . .
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And the official plaque . . .
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If you are a children’s book author, or know one, tell them about THIS. (It’s how you/they can apply for the 2014 residency.)

I envy the next Thurber House Children’s Writer-in-Residence. You are in for a wonderful adventure!


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8. Little Lost Peep

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For our next Sporadic Summer Blog, we board our time machine and head back to visit a blog that ran in November 2008.

Why? Because zillions (or four) of people have been asking me, "Where's Peepy? We haven't seen her in a while." And the answer is, she is at the spa. However, millions (or three) people have also asked, "Have you ever lost Peepy?"

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Well. Yes. Here's what happened, way back then . . .

Here is the last know photo of Peepy before she went missing at the New York Public Library last week . . .
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I didn't discover her gone until after I met up with author Eric Luper and Betsy Bird, Ultimate Blogger and Effervescent Children's Librarian. Betsy had kindly offered to let us see the BRAND NEW Children's Center before it was open to the public. Peepy was most pleased to be invited, too.

Here's Betsy . . .
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But when I went into my bag to bring Peepy out . . . SHE WAS GONE. MISSING. VANISHED!!!!

I was so sad. I wanted to cry. Really.

Still, I went ahead and saw the most marvelous children's library, but honestly, I was missing my Peep the entire time knowing how much she would have loved this . . .
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I had to stop and reflect at the display case that housed the Original Winnie-the-Pooh, since I myself have the second largest collection of Poohs in America. (Mine are housed in the White River Pooh Museum in Canada.)
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Pooh was not there. And Peepy was not with me. I was depressed.

After our tour, I told Eric that even though it was raining and dark, I JUST HAD TO FIND MY PEEP. She could be ANYWHERE, but I HAD TO TRY.

So we raced back out to the lions who stand guard outside the library . . . but no Peep.

Recently, when I read Eric Luper's blog, author Greg Neri posted this . . .
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It was a false lead.

Anyway, Eric and I ran up the stairs into the Main Entrance of the Library and LO and BEHOLD and OMG!!!!

There, in the grip of a Security Guard was some bright YELLOW THING. He was squeezing it over and over and over again . . . like it was a HAND EXERCISER!!!

I shouted (in the library), "THAT'S MY PEEP! YOU HAVE PEEPY!!! THAT'S MY PEEPY!!!"

I think I scared him. But I didn't care. It was PEEPS!!!!
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The guard, the nice one holding her, not the mean one who was using her for exercise equipment, said that someone found her leaning against a wall. (Thank you kind stranger for rescuing Peepy.)

I was soooooo relieved. I always knew that the library was full of happy endings. And for Peep and Moi, it was just that.
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(Peeps is refusing to say what happened. Whether I lost her, she ran away, was kidnapped, or whatnot. But I know I'll get it out of her eventually. Also, I must note that I now have a very humbled Peep.)


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9. Where Authors and Agents and Editors and Illustrators Collide . . .

Yoo hoo! Over here! Yes, it's Lisa's Sporadic Summer Blog. And if you don't believe me, here's the really expensive official logo . . .

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So then, this event happens only once a year. Can you guess what it is? (Think. Think. Think. Think.) You are so smart! Yes, it's the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrator's Summer Conference. Hence to be known at the SCBWISC. (SCBWI is the largest group of children's authors and illustrators in the world. Over 23,000 members. Although, the summer conference is limited to about 1200.)

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I have been going to the SCBWISC for 12 or 13 or 14 years. I can't recall, but what I do recall is this. The conference jump started my career. Prior to going, I had NO CLUE about the publishing industry. I had been pulled out of the slush pile by Arthur Levine, but was such a dope and didn't know that the odds of that were pretty slim.

At my first conference everyone was talking about Arthur and HARRY POTTER, which he edited. (Here's a J.K. Rowling quest we went on last winter.) I also learned that when an editor says they would like to see your book, you don't tell them, ". . . but I'm really busy."

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And now, here we are, working on novel number eight!

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Okay, we were actually having lunch, but we did talk about the novel.

Later we ran into Asian American authors!!!

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(From left: Jo Whittemore, Lucy Liu, Emily Jiang and Cindy Pon.)

We also caught up with old friends like Jay Asher (he is is not Asian) . . .

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(His book, 13 Reasons Why, is now in 14 trillion different languages. As opposed to 14 trillion of the same language.)

Squeee! It's talented Simon & Schuster art director Laurent Linn . . .

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Hello, Richard Peck. Yes, that Richard Peck. The fabulous Newbery-winning Richard Peck . . .

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We went to workshops like industry insider Emma Dryden's amazing Reinvention and Reimagination . . .

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And one on sorting out the confusion of Royalty statements . . .

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(I thought the statements were going to be things like, "Does this tiara make me look fat?")

The closing keynote was INCREDIBLE. It was given by my pal Jarrett Krosoczka, author/illustrator/radio host/cool dude. Not to brag, but I can spell his name without having to look it up. THAT'S how close we are.

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Soon it was time to run around and get the keynote speakers and faculty autographs . . .

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Jarrett is always happy to be near me . . .

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And here is he, happy again at party a couple of years ago at the Washington Post that is now owned by Jeff Bezos -- like he doesn't have enough to to already . . .

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(That's author/illustrator Loren Long looking sad with us. Why? Because)

Nice shoes! Caldecott-ian Marla Frazee wearing fancy clothes at the autograph party . . .

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Lookit! It's Caldecott winner Paul O. Zelinsky (He has nice shoes, too. You'll have to trust me on that.)

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Every year since authors were invented, agent Steve Malk has hosted his annual bash. Here's the invite. Behind it is CAA Headquarters a.k.a. the Death Star building . . .

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We weren't supposed to take photos inside, so these aren't photos. Instead, they are highly realistic drawings . . .

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(That's my lunch buddy Dan Santat with Marla Frazee.)

When it was time to go, the lights went out . . .
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After the party, I headed to Canter's Deli with NY TIMES bestselling authors Ransom Riggs and Tahereh Mafi.

Right after Ransom's first novel was released, I interviewed him and watched him eat a sandwich. And now that novel is being made into a movie by Tim Burton -- how cool is that?).

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(Above: Tahereh and Ransom marvel over the wonders of the iPhone, as Dan Santat hides under the table.)

We have one of these things in common:
1) All four of us can make a seven layer cake using three ingredients
2) All four of us have competed in Iron Man competitions and won
3) All four of us are represented by Jodi Reamer, from Writers House

To figure out the answer, add 127 + 4, then subtract 111, multiply by zero, and add 3.

