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Girl Meets Squash: Pat Zietlow Miller Interview

I’m feeling very prescient. When I created this blog, I pictured it as a place to explore all kinds of literary friendship, but most especially those of the inter-species variety. While I did not specifically envision it as a place … Continue reading

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UMP cover reveal

Do you know what’s fun? Watching video of baby elephants learning to walk? Yes. Searching for the missing library copy of Eleanor and Park? Not so much. (You’re good at this.) Getting to share the cover of your 4/1/14 middle-grade … Continue reading

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Happy International Friendship Day!

This holiday snuck up on me. I didn’t get you ANYTHING. I am so sorry. I hear it’s a big holiday in Paraguay. A tiny bit less so in New Jersey. I think I shall celebrate by going to the … Continue reading

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Celebrating Chick-O-Saurus Rex with Lenore Appelhans and Daniel Jennewein

I hope that when you think BUFFALO, you think Daniel Jennewein. I made his acquaintance when he illustrated his first book, Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? I also had the chance to meet his lovely writer wife, Lenore Appelhans, … Continue reading

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Prepare Thyselves for Cuteness Overload

Oh, blog readers. I try not to overwhelm. I seek to space out the cuteness over a period of days. But it just didn’t work this time, and so you must brace thyselves for a one-two punch. First up, the … Continue reading

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Celebrating Interspecies Friendships

I started this blog shortly after selling Bogart and Vinnie: A Completely Made-Up Story of True Friendship. Tricia Lawrence, associate agent at Erin Murphy Literary Agency and something of a social media guru, helped me come up with the theme: … Continue reading

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Infinity and Summer (and Curvy Spines)

There are two weeks of school left for the Vernick kids, and summer starts just on the other side. Each year, that first week after school ends—that delicious week of no alarm clocks and lazy mornings—summer feels infinite. Also of … Continue reading

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Malfunctioning Monsters: Tara Lazar Interview

You can feel the excitement, can’t you? It’s finally happening! Tomorrow! Tara Lazar’s The Monstore, illustrated by James Burks, finally hits shelves tomorrow! And Tara was kind enough to stop by for a quick chat about defective monsters, the power … Continue reading

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So?

Okay, the last time I blogged here it was January. So? That so? reminds me of all the retorts of my childhood. While we neighborhood kids mostly played together, drew with chalk, played Red Light, Green Light 1-2-3 and Giant … Continue reading

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First Drafts and Winter

2013: My Year of Less Dysfunction It occurred to me a few years ago that if I detest winter, and I DO, that means I’m detesting a quarter of my life. Just like a pig parade, that’s a terrible idea. … Continue reading

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