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Nov.01.2009
Another great review for An Apple Pie For Dinner – many thanks, Children's Literature! Granny Smith wants to bake an apple pie for dinner. She has everything she needs—except apples! So she picks some plums and heads out the door thinking she might find someone in need of plums with apples to...
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Aug.25.2009
When I chose the name "Granny Smith" for the generic old woman in An Apple Pie For Dinner, I simply thought it was a fun play on words for a character so passionate for pie. I had no idea there really was a Granny Smith behind those yummy green baking apples!! Chef Graham Kerr (...
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Aug.20.2009
Today's the day! My first children's book, An Apple Pie For Dinner, is now officially published! It's a retelling of an English folktale in which kind old Granny Smith, in search of apples for a pie, makes a series of trades, bringing happiness to all she meets. Fabric artist Carol Baicker-McKee...
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Jul.04.2009
It's no coincidence that Jimmy Cannon, the main character in When The Whistle Blows, shares a name with Fran Cannon Slayton, author of the new novel for middle-graders. Slayton dug deep into her family history to pen her debut about train-loving Jimmy, his evolving relationship with his father,...
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Jun.16.2009
I've been trying for a few months to catch up with Ellen Jensen Abbott, author of Watersmeet, her debut fantasy novel for young adults. I wanted to know more about how she wrote and sold her story of Abisina, an outcast on a quest to find her father and the home she's never known. It's a...
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Jun.02.2009
Though Ann Haywood Leal's career as an elementary school teacher helped her craft the detail-rich characters in Also Known As Harper (Holt), her touching debut novel for middle-graders, it was what she observed at her local soup kitchen that actually inspired them. "When I first started...
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May.31.2009
Happy to say I am officially a new member of AuthorsNow!, the largest group of debut children's and teen book authors on the Internet. As staff-slashing continues and promo budgets dwindle at publishing houses large and small, it's now more important than ever for an author to get the word out...
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May.20.2009
What a wonderful surprise stuffed in my mailbox this afternoon – a copy of the actual hardbound An Apple Pie For Dinner! Totally unexpected, as I'd only just received a few days ago one of the last set of F&Gs (folded and gathereds, the book's unbound printed pages) that the Marshall...
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May.11.2009
Does the world really need another book about fairies? Yes, if it's Ammi-Joan Paquette's charming The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Fairies. Combining a backyard adventure with a fairy hunt, kids are encouraged to find the wonder in nature as they search for those ever-elusive fairies. Especially...
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Apr.29.2009
Not long ago, and as I perused the children’s section for the perfect gift for the girliest of eight year-olds, I spied a book I’d never seen before:  Madeline and the Cats of Rome.  As a child, I loved the Madeline books by author Ludwig Bemelmans.  I knew those hallmark opening lines by heart,...