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Blog: Becky's Book Reviews (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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First sentence: Mr. Utterson, the lawyer, was a man of a rugged countenance, that was never lighted by a smile;
Premise/plot: What if the 'dark' inside you was fully released and realized?!
My thoughts: What an interesting book to read after reading John Owen's Overcoming Sin and Tempation! Dr. Jekyll has a secret 'dark' side that he struggles to keep concealed. Only a few come to learn his BIG, BIG secret: he has found a way of satisfying his dark side in the personality of MR. HYDE. But the more he gives into temptation and becomes Mr. Hyde, letting Mr. Hyde loose in the city and country, the harder the struggle is to return to being Dr. Jekyll. There is a battle going on over his body--if you will--but it isn't a battle of good versus evil, just slightly evil with totally evil.
This is a very short read that is easy to recommend.
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Blog: Clara Gillow Clark (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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Thanks so much for your enthusiastic response to Kenneth Kit Lamug's Interview and his atmospheric illustrations in his haunting Halloween tale, The Stumps of Flattop Hill. I hope you took the time to watch his delightfully eerie book trailer. If not, you'll find the link below.
Thank you, Ken, for sharing your special talent with us! Visit the author here:
The Stumps of Flattop Hill is a macabre tale of a little girl who enters the town’s legendary haunted house in the face of fear. A dark tale for children in the tradition of the Brother’s Grimm, it calls to mind the provocative illustration style of Edward Gorey. Scary and entertaining, this book challenges the idea of what children’s books can be.
The Stumps of Flattop Hill received the Literary Classics Seal of Approval 2016
Here's the link to the book trailer:
My next guest is a dear friend of many years, Author Pat Brisson, who will share with us for the Thanksgiving season. For now, HAPPY HALLOWEEN! ~Clara Add a Comment
Blog: Finding Wonderland: The WritingYA Weblog (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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Welcome to the 2016 Cybils Speculative Reader! As a first run reader for the Cybils, I'll be briefly introducing you to the books on the list, giving you a mostly unbiased look at some of the plot.Enjoy! Synopsis: At first, Zen Starling was just a... Read the rest of this postAdd a Comment
Blog: TWO WRITING TEACHERS (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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One way to become a community of writers is to leave thoughtful feedback.Add a Comment
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Blog: Monica Gupta (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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एनीमिया रोग – महिलाओं में खून की कमी- महिलाएं घर की धुरी होती हैं वह पूरे परिवार की जिम्मेवारी को बखूबी निभाती हैं, पर जब खुद की सेहत की हो तो अपना ध्यान ही नहीं रखती… अपनी सेहत के प्रति बिल्कुल लापरवाह होती है… एनीमिया रोग – महिलाओं में खून की कमी नारी, महिला, औरत, […]Add a Comment
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Figurines try to imitate the human everyday life, but they are facing limitations due to their toy situation.Add a Comment
Blog: March House Books Blog (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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Fillet of a fenny snake,
Macbeth, Act IV, Scene I
I must say a very big thank you to Yvonne for this fantastic Halloween card (right). If you have not had the pleasure of meeting Yvonne, you will find her over at Melancholy and Menace or at her Etsy shop here
Blog: Milk and Cookies: Comfort Reading (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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4 sweet frosted sugar cookies.
Cover Love: Darling! I don't think they needed to add the illustration at the bottom with the car and the road, but I like the photo of the guy and girl holding hands, I wish that was bigger, more of the focus. But I know it will be eye catching on display in my library.
Why I Wanted to Read This:
This came in my first book order of the fall and I was looking for something light and fun. I started this right when I pulled it out of the box! Here's the synopsis:
June wants high school to end and real life to begin. Oliver is soaking up senior year’s glory days. They could have coasted through high school, knowing about—but not really knowing—each other.Romance?: Yes, of course.
Except that their moms have arranged for Oliver to drive June to school. Every. Single. Day.
