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Grolier Poetry Bookshop, Cambridge, MA

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On the eve of the Boston Tea Party, Sally has a hard choice to make.

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The Further Tale of Peter RabbitThe Further Tale of Peter Rabbit by Emma Thompson

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Really disappointing. I thought if anyone could channel Beatrix Potter, it would be Emma Thompson--I love her as an actor. But this story seemed wordy and coy, devoid of Potter's magical appeal to children. I was hoping to give this book to my 3-year-old grandson, but no.

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My dog, Brady, and Santa

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My current wallpaper

Cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde. I love looking at this scene when I turn my computer on! It makes my office feel like a place where wonderful stories live.

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On a Writer's Mind

From Donald Trump to Pope Francis

October 27, 2017

Tags: Trump, Pope Francis, celebrity photos

A couple of weeks ago I met a Russian photographer who had shot both Donald Trump (at a Miss Universe contest) and Pope Francis (at World Youth Day in Poland). I didn't ask him how they compared . . .

Pope Francis,coming soon

February 15, 2017

Tags: Pope Francis, Buenos Aires, biography, Catholic Church

Pope Francis: The People's Pope will be published on September 26, in Aladdin's Real-Life Stories biography series (Simon & Schuster).
I was thrilled and honored to write the story of this extraordinary boy from Buenos Aires, son of Italian immigrants, and his surprising life's journey to the Vatican.

Early inspiration for Nelson Mandela: South African Revolutionary

July 28, 2015

Tags: Mandela, Menkiti, Grolier Poetry Bookshop, Pomona College

Last week I had the pleasure of presenting a copy of Nelson Mandela: South African Revolutionary to Ifeanyi Menkiti, a classmate of mine from Pomona College. I’d dedicated the book to him because back when I was an extremely naďve and inexperienced undergraduate, he was the first African (Nigerian) I met. (more…)

Barack Obama,better than ever

July 14, 2015

Tags: Barack Obama, biography, U.S. presidents

Here comes a new, updated edition of my YA biography of our 44th president, now with timeline, index, and photos.

A deeply informed imagination

June 26, 2015

Tags: writing techniques; historical fiction; YA fiction; Archimedes; Bryan Bunch

I love listening to writers talking about how they work. I always learn something, and I get a kick out of hearing about other authors' quirks and tricks. (I have plenty of such quirks, myself.)
At the Millbrook Literary Festival last month, I listened to Bryan Bunch explaining how he did the research for Before Eureka: The Adventures of Young Archimedes, his YA historical novel (more…)

Honors for Friends of Liberty

January 27, 2015

Tags: Friends of Liberty, literary awards

I'd like to share some good news! My historical novel about the Boston Tea Party has won some modest awards:
The Carol Otis Hurst Book Prize
The Paterson Prize for Books for Young People
Bank Street College Best Children's Books

Ghost Road, Betsy Sterman

June 24, 2014

Tags: American history, slavery, Underground Railroad, time travel, adventure

Two eleven-year-old friends, Jason and Chazz, are yanked out of their present-day lives and into the nineteenth century by the pleas of a ghost. The troubled spirit turns out to be a boy their age, Jem, a runaway slave from Tennessee. Jem traveled the Underground Railroad, Jason and Chazz discover, only to meet a (more…)

Highly entertaining humiliations of the writer's life

June 4, 2014

Tags: The writing life, book signings, Roger Rosenblatt

I loved Roger Rosenblatt's essay in the May 25, 2014 New York Times Book Review, “Please Turn to the Chapter on Obscurity”. His misadventures reminded me of the time when my first YA biography, Maria Mitchell: The Soul of an Astronomer, came out. The local Barnes & Noble invited me for a book signing, (more…)

Friends of Liberty and the Boston Tea Party

October 17, 2013

Tags: friendship, Boston Tea Party, historical fiction, family, American Revolution, values

Important historical moments can really interfere with your life.

Take the Boston Tea Party, a huge tipping point in American history. If things had happened just a little differently, those pesky chests of tea would have been quietly unloaded and sold, tax included. King George III and the British Parliament would have seen the light (more…)

Review of Reading Like a Writer

July 16, 2013

Tags: How to write, literary fiction appreciation, Francine Prose

Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write ThemReading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them by Francine Prose

As I read Prose's passionate appreciation of good fiction--classics and contemporary--I found myself continually inspired to work harder, write better. (more…)

Have You Read These Books?

A boy from Buenos Aires, now leader of the world's Catholics.
The inspiring story of a leader in the South African struggle for freedom.
The story of the first African-American president of the United States
Story of the author of Little Women.
A heroine of early aviation.
The presidents' wives, from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama.
Story of the author of the beloved Chronicles of Narnia.
The story of the author of the "Little House" books.
Two friends are pulled apart by pre-Revolutionary War tensions in Boston.
A novel of Mary Magdalene
One moment Adara is a landowner's privileged daughter; the next, she's a slave in a foreign noble's palace.
Fifth Grade Ebooks
Andrea orders wings through the mail--with a guarantee to fly.
Gretchen would do anything to be in the play . . .
Sequel to Fifth Grade Magic!
Chess tournament turned nightmare
Cats, friends, aliens: a hilarious mix!
What is a vratch? Richard doesn't know, but it's in danger . . .