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16801. Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko

Legend of the Walking Dead: Igbo Mythologies by Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko

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16802. Glenn Allen Becker

Lucifer’s Realm: The Grand Deception by Glenn Allen Becker

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16803. TURNED Blog Hop ~ 3/20 – 4/1 = Free Books!

Romance at Random is having another blog hop, and you can win lots of awesome prizes!!  To get the party started, just keep reading!

The TURNED BLOG HOP officially begins March 20, 2014:

To celebrate Virna DePaul’s upcoming release of TURNED, (4/1/2014) we’re hopping and giving away free books — see the great prizes below! Make sure to visit each site to increase your chances to win!

Prizes (must be 18 or older with a US mailing address to participate):

  • 10 Preview copy winners of TURNED by Virna DePaul
  • 5 Preview Copy winners of WANTED by J Kenner
  • 2 Preview eBook copy winners of A Vampire’s Salvation by Virna DePaul
  • 2 Preview eBook copy winners of Arrested by Love by Virna DePaul
  • Grand Prize of $20 Gift Certificate to eRetailer of choice!!

    Enter to win here – Good Luck! — thanks for blogging with us!

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    16804. Maggie Campaign Soars Over the Moon! Now Let’s Reach for the Stars!

    THANK YOU! Because of your great response, we surpassed our first funding goal in only 19 days! Acclaimed audiobook narrator Tavia Gilbert will perform Maggie Vaults Over the Moon by Grant Overstake. Her talented performance will lift this inspiring story … Continue reading

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    16805. Sewing and Writing, Ripping Out the Seams

    Giving credit to Teresa Coltrin for her interesting comparison of sewing and the revision process. This Journaling Woman's four examples in  Ripping Out the Seams  helped me revisit some problem areas of my own.

    It so works for me.

    And how I love her Mark Twain quote!
    “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is … the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” —Mark Twain

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    16806. Wendell Minor At Seven Imps

    Connecticut author/illustrator Wendell Minor was featured at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast earlier this week. And an exhibit of his work continues at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts until May 26.

    My favorite quote from the Seven Imps' interview: "The most important thing that teaching has taught me is that it’s one thing to know your craft, but a very different thing to be able to enlighten and instruct others as to how to learn their own craft."

    I heard Wendell Minor speak many years ago when he appeared at the Connecticut Children's Book Fair with Jean Craighead George

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    16807. Vanya White

    The City Gyms: When Passion and Jealousy Collide . . . Anything Goes, Book One by Vanya White

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    16808. Compelling Faces in Art - Ludwig Michalek, Beethoven.



    We all know the emotion Beethoven displayed in his music, the fiery intensity. It was unheard of in his day. 

    We also know the comparison between him and Mozart in regards to composition. Mozart was able to get on a train, a few hours later get off with a whole opera composed in his head. For Beethoven every phrase, every note, was like pulling teeth, a mess of erasures and scribbles on a piece of paper that a copyist would later have to decipher. 

    He once said, “Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.” The DMZ. No Man’s Land. The geography of dreams; exiled from Creation, yet also exiled from destruction. Yes, I can see it in the face of Ludwig Michalek’s etching. The rich inner life; beauty, drama, melancholy, depression, and a feeling of being unique. 

    Haruki Murakami asks in Sputnik Sweetheart, “Millions of people in this world, all of them yearning, looking to others to satisfy them, yet isolating themselves. Why?” Beethoven might answer: I will fill their souls with an agreeable surprise, gratify their curiosity, and give them ideas of which was not before possessed. My devils will be their angels. 

    I can hear the words of Samuel Taylor Coleridge when I look at this etching: “Could I revive within me / Her symphony and song, / To such a deep delight 'twould win me, / That with music loud and long, / I would build that dome in air, / That sunny dome! those caves of ice! / And all who heard should see them there, / And all should cry, Beware! Beware! / His flashing eyes, his floating hair!”

    Beethoven gives us a chance to experience this beauty and power on a direct feeling level.