Suddenly these two opposites are fighting about music, life . . . pretty much everything. But love is unpredictable. When promises—and hearts—get broken, Oliver and June must figure out what really matters. And then fight for it.
To be perfectly honest, I almost gave up on this book. June was so closed off and judgemental and righteous in the beginning that I had a very hard time liking her. She was just so right that Oliver and his group of friends were awful and she and her group of friends were right to dislike everything and everyone. I was afraid her attitude would last too long in the book and turn me off on it completely. However, I stuck with it and her attitude didn't last too long. She started to see that there was some value in most people and while some people are exactly what they appear to be, a lot of people aren't, including some of her "non-conformist" friends.
I LOVED OLIVER. Seriously, new book boyfriend. He's such a good guy. And I know he does give off a certain type of attitude with his appearance, he's just so much more than that. He is who I would totally have crushed on in high school, especially once I got to know him!
I would like to give this book to all the girls who judge people before they can be judged, that put up that wall to protect themselves. I work in a middle school and there are A LOT of girls like this who I want to read this book, but most of them wouldn't read a romance because it's not dark enough!
To Sum It Up: Darling romance that could teach people a lot about judging others before getting to know them!
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Blog: Children's Book Reviews and Then Some (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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Blog: my juicy little universe (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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Kenn Nesbitt! Our former Children's Poet Laureate has worked for more than two years with over 130 poets to produce one of the loveliest anthologies of poetry I've ever held in my hands. (As a contributor, I have already had this pleasure though the book release is not until November 1.) I think one of the big appeals of One Minute Till Bedtime is that it feels distinctly old-fashioned.
The heft of the book, the feel of the dust jacket and the paper inside (smooth but not slick) contribute to this initial sensation. The hand-chalked title and cover illustration glow forth from a deep purple background. Christoph Niemann's robust drawings build the feeling--they appear simple and straightforward but they carry (like good writing for children) layers of imagination and emotion. And the poems inside, not all of which are sleepy or soft by any means, are cozy nonetheless--they speak to the experiences that children have at home, in their early close relationships with people, objects and the creatures of the natural world. There's no flash, no high-tech, no gloss--just outstanding design and sensitive curation.
In a time of--would you agree with me?--global unrest, when anyone who is paying attention to the Big Picture must carry a sense of unease, this book is somehow comforting and reassuring. It confirms that the fundamental, ritual experience of going to bed with a story, poem or song shared in the voice of a beloved caregiver is alive and well.
So it's fitting that when Kenn was invited to an interview over at Michelle Heidenrich Barnes's blog, he offered this challenge:
Write a poem for your mother. Write it for your mother and give it to her. It can be any kind of poem you like, as long as it’s especially for her. In my opinion, a poem is the best gift you can ever give someone. It doesn’t cost you anything but a little thought and time, and yet it will be treasured forever.
And fittingly enough, I have just such a gift poem in my archives! I posted it to the Ditty of the Month Club Padlet and now I share it with you here--a poem about precisely that experience I described above, of being rhymed and rhythmed, thrilled and calmed each morning, noon and night by the voice of my mother, Lila (nee Zingerline) Mordhorst.
The round-up for this Poetry Friday is with Linda at TeacherDance. May you hear today in your travels the voice of someone who spoke to you with love at bedtime--and may we seek that for every child.
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Cynthia Leitich Smith
Congratulations to fellow Vermont College of Fine Arts faculty member Martine Leavitt, who also an alumna, for winning the Canadian Governor General's Award. Peek: "Told in spare, beautiful prose, this transcendent exploration of reality and truth is funny, frightening and affirming. Calvin (Groundwood Books) is an astonishing achievement.” — #GGBooks Jury Statement.
(Re)Igniting the Writer's Life by John Vorhaus from Writer Unboxed. Peek: "We want to write but we fear to write. If you’re in this bind, my heart goes out to you, and I really want to help you over the hump and into, or back into, your active practice of writing."
