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Where Are They Now: Rosanne Parry

I originally interviewed Rosanne Parry in 2011 for Creative Spaces when she gave us a peek into her treehouse workspace. (So cool!) Her most recent book is the middle-grade novel The Turn of the Tide, which received starred reviews and was chosen as an Oregon Battle of the Books title for the 2017-2018 school year. The Turn of the Tide was released in paperback earlier this year, and guess what? I’m giving away one copy of The Turn of the Tide bundled with Rosanne’s debut novel, Heart of a Shepherd. Directions for how to enter the giveaway can be found at the end of this post.… Read the rest
 

Looking Back #25: Thank you, Readers!

Today is the day! I can’t believe The Unbreakable Code is now officially out there in the world. I started writing this book in earnest a couple months before Book Scavenger was published. My writing process for the two books was about as different as you can get. There were times I was so far outside my writing comfort zone, I didn’t know if I’d be able to pull it off, and then I’d meet Book Scavenger readers in person or via Skype, and it always left me reinvigorated, eager to return to the page, and determined to tell another good story for you.… Read the rest
 

Looking Back #24: A Book Scavenger-themed library sleepover!

I’m counting down to the publication of The Unbreakable Code with highlights from the past two years since Book Scavenger was published. So much has happened in such a short time, and I’ve been so busy trying to keep up, that I’ve neglected to share many of the big and small moments. So here we go, in no particular order . . . *  *  * Earlier this year I received an email from a librarian who coordinates an annual “Bring on the Books” event for five schools in her area. The fifth graders in this program are challenged to read as many books as they would like from a list of 30 titles, and this year Book Scavenger was one of those titles.… Read the rest
 

Looking Back #23: Betabrain

I’m counting down to the publication of The Unbreakable Code with highlights from the past two years since Book Scavenger was published. So much has happened in such a short time, and I’ve been so busy trying to keep up, that I’ve neglected to share many of the big and small moments. So here we go, in no particular order . . . *  *  * I love hearing from teachers and librarians when Book Scavenger has inspired their curriculum or class projects, so when an educator wrote to tell me Book Scavenger was incorporated into their school district’s annual betabrain S.T.E.M.… Read the rest
 

Looking Back #22: Mrs. Petersen!

I’m counting down to the publication of The Unbreakable Code with highlights from the past two years since Book Scavenger was published. So much has happened in such a short time, and I’ve been so busy trying to keep up, that I’ve neglected to share many of the big and small moments. So here we go, in no particular order . . . *  *  *   Today’s flashback is a shoutout and thank you to all the wonderful teachers who work hard every day to grow readers and thinkers and daydreaming achievers in their classrooms. This is one of my teachers who did that for me.… Read the rest
 

Looking Back #21: Paperback Tour

I’m counting down to the publication of The Unbreakable Code with highlights from the past two years since Book Scavenger was published. So much has happened in such a short time, and I’ve been so busy trying to keep up, that I’ve neglected to share many of the big and small moments. So here we go, in no particular order . . . *  *  * Last spring my publisher sent me on a tour for the publication of the Book Scavenger paperback. I was so excited they were doing this for my book, but I was a little anxious about all the travel and public speaking too. … Read the rest
 

Looking Back #20: A Dream-Come-True Day

I’m counting down to the publication of The Unbreakable Code with highlights from the past two years since Book Scavenger was published. So much has happened in such a short time, and I’ve been so busy trying to keep up, that I’ve neglected to share many of the big and small moments. So here we go, in no particular order . . . *  *  * I was going to post this memory tomorrow, but then Facebook reminded me this happened exactly one year ago today, so I hope you’ll enjoy this little walk down memory lane with me. I was in Southern Pines, NC, for the last day of my paperback tour.… Read the rest
 

Looking Back #19: Musical Cryptogram!

I’m counting down to the publication of The Unbreakable Code with highlights from the past two years since Book Scavenger was published. So much has happened in such a short time, and I’ve been so busy trying to keep up, that I’ve neglected to share many of the big and small moments. So here we go, in no particular order . . . *  *  *   Did you know your name could be put to music? At the Youth One Book One Denver launch party different organizations shared fun activities related to Book Scavenger. From the Colorado Symphony I learned that famous composers like Bach “sign” their musical themes by encoding their name with musical notes.… Read the rest
 

Looking Back #18: Youth One Book One Denver

I’m counting down to the publication of The Unbreakable Code with highlights from the past two years since Book Scavenger was published. So much has happened in such a short time, and I’ve been so busy trying to keep up, that I’ve neglected to share many of the big and small moments. So here we go, in no particular order . . . *  *  * One of the most exciting things to happen for Book Scavenger was being voted the Youth One Book One Denver selection for the summer of 2016. As part of the program over 3000 copies were distributed to participating kids.… Read the rest
 

Looking Back #17: San Francisco ALA Book Hunt

  I’m counting down to the publication of The Unbreakable Code with highlights from the past two years since Book Scavenger was published. So much has happened in such a short time, and I’ve been so busy trying to keep up, that I’ve neglected to share many of the big and small moments. So here we go, in no particular order . . . *  *  * Book Scavenger was published on June 2, 2015, and coincidentally that month the American Library Association (ALA) was having their big annual conference in San Francisco. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to do something fun for the librarians, so I contact Kirsten Cappy of Curious City and together we came up with the idea of doing an ALA Book Hunt.… Read the rest
 
 
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