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    16809. Tea With Grandpa - Kirkus Star Review

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    A young girl and her grandpa do not let distance keep them from their daily commitment to have tea together.
    Bespectacled Grandpa meets up with his curly-haired granddaughter “[e]very day at half past three” to spend time with each other. Tea is poured, stories are told, songs are sung, and much laughter is shared. Observant readers will notice the girl’s pet cat and Grandpa’s pup cavorting as the gentle vignettes go back and forth between the two characters. Pastel-hued illustrations in what look like watercolor with details drawn using fine black lines have a cheerful cartoon style. Each spread presents one page with a simple line or two of gently rhyming text opposite a vignette of either Grandpa or the little girl. Even though the background colors subtly change from green for the girl’s scenes to pale blue for the grandfather’s, few will predict the unexpected ending that increases this title’s charm and timeliness. When Grandpa says, “I’d like some muffin,” his granddaughter tells him he is “[t]oo far away.” But on the following page, they almostclink their cups together against a pink, heart-shaped background and say their goodbyes face to face…through the computer.
    The welcome modern twist to Saltzberg’s intergenerational story is sweetly affirming for today’s far-flung families. (Picture book. 3-6)

    Watch the Tea With Grandpa Book Trailer 


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    16810. TEA WITH GRANDPA GIVEAWAY



    So excited to share TEA WITH GRANDPA with you releasing April 15th. Don't forget to enter the cool Giveaway on  Facebook or GoodReads.

    Spending time with Grandpa is always fun. Singing, laughing, eating, and playing. And when it's time to say goodbye, It won't be for long because He's never too far away to have tea. In this sweetly simple, rhyming picture book by acclaimed author/artist Barney Saltzberg, a little girl tells us about her daily tea ritual with her grandfather where they sing and laugh and clink their teacups with the help of their computers and a video chat.

    "Mischievous pet antics add a dash of fun, but the focus is on the sweet bond between these two family members separated by distance." —Publishers Weekly

    Facebook Giveaway: Facebook.com/doodlesandnoodles

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    by Barney Saltzberg

    Giveaway ends May 10, 2014.
    See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
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    16811. Compelling Faces in Art - Gian Giacomo Caprotti, Head of Christ.



    Head of Christ is the only painting signed by Gian Giacomo Caprotti, but it is believed by some to be a da Vinci and there is speculation that Caprotti was the model. 

    Caprotti (known as Salaì) was born in 1480 as son of Pietro di Giovanni, a tenant of Leonardo’s vineyard near the Porta Vercellina, Milan, and joined Leonardo’s household at the age of ten as an assistant. He has been described as “a graceful and beautiful youth with curly hair, in which Leonardo greatly delighted”. Although Leonardo described him as “a liar, a thief, stubborn and a glutton” and he stole from Leonardo on at least five occasions, he kept him in his household for more than 25 years, in which he trained as an artist. 

    A number of drawings among the works of Leonardo and his pupils make reference to Salai’s sexuality. It has been suggested, as early as the 16th century, that there was a sexually intimate relationship between Leonardo and Salai, but this cannot be known for certain. 

    A group of Italian researchers has claimed that Salaì was the model for the Mona Lisa, noting the similarity in some of the facial features, particularly the nose and mouth, to those in which Salai is thought to have been the model. These claims have been disputed by the Louvre.

    This image is a detail of the painting. I chose it, because it is here where we can get a glimpse of the “Little Devil,” as da Vinci was known to refer to him. I can see how the purpose of his lies are to escape punishment, or work, or responsibility, and are most likely used for profit.

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    16812. Fan Mail Wednesday #177: Second-Grader Turns Into Reading Monster

    Okay, gather round, people, nice and tight. Here’s one from a proud mother in Indiana . . .

    Mr Preller,

    Oh boy, you have created a Monster at my home!

    My 2nd grader 8 yr old is hooked and In love with Scary Tales.  I found Home Sweet Horror, and she begged to stay up late to finish it.  Seeing this enthusiasm I was able to reserve I Scream, You Scream.  This was history in one afternoon/night.   Together we read the peak into Good Night, Zombie.    Oh NOoooooo, We can not find it anywhere!!   What is wrong with these libraries???   Ha ha, I’m just saying Thank you for a truly appropriate scary tale for kids.  Natalie loves bugs, frogs, rides and gross scary things…she now loves you :)

    Thank you again,

    Christina S

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    I replied:
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    Christina,

    Thank you for that kind letter. The Irish call it “flowers for the living,” that you don’t have to wait for someone to die before saying nice things to or about him. I’m saying that I appreciate this did not come in the form of a eulogy.

    I’m glad that Natalie has enjoyed the Scary Tales books so far. I have already completed #4 (Nightmareland) and #5 (The One-Eyed Doll), which will come out this June and October, I think.

    It’s funny. I have two boys and a girl. The boys never cared from scary anything, but my daughter, Maggie, can’t get enough. She loves that stomach-churning, heart-pounding sensation. Maggie is the one who first told me about the urban myth of “Bloody Mary,” which I used in Home Sweet Horror.

    My best to Natalie!

    JP

    P.S. The art is by Iacopo Bruno from the upcoming title, Nightmareland.


