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Pirate Tree Round-up

I’ve been extremely derelict in posting links here when I post over at The Pirate Tree. Here’s a round-up of some recent posts: In May, I posted a review of the amazing forth-coming middle grade novel George by Alex Gino. “…To everyone around her, George is a boy. But George knows that she is a girl, a girl who would…

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Review of Listen, Slowly by Thanhhà Lai

This week I posted a review of Listen, Slowly by Thanhhà Lai  at The Pirate Tree. With her first novel for young readers (Inside Out and Back Again, HarperCollins 2011), Thanhhà Lai captured in verse one child’s experience adjusting to life in Alabama after leaving Vietnam. In Listen, Slowly, Lai explores the experience of Mai (Mia at school), whose parents both emigrated…

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In Our Own Words

I get asked a lot about how difficult it was to write Personal Effects from the first person POV of a seventeen-year-old male.  I answer the question by talking about avoiding generalizations, by knowing your individual character, by knowing that we are all more alike than different, and that this seventeen-year-old male I know very well, etc. But the truth…

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