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Blog: readergirlz (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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I'm super thrilled to be celebrating the release of my 12th (!) original novel, Amity, a haunted house story told in two separate perspectives, ten years apart. Diva Melissa was gracious enough to offer up a Cover Story slot to me, so here we go!
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Recently a small group from Boy Scout Troop 259 hiked to the summit of Mt. Tallac, CA high above Lake Tahoe. It was my first ascent of that peak which is a 9.6 mile round trip along the main trail from the Mt. Tallac Trailhead parking lot to the summit. Although I have hiked and backpacked at the same or higher elevations, this adventure got my attention, especially through the switchbacks in the steep mid-section of the trail. But I digress.
This first segment of the trail takes about 1-1/2 hours (nearly two miles) from the Trailhead (at 6,480 feet elevation) to Cathedral Lake (around 7,400 feet). Note: There is a very rustic trail that splits off to the right of the main trail about 0.2 mile before arriving at Cathedral Lake--not for the faint of heart. Cathedral Lake is a popular watering hole and is the last available water on the trail to the summit.
At Cathedral Lake, the main trail swings westward through a well-shaded stretch on the way up toward the tree line about a half-mile or so ahead. In no time, the increase in elevation goes from noticeable to "no-doubt-about-it." I heard the word "relentless" several times on the way up.
A hiking stick or hiking poles will get well used on the way up and even more so on the way back down. This is the section of the trail where resolve may be tested. The trail is well-maintained and easy to follow but you will know you are going up for the next mile. It is breathtaking in more ways than one. After leveling out for a short stretch, the trail becomes steeper still. At this point in the hike, you will hear the mantra repeated by anyone who is already on the way back down: "You're almost there!" You may doubt the veracity of their encouraging words. Yet you will likely join in the chorus on your way back down as you encounter other hikers on their way up.
Eventually, we arrived at the summit at 9,735 feet. The last two hundred meters or so are somewhat of a scramble as the trail disappears in the midst of boulders and rocks. Dig deep during this final ascent, for the reward of spectacular views is worth the extra effort.
To the southwest (below), Gilmore Lake is clearly visible with Pyramid Peak on the horizon. In total, the hike up took about 3-1/2 hours and the hike down a bit less. When (not if) you go, plan to have lunch or a snack at the top to give you time to enjoy the views.
In another setting nearly 85 50 years ago, Eric Sevaried began an adventure above the Arctic Circle, chronicled in his book "Canoeing With The Cree". Although our adventure was a day hike and the number of visitors large by comparison, Sevaried's words rang true for me on that day, gathered with my fellow Scouts atop Mt. Tallac: "Such sights as this are reserved for those who will suffer to behold them." It was indeed a great day for Scouting!
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I've been away for a while, and for good reason. It's been a bit busy around here:
As New Zimbabwe reports, Lessing donated entire book collection to Harare, as Nobel laureate Doris Lessing:
bequeathed her entire personal collection of over 3,000 books to the Harare City Library in Zimbabwe.Interesting also to learn:
A Book Aid International said they were fascinated by the variety and breadth of Lessing's library, describing it as "A collection to aspire to !"Neat. I guess the only thing that surprises me is that the collection constitutes only three thousand titles. Granted. many of my books are boxed up and piled up out of easy reach, but my collection is ... several times bigger. I suppose I could live with a working library of 3000, carefully selected -- but it's cutting it close ..... Read the rest of this post Add a Comment
"We found books not just in every room of Lessing's home, but on shelves in every space where shelves could be fitted, in hallways, under stairs -- there were books everywhere," said an official.
Blog: Playing by the book (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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I love a good bit of juicy anticipation and so today I bring you a round-up of the books being published this autumn which I’m most looking forward to reading.