Why People Forget Your Character & How to Prevent It by Darcy Pattison from Fiction Notes. Peek: "...too many times I find myself struggling to remember details of a character in a novel I read last year. Give your characters longevity and notoriety with these techniques."
The Rejection Tug-of-War from Uma Krishnaswami. Peek: "...we brood. Was that editor or agent right? Is the work dead? Is is any good? Is there something there worth salvaging?"
What to Expect from an Agent by Mary Kole from Kidlit.com. Peek: "What will an agent do for you? What might an agent do for you if they have certain specialties? What is unreasonable to expect of an agent? First, I’d like to discuss what an agent won’t do." Note: Agents also get paid a percentage of royalties.
Using Family Stories to Write Historical Fiction by Helen Maryles Shankman from Writer Unboxed. Peek: "...I couldn’t run away from my parents’ stories. As I grew up, I began to understand that they weren’t just memories that could be dismissed and forgotten; they were the origin stories for our own scarred and imperfect lives."
Planning Great Book Events by Sophie Masson from Writer Unboxed. Peek: "Launches are especially good for debut books; for bespoke, collectible books; and for group books, such as anthologies and collections."
Decolonizing Nostalgia: When Historical Fiction Betrays Readers of Color by Sarah Hannah Gomez from The Horn Book. Peek: "I may have done the work to tease out the parts of the girls I read about that matched my own identity, but I became increasingly aware that the books themselves did not recognize me, a biracial (black and white) adoptee in a bicultural (Mexican American and Ashkenazi Jewish) family." See also Hannah on 5 YA Books Inspired by Real-Life Murderers from BNTeenBlog.
The Need for More Diversity Within LGBTQIAP Children's-YA Literature by Ashley Herring Blake from CBC Diversity. Peek: "in the end, I only had one book to put in that mother’s hands. After talking with this mother, the children’s book manager at my store found some more books about trans kids for younger readers and ordered them, and that is excellent, but we need more options."
Writing and Parenting from Elizabeth Spann Craig. Peek: "99% of the posts that dads write on parenting and writing are different–they don’t seem to have the guilty undertones. In fact, these dads usually feel they’re spending better quality or more time with their kids."
The Complex Principles of a Picture Book from Chronicle Books. Peek: "How much abstraction for artistic intent is acceptable? What needs to come across in information? What needs to come across in feeling?"
- The Peculiar Haunting of Thelma Bee by Erin Petti (Mighty Media, 2016) & Changelings by Christina Soontornvat (Sourcebooks, 2016)
This Week at Cynsations
A four-part series:
- Author-Illustrator Ambelin Kwaymullina on Ethics, Process & Own Voices
- Author-Illustrator Interview: Ambelin Kwaymullina on Justice, Hope & Her Creative Family
- Cynthia Leitich Smith on Writing Across Identity Elements: Why Kayla, Not Eartha & Other Stuff
- Author Interview: Cynthia Leitich Smith on Writing, Speculative Fiction, Community & Growing Into Herself
|With Shelli Cornelison & Christina Soontornvat at Donna Janell Bowman's Book Launch|
First, my thanks to author-illustrator Ambelin Kwaymullina for joining me here this week for an in-depth, four-part dialogue on the creative life and process, speculative fiction, diversity, privilege, indigenous literature, and books for young readers.
On Monday, I attended Laurie Halse Anderson's author event and signing at BookPeople in Austin. She spoke with great passion and compassion about the American Revolution, historical research, the creative life and the importance of diversifying children's-YA literature--all the while book-talking and centering diverse voices. Inspiring!
This week I am praying for the Water Protectors and for all children being inundated with the Cleveland Indians mascot. See The Great Failure of the Indian Mascots Debate by Sterling HolyWhiteMountain from ESPN, which reflects on both. Also, go Cubs!
|Moderating & Signing Nov. 5|
- Shakespear Family Fund
- Top 10 Art Books for Youth
- Make Elections Fun Again (MG Lit Recs)!
