April 2002

Wow! A new look to my website, thanks to my genius nephew Alex Dobbin who does freelance web design and animation. Hope you enjoy looking around here.

  • Two months now since the Newbery announcement! I’ve finally gotten some photos together and wanted to share them.

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On the set of NBC’s Today Show, with (from left) John Berry, president of the American Library Association; David Weisner, winner of the 2002 Caldecott Medal; and Katie Couric.

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Celebrating at Clarion Books the day after the award announcement. From left: (partially hidden) Kate Chilko, marketing; the legendary Virginia Buckley (Katherine Paterson’s editor!); editor Michele Coppola; me; Managing Editor Jim Armstrong; designer Debora Smith; Deb Shapiro, marketing; my goddess of an editor Dinah Stevenson; editor Jennifer Greene; associate editor Lynne Polvino.


SCBWI President Stephen Mooser and me at the Midyear Conference in NYC.


My niece and nephew, Emma and Craig Park, in front of the wonderful sign their school (Rocky Mount Academy in NC) put up for me when I visited there.


Signing books with the fifth grade book club during a school visit to Rocky Mount Academy in North Carolina. From left: Michael McLaughlin, Catherine Hood, me, my nephew Craig Park, and Jordan Rackley.

  • I’m delighted to share that my new book, When My Name Was Keoko, has received another starred review from School Library Journal. Click on the title to learn more about this book.
  • At the end of March, I visited Fitzhugh Park School, Kingsford Park School, and Minetto Elementary in Oswego, NY and had a great time meeting the students and faculty at all three schools. Also, if you’re ever in Oswego, don’t miss the River’s End Bookstore; I had a wonderful signing there!
  • There have been additions and changes to my appearance schedule on the Author Presentations page.

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