Out in September
Bears Don’t Read by Emma Chichester Clark (Harper Collins)
How to Hide a Lion from Grandma by Helen Stephens (Alison Green Books)
A World of Your Own by Laura Carlin (Phaidon)
The New Small Person by Lauren Child (Puffin)
Is there a dog in this book? by Viviane Schwarz (Walker)
The Fairytale Hairdresser and Father Christmas Paperback by Abie Longstaff (Picture Corgi)
The Moon Child by Cate Cain (Templar)
Terror Kid by Benjamin Zephaniah (Hot Key)
How to Write a Story by Simon Cheshire (Bloomsbury)
The Giant Game of Sculpture by Hervé Tullet (Phaidon)
Out in October
I am the Wolf…and Here I Come! by Bénédicte Guettier (Gecko Press)
Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle (Chronicle Kids)
How the Library (not the Prince) saved Rapunzel by Wendy Meddour, illustrated by Rebecca Ashdown Petrie (Frances Lincoln)
Snow by Sam Usher (Templar)
Wall by Tom Clohosy Cole (Templar)
Woozy the Wizard: A Spell to Get Well Paperback by Elli Woollard and Al Murphy (Faber)
How to Train Your Dragon: A Journal for Heroes by Cressida Cowell (Hodder)
The Adventures of Hermes by Murielle Szac, translated by Mika Provata-Carlone (Pushkin)
The No. 1 Car Spotter Goes to School by Atinuke, illustrated by Warwick Johnson Cadwell (Walker)
The Imaginary by A.F. Harrold, illustrated by Emily Gravett (Bloomsbury)
A Song for Ella Grey by David Almond (Hodder)
The Rising by Tom Moorhouse (OUP)
The Snow Merchant by Sam Gayton, with new illustrations by Chris Riddell (Andersen)
How to be a Space Explorer by Lonely Planet Kids (Lonely Planet)
Book by John Agard, illustrated by Neil Packer (Walker)
Atlas of Adventures by Lucy Letherland (WideEyed)
The Dolls’ House Colouring Book by Emily Sutton (V&A)
Gravity by Jason Chin (Andersen)
Star Cat: Book 1 by James Turner (David Fickling)
Out in November
Claude Sets Sail by Alex T Smith (Hodder)
Pigsticks and Harold and the Tuptown Thief Paperback by Alex Milway (Walker)
Les Miserables retold by Marcia Williams (Walker)
Papercraft Christmas Paperback by Ellen Giggenbach (Templar)
Write and Draw Your Own Comics by Louie Stowell (Usborne)
The Story of Britain by Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom (Franklin Watts)
I’m also really looking forward to a new novel from Mal Peet, The Murdstone Trilogy – though this is being marketed as an adult book.
Dates for publication listed here may be subject to change. A couple of these books have already been released in the US, but will be making their UK début this Autumn.
What new book are you most looking forward to reading this autumn?
Blog: Reading Teen (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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"Review my Books" Review by Natalie ANATOMY OF A MISFIT by Andrea Portes Hardcover: 336 pages Publisher: HarperTeen (September 2, 2014) Language: English Goodreads | Amazon In this Mean Girls meets The Perks of Being a Wallflower tale, narrator Anika Dragomir is the third most popular girl at Pound High School. But inside, she knows she's a freak; she can't stop thinking about formerAdd a Comment
At Russia Beyond the Headlines (which continues to offer a variety of fun literary coverage -- you do have it bookmarked, don't you ?) Anastasia Gorbatova reminds of When literature came under state control: 80 years since the First Congress of Soviet Writers.
As she notes:
Attendees at the congress included Boris Pasternak, the foremost Soviet poet of the time, the "Red Count" Alexei Tolstoy, a nobleman who adjusted to the demands of Soviet power, future Nobel laureate Mikhail Sholokhov, and leading children's author Korney Chukovsky.But, of course, the defining figure was Andrei Zhdanov -- Mr. Socialist Realism himself, the man who latched onto Stalin's 'writers-are-engineers-of-human-souls' idea and ran with it, ushering in the lowliest times of socialist realism (pre-1934 Soviet literature, like pre-code Hollywood cinema, was actually pretty happening).
Maxim Gorky gave a keynote lecture to close the event on September 1.
Yes, this was the guy who said:
I think that every one of our Soviet writers can say to any dull-witted bourgeois, to any philistine, to any bourgeois writer who may talk about our literature being tendencious: "Yes, our Soviet literature is tendencious, and we are proud of this fact, because the aim of our tendency is to liberate the toilers, to free all mankind from the yoke of capitalist slavery."'Noble' sentiments -- but, hey, 1934, under Stalin, you know the deal ..... (The marxists.org page suggests: "Zhdanov died on 31st August 1934"; yeah, not quite/no such luck .....)
