Welcome to the website of a
writer, teacher, speaker and thinker. I teach because I can't help it, write
because I can't avoid it, and think because that's what people do--or should.
Here you'll find links and study guides for my books, writing tips and book
reviews for kids and teachers, fun stuff for Shakespeare fans, and Schoolapalooza!--a guide for
those who ever wondered how to schedule a school
visit. Come in and look
With a new grandbaby and a wedding coming up, this summer will be
eventful enough, but we also have exciting things going on at the
Redeemed Reader website. Namely, a summer reading program called
Around the World in Sixty Day. Details are here.
Over the next seven weeks (with one week off for Independence Day)
we're reading a different book, along wih reviews, activities,
and maybe even a contest. This week, the selected title is The Middle of Somewhere,
by . . . me. Besides a cool writing contest and a chance to win
great prizes, I'll be talking about how I wrote the book and what kind
of real-life experiences ended up fictionalized.
IT CAN BE TOLD: After a long hiatus with no new fiction projects
in the pipeline, I now have something to announce: my next middle-grade
novel will be published by Sourcebooks in the fall of 2014. I
know that seems a long time to wait, but the months will fly by, and
I'll have more news as the publishing date approaches. The title
is Sombody on This Bus Is Going to Be Famous, and I hope they don't ask me to change it. What's it about? I'll get back with you on that.
I'm also now
blogging for the WORLD magazine
website. I just didn't have enough to do . . .