Misc photos & recent reading

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With Lindy Lorenz and Katie Sullivan at the Judson University Literacy in Motion conference. Lindy and Katie gave a presentation on how to use my books in the classroom. It was an AWESOME session–I was so impressed by all the work they do to connect their students to books! Made me wish I was their student… 😉

Lunch yesterday with a very special visitor:

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Salva Dut, back from South Sudan for a visit! Salva is the subject of my book A LONG WALK TO WATER. It was wonderful to catch up with him.

Best fan photo ever?

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This is Smith, age two, who loves the book BEE-BIM BOP! so much that he wouldn’t go to daycare without it! So his mom snapped this pic of him hugging the book while waiting for the subway. (Wow, do I love this photo….)

Recent reading: After a bit of a dry spell (a few books in a row that were kind of meh), I’m on a hot streak now.

–EXTRAORDINARY, by Nancy Werlin. YA fantasy, a modern fairy tale. I loved IMPOSSIBLE, by the same author. To my delight, EXTRAORDINARY is even better.

–PERFECT ONCE REMOVED, by Philip Hoose. Adult memoir. The author was a nine-year-old boy when his cousin Don Larsen pitched the only perfect game in World Series history. A must-read for fans of memoirs and/or baseball.

Currently reading ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE, by Benjamin Alire Saenz. YA fiction, contemporary realism. A ‘sigh’ read–which means that I’m sighing every few pages over the pure beauty of the writing and the compassion of the story. Would that many more YA books were this well written….