What I Am Reading

Writing Retreat Weekend - I have homework?!?
I recently went on a weekened writing retreat at Vermont College in Montpelier.  Vermont runs a MFA program for writing children's literature that I have long thought about doing. In the meantime, I go to a weekend retreat every year. We have three craft lectures, a lecture by a prominent editor and critiques. It's always fun. But this year I had homework for the craft lectures. So, this is what I've been reading!
  • Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina
  • Counting by Sevens by Holly Goldberg Sloan
  • The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes
  • Girl of Fire and Thorn by Rae Carson
Historical Novel Review -- All of Mine!
Google alert is an amazing thing. I just received an email that led me to a link on the Historical Novel Society's website that collected all my reviews ... I've been busy. Check them out!
Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life
Just finished this. Contemporary fiction is not my usual first choice of books, but there's a local connection. A librarian in our town loved this book so much that she turned it into a DVD film. I enjoyed the book -- its a lovely read.
Books to Review for the Historical Novel Review
You never know what you are going to get when you review books for the Historical Novel Review! Check out this variety -- a 3rd c. Japanese story about a princess destined to be the spiritual leader of her clan, a non-fiction, kid-friendly biography of Raoul Wallenberg -- one of the unsung heroes of WWII, and a coming-of-age story set in San Francisco in 1971. I may get chronological whiplash -- but I won't be bored!
Life: An Exploded Diagram
I'm reviewing Life: An Exploded Diagram by Mal Peet for the Historical Novel Review. I'll link to the review when it appears!

ALA Award Winners
I'm reading Moon over Manifest by Clair Vanderpool,
Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus
and Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi.   
YA Bliss Historical Fiction Challenge
YA Bliss is hosting a YA Historical Fiction Challenge. I'm committed to reading 15 Middle Grade or Young Adult Historical fiction novels next year... a piece of cake!
I think I'll start with...
Freedom Stone (actually this is a 2 for 1 -- I'm reading this for a review in Historical Novel Review anyway)
Fellow Chronicle Authors
I just read fellow-Chronicle author, Katie Williams' The Space Between Trees. This book is the only book that I think might have a better cover than mine! The tree is cut out of the book cover and is so very cool!
bus because I couldn't put it down. Read it! Read it now!
Reviewing for the Historical Novel Review
I'm reading Crossing the Tracks by Barbara Stuber (Simon and Schuster)
Storyteller by Patricia Reilly Giff  (Wendy Lamb/Random House)
and When Molly Was a Harvey Girl by Frances Wood (Kane/Miller).         
I'll post my reviews once they are published in Historical Novel Review.