Marxists.org has good documentation (other than hopefully killing off Zhdanov way prematurely ...) on that first congress -- worth being reminded of.
Meanwhile, as Anastasia Gorbatova notes:
There were only eight congresses between 1934 and 1986, and they increasingly became formal events with almost no influence on Soviet culture. The First Congress was unique in its own way -- it was the first and last successful attempt to unite all the writers of one countryWhereby 'successful' is a matter of ... opinion. Add a Comment
Blog: An Awfully Big Blog Adventure (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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|somewhere in France|
|not the most inspiring portrayal of space|
Clementine Beauvais's space is split between Britain and France. She writes books in French of all kinds and shapes for all ages, and in English humour/adventure series, the Sesame Seade mysteries, with Hodder, and the Holy-Moly Holiday series with Bloomsbury. She blogs here about children's literature and academia and is on Twitter @blueclementine.
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There has been a resurgence in war novels in recent years as veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq return from the conflict and begin to try and make sense of what they have experienced and what the future holds for themselves. I am a huge fan of war fiction. Fiction about war I find is so much […]Add a Comment
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Written and illustrated by Molly Idle
Published by Chronicle Books 2014
Age 4 to 8 (+) 32 pages
“Flora is back and this time she partners with a penguin. Twirling, leaping, and gliding on skates and flippers, the duo mirror each other in an exuberant ice dance. But when Flora gives the penguin the cold shoulder, the pair must figure out a way to work together for uplifting results.”
As Flora ties her right skate, she notices something poke out of a hole in the ice. What could it be?
Flora is back at the ice rink, getting ready to glide and twirl when she sees something odd in the hole across from where she sits lacing her skate. Flora extends her hand, offering it to Penguin. He accepts (I am assuming Penguin is a he, I really do not know). Flipper in hand, the pair glide in perfect harmony. Left foot glide to the right; turn and right foot glide to the left. In absolute harmony, Flora and Penguin take off and then LEAP into a perfect twirl.
Oh, NO! Penguin misses his landing, falling onto his rotund rear. Flora glides away . . . laughing. Penguin belly slides to her with a twinkle in his eye. This is not Flora and the Flamingo. The grace and style are present. The harmonious duet is there. The serious business of skating is not. Penguin brings the smiles and laughs out of Flora. He also spoils his partner, or, rather, he tries. Flora rejects Penguin’s gift. Sure, it is a small fish he has brought her; a snack Penguin chased below the ice—in synchronicity with Flora’s skating. Flora flips the fish over her head. Penguin looks mortified as his gift somehow lands into the hole in the ice and swims away.
The beautiful illustrations once again capture the elegant characters gliding, twirling, and leaping. At quick glance, one might believe this is the Caldecott Honor Book Flora and the Flamingo, only with a penguin. That person would be wrong, terribly wrong. In Flora and the Flamingo, Flora is the student learning from Flamingo, the teacher. In Flora and the Penguin, Flora is no longer the student, nor is she the teacher. She and Penguin are friends skating together and having fun. When Penguin misses his landing, no one turns away in admonition. No, Flora happily laughs and Penguin giggles as they join back together. These two are playmates.
Playmates have fights, as you are sure to remember. Flora turns away in a pout, checking on Penguin when he looks away. Penguin is also pouting in anger and keeping an eye on Flora. These two friends need to find their way back and Ms. Idle does this in grand style. A four-page grand spread. Flora and the Penguin is a gorgeous, wordless picture book that will wow anyone lucky enough to turn the pages. Some pages contain flip-up, -down, or –sideways, always changing the scene and promoting a smile.
Flora and the Penguin is an easy choice for anyone who loves ballet. Yet this gorgeous, should-win-lots-of-awards picture book will attract a wider audience. Like her throngs of admirers, I cannot wait for her next release, though I am secretly hoping for new characters in a new story. Whatever direction she takes, parents and young children will love the finished product. Ms. Idle has perfected the art of wordless storytelling.
FLORA AND THE PENGUIN. Text and illustrations copyright © 2014 by Molly Idle. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Chronicle Books, San Francisco, CA.
