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Near the yule holidays The New York Times invited me to participate in their Room for Debate forum on “The Books That Authors Love to Give and Receive.” My post, “Here’s to Pippi Longstocking,” appeared on December 21 in the good company of Jay Parini, Jane Smiley, John McWhorter, Billy Collins, Francine Prose, Maggie Stiefvater, and Nicholas Carr. Some days it’s really fun to be me.
MY OWN INDIE FILM!
Sue Bartoletti asked me to make an electronic visit her new online class at Penn State this semester to talk about “The Muse & the Marketplace.” That inspired me to make this new video , with thanks to ECSU media services for their support.
The Hole in the Wall is now available in paperback. This is my first “real” paperback book, not counting foreign translations or those fiendish print-on-demand copies. Woo-hoo!
BACK IN PRINT
On September 1, Scholastic reissued my 2004 Dear America novel, I Walk in Dread: The Diary of Deliverance Trembley, Witness to the Salem Witch Trials, Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1691. I’m very excited to be part of the next generation of this popular series of historical fiction, and I love the new cover–especially because it has my name on it! The first editions didn’t include the authors’ names on the covers to foster the illusion that the books were actual rather than fictional diaries.
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In March Booklist named The Hole in the Wall to their Top 10 Books on the Environment for Youth: 2011. Booklist gave the book a positive review:
Everything has changed for Sebby, 11, and his twin, Barbara, as they struggle with their furious, depressed, unemployed dad and with the serious physical damage to their chicken farm. Strip mining has turned the surrounding landscape into an “ashtray,” the family’s chickens disappear, and there are no fish in the brook. Wealthy local astrophysicist Stanley Odum has bought up lots of land in the area. What is he planning to do with it? After Sebby stumbles into a mysteriously green glen and a surrounding network of tunnels that allow him and Barbara to spy on mining officials and their goons, the plot twists and turns from one surprising discovery to another, and the technical details are sometimes difficult even for Sebby to follow. More than the science-fiction elements, it’s the urgent details of conservation that will pull readers, and when the issues reach right to Sebby’s home, the questions increase. His older brother has gone missing: Is he a prisoner or in secret quarantine? How is the kids’ dad involved? Winner of the Milkweed Prize for Children’s Literature, this title will capture young environmentalists. — Hazel Rochman
In December 2010 I was flattered to be invited by the New York Times to write a guest post in their Room for Debate on the topic of “The Dark Side in Young Adult Fiction.”
Back in October 2010 Finishing Line Press attended to every detail to make my first chapbook of poetry look beautiful. Click on the image below for more about the book. And click on this link to hear my October, 2010 reading from both Hitching to Istanbul and The Hole in the Wall.