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Middle Grade Monday: The Secret Hum of a Daisy (2014) by Tracy Holczer

Happy Monday, Readers!

This isn’t my BIG BLOG ANNOUNCEMENT (that’s coming later this week) but a small announcement: I’m starting a new feature on Mondays—Middle Grade Monday! 725 more words

Children's Literature

10 Favorite Debut Novels of 2014

A couple of days ago, I was chatting with a friend about authors who wrote “one-hit wonders”.  As we all know, Harper Lee has never published anything after… 1,221 more words


READING: Christopher Scotton's "The Secret Wisdom of the Earth"

The Secret Wisdom of the Earth“, by Christopher Scotton, Grand Central Publishing ( a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.), on sale January 6, 2015… 1,713 more words

Personal Journey

Best Books 2014

The best books lists are starting to appear. I will note a few that feature debuts.

The Huffington Post calls attention to Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You… 315 more words


For the past thirty years or more, since I have lived in Edinburgh, I have always loved to visit Portobello, which is a lovely coastal town on the outskirts of the city. 550 more words

One Toews and two debuts

Miriam Toews is a writer that I have only just discovered. I wrote earlier about her new novel All My Puny Sorrows and as a result of thoroughly enjoying that novel have back tracked – now I have read… 1,366 more words

On Genre

So I’m writing a book. Rather, I wrote a book. A novel. Years ago – when it had emerged from the hatchery but was still weak and blind and needed basically everything from me – I bashfully called it a “project.” After a few months of nurturing it, I told a few family members about it (don’t hate me, Mom), saying it was a story. 747 more words

The Writing Life