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Something Wicked This Way Comes:  The Rebirth of Noir in Young Adult Literature

noir Pronunciation: /nwär/ 1.  That is in the style of a film noir; gloomy and fatalistic in character; (also) using cinematic devices such as wide angles and partial lighting; urban, morally ambiguous, anti-heroic. Cf. film noir n. and adj. 2.  A genre of crime film or detective fiction characterized by cynicism, sleaziness, fatalism, and…

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New York, New York: A table top tour

This past December, I went to New York City to read at the Center for Fiction as part of their KidsRead program.  About 90 kids from The Equity Project Charter School braved the pouring rain with their copies of The Toymaker’s Apprentice in tow, to hear me read and ask such burning questions…

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Beautiful Reminders

Today I received a gift in the mail.   These handmade books accompanied the warmest, most open-hearted letter I have received in a long time.  Like all letters, this one told a story.  One of loss, love, friendship and healing.  And these books… these beautiful books!   The cover paper…

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Today is my birthday!  As a Chicago girl born on St. Paddy’s Day, I think it’s appropriate to share the dyeing of the Chicago River as time lapsed by on YouTube by Frootis :     I used to live on the river and always thought it was kind of green anyway. …

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