Speaking of Jodi Reamer, from Writers House, I ventured into Beverly Hills for a meeting/candyfest . . .

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During the conference I was slipped this note from a mom. (Her daughter was too shy to give it to me herself.) It made me sooooo happy!

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For more about the conference, check out the official SCBWI Conference Blog.

After the conference, there was a SCBWI Board of Advisors meeting. I blurred out the faces of these board members because I forgot to ask them if I could take their picture. However, you can guess who they are . . .

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Thank you SCBWI for all you do!
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10. Warp Speed Ahead, and Back Then!!!!

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Guess what book is in paperback on July 30, 2013?

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Here's a hint . . .

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(Full disclosure: That is not the paperback version. That is the hard cover version.)

Yes! WARP SPEED!!!!

So, in the spirit of my Sporadic Summer Blog, let's Warp Speed backward and pretend that this 2011 launch party happened tomorrow. Ready, set, blog back . . .


So, the night before the WARP SPEED + BOBBY THE BRAVE (SOMETIMES) Launch Party, I made one of my lists. (I'm a compulsive list-maker. Otherwise, POOF! It's outta my head forever.)

The next day, I set my grapefruit half down on -- you guessed it! My list.

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I'm sure I forgot to bring something important, like bags of money for all the guests. Oh well, luckily I had my super secret launch party team watching my back. Yes, that's right. My mom and dad. They provided all the food!!!

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Vroman's in Pasadena provided the books . . .

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(See the small trees? Those are bonsai and my dad created those.)

Soon, the guest started arriving. I always freak out before book parties because I'm afraid no one will show up.

I was wrong. Hooray!!!
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First I talked about WARP SPEED and how the book came to be. I also read from the novel . . .

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Of course, since Marley, the protagonist, is a Star Trek fan, everyone did the Vulcan sign -- you could tell that some people did this all the time, and others, er, not so much . . .

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Because Marley loves Star Trek, and his best friend, Ramen, loves Star Wars, and their mutual friend Max loves Batman . . . I asked . . .

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I'd say it was a tie between Batman and Star Wars, with Star Trek coming in a semi-distant third. (This surprised me.)

Speaking of surprises, as I showed slides of the guys who helped me with some of the book's research ("Hi, Ed!" "Hi, Curtis!"), I mentioned that my Star Wars/Batman expert was in the room, and asked if anyone could figure out who it was . . .

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Not to brag, but I have the smartest book launch guests. They figured out that Matt "DM" Cunningham was standing in the back! (Yes, that's him in the Bat-shirt.) I'll be blogging about the other dudes soon, too.

Next up was a reading from BOBBY THE BRAVE (SOMETIMES). I read the part of Bobby Ellis-Chan, a boy who questions his bravery, and amazing illustrator of the Bobby series (and pal), Dan Santat, played the cat with 27-toes who scares Bobby . . .

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We had so much fun, it was hard not to crack up!!!

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Dan's also the person who shot the launch party video. You can hear him during the blooper reel making me laugh . . .


While Dan was setting up to talk about how he lost 25 pounds with the help of his iTouch app, plus how he illustrated BOBBY THE BRAVE (SOMETIMES), I had a contest to give away one of my dad's bonsai trees. Can you say . . .

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(That's Hawaiian for their state fish, the trigger fish, and is in ALOHA, KANANI.)

These brave people gave it a try . . .
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It was soooo close that the winner was decided by who had the closest birthday coming up! (Jason Sperber, who blogs at RiceDaddies, also won a bonsai since he spent his birthday at the launch party.)

After Dan spoke it was time to sign books . . .

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There was more fun to come, here's a hint . . .

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11. A Mac Classic Prank, Revisited

Last night I saw a TV promo for one of those practical joke shows. You know, where an innocent person gets duped. And I thought, "Geez, what kind of dolt could fall for a prank so easily?"

Then I realized, it would be this sort of person . . .

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(The person on the left would fall for a prank. The person on the right is -- squeeee -- Judy Blume, who would not panic the way I would.)

Yes, that's right. I fell hard for a prank that my friend and fellow author pulled on me. And now, in the spirit of my SPORADIC SUMMER BLOG . . .

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. . . we are taking laziness to a new level and running a blog that first appeared five years ago. Ready? Here we go . . .

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Um. As some of you may know, I have an unhealthy love/hate relationship with Apple. I love Apple. Apple hates me.

Apple probably hates me because of this . . .
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(Above: Michael, my Mac fixer, is not happy with me or my desk computer.)

and this and and this . . .
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(Above: Michael, my Mac fixer, is not happy with me or my laptop. He bites the Apple.)

Then there was this incident that occurred on my Mac . . .
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And the time I did this to this . . .
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. . and repaired it with this . . .
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Well, last week I received this and TOTALLY FREAKED OUT . . .
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OMG.

Then I read the last sentence again. Do what it says and you'll see. It wasn't from Apple. It was sent by this person. And I totally fell for it.

Classic.
Mac Classic.

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Tweet. Tweet. What was that? Tweet . . .

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It's your chance to Tweet and be Tweeted by New York Times Bestselling Illustrator Dan Santat and Me over at The July Sharp-Shu Book Club Meeting on July 31st at 7 pm CDT. Hope to see/read you there!!!



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12. The Sporadic Summer Blog Debuts!!!!!

Lisa, you ask, or I ask, why haven't we read your blog in a couple of weeks? Wasn't your blog weekly?

Well . . . yes. It was. However, this summer we will be blogging here and there, now and then, hither and fro, and when the mood hits. Why? Cause it's summer and we are lazy! Therefore, introducing, for a limited time only, THE SPORADIC SUMMER BLOG!!!

Look, there's even an official logo-ish-specialty-font . . .

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Wait! Who's that? It's a super reader from Australia . . .

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It's Amy!!! I met her grandmother when we were both on this nighttime dessert safari in Dubai . . .

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Okay, so then where was I last week? Not Dubai. Here's a hint . . .

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Still not sure? Here's another hint -- I was at the American Girl Store at The Grove in Los Angeles to sign these books . . .

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Of course, Peepy ran around and greeted new friends and old. Her first stop, of course, was to see Julie and Ivy . . .

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I can't believe it's been six years since I wrote GOOD LUCK, IVY.

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Oh, look! And there's Kanani!

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When I wrote those books, I had to go to Hawaii to research . . .

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Oops. Back to the present. Peepy made it a point to spend time with her other friends . . .

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What will I be doing this summer? That's right. I will be hanging out with my friends . . .

