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This is where I put my musings that don’t make it into my paper journal. I try to write about things that might interest other writers and readers, including reviews of MG books I’ve been reading.

Hazel’s Theory of Evolution    

“Hazel’s Theory of Evolution,” by Chicago-based author Lisa Jenn Bigelow, starts with a train. A train schedule, to be more precise. Hazel Brownlee-Wellington had always gone to Osterhout Middle...

Amy McDougall, Master Matchmaker

It’s easy to overlook small publishers; they haven’t got the marketing resources to help their books leap out in front of readers. Today I’m spotlighting a book from one of these small but mighty...

Unlucky Stars? Depends on Your View…

The flap copy of Gillian McDunn’s latest, “These Unlucky Stars,” intrigued me because the main character didn’t feel like she fit in with the rest of her family, but I didn’t expect to be sucked in...

Looking Back, Looking Forward

December 2023 As the holiday season approaches I’m determined to be chill and not too wound up about everything having to be perfect. This plan involves lots of deep breathing and getting enough...

Love Like Sky (it’s never ending)

Love Like Sky  - Best Title Ever! Sometimes I am like a magpie, grabbing shiny books suggestions from so many places that I can’t keep track of where the recommendation came from. Which is to...

Just Catching Up…

I try to post book reviews after they've run in the newspaper but I really fell down on the job and am trying to slowly catch up. This post is something of a milestone as it is the last book review...

Summer Vacation … Extended

More trips in September! This one to see my oldest daughter, Claire, and Cary, her fiancé, and their new home in Minneapolis near Lake Harriet, for those of you who know the city. I am obsessed with...

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