News & Other Musings

Even Cooler

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Here is the page from Islandport Magazine to which I am a proud...

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Here’s Something Cool

Posted by on Jul 17, 2017 in Azalea, Unschooled, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Here’s Something Cool

I am proud to be one of the Islandport Press authors featured in the Summer 2017 issue of Islandport Magazine in their “Just One Question” column. I’m in good company, with fellow Islandport writers G.A. Morgan, Gerry Boyle, Dave O’Connor, Laura Freudig, and Hope Rowan. We were all asked, “Where is your favorite place to cool off in the summer?” I won’t give away my answer, but it involves a childhood friend, sprinklers, and an exquisitely timed comedy bit about the cloudless...

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See ya in Korea, Azalea

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in Azalea, Unschooled, Unschooling | 0 comments

See ya in Korea, Azalea

My editor at Islandport Press has given me some good news: Azalea is going to be sold in South Korea! The book has already been sent off to translators. I am very curious as to how it will translate, both literally and conceptually. From what I’ve fished off the internet, homeschooling is legal only for expats in Korea. Children with two Korean parents are legally obligated to attend school until age 15. And formal schooling is highly valued in Korean culture. So the concept of unschooling, I imagine, is something of a...

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Summer Reading

Posted by on Jun 9, 2017 in Azalea, Unschooled, Unschooling | 0 comments

Summer Reading

I was very happy to see Azalea, Unschooled on the Maine summer reading shelf at my local branch of the Portland Public Library. There’s something about summer and Maine…summer in general, I guess. It seems like a lot of kids’ books take place during the summer because it’s the time when the rules of ordinary life, the school year rules, are suspended. Funny that a lot of my book takes place in summer, even though it is about unschoolers, kids for whom the school year rules are always suspended. Maybe I just...

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Celebrating Books (and Sarah)

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Celebrating Books (and Sarah)

I just read that May 1-7 is Children’s Book Week, a celebration of children’s books and reading. And speaking of celebrating children’s books, the Maine Student Book Award is a collaboration among the Maine Library Association, the Maine Association of School Libraries, and Maine Literary Council. It encourages Maine kids in grades 4-8 to read and vote for their favorite books. This year, I’m proud to say that my friend Sarah L. Thomson made the list with her book The Eureka Key. Yay, Sarah!...

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Suggested Reading

Posted by on Apr 1, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Suggested Reading

My friend Annie O’Brien, a writer and illustrator of children’s books, has a middle grade novel coming out soon, and it’s a must-read. It’s a gripping story about one girl’s high-stakes jaunt through dangerous North Korea. As she struggles to survive in hostile territory, she grapples with questions of family, identity, politics, and privilege. An excerpt of the novel is now posted on Entertainment Weekly–take a...

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For the Love of Learning

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in Azalea, Unschooled, Events, Unschooling | 0 comments

For the Love of Learning

Thanks to Lainie Liberti, host of the alternative education movement webcast For the Love of Learning, for having me as a panelist on her show about unschooling fiction writers. Lainie invites a panel of guests to take on a different topic each week. Recently, she gathered several writers who have written fiction about unschooling. Sheila Baranoski, Kristi Howe, Nicole Olson, Crispin Bateman and I all talked about our experiences as authors. While the others are all active unschoolers and unschool advocates, I had the distinction of being the...

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Deck the Mall

Posted by on Nov 27, 2016 in Azalea, Unschooled, Events | 2 comments

Deck the Mall

Fellow middle grade novelist and Islandport Press author Elizabeth Atkinson and I signed books at the Islandport Press kiosk at the Maine mall this past Saturday. Thanks to everyone who stopped by for a chat, a signed book, or a piece of candy. We met teachers, parents, and kids, including a home(un?)schooler who left with both Azalea, Unschooled and Beth’s book The Sugar Mountain Snow Ball. The event was a lot of fun, and a nice kick-off to the holiday season....

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Azalea Signing

Posted by on Nov 17, 2016 in Azalea, Unschooled, Events | 0 comments

Azalea Signing

What are you doing Thanksgiving weekend? Perhaps braving the crowds at the Maine Mall in South Portland? I’ll be there on Saturday, Nov. 26 at the Islandport Press kiosk from 11-1, signing books along with fellow middle-grade author (and fellow 2015 Maine Literary Awards finalist) Elizabeth Atkinson. Stop...

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“The Guardian” Looks at Unschooling

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in Azalea, Unschooled, Unschooling | 0 comments

As the parent of a conventionally-schooled child, and the author of Azalea, Unschooled, a novel that explores the life of an unschooled child, I’ve thought a lot about the limits and potentials of different types of education. The British newspaper The Guardian today takes an interesting look at the unschooling movement, exploring both pros and cons of an entirely child-driven educational experience. Read the article...

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