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The tundra between us

When my oldest daughter Rachel was three or four we used to walk to the beach of the Beaufort Sea to look for stones and pieces of ocean-polished glass. There was an old woman who lived along the way and she often sat outside in a brightly-colored parka, enjoying the weather. She was a  Read More 
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some of my best friends are books of color: an uncommon competition

Okay, the title of my very first ever blog post is, well, suggestive. It suggests a slightly negative attitude and I post with some reluctance.

Get this straight: I am extremely grateful for the recognition my books have received. Blessing's Bead was a Junior Library Guild Selection, was named to the International Reading Association's Best Books for a Global Society, was on the Booklist Top Ten Historical Fiction for Youth list and was nominated to the American Library Association's Young Adult Library Association's Best Fiction for Young Adults list. This is heady stuff!

That said, there is a ghetto for books of color. You've seen it, yes?

Case in point: I've had several reviews for Blessing's Bead that were riffs on, "this is a great book for people who like Eskimo books."

They mean well. Or not. But that's not the point. The point is, what  Read More 
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