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I'll also be reading and writing and writing, and reading, and writing! With lots of visits to Indie Bookstores and libraries. Recently, I stopped by the Monrovia Public Library . . .

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And finally, let's hear it for Kristen Kittscher and THE WIG IN THE WINDOW. She had a fabulous launch party at Vroman's . . .

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(Yes, that's me as a blond, along with Lilliam Rivera, Cylin Busby and Cecil Castellucci.)

Pssst . . . like books? Then you're going to like THIS.

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It's your chance to Tweet and be Tweeted by New York Times Bestselling Illustrator Dan Santat and Me over at The July Sharp-Shu Book Club Meeting on July 31st at 7 pm CDT. Hope to see/read you there!!!


Stay tuned for the next SPORADIC SUMMER BLOG coming sometime!!!!

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13. Visiting Mark Twain, Quizzing Pittsburgh, and Big Hair

As many of you know, I meet with lots and lots of readers. Not long ago when I was in New York, I got to visit with this one . . .

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Oops. I'd better clarify that. I didn't meet with Mark Twain (above), but I did visit this school in Brooklyn . . .

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Speaking of Mark Twain, one of these people won the most recent Mark Twain Prize for American Humor -- and the other person is me!

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(Yes! That's Carol Burnett.)

And still speaking of Mark Twain, there's this terrific bio of him written by the amazing Sid Fleischman . . .

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Here's Sid balancing one of my books on his head . . .

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(Disclosure: I won the first Sid Fleischman Humor Award!)

After leaving Mark Twain, the school, not the man, We visited Pittsburgh (we were just there weeks earlier), and took part in the WPCTE English Festival, where I was the featured author . . .

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(The professional-looking sign says, "Featured Author.")

There was some panic (on my part), because my MacAir wasn't syncing to the projector whatsit. As you may have heard, I am cursed when it somes to Mac products.

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So we borrowed a P.C. and exhaled when that worked . . .

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Here are some of the kids!

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Later, the students took part in literary competitions such as Super Trivia . . .

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BOBBY VS. GIRLS (ACCIDENTALLY) was on of the books they were quizzed on . . .

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There were lots of our books for sale. When they ran out, we signed notebooks!

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Speaking of the "Bobby" books, not long ago we had lunch with Bobby's illustrator, Dan Santat, and Caldecott Honoree, John Rocco . . .

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John's latest book is about wild hair . . .

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We are familiar with that too!!!

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(Here's why everyone is pink.)

Hey! Any American Girl fans out there? You may know that I've written THREE American Girl books! And soon, I'll be at the American Girl Place at The Grove in Los Angeles -- June 25th from 1:30 - 3:30 pm. Come and say "hi" (or "aloha")!!!

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14. NY, NY, Fun, Fun . . . Lotta Libraries, Flushing Food, Agents and Editors and Authors and More!!!

I spent my Memorial Day weekend visiting the Sequoia National Park . . .

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While there, I visited with General Sherman!

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Oops. Wrong General. I meant, General Sherman, the biggest tree in the world. Also, here's a totally candid shot of me doing boulder push-ups . . .

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However, prior to communing with nature, we were in NYC to host the Children's Choice Book Awards (as seen Here and Here), where we admired other people's shoes and hobnobbed with the likes of Henry Winkler, whose latest acting gig is in Arrested Development (more on that later) . . .

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But we also had some time to meet up with friends who(m) we had met on other adventures.

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Remember a while back when Peepy and I covered the Space Shuttle Endeavor's journey to Los Angeles . . .

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Well, one of the other social media-ites was entrepreneur Cindy Chin. She's a New York local, so we met up at MOMA for lunch, and a quick run through the galleries . . .

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(Gorgeous! And the paintings are nice, too.)

As we were heading back to our hotel we got arrested by a giant banana!!! Arrested Development this is . . .

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(Yes, that last photo is of people waiting in line for a free frozen Bluth banana.)

Last year, when we were at the South Dakota Festival of Books, we met author/Rolling Stone senior critic/NPR commentator Will Hermes (for such a laid back guy, Will certainly does a lot) . . .

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(That's Will on the left and Newbery-ish Gary Schmidt on the right.)

So, yay! We met up with Will at Grand Central Station.
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Food was on our agenda, so we ventured to Flushing Queens Chinatown . . .

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I spotted the Dreaded Durian . . .

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I had tasted in in Singapore a couple months ago. It was AWFUL. I imagine this is what Harry Potter's Death Eaters nibble on for snacks . . . and why they are in such foul moods all the time.

Speaking of Harry Potter, check out this new cover by Kazu Kibuishi -- seen there with Harry Potter editor, Arthur Levine . . .

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Oops. Let's return to the stink, shall we? Durians are so stinky, they are not allowed in hotels or on public transportation . . .
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Me, I would rather eat worms that taste a Durian again . . .

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Peepy insisted we move away from the Durian, so we did . . .

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Being a book lover, we weren't about to miss the Flushing branch of the Queens Library . . .

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Will knew about this really great Chinese restaurant -- Biang! Wow, the food was delicious -- tangy and tingly, smooth, chewy, a cacophany of tastes and flavors . . .

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On another day, I was in Brooklyn, so of course I had to visit to the Brooklyn Library -- and who should I run into?

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Sara Zarr! National Book Award Sara Zarr? I know Sara Zarr! Imagine coming all this way and running into a pal from another part of the country!

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As we left, we ran into another friend -- author Bennet Madison!!!

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Later, I visited the Main Library in downtown Manhattan to talk to the Lego lion . . .

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Peepy was skittish about the library, having once gotten lost there . . .

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After, it was time for dinner at Koi with my agent, Jodi Reamer. We had fough over a guyt a couple of days earlier, but made up . . .

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The famous Strand Bookstore was on our list of places to visit . . .

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An editorial lunch was on the calendar with my editor Arthur Levine. He passed me the notes on my upcoming Young Adult novel . . .

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After, we walked back to Scholastic headquarters where I was meeting with author Lauren Tarshis, who's also the editor of Storyworks magazine . . .

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(Um, Lauren and I were so busy gabbing, I forgot to take her photo. However, I commissioned a museum-quality artist to draw this portrait of her.)

Here's a recent story I wrote for SCOPE magazine. It will also appear in STORYWORKS! It was inspired by viral videos, like this one.


Oops. Digression! Okay, and finally, before going into Scholastic headquarters, we ran into author/editor/overachiever David Levithan and his dueling coffees . . .

