BIKO by Donald Woods

BIKO by Donald Woods

Steve Biko died in police custody on September 12, 1977, six days after being arrested by South African police. An unauthorized (secret) autopsy revealed brain trauma caused by severe blows to the head was the cause of death. Biko was the leader of the Black...

A Year Down Yonder

A Year Down Yonder

Richard Peck proves himself the master once again.  A Year Down Yonder was one of my favorite Newbery winners this entire year. It's in the running for top favorite, actually. When I heard Richard Peck talk at a SCBWI (Society for Children's Book Writers and...

Moon Over Manifest

Moon Over Manifest

Clare Vanderpool created a terrific cast of characters here in a memorable town called Manifest. I genuinely loved this book, but I felt a tiny bit as if it was trying too hard--too hard to wedge in lots of history--too hard to make the place into a memorable one. To...

Jake Riley email makin' my day

Last night, I finished the reading edit of my latest novel, Who the Frack is Maddie Jackson?  I was pretty happy. This morning, I got up, ready to email a query and to send it off to FLUX, who published Chasing AllieCat and has first right of refusal for my next YA...

Mankato Elementary Schools

Mankato Elementary Schools

I got to visit two District 77 Elementary schools in December: Roosevelt and Kennedy. It's so much fun to be in a gym full of excited faces and open minds and talk about going for it. Going for your dreams, being realistic, not being afraid to make mistakes, not...

What's with 1936-37???

What's with 1936-37???

So....I usually read at least two books at once, sometimes more. I listen to one at all times in the car, and read one, two, or more on paper and/or on Kindle on my phone. Late last week, I started three books. Moon Over Manifest (Newbery winner by Clare Vanderpool) A...

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