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Oreos with the Author

For years on school visits, I’ve often enjoyed lunch with small groups of students. Problem is, I never get to eat. These days I’ve tried to shift that to a shorter, very loose Q & A session (25 minutes). I usually explain it as “Cookies and Conversation.” Last week one librarian gave it a fresh twist. Nice! They come for the Oreos . . . and stay for the conversation.

 

Fight Evil: Read Books

The Year in Children’s Book Festivals

Believe me when I say this: I am grateful to be invited to participate in children’s book festivals, keenly aware that someday these opportunities will stop coming. Glad to get out there, meet readers, sign books. It’s an honor.

Here’s how the year in festivals is shaping up so far. I am always eager to link school visits with these festivals (hint, hint). Feel free to contact me for more information.

 

Kids Read: A Book Festival

April 13, Poughkeepsie, NY.

This is a brand new festival, some folks in the Poughkeepsie area trying to do good things for their community. The festival will be located at Our Lady of Lourdes HS. Happy to lend my support.

 

Hudson Children’s Book Festival

May 4, Hudson, NY.

This one has a special place in my heart, and is closest to my home. Always glad to be a part of it. Oh, and sweet poster by the sagacious Wendell Minor.

 

Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival

October 5, Chappaqua, NY.

They always guarantee beautiful weather. That’s how Chappaqua rolls! And every year somebody says, “Maybe Hillary Clinton will come.” She might!

Warwick Children’s Book Festival

October 12, Warwick, NY.

Sweet town, worth a visit if you’ve never been. There’s a place on the corner that makes the best egg sandwiches. I arrive an hour early just to grab one.

 

This Kid

Usually on school visits, there’s at least one student who is particularly vivid. A singular personality and a sharp mind. He arrived dressed as a detective, armed with a fine idea. 

He let me try them on and everything.

Second grade going on seventeen.

 

Cover Reveal: BLOOD MOUNTAIN (Coming October)

I wrote a wilderness survival thriller for middle-grade readers, grades 4-8, and I’m really proud of it. Can’t wait for this book to see the light of day. Think: Hatchet meets Misery . . . and there’s a dog. Siblings lost in the mountains.

Of course, this is a business that involves a lot of waiting. And then more waiting.

And then out of the indigo I get a jpeg of the final cover in an email from my editor, Liz — so I’m sharing it here with my best internet friends.

Illustration by Scott Altmann.