- WNDB Is Giving Books to Schools
- Index for Debut MG-YA Authors
- Pat Mora Wins Texas Writers' Lifetime Award
- Children's Books Featuring Kids of Color Being Themselves
- Creating a College: The Story of Vermont College of Fine Arts
|Join me Saturday, Nov. 12|
|Honored to join the SCBWI winter conference faculty!|
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Blog: BOBBEE BEE THE HATER (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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According to Author Jeff Chang’s book We Gon’ Be Alright, the racial apocalypse is the recurring “white” American narrative in which the civilizers, the chosen people meant to fulfill their diversity, are overrun by the savages, the barbarians who embody chaos and ruin.
So, in the southern heat of 2009, Tea Party activists appeared under Confederate flags bearing signs that read “Bring Back “We The People,”Trump’s Birther Campaign followed. And by 2016, Trump supporters and voters appeared at his rallies “talking about building walls, closing borders, checking papers, and sending people back where they came from.”
But, despite all the flashing cameras and nosey news reporters roaming the parking lots, one revolutionary act slipped under their radar.
That incident involved Elizabeth Meyers Murphy of Wallace, NC, who is a graduate of James Sprunt Community College.
Murphy, whose husband (Tracey) is Black, said while living in the small southern community of Duplin, she has seen her “fair” share of racial profiling.
According to Murphy, while her husband was working as a pizza delivery driver, in uniform, with the sign on his car, he had a police officer, lights flashing, pull him over, in front of his place of employment, because he “fit the description.”
With incidents like this fresh in her mind along with the reports of unarmed Black men getting murdered by police on the Nightly News, Murphy felt she was obligated to take a stand when she discovered that Donald Trump was coming to Kenansville. Especially, with all the racist rhetoric surrounding his past rallies, as well as, his recommendation of re-impending the unconstitutional stop and risk policy, which had been practiced by the New York Police Department.
According to Murphy, after being told to leave the premises, they were escorted back to their car by two officers and watched very closely. When asked why they had to leave, they were told that were inciting a riot. By this time, the officers ran their license plates, while another officer stopped traffic in order for them to leave.
Blog: Through the Looking Glass Book Review (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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Writing, both prose and poetry, comes in so many forms. Sometimes we read stories or poems that entertain us, or we choose tales that allow us to escape into another world for a while. At other times we want to engage with a piece of writing in a book that encourages us to think and consider. Today's poetry title is just such a book. Each poem offers up an idea that explores a powerful concept, and that inspires us to think about important and meaningful life messages.
Make Magic! Do Good!
Poetry Picture Book
Candlewick Press, 2012, 978-0-7636-5746-8
Writers create their stories and poems for a number of reasons. For some they have a narrative in their head that they just have to get down on paper. Others see or experience something that they feel the need to describe. Sometimes writers create because they want to make their readers laugh or because they want to teach them about something. Then there are the writers who want to convey a message that they feel their readers need to hear.
This poetry book fits into the latter category. Dallas Clayton is a person who understands that we all need, at times, to be gently reminded of the things that really matter. For example, did you ever realize that it takes the same amount of effort to think about good things as it does to think about things that are bad? Which means that it takes the same amount of energy to make people sad or to make them happy. So do you want to be the kind of person who covers the walls of a building with angry thoughts about “who’s to blame,” or do you want to create and give away pictures that will make people happy instead.
In her poem Try! the author exhorts us to do all kinds of things like “ride in a helicopter,” “tame a whale,” or “race / up to outer space.” It is possible that we might fail in our attempts, but we should try anyway.
In another poem, one called Real Live Dragon, a narrator tells us about how he or she once found a dragon. The problem is that there are many people out there who just do not appreciate dragons. They want to lock them up, and problems arise when people get jealous and argue over who found the dragon first. The narrator realizes that the only way to keep the dragon would be to keep it hidden, and it does not make sense to do this. After all, what is the point of having something as ‘cool’ as a dragon if “there’s no one else / there to share it?”
