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The Fault In Our Stars and Ruby Lhianna Smith

John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars deserves every bit of the praise and attention it’s received since its publication. If I’d found this book as a teenager I would have seen myself and hugged it close, even though I’ve … Continue reading

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Idea Spillover

This is my room in the American Academy in Rome, where I was a visiting artist too many years ago to be right. I could only afford a little studio room with a shared bathroom across the hall. Vic joined … Continue reading

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Forest Walk

Forest Walk by Kristine O’Connell George I’m practicing my I-belong-here no-twig-snap no-leaf-rustle no-branch-crack see-all, know-all float-like-fog like-smoke pine-needle-soft forest walk. No one will know I’m coming. No one will know when I’m gone. I found this lovely poem on the … Continue reading

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Balloons Over Broadway

In a swell convergence of upcoming news and recent interest, I bring you author-illustrator Melissa Sweet and her latest picture book, Balloons Over Broadway. (The link to the book goes to the excellent blog The Classroom Bookshelf, where every Monday a … Continue reading

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How Creativity Works

“The act of feeling frustrated is an essential part of the creative process. Before we can find the answer, before we can even know the question we must be immersed in disappointment, convinced that a solution is beyond our reach.” … Continue reading

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Second Fiddle and Count Down

I have recently read two middle grade books that involve military families, crossroads in history and engaging girls in the process of discovering their place in the world. Second Fiddle by Rosanne Parry takes place in Berlin just after the … Continue reading

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The Apothecary – book review

If you are looking for a book to give a young reader  this holiday season that combines a ripping story, great characters and emotional heft, I recommend The Apothecary by Maile Meloy. A middle grade novel, it can be read by … Continue reading

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