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Tweet Congratulations to all of the winners of the American Library Awards announced yesterday! Moon over Manifest by¬†Clare Vanderpool won the Newbery                 A Sick Day for Amos McGee, illustrated by Erin E. Stead, written by Philip C. Stead won the Caldecott             […]
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Batting Monday Clean-up

TweetYou know the sound a car engine makes at the RPMs are climbing and you are preparing to shift into the next gear?Make that sound in your mind right now.I’m getting ready to shift gears and go full throttle on a number of projects.Before I can do that, though, I have to clean off a couple […]
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Can You Stand Even More Excitement?!

Tweet::cues drummers::Are you ready for my BIG NEWS?CHAINS has made the shortlist for the Carnegie Medal in the United Kingdom!!This is officially a Big Freaking Deal. As in, I hyperventilated when I heard. The Carnegie is the equivalent of the Newbery Award in the UK. Take a look at the other authors on the list. […]
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Tabs like seeds growing & a poem to make you sing

TweetI’m in cleaning frenzy mode before the NYC trip.  This morning’s task is to clean up all the open tabs. I hope you are feeling in a clickety-linkety mood this morning.A day this beautiful should begin on a note of poetry perfectly balanced between joy and melancholy. Read "Some Me of Beauty" by Carolyn M. Rodgers.My […]
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Crazy Love

Tweet(Announcement: I am preparing another vlog. What questions do you want answered? End of announcement)(And now we return to our regularly scheduled blog) Seriously? Sarah Hale is the answer to your Women’s History month needs. Ask Bonnie Jacobs.What else do we have in here,….. ::rummages:: ah, yes! A lovely WINTERGIRLS review from Norway.And much appreciated nods from […]
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Snow does not the true gardener defeat & Orlando, FL – wth?

TweetYes, we’ve had snow every day for weeks and weeks. Yes, there are still several feet of it on the ground. But the farmers down the road have shoveled out their sugar shack which means it’s almost time to make maple syrup because the sap is rising. And the last frost date (third week of […]
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Microblog: paperback news, Aussie love & librarian contest

TweetHappy bookday!Run, don’t walk, to your nearest bookseller and pick up your copy of WINTERGIRLS in paperback!! If it is icy in your neighborhood, or you don’t feel like going outside, order your copy from an independent bookseller via Indiebound. Do you want to order a copy that will arrived already personalized and signed by […]
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CYBILS!! Breaking into macromode to celebrate!!!

TweetI have been holed up in the writing cottage, writing, but so many people came knocking on that I crawled out, blinking, into the bewildering sunshine of February.And found several nice honors waiting for me.  CHAINS is the winner of the 2009 Cybil for Middle Grade Fiction!!!!!! ::gasps::::coughs::::reaches for inhaler::Really? I had to check and double-check and […]
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Oh Happy Day!

TweetThere is a lot of music in my head. I always have a song playing in the background of my mind and I ALWAYS wake up hearing a song on Radio Laurie. That song often reflects my mood. This makes it easy to figure out what I’m feeling.Yeah, weird. I know. But it is the only […]
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TweetCongratulations to all of the ALA Youth Award winners!!! I am ESPECIALLY happy for Deb Heiligman (Charles & Emma) and Tanya Lee Stone (Almost Astronauts)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations everyone!
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