Learn more about Flora and the Penguin HERE
Also by Molly Idle
Copyright © 2014 by Sue Morris/Kid Lit Reviews
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Blog: Redheaded Stepchild (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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"A lot of people think of ideas as objects or animals that you hunt. You go into the woods, you find an idea, you capture it, and you bring it home. And ideas really are more like gardens. And every day, you're planting lots and lots of ideas. Some of them get eaten by birds, and never go anywhere. Some of them grow up to be really horrible things. Some wither and die. Every now and then, over time, some idea grows up to be big and beautiful and filled with fruit."
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Blog: Writing and Illustrating (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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Congratulations to everyone in this post. I am sure all of you are doing somersaults like Luther in this new illustration sent in my Amalia Hoffman. http://www.amaliahoffman.com
Kirkus published a great review for Darlene Beck-Jacobson ‘s new book WHEELS OF CHANGE which is coming out in September. I read an advanced copy and wrote a review that is up on Goodreads.
Here are the links:
Vesper Stamper proves that winning a contest can get you noticed and sometimes that is all you need to make things happen. Vesper won the NJSCBWI Illustrator Showcase at the end of June and six weeks later, that win landed her representation with Lori Kilkelly at Rodeen agency.
Yvonne Ventresca was featured in the August NJSCBWI Author Spotlight. Here is the link: http://newjersey.scbwi.org/author-spotlight/author-spotlight-yvonne-ventresca/
At P.S. Literary Agency, Carly Watters has been promoted to vp, senior literary agent.
Julia Maguire has joined Knopf Children’s as editor. Previously she was an associate editor at Simon & Schuster Children’s.
Orion Children’s Books editorial director Amber Caraveo is leaving the publisher to become an agent, creating Skylark Literary along with Joanna Moult, officially launching in November. The agency will focus on YA and children’s authors.
The Simon Pulse imprint has promoted Liesa Abrams to vp, editorial director of Simon Pulse and associate editorial director of Aladdin. Plus, Michael Strother is being promoted to associate editor of Simon Pulse.
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Lane owns a Bed & Breakfast, Mary is homeless, and Michael is the mysterious, unwanted guest who arrives during a storm for what appears to be for more than there being no other place to stay.
The entire book and especially the ending wraps you up in a warm, homey cocoon. Don't miss reading THE WISHING TIDE. 5/5
This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.
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It’s going to take me a little while to recreate my habits talk in this space. I wrote down the sequence of points I wanted to address and examples I wanted to use, but I wound up not using my notes at all, except to read a couple of Charlotte Mason quotes. But I recall pretty well what I said, and what questions were asked, and I’m gradually jotting it down to share here. I’ve gotten a lot of sweet notes from the moms in attendance, and it’s clear the topic struck a chord. Preparing the talk was a fun experience for me—it reinforced something I learned from Alexis O’Neill, a children’s book author and frequent school-presentation giver, in a workshop she gave for children’s writers last year. She was speaking about school visits, but her point speaks to a wide range of situations. She said, “You have to remember that you already know a great deal about your subject. Things you take for granted, your knowledge about publishing and writing, are topics of great fascination to your audience. There’s a lot you can say that comes just from what you already know inside and out. That’s what they want to hear.”
That’s a rough paraphrase from memory, over a year later. You can see her words really resonated with me. They struck me as applying to many things in my life besides writing. All of us have a wealth of stories and experience tucked in our minds. For the right audience, what you know through life experience—those aspects of life you take for granted because the ideas have become a part of the air you breathe—can make a compelling narrative. In the case of this habits talk, I hadn’t realized until I began preparing it that the degree to which my parenting style was influenced by Charlotte Mason’s ideas about habit formation was, even among my fellow homeschoolers, somewhat unusual. Honestly, I would have said that when it came to mothering, I was more influenced by unschooling philosophy and La Leche League than CM. And yet, sixteen years after first encountering Charlotte’s writings, I can see how profound and lasting her influence has been. On my parenting, I mean. On our learning style, sure; I’m keenly aware of her influence there—we’re living-books, narration, nature-study learners through and through. But the habit-training part? That’s the part I’ve internalized so thoroughly that I stopped really noticing it.
