Monday, January 15, 2018


 When I visit schools I am almost always asked to list my favorite books, so I've been keeping a list for more than a decade. Here are my top books of 2017! (I already have many for 2018, but I'll have to wait to add them to my list...)

              Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder (middle grade)
              The War that Saved My Life
              The War I Finally Won both by
             Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (middle grade)

I also try and read several classics a year, and this year my favorites were a reread of:
 The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
and a first read of
My Antonia by Willa Cather

And for my writing friends, my favorite writing book of the year was:

  The Emotional Craft of Fiction by Donald Maass