Ken Frantz will be present with me tomorrow at the Canterbury School Book Fair in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette tells his story in today’s paper.
Heifer International has posted the second of it’s April posts on the Unsung Heroes. Check out Merle Crouse’s story here.
The Children’s War is a blog “committed to helping young readers, parents, educators. and librarians discover well-written books that depict the ways in which war impacts the lives of young people.” This thoughtful review of The Seagoing Cowboy was posted today.
I grew up in Milledgeville, Illinois, and the local press there, Sauk Valley Media, just ran an article about The Seagoing Cowboy yesterday. Read it here.
Heifer International is posting a short clip from seagoing cowboy interviews every Tuesday this month. Check out this week’s post here.
Claire Ewart’s vibrant illustrations bring the story to life, and book designer Paul Stocksdale’s map illustrated with historical photos following the story adds tremendous value to the book.
I’m grateful to Brethren Press for taking on this project and to all the seagoing cowboys who have shared their stories with me. You can purchase the book here.
Claire Ewart and I will be signing books at Better World Books in Goshen, Indiana, from 6:00 to 8:00 tomorrow night, April 1 (no fooling!). I’ll have my private launch party on Saturday, then head on down to Little Rock, Arkansas, where I’ll be presenting at Heifer International as part of the Arkansas Literary Festival on Saturday, April 16. Watch my events page on this website for something near you.
It is with great pleasure that I announce the launching of my writers group friend and cohort Karen Kulinski’s RESCUING IVY. This middle grade historical novel, inspired by a true story, is the tale of a girl and the elephant she loves. Danna’s late-night visit with Ivy, the circus elephant, results in the animal being wrongly condemned to death for killing a man. When nobody believes the girl that Ivy is innocent, she sets out to save the elephant herself, teaming up with a circus boy, her older brother, and two hoboes.
Karen kicked off her launch Sunday, March 20, with a circus-themed party for which several members of our TaleBlazers writers group were present.
TaleBlazer member Sharon Biggs Waller was unable to attend, as she was in New York City promoting her newest YA novel, THE FORBIDDEN ORCHID, which she launched March 12. From the book jacket:
Elodie is a dutiful daughter and sister.
Elodie is a reckless, romantic stowaway.
Elodie is a brave plant hunter.
Where does she truly belong?
Two great books by two of my great writer friends!