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Next Blog: Visting Mark Twain School in Brooklyn and the Western Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of English Book Festival in Pittsburgh!
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15. The Literary Elite Party with Mr. Darcy, Plus The Making of the Gala Video

So then, we just hosted the Children's Choice Book Awards Gala!!! (CLICK HERE for the behind-the-scenes scoop). After the show the fun continued into the night.

That's right! There was a dessert party!!! Who's that with Peepy? Why it's winner Nick Bruel . . .

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Of course, Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy had a lovely time. He always does. Here he is with finalist Kim Baker and former National Ambassador of Young People's Literature Jon Scieszka
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Newbery winner Katherine Applegate got all Harlequin Romance-y (she used to write those books!) and gave Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy a kiss. Agent Nancy Galt did the same.

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Newbery medalist Lois Lowry showed him a good time . . .

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As Caldecott winner Brian Selznick had his moment with Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy, MacMillian VP/Asso. Publisher Angus Killick waited patiently for his turn . . .

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Scholastic VP Publicity, Tracy van Staaten, who coined the phrase "got Peeped," hung out with her two favorite peeple, until Charisse Meloto, Exec Direcor of Print/Digital for Scholastic, wrestled Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy away from her . . .

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The evening's Impact Award winner, NPR's Michele Norris, wasn't about to leave without taking to these two . . .

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Book award finalist Shelley Rotner wasn't about to leave without her Darcy moment . . .

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The nightclub lighting made for disco moments as bestselling authors Meg Cabot and Michael Grant boogied with Mr. D . . .

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Meanwhile, glorious bags of swag from the Children's Book Council were being readied for the Gala guests . . .

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Inside were finalist books, chocolate!!!

Lots of people were talking about the video that my 15-year old son Ben directed, starring Moi. Here's how we did it. We started with a concept -- that I may not be worthy to host after luminaries Jon Sciezka and Jarrett Krosoczka. I wrote the script and then we broke it down into scenes . . .

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The opening shots involved donuts . . .

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And worms . . .

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Ben came up with the idea of featuring the finalist books with stop motion . . .

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The picture book finalists played Hide 'n' Go Seek . . .

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Here's Ben setting up the shot for the Teen book finalists . . .

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I came up with the idea of having Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy in the video . . .

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After my scenes were shot, Ben had to piece everything together . . .

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Then I added the voices and sound effects, including Mr. Darcy's!

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CLICK HERE TO SEE THE TWO-MINUTE VIDEO that opened the Show.



At the end of the evening, my agent, Writers House's Jodi Reamer was chatting with Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy. Jodi and I usually get along quite well. However, that evening we had a little tiff over who Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy belonged to . . .

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Who won? Why, this person . . .

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In case there is any question about it . . .

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16. Behind-the-Scenes and On-the-Stage at the Children's Choice Book Awards

Did you have a wonderful Children's Book Week? I sure did!

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Last week, Peepy and I flew to NYC to host the Children's Choice Book Awards -- 1,138,675 children and teens voted for their favorite books!

We consulted our fashion stylist(s) and both decided to wear gowns. My daughter created Peepy's gown out of an old skirt and gum wrappers . . .

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Mine was vintage thrift store ($15!!!) . . .

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(I brought two pairs of shoes.)

I also brought Colin Firth(s) as Mr. Darcy with me . . .

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Why? Well, because he was in the short video that kicked off the show. (Son, who is only 15-years old, was the director/editor of the video!!! I'll be blogging a "making of" the video in a week-ish.)

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VIDEO including this soon-to-be-classic scene of me eating worms . . .

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Colin, plus a backup Colin, was packed in my suitcase. JetBlue was doing random luggage checks. I was so afraid they'd go through my suitcase and find this . . .

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The original venue for the Gala was shut down 48 hours before the show!!! Luckily, there are geniuses who cannot be discombobulated running the Children's Book Council, and a new place was found just in time!

We got there early and signed Children's Book Week posters . . .

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Soon it was time for rehearsals . . .

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Look! It's multiple-multiple-award-winning Tomie dePaola . . .

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It was fun hanging out with uber bestsellng novelist Meg Cabot and Caldecott medalist Brian Selznick, who designed the posters . . .

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Harlequin Romance Author/Newbery winner Katherine Applegate's daughter selected this lovely yellow purse for Peepy! (That's Katherine's husband, YA author Michael Grant, letting Peepy borrow his phone for an important call from her sylist) . . .

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Brian Selznick as Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy and I rehearsed going onto the stage after the opening video . . .

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Whoa! It's Meg Cabot and Jon Sciezka, who hosted the first Children's Choice Book Awards Gala AND was our first National Ambassador of Young People's Literature . . .

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And there's Henry Winkler with Jon . . .

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This is what backstage looked like. See that cloth on the table? The crystal awards were hidden under it!

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I was cold before the show, so Henry shared his jacket with me . . .

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National Ambassador of Young People's Literature, Printz Award winner, four-time Caretta Scott King Honor Awards, two-time National Book Award Finalist -- well, you get the picture -- Walter Dean Myers, had met Peepy before, but Peepy insisted on another photo with him. Plus, she wanted to give him writing tips . . .

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Here's everyone on stage, including Lois Lowry, getting directions and then rehearsing . . .

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We did some interviews before the show began . . .

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Can you guess whose shoes are whose?

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(They include Meg Cabot, Lisa Yee, Henry Winkler and Jon Sciezka's.)

What about these shoes? Could they belong to my daughter and Brian Selznick???

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After rehearsals, and before the show, the audience feasted and mingled. It was a who's who of children's literature at the event. Every major publishing house was represented. Yep! Lots of authors and agents and editors and publishers and paleontologists and illustrators (one of those things isn't true - maybe) . . .

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Then the show began!

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Because I am so short, I stood on a box. However, I am also a klutz, so that's why I gripped the podium throughout the evening.

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When the presenters were speaking, and the winners were giving their speeches, I sat on a chair on the stage and had the best view!

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Tomie dePaola kicked off the first award of the ending by presenting Kindergarter to Second Grade Book of the Year to Nighttime Ninja. Here's illustrator Ed Young accepting on his and author Barbara DaCosta's behalf. . .

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Henry Winkler announced Nick Bruel's Bad Kitty For President as winner for Grades Three to Four . . .

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Lois Lowry presented the award for Fifth and Sixth Grade Book of the Year to Rachel Renee Russell for Dork Diaries 4 . . .

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Meg Cabot was up next, and in honor of her Princess Diaries books, I had hidden a crown under the podium to wear when I introduced her . . .

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Then Meg announced Fault in Our Stars as Teen Book of the Year. Author John Green could not make the event since he and his wife are expecting a baby soon. So he said I could have the award. (Or maybe not.)