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    16813. NoVa Teen festival, Gilded Winner and other news...

    Hi everyone! Sorry for being out of the loop for awhile. I caught a terrible cold that apparently didn't want to leave me. Ever cough so bad you bruise your ribs? Yeah, this is not fun. It hurt so much that it even hurt to eat! I find that unforgivable! But in any case, I'm on the mend and can actually focus on things like writing a blog post - which takes more brain power than I have had these days!

    All right, first things first! The winner of my Gilded contest is Patrice Caldwell! Congrats Patrice!

    Secondly, wanted to post up some pics of my fabulous time at NoVa Teen Festival.

    The day before the festival, Jessica Spotswood, Lamar Giles and I had an event at a local high school. It was a lot of fun, plus I got to hang out with Jess (who is always wonderful to be with) and meet Lamar in person for the first time! Lamar and I have the same brilliant editor, Phoebe Yeh, for our first books, and we've been talking online for years now! Lamar is just as great in person as he is online! Plus, don't miss his new fantastic book Fake ID!!

    Lamar and I got to be on the first panel of the festival (about Identity) with Sarah Guillory, Diana Peterfruend and Meg Medina. This was a fantastic panel and we had a great discussion and I would love to do this again real soon!

    I have to take a moment to say that meeting Meg Medina was like meeting a long lost friend! Meg is the winner of the 2014 Pura Belpré Award for her excellent book Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass! I have wanted to read this book for a long time and I now have a signed copy to cherish for myself! Meg is also a huge supporter of diversity and so like minds started rocketing through all the things we should, could, and would do to keep diversity on everybody's minds.

     
     Next up was my Breakout Panel with my dear friend Marie Lu, who I adore and who you all know I'm a big big fan of! There's something very comforting about having a discussion with someone you really love and admire a lot. It makes for a great and stimulating discussion. Plus, it helps when you have a huge crowd of eager fans (mostly Marie's) with lots of smart questions.

    And then it was time for the signing!
    Here I am with Lamar, Sarah and Meg at the signing part of the day! I was grateful and so appreciative of everyone who came and bought Prophecy and/or Warrior! It was exciting to have such a great turnout! In fact, I underestimated and didn't bring enough SWAG, which I was sorry about, but what a great problem to have!
     

     I met some really lovely teen readers who were super sweet and smart and I just wanted to hug them all!

    I got to see another teen reader who, btw, is going to be a big author one day in the near future! She's got the drive, the determination and some amazing story ideas! I got a good feeling about her.

    Ok, last picture and an important one! Because this is with Danielle Ellison who is not only an author and an editor (for Spencer Hill Press) and a bookseller and YA event coordinator, wow, right?, but she came up with the whole NoVa Teen festival idea! Along with Nico Piro, Arlington YA librarian extraordinare, and Lelia Nebeker, YA book buyer at One More Page, these 3 amazing women put together one of the best events I've ever attended. I have so much respect for them. Even Marie Lu, who has been too many many events, couldn't get over how great the festival was for a first time event! There were tons of teens and authors and volunteers and books!! So to Danielle, Nico and Lelia, and all the wonderful volunteers that helped make Nova Teen festival happen, thank you very much. It was truly a splendid event.

    I think there was one more thing I was supposed to blog about but my cold medicine has worn off and my brain has turned to goo. So here's me signing out for now!

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    16814. ABC’s of Discipline

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    I picked up something somewhere about parenting that really works. I wish I could credit the concept to whomever created it. If I understand correctly, think of it as something like the ABC’s of Discipline. A-is the Antecedent or the precursor to B- a child’s Behavior (acting out) which leads to a parent doling out the C-Consequence.

    Parents become reactionary and often jump straight to C, because they don’t identify the Antecedent, and only see the Behavior. I’m not sure that’s effective. What works for me and my son, Miles, is to nip things in the bud when he starts to misbehave in a consistent way, so he always knows what to expect.

    What works for me and Miles is if he starts to misbehave, I recognize it and let him know he’s in “A-mode.” He can then choose if he wants to continue to act on his Behavior which always leads to Consequences, because he understands how the ABC’s works. Rarely does Miles ever get to C-mode since I’ve deployed the strategy. On the rare occasion that Miles gets himself in “B-mode” and continues to act on his behavior; I very clearly look him in the eyes and say, “Would you like to go to C-now?” That question always backs him right up to A-mode, and the behavior ends.
    (He’s no dummy. Consequences are never fun!) I think the whole thing works because a child has real control over what he wants to do next. Miles always wants to roll back to A-because don’t we all wish for a “do-over” sometimes?

