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Updated: 2017-10-27T13:21:08.899-07:00

 



The explanation for the tidy bangs is my mom using...

2017-10-27T13:21:08.899-07:00

The explanation for the tidy bangs is my mom using a piece of scotch tape to cut them! (I remember that SO CLEARLY, sheesh.) I'm pretty sure I did not associate my own hair with Ramona's, though. I felt like the diametrical opposite of Ramona in just about every way! And, yeah, Fudge was another piece of work. My 4th grade teacher read those aloud to us--probably as cautionary tales...



Did you realize, at that age, that you had similar...

2017-10-27T13:14:28.026-07:00

Did you realize, at that age, that you had similar hair? (Yours having seen a brush much more often, and with nothing sticky in it, nor did you cut your own fringe.) That's an adorable little picture - if your face ever gets fat again, you'll look just like that (sans Dorothy Hamill bob).

I remember Ramona for the SELFSAME reason that you do - she was like an untamed streak of lightning - just horrifying. And the books about the little boy were even worse. WHAT WAS UP WITH FUDGE EATING THAT TURTLE!?!?!? Years later, I am STILL shook.



Hi, Linda, thanks for asking, and for being a fan....

2017-10-08T17:37:05.714-07:00

Hi, Linda, thanks for asking, and for being a fan. (I'm a fan of your work with middle school kids, too.)

1) I'm thinking hard, but I'm not sure VA specifically appears in the novel since it's set in an alternate fairy tale Poland. :) However, as I mentioned, I do think some of the antics of the pigs were inspired by Shakespeare's "rude mechanicals" which I have seen brought to life many times on Staunton's Blackfriars' stage. (They host amazing teachers workshops there all year and a full week of camp for adults---you should go!)

2) I'm trying. I really, really want to marry my love of writing poetry with my love of writing novels, but it's harder than it appears. I can get several poems out, and then they refuse to behave in a narrative manner---i.e. provide me with a plot. I'll keep at it.

3) Yes! I'd love to see you at a workshop. I'm doing a mini one at William and Mary along with Cece Bell and Kathy Erskine but I think it's sold out. I confess that I'm shy about my ability to directly teach people anything practical about writing. Creating a novel still seems like a mystery to my own self in so many ways. I do love talking about writing in a small group (like my online critique group) and brainstorming solutions. Maybe that counts?



OK, I"m a fan and a middle school librarian ....

2017-10-08T16:13:12.888-07:00

OK, I"m a fan and a middle school librarian .... so I cannot wait to get my hands on this book. Here are my questions.
1. I live in VA and am familiar with Staunton. Are there any bits specific to VA I can expect to find in Wolf Hour? I would be so delighted!
2. I'm a fan of your verse....I hope you have a verse novel in the works? Please say yes.
3. I write on the side....if you ever give a workshop, I want in!
Best of luck to you, Sara. I'm so happy to see this spine-tingler coming out into our world at Halloween time.



This one sounds lovely! I will definitely be check...

2017-09-20T10:09:20.201-07:00

This one sounds lovely! I will definitely be checking out her books next time in the mood for some MG. :)



@Sarah: Man, this is a reread needed for me, too!

2017-08-28T11:08:38.115-07:00

@Sarah: Man, this is a reread needed for me, too!



I missed this one over the summer when things were...

2017-08-28T10:07:58.466-07:00

I missed this one over the summer when things were crazed, but I'm so glad I went back and read it. Still just as relevant and necessary. Love Kwame's words and his poem...



Awesome list! I've read a few of them (Airborn...

2017-08-25T00:10:22.952-07:00

Awesome list! I've read a few of them (Airborne is a favourite of mine!), but you make them all sound so appealing. Think I might start with the wicked cool overlooked sci-fi!



We did!! Ran into surprisingly little traffic on t...

2017-08-21T20:58:52.113-07:00

We did!! Ran into surprisingly little traffic on the way in, stayed in Grants Pass "overnight" and got up fiendishly early to drive to the totality zone. We ended up finding a pretty good side street to park on (along with several dozen of our new best friends). It was amazing! Then we jetted out of there shortly after totality. :D



What a fun idea! Hope you got to see something.

2017-08-21T10:33:21.413-07:00

What a fun idea! Hope you got to see something.



@Kim: I KNOW! There have been books with which I&#...

2017-08-11T11:03:07.598-07:00

@Kim: I KNOW! There have been books with which I've been bored to sleep by their depiction of generations of family sagas, but this -- is a truly gifted writer writing an incredible book, and I'm so thrilled it's being critically acclaimed. I just want to get it into the hands of readers - who cares about the stars, really. I think people will cherish it, and though it is not a "cheery" book, the solid hope in it it will cheer them right up.



Gorgeous cover! Normally multi-generational sagas ...

2017-08-11T09:56:32.282-07:00

Gorgeous cover! Normally multi-generational sagas make me walk very quickly in the opposite direction, but you make this book sound so wonderful. And I love the idea of getting such an intimate look into a culture different from my own. Plus, I come from a pretty close family myself, with lots of sisters and aunts, so I think I'll find lots to relate to. Thanks for the review.



