Launching Poetry Into Space!
Hello Po-Folk, Let the countdown begin! In just two weeks my book of space poems is “go for launch!” The Day the Universe Exploded My Head: Poems to Take You Into Space and Back Again (Candlewick Press) is beautifully illustrated by the amazing Anna Raff. To mark the occasion I will be offering schools and libraries a special presentation based on the book, complete with music, costumes, puppets, participation, amazing facts, and, of course, a lot of poetry! This book and special author presentation are a great way to mark the 50thanniversary of the landing on the moon! I believe in bringing poems to life, from page to stage, so I’ve…
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Watch named to 25 Best Poetry Books for Teens!
The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic (Candlewick Press) has been named by TeachThought as one of The 25 Best Poetry Books for Teens. Check it out HERE!
Two Great Days in Houston, Texas
Thanks to all the PO-Folk at Anunciation Orthodox School, in Houston, TX. Read about and see video here!
What I’m Reading
Just started The Donner Party in the Age of Manifest Destiny (Liveright) by Michael Wallis. I read a lot of non-fiction in my quest to create belieavable historical fiction. I’m already deeeeeep into a book about The Donner Party, so I had promised myself I’d cut off the research. BUT this book came out, and it seems like a pretty well-considered and professionally done. Soooooo. Recently finished Between Two Skies (Candlewick Press) by Joanne O’Sullivan. A moving story about a courageous girl caught up in the destruction which was Hurricane Katrina. Satisfies my love of disaster, romance, and historical fiction.
What I’m Writing
I now have five books under contract coming from the good folks at Candlewick Press. I have finished the first draft of of the final book in a trilogy (think New Found Land and The Watch that Ends the Night) of historical journey/disaster tales. The subject is the doomed Donner Party who find themselves trapped in the Sierra Nevada mountains in 1848. This one is a bear! I’m working on it as we SPEAK! I’m in the editing stages of a collection of poems about Space, titled The Day the Universe Exploded My Head: Poems That Take You Into Space and Back Again. We’ve already got some art from the wonderful…
Click here Where We’re From Hunter Elementary School to see the final televised version of a group Where We’re From poem by the students of Hunter Elementary School, in Raleigh, NC where I was honored to spend an entire week!