    Thanks for the ear,

    Tonia Allen Gould


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    16815. Kingsley C. Njoku

    Beliefs As the Secret of Success: Change Your Old Beliefs and Succeed by Kingsley C. Njoku

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    16816. Tell Your Stories class starts on FRIDAY

    I’ve been busy compiling the first lessons for the new storytelling and intuition class. We’re going to have a nice group. I’m very excited. It’s been awhile since I have been able to create a new class for the curriculum of Fairy and Empath Online School.  For that little peek, lessons will include these fun sections:

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    a movie lesson of the week

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    Options to choose from for your homework

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    Written lesson and fun exercises

    And….

    lots more. Want to join us for this intriguing class so you can reach your intuition/soul by letting it tell its story?

    SIGN UP OVER HERE. Class starts on Friday.


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    16817. Doris Eshun

    A Journey of Hope: A short story by Doris Eshun

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    16818. A Movie That's Good

    A movie that’s good pulls us out of ourselves;
    For two or three hours, we’re set.
    Away from our worries, our problems, our woes,
    We’re able to block and forget.

    The story and scenery serve to transport
    As we sink into life on the screen.
    Reality fades and our cell phones are off,
    So nobody can intervene.

    The characters’ lives, like a magnet, can pull
    And we’re helplessly drawn to their world,
    Where a range of emotions, so often kept tight,
    May, in close-up, be boldly unfurled.

    At the end of the film, when the credits scroll by
    And the lights in the theater come on,
    We must gather our things and return to our lives,
    Kind of sad that our respite is gone.

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    16819. Strong Characters

    What's the best way to create strong, believable characters? 

    http://www.yavengers.com/2014/02/the-trick-gods-tricks-to-introducing.html

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    16820. Getting Away

    One of the things I need most as a writer is a routine. For me that’s not as much about what time of day I write, that varies, but about where I write. When I sit at my ergonomically gorgeous desk and writing set up I write because it is the place of writing.

    Unlike many other writers I don’t have a specific moment that signals writing will commence. I don’t drink coffee so that’s not how I start my day. Some days I write for a bit before breakfast. Some days not till after brekkie, going to the gym, and doing various chores. I do have a broad time for writing: daylight. I almost never write at night. When the sun is down I take a break from writing. That’s when I get to socialise and to absorb other people’s narratives via conversation, TV, books etc.

    I have found, however, that I can’t write every single day. I need at least one day off a week. And I can’t go months and months and months without a holiday from writing.

    Getting away from my ergonomic set up and the various novels I’m writing turns out to be as important to me as my writing routine. Time off helps my brain. Who’d have thunk it? Um, other than pretty much everyone ever.

    I spent the last few days in the Blue Mountains. Me and Scott finally managed to walk all the way to the Ruined Castle. We saw loads of gorgeous wildlife, especially lyrebirds. There was no one on the path but us. Oh and this freaking HUGE goanna (lace monitor). I swear it was getting on for 2 metres from end of tail to tongue:

    Photo taken by me from the rock I leapt on to get out of its way.

    Photo taken by me from the rock I jumped on to get out of its way.

    This particular lace monitor was in quite a hurry. Given that they have mouths full of bacteria (they eat carrion) and they’re possibly venomous getting out of its way is imperative. It seemed completely oblivious of me and Scott. Which, was a very good thing.

    Watching it motor past us was amazing. All the while the bellbirds sang. Right then I wasn’t thinking about anything but that goanna.

    Which is why getting away is so important. Clears your mind. Helps your muscles unknot.1 Lets you realise that finishing your novel is not, in fact, a matter of life and death.

    At the same time two days into the little mini-holiday I realised what the novel I’m writing is missing. The answer popped into my brain as I tromped along the forest floor past tree ferns and gum trees breathing in the clean, clean air, listening to those unmistakeable Blue Mountain sounds2:

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    And it was good. Really good.

    TL:DR: Writing routine good; getting away from writing routine also good.

    1. After their relieved that the goanna has gone away.
    2. Did I mention the bellbirds? I love them

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    16821. I'm part of Sketchables!

    I always thought blog collectives were pretty cool. I belong to a few of them and rarely take part.
    The incongruence of those two beliefs made me hesitate when The Sketchables asked me to join their rebooted effort of blogging sketches.
    My worry was that I wouldn't keep up.
    I tend to get very busy with deadlines and school visits and new projects.

    This spread from my sketchbook was drawn
    at the NY Public Library's fantastic exhibit, 
    The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter.

