Words Worthy of the Newbery

In case you’re looking for some weekend reading. I haven’t read this yet, but it’s definitely on my list! #talkinganimals #theoneandonlyivan #readworthy


Review of The ONE and ONLY IVAN by Katherine Applegate

Yes, I am talking about the 2013 Newbery Award winner. I read it back then and gave it an A+ in my rating scale. For that alone I would have I revisited the story, but hearing it will be a Disney feature next year reminded me to read it again. And when I did, I came across new words I think you’ll appreciate.

The ONE and ONLY IVAN is the fictional tale of a real-life Silverback Gorilla named Ivan who was captured as an infant in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo in central Africa. He spent 27-years alone in a cage in a circus-themed mall in Washington State until public outcry helped relocate him to the gorilla habitat at Zoo Atlanta. He died in 2012 at the age of 50.

Katherine Applegate broke the unspoken rules of…

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If pressed to describe my writing week in one word, the word would be “Encouragement”. This week: I attended a writer friend’s book signing. Old friends gifted me with a coffee mug (required for every writer) and coffee from Writer’s Workshop in Port Townsend, WA. I invited three fellow writers to Wordfest, an evening of… Continue reading Encouragement

Conference Critiques: What They’re Like

In May, I attended the SCBWI-OR conference. The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is the largest organization for the support, education, and networking of – you guessed it – children’s writers and illustrators. It is an international organization with over 24,000 published and pre-published members, and more than 100 regions (or chapters) worldwide.… Continue reading Conference Critiques: What They’re Like

Stephanie Feldstein: 3-Question Interview

I’m thrilled to present author Stephanie Feldstein. Stephanie is the Population and Sustainability Director of the Center for Biodiversity. She is an animal lover, a writer, and (I’m so lucky to say) one of my critique partners. Stephanie has been published on Huffington Post and other online news outlets. Her debut book, The Animal Lover’s… Continue reading Stephanie Feldstein: 3-Question Interview