Well, this is a very meta post, isn’t it! Talking about the talk but not talking the talk itself. I’ll get there. It just struck me that Alexis’s insight is a great takeaway for our kids, too (and really, when you think about it, is closely related to CM’s emphasis on narration): there are topics about which you already know a great deal. When you share that knowledge with enthusiasm and conviction, people are interested. I love to hear a kid talk animatedly about some personal passion, some arcane subject that has captured his or her mind. That gorgeous light in the eyes, the tumbling words, the eager gestures. It’s one of the most beautiful sights in the world.Add a Comment
It's the bicentenary of Sheridan Le Fanu's birth, and it's nice to see some coverage -- though one wonders how much is occasioned by the (validation ?) that, as for example The Guardian reports, comes with: Google Doodle to celebrate author Sheridan Le Fanu's 200th birthday (sigh).
But there is some decent coverage, notably: Sheridan Le Fanu: 200 years of literary blood and terrorism by Bill McCormack at Times Higher Education; see also Sheridan Le Fanu's haunting legacy by Brian Maye in the Irish Times.
I've enjoyed his work over the years -- I have fond memories of some of those Dover editions -- and since you can find pretty much everything online, sample away. In A Glass Darkly, Uncle Silas, and Carmilla are all good places to jump in.
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As they say, a picture paints a thousand words, so I will simply say – if you can get hold of a copy of the magnificent tome – The Artist’s Edition of Jack Kirby’s New Gods do yourselves a massive favour and do so. The artwork is as close as you can get to the original artwork with all the paste-ups and white outs, notes and some production wear and tear. A truly beautiful book produced by IDW.
In the meantime, whilst you await its arrival, feast your eyes on some more Jack’s magic.
I hope you gaze at it with the same sense of wonder that I did as a young boy and do as a much older boy even today.
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Ahhh, the fall. A sweet, sweet time for those in charge of booklists, displays, and story times. Back to school and fall books are perennial favorite subjects until it’s time to rediscover the fall and early winter holiday collection. However, if you’re not quite ready to break out your fall books collection, Hispanic Heritage Month is an ideal time to highlight or expand your collection of books that celebrate the diversity of Hispanic cultures. What started as a week-long celebration in 1968 is now a month long (September 15-October 15) of Hispanic history, arts, and culture.
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Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match captures the reality of many biracial children in an upbeat and endearing spitfire of a character. Marisol doesn’t see anything weird with mismatches: green polka dots and purple stripes, peanut butter and jelly burritos, or brown skin and red hair are pretty cool in her eyes. When Marisol tries to match, she finds that things are confusing and boring. Thanks to an intuitive teacher, she regains confidence in her unique viewpoint and look. This bilingual story is charmingly illustrated and told through a very realistic child narrator.
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Arthur Dorros and Rudy Gutierrez’s Papa and Me is a loving, gentle, and authentic look at a father-son relationship. Papa is encouraging, wise, and just plain fun to be with. Spanish words are sprinkled throughout the story. (See also Mama and Me by the same author.)
(image taken from Random House website)
As a huge fan of cross-cultural children’s books, The Tooth Fairy Meets El Raton Perez is one of my favorite Latino-oriented picture books. When Miguelito puts his tooth under his pillow and falls asleep, two magical creatures appear in his room to lay claim to his tooth. The Tooth Fairy asserts ownership because Miguelito is in the United States, but El Raton Perez, the tooth-collecting mouse who collects teeth in Latin America and Spain, defends ownership due to family tradition. Thankfully, they both work out a compromise. This is a fun and unique way of presenting a rite of passage in many cultures.
(image taken from Random House website)
What can you do with a rebozo (a long scarf)? You can accessorize a dress, play hide and seek, keep a grandmother or baby brother warm, use it as a blindford while attempting to burst a pinata…so many things! Not only is this is celebration of a close-knit family, but it’s also a tribute to creativity. (See also What Can You Do With a Paleta? by the same author.)
What are your favorite picture books featuring Latino characters and culture? Tell us in the comments!
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PS- there is a double moon tonight. Around midnight, I think the news said. Don't forget. It's supposed to be spectacular. Have a good one and God bless dear Princesses.
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