This carefully created poetry collection offers readers a great deal to think about. Sometimes a poem needs to be read a few times to capture the full meaning therein, but as the words sink in and thoughts coalesce, readers will come to appreciate what the author is saying, and her words will stick with them as they go about their day.
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Electric Literature has published an essay I wrote about Robert Aickman, one of the greatest of the 20th century's short story writers:
Thirty-five years after his death, Robert Aickman is beginning to receive the attention he deserves as one of the great 20th century writers of short fiction. For the first time, new editions of his books are plentiful, making this a golden age for readers who appreciate the uniquely unsettling effect of his work.Continue reading at Electric Literature.
Unsettling is a key description for Aickman’s writing, not merely in the sense of creating anxiety, but in the sense of undoing what has been settled: his stories unsettle the ideas you bring to them about how fictional reality and consensus reality should fit together. The supernatural is never far from the surreal. He was drawn to ghost stories because they provided him with conventions for unmaking the conventional world, but he was about as much of a traditional ghost story writer as Salvador Dalí was a typical designer of pocket watches.
For more of me on Aickman, see this post about my favorite of his stories, "The Stains". Add a Comment
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It seems easier to figure out than real Halloween costumes.
I keep hoping the wildebeests will agree to dress up like book characters.
Like Baghead by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
A costume that doubles as a trick-or-treat bag!
Okay I'm mostly kidding.
The tiny guys are my way of getting ready for a virtual boo party
with Puddle Jump Collective.
Do you have any easy costume ideas to share?
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Pixie Piper lives in a house that looks like an acorn. Rhymes pop into her head unbidden. Things that used to feel cozy and fun, like her Mom's job planning fun events at the senior residence, or her father's job as caretaker for a toilet museum, have become embarrassing and awkward.
Then a series of odd things happen;
1. Her Mom tells her a secret about her family history.
2. She hurts her very best friend's feelings, because a classmate thinks they are a "couple".
3. She meets a most annoying fortune-teller
4. She finds a goose egg in the woods.
Now, Pixie Piper has an enemy, a secret, and worse, someone is trying to hurt her pet goose!
The Secret Destiny of Pixie Piper by Annabelle Fisher is a fun, fantastic read for kids in grades 4 and up.
I thought as long as the day is on its way, I'd offer you a link to my reading of a shivery scene in my book.
And maybe I'll have a go at reading the Samhain scene on to YouTube sometime this weekend, in honour of the festival.
Meanwhile, here's that link. Follow and enjoy!
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Poor Children. Day 28 of #Inktober2016.
Today's Inktober is a little different - an extra illustration for a current book project, a new edition of Frank L. Baum's The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus. This was a 'warm-up' drawing to get me in the groove and test nibs, so a little rough and ready, though often first drawings have an energy that re-draws somehow miss! Unfortunately, although there are several sections featuring children it doesn't quite fit with any specific passage in the book, so I've not submitted it to the publisher with the other cuts.
I can show it here though!
The book is in production as I write, more news on that to come.
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Here's some advice for selling your books at festivals and other events.
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From Bored Panda: 15+ of the Most Creative Halloween Costumes - I like Peter and his shadow best!
Via Nathan Bransford: A fantastic diagram that breaks down The Big Five US Trade Book Publishers and their imprints. WOW!
From Nine Kinds of Pie: How to Read Harold (and the Purple Crayon)
From The Federation of Children's Book Groups - and idea to celebrate NATIONAL NON-FICTION NOVEMBER 2016
Nathan Bransford is blogging again and shared some awesome links:
From shouldiworkforfree.com - a handy dandy hilarious diagram mapping whether you should work for free or not
From bookends (a literary agency): Never Will You Just Write
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