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Charles Lindbergh

Who did it? Who knows?

September 14th marked the 60th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s published account of his historic flight.  In my verse novel The Trial, the kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh’s 20-month old son from the second floor bedroom of the aviator’s home in Hopewell, NJ, the subsequent police investigation, and the six-week criminal trial, are seen through eyes of

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Jersey Girl

I truly enjoy writing about poets and artists. I’m also an author who is very inspired by PLACE. So of course, as a Jersey girl, one of my favorite books is A River of Words: the Story of William Carlos Williams. Born in 1883 near Rutherford, New Jersey, Willie’s parents met in Puerto Rico. His

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Bear Hunt I

A Long Journey Back

In celebration of Black History Month, Melissa Sweet and I will be adding art images, quotes, and anecdotes from and about the life and art of West Chester artist Horace Pippin, the subject of our picture book A Splash of Red. Today, I begin with his first oil painting, The End of War, Starting Home, which took

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Eiffel Tower á la Nevada

Paris in the Desert

Quite a place, Las Vegas! Have you ever been there? I had not … and it exceeded my expectations for drama, scale, and a just plain off-the-charts sensory experience. The annual NCTE conference was held at the MGM Grand Hotel, one of the many hotels on the Strip that seemed (to me anyway) large enough to warrant its

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