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Katherine Applegate presented Author of the Year to Wimpy Kid's Jeff Kinney . . .

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Brian Selznick presented Illustrator of the Year to Robin Preiss Glasser . . .

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Walter Dean Myers presented Michele Norris with The Impact Award for championing children's literature and for creating NPR's Backseat Book Club . . .

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What a wonderful evening!

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YOU CAN WATCH THE ENTIRE AWARDS SHOW HERE!!!!

And all of this could not have happened without the marvelous Robin Adelson and her team at the Children's Book Council -- and Peepy and Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy . . .

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But wait . . . there was more. A lavish dessert party after. But that will be on my next blog, plus exploring New York, New York!

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(Above: Newbery winner Lois Lowry parties with Peepy and Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy.)

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17. It's Children's Book Week!!!! Peepy in Pittsburgh!!! And More!!

Drumroll, please . . . IT'S CHILDREN'S BOOK WEEK!!!

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So exciting!!!! I wish it were Children's Book Week 52 weeks of the year!

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Tonight (I am blogging this on Monday morning) is the big Children's Choice Book Awards Gala, which I will be hosting. Squeeeee!!!

Son and I have been working on a video which will premiere there, plus I'll blog about all the behind-the-scenes happenings, and photos of the winners on my next blog.

In the meantime, since it's a all about books and children (then again, when isn't it on this blog?), last week I visited Pittsburgh, PA. It was an interesting flight. Here's my breakfast at the airport . . .

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This dog sat in front of me, under his owner's chair. (They were both on vacation, he was not a comfort dog.) Then when I got out of the airport, my ride was waiting for me . . .

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Oops. That wasn't my ride. This was! (That's Sara Brooke the librarian at The Ellis School.)

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Just like in the movie THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER, we crossed the bridge into Pittsburgh . . .

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A scrumptious dinner and the friendly book lovers from Ellis were awaiting us . . .

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Our room at the Inn on Negley was uber cozy . . .

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The next morning it was off to school . . .

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We spoke at two assemblies and, as always, Peepy made new friends . . .

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Of course, everyone at this all-girls school knew who Peepy was. In fact, she was everywhere before she even showed up!!!

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It was so cool to see all the signs they made for us . . .

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As always, we checked out the library . . .

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We signed lots of books . . . and one Peep . . .

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I taught a writing workshop to the talented sixth graders . . .

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Peepy loved the little houses . . .

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Here's what The Ellis School had to say about my visit . . .

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We had a late flight out the next day, which was fine with us because . . . we got to eat oh-so-delicious CHOCOLATE CHIP BANANA PANCAKES at Pamela's with our friend, author Jonathan Auxier . . .

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Plus, we stumbled across a great indie bookstore!!! Here's Kards Unlimited, which has BOOKS (and cards) (and other cool stuff) . . .

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And finally, I loved this comment I got regarding WARP SPEED . . .

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Be sure to check out my next blog and find out all the behind the scenes scoop about the Children's Choice Book Awards, featuring these KidLit star presenters and the winners!!! (I'm hosting the Gala, so I'll have the best view in the house!)

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18. Famous Authors and Illustrators, Here (USC), There (NYC), and Everywhere . . .

Childen's Book Week is coming soon!

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The Children's Choice Book Awards Gala will help kick off the week, and I am sooooooo excited to host the show in New York City. (Squeeeee!!!) Plus, I get to hobnot with the literati glitterati presenter -- in addition to Tomie DePaola, the presenters include, Lois Lowry . . .

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Katherine Applegate . . .

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Brian Selznick . . .

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Meg Cabot . . .

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Our National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, Walter Dean Myers . . .

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And Henry Winkler . . .

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Plus, there will be lots more surprises in store. This is the final week of voting. You have until May 9th, so if you or your students, friends, family, haven't voted yet, CLICK HERE!!!

Speaking of books (that's rhetorical, because we are always speaking of books), here's more from the LA TIMES Festival of Books! So last blog, ALL THIS happened, and more. . .

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And picking up where we left off, Lemony Snicket or Daniel Handler or neither or both, were on stage with Jon Klassen who played himself (as did Peepy) . . .

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They were hysterical. I cannot begin to describe in words what they did, so you will just have to see them in person for yourself . . .

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On Sunday to meet up with KidLit pals, like Linda Urban, Katherine Applegate and Gary Schmidt (who was clad in plaid when we saw him last), who were on a panel that also included Kathryn Fitzmaurice

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Then it was off to sign books at the USC Civic Engagement booth . . .

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We were so happy to run into Aaron Hartzler and have him sign our copy of RAPTURE PRACTICE . . .

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Author Linda Urban had a reunion of sorts. A few years ago we were on a middle grade book panel together at the LA TIMES book fest! This time, we had had our own secret panel where we discussed geometry and global warming and other lofty things. Or maybe we talked books and writing and writing and more books . . .

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Here's the Publisher's Weekly photo round-up of the book festival. Peepy made it in one photo, but I did not. Now that's all she talks about!

Pssst. Hey! Ever wonder about the difference between Middle Grade and Young Adult books? Well, National Book Award winner Jeanne Birdsall has sorted it all out for us in this marvelous HORN BOOK essay.

And not only can Jeannie write, but she can throw a mean right hook, too!!!!

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CLICK HERE to find out about the chaos, above.

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19. The LA TIMES Festival of Books and Awesome Authors and Illustrators

The LA TIMES Festival of Books started on a great note. Why? Because of this . . .

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That's right. We had reserved parking!

Like last year, and the year before, the festival was held at my alma mater, USC. From the parking structure, we could see the dorm where I was a resident advisor . . .

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Plus we saw this . . .

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We had to get a closer look at the blue truck, and whoa, wow! GEEK OUT! It was a Library Store on wheels!!!

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We wandered around a bit, and said hi to Tommy Trojan, and tried to ignore an improperly dressed big guy . . .

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We also said "hi" to Stuck's Oliver Jeffers . . .

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The we said "hi" to This Is Not My Hat's Jon Klassen . . .

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Then we said "hi" to Oliver Jeffers and Jon Klassen . . .

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Soon it was time for our reading and book signing at the USC Civic Engagement Booth . . .

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I read from BOBBY THE BRAVE (SOMETIMES) . . .

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Reading is Fundamental (RIF) was there and so were other reading fans!

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Some of our fav indie bookstore and booksellers were at the fest, too! Like Kris from Once Upon a Time. Maureen was busy when I snuck up behind her and asked, "Er, do you know if there are any books here?" Hahahaha, snort!!! Teehee, sometimes I crack myself up. Um. You had to be there.