    But I knew it'd be good to get into the habit of posting my art online regularly. I have probably 500 full sketchbooks at my house. Some of that work is worth sharing.
    So I said yes.

    Here's my latest Sketchables post. It shows a page of first draft art for my next Ellie McDoodle book.

    Check out the Sketchables blog. See cool, fun sketches by
    Priscilla Burris,
    Heather Powers,
    Nina Crittenden,
    Joy Steuerwald,
    Steve Bjorkman,
    and me.

    And, if you're inspired, get sketching!

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    16822. ABC’s of Discipline

    20140319-162236.jpg

    I picked up something somewhere about parenting that really works. I wish I could credit the concept to whomever created it. If I understand correctly, think of it as something like the ABC’s of Discipline. A-is the Antecedent or the precursor to B- a child’s Behavior (acting out) which leads to a parent doling out the C-Consequence.

    Parents become reactionary and often jump straight to C, because they don’t identify the Antecedent, and only see the Behavior. I’m not sure that’s effective. What works for me and my son, Miles, is to nip things in the bud when he starts to misbehave in a consistent way, so he always knows what to expect.

    What works for me and Miles is if he starts to misbehave, I recognize it and let him know he’s in “A-mode.” He can then choose if he wants to continue to act on his Behavior which always leads to Consequences, because he understands how the ABC’s works. Rarely does Miles ever get to C-mode since I’ve deployed the strategy. On the rare occasion that Miles gets himself in “B-mode” and continues to act on his behavior; I very clearly look him in the eyes and say, “Would like to go to C-now?” Which backs him right up to A-mode, and the behavior ends.
    (He’s no dummy. Consequences are never fun!) I think the whole thing works because a child has real control over what he wants to do next. Miles always wants roll back to A-because don’t we all wish for a “do-over” sometimes?

    Thanks for the ear,

    Tonia Allen Gould


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    16823.

    "Thrilling and compelling" Be the Star you Are Teen Review of Unwind by NealShusterman http://buff.ly/PBv8FB #YAlit #bookreview

    from Google+ RSS http://ift.tt/1lP3wH0

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    16824. All This Could End on the longlist for the 2014 Inky Awards!

    I am terribly excited about All This Could End making the longlist for the 2014 Gold Inky award, especially alongside such splendid writers (shamefully I've only read 4 out of 10 of these, including the one I wrote. So clearly I have some reading to do). The Inky Awards are for young adult novels, and they're judged by young adults, so obviously I think they're the best thing ever.

    If you're 12-20 and in Australia you can apply to be an Inky's judge. I was a judge in 2009 and it was the most exciting thing ever (I got to go to an awards ceremony and everything. I don't know what happened to that pale pink outfit of mine. I probably gave the dress to my sister). This was during my era of 'I have to have my photo taken with everyone and then put it on the internet'.

    I've never been on a longlist before. It's all very novel to me. (To be honest I am probably more excited about a longlisting than people get about winning awards. I'm an excitable person. Do you think I've used the word 'excited' enough yet? Exciting, excited, excitable. Maybe I should start using 'thrilled'.)

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    16825. My favorite page in A BIRD ON WATER STREET


    You'll find this page in the back of A BIRD ON WATER STREET. It tells you about how environmentally responsible the publishing process was for the book. See, my publisher, Little Pickle Press is a Certified B Corp (from the website):

    Striving to be the change it seeks, Little Pickle Press has proudly become a B Corporation.
          B Corps are certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.
          Today, there is a growing community of more than 600 Certified B Corps from 15 countries and 60 industries working together toward one unifying goal: to redefine success in business.
          We are thrilled to announce that for the second year in a row, Little Pickle Press has been named among the “Best for the World” B Corporations. The second annual “Best for the World” list recognized 66 companies across 20 countries and 25 industries, and we are honored to share this distinction with other dynamic, socially-responsible companies.
    A BIRD ON WATER STREET takes place in the Copper Basin area around and in Copperhill, Tennessee - an area environmentally devastated by a century of poor copper mining practices. Back in the 1800s miners cut down every tree in site to fuel the smelting heaps, which ran 24/7. The sulfuric dioxide that billowed out of those heaps created acid rain, which killed off everything else. There were no bugs, no birds, no trees for 50-square-miles.
         Reclamation efforts began with the CCC and continue to this day, and my book centers strongly on the hopes of thirteen-year-old Jack who wants to see the land returned to its previous glory.
         So, as you can imagine, it was very important to me that my book be printed using environmentally responsible practices such as recycled paper and soy ink. And that's exactly what Little Pickle Press did, and does. They're a publisher for the future. And I am extremely proud to be a pickle!

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