Agreed--I'd happily read more books featuring ...

2017-07-18T20:18:48.586-07:00

Agreed--I'd happily read more books featuring these two. I've never been a "cop drama" sort of person, but there are a few exceptions--it seems like I can still watch the occasional BBC police drama or, as you mentioned, historical or fantastical ones. Maybe I should think about something like that for my next endeavor after I leave New Harmony (in about a thousand years, judging by how long it's taken me to write book 1)...



@Sarah: B&G mysteries are some of my FAVORITES...

2017-07-18T15:57:44.929-07:00

@Sarah: B&G mysteries are some of my FAVORITES. I'm a bit upset the trilogy is probably all we'll get from Marillier in this world -- I LOVE mysteries and detectives in different times/spaces; it's so much easier to love them and find what they do ...correct. I can read police procedurals from the Victorian era or ones involving, say, werewolves, but it is definitely no longer an unalloyed pleasure to read about policemen for me, especially in the last five years. Which makes me deeply sad.

SO, here's to more imaginary detectives and people punishing wrongdoers, with a splash of the paranormal as well!



@Sarah Stevenson: It IS fun. I was disappointed th...

2017-06-20T19:35:54.547-07:00

@Sarah Stevenson: It IS fun. I was disappointed that Kirkus (eye roll) said it was same-old MG -- hello, do kids not LOVE familiarity? It starts off like a song you know, and introduces fresh harmonies. It has staying power BECAUSE of that familiar beginning, and readers are going to be seriously hooked.



This sounds SO FUN. I'm glad you reviewed it! ...

2017-06-20T16:07:49.910-07:00

This sounds SO FUN. I'm glad you reviewed it! I'll definitely be looking for it now. :) Did you know there's also a sequel to Greenglass House? I foresee some fun MG reads in my future...



I agree with you--I generally read very few sports...

2017-06-15T21:46:43.969-07:00

I agree with you--I generally read very few sports-based books (I've read a few Chris Crutcher...there was some sports in the latest Ellen Hopkins...but that's about it.). But this one was not just a fun glimpse into the sport but it was really about learning to be who you are and how that can change your friendships--and also about falling down and getting back up again in general! :)



I wouldn't have thought I'd like sports-ba...

2017-06-15T20:03:04.025-07:00

I wouldn't have thought I'd like sports-based stories, since I was never into team sports of any kind, but I've read several manga that focus on a team struggling to make it to whatever championship, and there's so much scope for conflict and character development that I end up loving them even though I could care less about basketball (or whatever). I would say roller derby is pretty low on my list of sports I'm even remotely interested in, but I think I'm going to have to try this graphic novel.



This one sounds wonderful! It's been getting s...

2017-06-09T12:55:01.551-07:00

This one sounds wonderful! It's been getting some REALLY good buzz, too, which makes me happy.



@Sarah Stevenson: I remember regretting missing he...

2017-06-05T20:20:09.570-07:00

@Sarah Stevenson: I remember regretting missing her FIRST book at KidLitCon, and that was what made me reach for this one. I'm grateful that she writes things that I have trouble articulating, and I feel like I can take her example and bravely examine a few more things from the perspective of a person of color - without apology. Assertively being oneself emboldens both readers and writers!

And yes: Portland. I wanted to love it, but kind of felt more than a little out of place there. And now the recent stuff going on in the PNW makes me... just as glad that I don't live there. Which is sad.



Just finished reading this one today. It was so be...

2017-06-05T19:04:34.031-07:00

Just finished reading this one today. It was so beautifully written--I totally agree with you on how deftly Watson brings in serious, contemporary race issues and yet the story overall is so very hopeful and inspirational. The message about assertively being YOURSELF, about the ability of art and creativity to save us...and being willing to fight for the things that are of value to us, whether they're friendships or our future dreams. Thanks for sharing your take on it. (I just have to say: Portland--I love that city, but every time I go there I think "this sure is a heck of a lot of white people.")



:D I forgot to add that there is also a Super Thes...

2017-05-25T15:26:04.063-07:00

:D I forgot to add that there is also a Super Thesaurus and several books on writing in the frequently used area...



Love that the Welsh Dictionary is a frequently use...

2017-05-25T14:00:40.694-07:00

Love that the Welsh Dictionary is a frequently used item!



I just finally read this one and really enjoyed it...

2017-05-22T16:26:05.097-07:00

I just finally read this one and really enjoyed it! I liked it more than her time travel one. I look forward to book 2 already--there were some dangling threads left that I'm very interested in seeing resolved...



This sounds like an interesting, if sad, story. I&...

2017-05-22T16:21:34.421-07:00

This sounds like an interesting, if sad, story. I've been meaning to go back and re-read the Anne books myself. They weren't absolute childhood favorites, but I did enjoy them.