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Dan Krall was signing at Once Upon a Time . . .

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Rachel Howard from Scholastic Publicity got to see her favorite Peep. The last time we saw Rachel, it was at another book festival, here . . .

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Over at Mrs. Nelson's Toy and Book Shop, we ran into Scott Speer and Sherri Smith . . .

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Peepy was quite taken with the t-shirts after Amanda showed them to her . . .

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Of course it made sense that SCIBA's Andrea Vuleta was hanging around the indie bookstores!

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Shhh . . . here's where the secret bathrooms are. Only us alumni know about them . . .

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Who's that? Why it's Loren Long and Otis, and Peepy, of course . . .

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Did someone say "snack"? It was off the Green Room where all the authors were hanging out . . .

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Fellow snackers included Suzanne Selfors and Tom Angleberger, who/whom we just saw in Chicago!

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Wait! It's Dan Santat! What do these four have in common?

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(Yes, the all love Peepy. And they are all wearing . . . socks! And hats.)

After we were snacked up, we went to listen to the Dan Santat Suzanne Selfors Annie Barrows Tom Angleberger panel . . .

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Yay! We got to meet Ivy and Bean's Annie Barrows . . .

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Later it was back to the Green Room where we ran into Ransom Riggs and Tahereh Mafi. Guess what we have in common? That's right, we are all represented by Writers House agent Jodi Reamer!

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How does one end a great day at a great book festival? How about with a great meal at Versailles???
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Oops. Not that one. This one.
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Here we are with Dan Yaccarino, Tom and The Other Dan . . .

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NEXT BLOG: More LA TIMES Festival of Books and an explanation of why Lemony Snicket is flailing . . .

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THIS JUST IN . . . WARP SPEED has been nominated for the Sunshine State (that would be Florida, where I lived for 17 years) Young Readers Award!!!! And speaking of WARP SPEED, this week, Beth Gaudette from the Thomaston Public Library in Connecticut told me that their Mother Daughter Book Club read the book. In it, there's a scene where kids make clothes out of garbage bags, and that's what these talented girls did!!!

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20. Hello Hollow Hills, Hello Mr. Glick, and Hello New Peepy Page

Last blog we were n Dubai with these fine gents . . .

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So then, once home, jet lag set in. I hadn't fully un-jet-lagged from Singapore, when I flew to Chicago to yuk it up, then in less than a week to Dubia, as seen here and here and here. However, I was cheered by these beautiful bowls I brought back with me . . .

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I also burned some incense from the middle east, but I think I did it wrong. Luckily nothing caught on fire . . .

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Despite all my travels across the continent and the world, I actually do do (oooh, you said "do do") school visits in my home state! What? You don't believe me? Well here's proof . . .

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That's right, I was at Hollow Hills Fundamental School in Simi Valley, CA . . .

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We set up in the multi-purpose room . . .

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While I was checking the mic, Peepy did some exploring . . .

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The assemblies went great . . .

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Later, I did a writing workshop for some of the 6th graders. Here they are. Wait, here are some 6th graders, a bear, and teacher Holly Dye with me. Can you tell which is which?

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After our visit, PTA mom Sonya Zavala presented with Peepy with a gift basket!!!

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In other news, at her urging (insistence) Peepy has asked me to update her web page. Now you can see some of the fabulous place she's visited, like these . . .

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(CLICK HERE to see more.)

So then, as some of you might know, I'm hosting the Children's Choice Book Awards Gala this year. (Squeeeee!!!) Now, here's the really awesome part, look at who the presenters are. I know!

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To vote, CLICK HERE!!! (

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In other news, this past week the Real Mr. Glick, from STANFORD WONG FLUNKS BIG-TIME, was substitute teaching in North Carolina. Here he is with Son . . .
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He's doing a read aloud in a 7th grade class and what book does he read aloud from? You got it!

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Real Mr. Glick read some of the passages about Fictional Mr. Glick, who is based on Real Mr. Glick! Here's what he told me . . .

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Is that cool, or what? How surreal for the students!

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NEXT BLOG: The Los Angeles Time Festival of Books! And the answer to what Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen are doing in this photo . . .

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21. Desert Safari Camel Time! Souk Shopping, and Good-Bye, Dubai . . .

So then, Peepy and I were HERE and HERE in Dubai, and now we are here in this final blog of the I WENT TO DUBAI AND HAD A GREAT TIME series . . .

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(Above: The bus stops are air conditioned.)

One of my favorite things to do was exploring the backstreets where the locals hung out . . .

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I slipped into a tiny restaurant that held about six tables. All were full, so the owner motioned for me to sit with this nice young man. He spoke English (slightly). I had what he had for lunch (they just brought it to me without me asking) . . .

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After, I took the abra (small boat) across the creek to Deira. It costs about 28 cents for a ride. I loved the boats and I didn't fall into the water once!

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The colors and sights and smells and sounds of people haggling were awesome. We visited the Silk Souk and the Spice Souk again . . .

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This is the Gold Souk . . .

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Everything closes from 1 - 4 pm . . .

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Then we headed back for an entirely different shopping experience . . .

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Above is the map for the largest mall in the middle east. We had been there briefly, once before. But we returned because Peepy and I heard there was a great bookstore there, and we are all about great bookstores. But first, we wandered around . . .

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These women were watching people ice skate . . .

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Look! We found the bookstore . . .

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Hey, there's Absolutely Maybe . . .

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The next day, my new friends from the American School of Dubai took me to the Blue Souk in Sharjah . . .

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We all got some wonderful bargains!

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Too soon, it was time for lunch and then the ride back to my hotel . . .

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I had changed lodgings and was now at the Arabian Courtyard. Here's my room and the view . . .

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With all the desert in Dubai, of course I had to go on a safari, right?

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It was truly a marvelous experience. I rode in a 4-wheeler that was part of a 50 car caravan. It was a wild ride . . .

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How wild was it? CLICK HERE to see my totally professional, hand-held steady cam video of me and Peepy in the front seat.



We learned about falcon, which are a huge part of the middle eastern culture . . .

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The dunes were gorgeous and so was the sunset . . .

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Yay! Camels!!!

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Then there was a BBQ . . .

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These are the lovely ladies from Australia that I sat with . . .

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I opted for the flower pattern henna . . .

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And here I am belly dancing. Or maybe it wasn't me?

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All too soon, it was time to leave the desert.

