In praise of librarians (by a humble YA author)

In praise of librarians (by a humble YA author)

Picture a shy girl living in a very small Midwestern town where there’s not a lot to do but daydream. The second of six children, she needs to escape the boisterous noise of her household now and again. She needs space to think and dream and be alone. She discovers...
Very original young-adult novel

Very original young-adult novel

  I read lots of young-adult novels — it’s part of my job. I don’t usually blog about them, but this one is different. This one is so incredibly original and clever and engaging. This one I would like to shout from the rooftops. Not just for...
Best book for fiction writers

Best book for fiction writers

Okay, maybe there’s no such thing as ONE best book for fiction writers, but despite two recent blogs I’ve done on writer’s block and deepening characters (which recommend various books on writing craft and character) I’ve found an even better...
Embera schoolkids in Panama: Bring pencils

Embera schoolkids in Panama: Bring pencils

  I just returned from ten days in Panama, and the highlight was not the canal, or hiking along the rim of an extinct volcano, where we saw the rare translucent blue butterfly. It was instead a day in an Embera indigenous village in the jungle two hours from...