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On my last day in Dubai, I walked across the street from my hotel to visit the old fort that is now a museum. But first I had lunch. I couldn't read the menu, so I just pointed to a couple of words on page . . .

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Because I bought a second suitcase, I needed to fill it up with one last shopping expedition . . .

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Good-bye, Dubai! I had an incredible time!!!

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Going here? Then come see me at the USC Civic Engagement Booth #701 (in Argue Plaza near the Alumni House) on Saturday, 1 - 2 pm, as I read and sign FREE books. Plus, I'll be signing FREE books at a Meet and Greet, on Sunday, 12:45 - 1:45 pm!!!

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Love books? Love kids books? Know a kid who loves books? It's time for the Children's Choice Book Awards!!! To vote, CLICK HERE!!! (BTW, look who's hosting the Gala.)

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Pssst, to see the host(ess) of the this year's Gala, and the all-star presenters, or to purchase tickets, CLICK HERE!

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22. Snow Skiing in Dubai, Writing Workshops and Chocolate Hotels

When last we blogged, we were doing a school visit in Dubai, and sightseeing. Well, WE ARE STILL THERE!!!! (Blog-wise.)

I heard about the malls in Dubai, but they seemed like urban legends. A ski resort INSIDE? Pshaw! (Isn't "pshaw" a weird word? Does anyone really ever say that?")

Well, I had to go check out this ski resort in the desert. When I first hit the mall, I greeted by a familiar friend, Krispy Kreme! Next I had some grilled lamb at the fast food court, and then did more exploring of the Mall of the Emerites . . .

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I was totally discombobulated to see Borders. I thought they had closed everywhere, but apparently not in Dubai . . .

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And then we saw it. Behold the snow!!!

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Back at ASD (American School of Dubai) I basked in the glory of their libraries!!!

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I was so impressed by the students. Can you tell we had fun during our writing workshops?

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In addition to elementary school, and a middle grade workshop, I taught a special workshop with these talented teens . . .

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After school, the fun continued at dinner near the base of the tallest building in the world.

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I had about an hour before, so I went to (a different) Dubai mall which was next door . . .

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As dawn fell, I headed to the restaurant . . .

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From the restaurant terrace, we had front row seats for the water show they did in honor of Peepy . . .

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Our ASD workshops continued through the week with these amazing students . . .

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In addition to writing about characters and learning about revision, some wrote to Peepy . . .

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Look, we were official! Plus, it's the elementary school library staff with Harry Bliss and Moi . . .

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Later, back at the tres chic Atlantis Resort, we dined outside, then headed inside to watch the artists craft the hotel OUT OF CHOCOLATE. Did I mention CHOCOLATE?

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Inspired by the chocolate, we decided it was time for more souk shopping and sightseeing . . .

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We had never seen an ATM machine for GOLD before . . .

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See that hotel in the middle? It's the most expensive one in the world!

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After doing even more shopping, we headed to a restaurant to meet up with our ASD teachers, librarians and administrators for a festive farewell gathering for the authors . . .

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It was Natasha's birthday, too!!!

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Here we are with librarians Carly and Natasha, and author/photographer Nic Bishop . . .

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What a marvelous time we had at ASD . . .

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NEXT BLOG: Lisa ventures into the desert and meets a camel.

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===========================

Going here? Then come see me at the USC Civic Engagement Booth (in Argue Plaza near the Alumni House) on Saturday, 1 - 2 pm, as I read and sign FREE books. Plus, I'll be signing FREE books at a Meet and Greet, on Sunday, 12:45 - 1:45 pm!!!

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Love books? Love kids books? Know a kid who loves books? It's time for the Children's Choice Book Awards!!! To vote, CLICK HERE!!!

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Pssst, to see the host(ess) of the this year's Gala, and the all-star presenters, or to purchase tickets, CLICK HERE!

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23. Hello Dubai!!!! (It sounds funnier when you say it out loud.)

We hadn't yet recovered from out jet lag from Singapore, when we whooshed off to Chicago. And then, less than one week later, we were in the air again . . .

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That package (above) that Peepy is holding contains a toothbrush and slippers. Why? Because Emirates Air gave it to us for our 16 hour flight to Dubai!

We checked into the uber super fancy Atlantis Resort . . .

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From our balcony, this was the view . . .

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Our room was lovely . . .

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The next morning when we woke up and looked out, it was like, "Wow, there's water there!??!!!"

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There was water everywhere in the desert. Even inside the hotel . . .

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We saw this giant chocolate duck. Or maybe it was another kind of bird?

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Here's the exterior of our hotel . . .

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Outside, Peepy was careful to protect her delicate complexion by using sunscreen . . .

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Inside was gorgeous . . .

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Oh, look! Who's that? Why it's Harry Bliss, Angelina Jolie, ASA librarians Natasha Pollock and Carly Brown, and Nic Bishop discussing string theory, quantum mechanics, and our upcoming school visits . . .

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Natasha and Carly are from the American School of Dubia. Harry is from Vermont and Nic is from New Zeland. (Nic won the "who flew furthest" contest with 21 hours in the air.)

Look! Wouldn't you know it. Peepy instantly made new friends . . .

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(Yes, we know the above photo is dark, but we did it on purpose.)

The next day we headed to the American School of Dubai . . .

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These students did a wonderful job introducing me during the assembly . . .

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Here we are with the school mascot . . .

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I spoke to some of the parents . . .

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Then it was time fora swig ofcamel milk before heading to the theater to speak to the students . . .

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Peepy and I spoke at two assemblies, as seen in these three photos . . .

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And we also autographed our books . . .

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After, we headed down to the old Creek area of Dubai to do some exploring . . .

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Coffee anyone?

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It was fun seeing the neighborhood . . .

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We stopped for snacks. Harry had coffee. Peepy had lemon sorbet. Renee, a teacher from ASD, was our wonderful tour guide, had mint lemonade . . .

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Then it was time to see more sights . . .

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At dusk we split up and Renee and I continued our journey. It was soooooo wonderful to be with her since she knew all the side alleys and best shops . . .

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We took an abra (a small boat) across the creek to Deira . . .

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Oh wow, I fell in love with the Spice Souk and the Gold Souk . . .

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Is this beautiful or what? (And the gold is pretty, too!)

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We ended the day with a wonderful grilled dinner creekside . . .

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The next morning, we had a great breakfast. Look at the fresh honey!

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The library was our home base . . .

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(Mo Willems had spoken at the school last year, hence Elephant. Also, Jack Gantos spoke the year before Mo.)

We taught three writing workshops on Day Two . . .

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The students were so enthusiastic! We will have more on our school visit in our next blog. Plus, snow skiing in Dubai?

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===========================

Love books? Love kids books? Know a kid who loves books? It's time for the Children's Choice Book Awards!!! To vote, CLICK HERE!!!

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Pssst, to see the host(ess) of the this year's Gala, and the all-star presenters, or to purchase tickets, CLICK HERE!

Disclaimer: No proofreaders were harmed (or even used) in the creation of this blog.

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24. Laughing Out Loud in the Heartland . . .

Even though I am here . . .

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. . . my blog is here . . .

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That's right. I am in Dubai!!!!

However, last week I was at Northern Illinois University for the Children's Literature Conference on Humor. And that's what we'll be blogging today. Ten years ago this October, my debut novel came out. When MILLICENT MIN, GIRL GENIUS won the Sid Fleischman Humor Award . . .

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So BOOM! I was considered someone who writes funny stuff. (Although many people tell me that my books make them cry, too. I hope it's because there are poignant moments, and not that the books are stinky.)

Oops. Let's come back from our digression. Back to DeKalb, IL and to the Humor Conference! The night before was a cozy dinner with fellow speakers and the masterminds behind the literature conference . . .

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As always, David Lubar misbehaved. Peepy has yet to forgive him for using her as a coaster . . .

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Fellow speaker Tom Angleberger's flight was delayed. So I brought him some bread from the restaurant. He gave it some thought, then opted to eat the butter instead . . .

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We were up early for the conference the next morning . . .

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These were the keynote speakers. Well, not really. These are books. But they were written by the speakers . . .

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Peepy was excited about breakfast. It's her favorite meal of the day, in addition to lunch and dinner . . .

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While Peepy ate, and David Lubar looked over his speech, I took a picture of Carolyn Crimi for my website page featuring famous authors . . .

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(To see Carolyn and 300 other fabulous authors/illustrators with their favorite Peep, CLICK HERE.)

Carolyn and David were terrific and we laughed so hard that we worked up an appetite for lunch. Look who we got to sit with! Yes, a table full of Lisa Yees!!!!

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Soon it was Origami Yoda's Tom Angleberger's time on stage. The last time we saw Tom, he and his pal were playing with scissors . . .

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It was at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Look who else was there last year - John Green! (John appears to be everywhere these days, so I thought I'd include him here, again.)

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(Peepy and I will be at the festival again this year.)

Oops. STOP digressing. Okay, back to the literature conference. Tom spoke without scissors . . .

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He even taught origami to the entire audience, plus this unassuming volunteer . . .

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Before long, it was my turn to close the conference . . .

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We waited backstage . . .

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And then we went on. As you can see from this speaker's POV, everyone insisted on not sitting in a large clump . . .

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I think the speech went well. I know I had a blast!

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What's that? It's a short story I wrote for SCOPE magazine!!!

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The killer first line was written by a student named Keya Roy. Hers was one of the thousands of entries and though there were lots of really great opening lines, something about hers called out to me. To read the story based on Keya's line, CLICK HERE.

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25. I (Barely) Survived The Durian, and Other Foodie Adventures in Singapore . . .

My final Singapore blog features a food and fun!!!!

As you may recall, last blog we were visiting the bookstore of our dreams . . .

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And the one before that, had us at speaking at the Stamford American International School . . .

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When members of the Singapore Chapter of the SCBWI found out I was in town, one volunteered to show me and Peepy around! I met ex-patriot, Australian author Catherine Carvell on a gorgeous sunny morning . . .

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She had told me to wear comfortable shoes, and I am glad I did. Behind all the buildings was a river!!! Who knew??? Well, besides Catherine and thousands of Singapore locals . . .

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There were shops and restaurants along the river . . .

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Catherine had never seen a geoduck clam before . . .

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After a while, we hopped aboard our very own "bum boat" . . .
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See that ship-shaped thing on the top of those three buildings? We were headed there, to the Marina Bay Sands . . .

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Green space is at a premium. Can you see the trees growing in these buildings?

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After the boat ride, we continued on foot to our destination. As always, Peepy made new friends . . .

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This is the ArtScience Museum . . .

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We took the elevator to the 57th-ish floor of the Marina Bay Sands. Woosh! We breezed right into Ku De Ta. Why did this chic nightspot let us right in? Because we write children's books!!! (Or maybe because we went in the daytime.) The coffee was $12 for a cup -- but it was worth every penny because of the incredible view ...

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12,942ish people had told me that I HAD to try the black pepper crab. So next we headed to Dempsey Hill, an old military base that's now full of antique shops and restaurants . . .

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OMG! It was the BEST crab I have had in my ENTIRE life!!!! Totally messy, but that's the price you pay for amazing!

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Now, not all the food in Singapore is delicious. See this . . .

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That's the dreaded Durian, the SMELLIEST FRUIT IN THE ENTIRE WORLD. It's not even allowed on public transportation or in hotels!!!!

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Here's what National Geographic says of the Durian.


But I kept seeing it. And I thought, "How bad can it taste is it's everywhere?" So I saw a nice looking Durian stand. They had the fruit inside a crusty pastry shell, and I bought one . . .

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It looked so pretty . . . but I bit into it and THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO DIE. IT WAS THE FOULEST THING I HAVE EVER HAD IN MY ENTIRE LIFE. IT WAS AS IF A DEATH EATER HAD MADE IT. THE COMBINATION OF THE SMELL GOING UP MY NOSE AND THE DURIAN GOING DOWN MY THROAT MADE ME WANT TO VOMIT.

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So, I ran to another stall and bought something that looked like donut holes, but they weren't, and ate the entire bag . . .

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Luckily for me, the dreaded awful Durian was only one bite -- one horrible bite that I will never forget. However, the rest of the food in Singapore was wonderful, delicious, incredible. Why? Because of the hawker fare Singapore is famous for. So, to off set the dreaded Durian, I'll show pictures of incredibly delicious fare. These are from Lau Pa Sat . . .

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Of course, the best dinner I had was at a little restaurant tucked away in a corner in Tang's on my last night. Why? Because it was with a group of Singapore SCBWI members, plus Australian author Jacqueline Harvey who was on a book tour!!!

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(From left: Sumi Chandrasekharan, Kenneth Quek -- SCBWI Regional Advisior, Ian and Jacqueline Harvey, David Seow, Angelina Jolie, and Sarah, Mounsey, and Peepy (middle)

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All too soon it was time to head home. But not before one final meal in the airport . . .

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Thank you, Singapore for your wonderful hospitality!!!! (But not for the Durian.)

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