Mail from readers is the BEST!

Aloha, friends,

I received the BIGGEST thank you card ever, along with a host of individual notes from a recent school visit!

Here’s a picture of it along with one of the letters:

The letter reads: “Thank you for sharing your life’s journey with us I loved it. My favorite part was about the school. I never knew there was a school where you don’t have to wear shoes. I’d love that school to be mine. But I’m sticking with Kocurek. I love the story. Sincerely,___”

For context: I mentioned that back in the day, students in Hawaii were not required to wear shoes to school until seventh grade.

School visits are the BEST! As is hearing from readers!

Always,

Anne

 

 

 

 

Thank you, Kocurek Elementary!

Aloha, friends,

I had a fabulous visit today with the 3rd and 4th graders at Kocurek Elementary School! Mahalo nui loa, thank you very much, librarian, Connie Hicks, students, teachers, and ProjectWISE! You made my day!

Always,

Anne

TALE Conference here I come!

Aloha, friends,

I’m excited about presenting to educators at the upcoming TALE Conference this weekend! And hear the other authors and speakers.

I hope to see some of you there!

 

 

Always,

Anne

Happy New Year!

Aloha, friends,

Happy New Year to all!

I started off the year reading three fabulous books. I highly recommend these middle grade titles:

Book Uncle and Me by Uma Krishnaswami

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

Gertie’s Leap of Greatness by Kate Beasley

 

 

Happy reading,

Anne

Reading on the Rails, Sunday, Sept 11th 2PM-4PM Cedar Park, Texas

Aloha, Friends,

If you are looking for family-friendly event, please join me and three other author buddies, Emma Virján, Liz Garton Scanlon and Susie Kralovansky for two hours of reading/storytime fun at the Austin Steam Train Association Railyard, in conjunction with Leander ISD and Cedar Park Library. Tour the historic train cars, meet a pet therapy dog, participate in coloring activities and more.

Click HERE for all the details.

Always,
Anne

Anywhere but Paradise is a 2016 WILLA Literary Award Finalist!

Aloha, Friends,

I’m overjoyed! ANYWHERE BUT PARADISE is a 2016 WILLA Literary Award finalist in the Children’s/Young Adult Fiction & Nonfiction category! Mahalo nui loa, thank you very much Women Writing the West for this lovely honor!

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Always,

Anne

Full Novel Workshop, August 27th

Aloha, Friends,

I’m thrilled to be teaching at a SCBWI-Austin workshop this summer with P.J. Hoover and Greg Leitich Smith. I’ll be discussing character development, Greg will focus on world building in contemporary realist and fantasy novels, and P.J. (Tricia) will talk about character arc and structure.

For more information, visit this link on the Austin SCBWI website. We’d love to see you there!

Always,

Anne

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Writers’ League of Texas Conference, June 24-26

Aloha, Friends,

It’s always a treat to moderate a panel. This weekend I’ll be doing just that at the Writers’ League of Texas Agents & Editors Conference. It will be an extra special event, because the League is celebrating it’s 35th Birthday! I’m looking forward to every moment. Please say hello if you’re there!

Hope you’re having a great summer!

Always,

Anne

Summer Reading List!

Aloha, Friends,

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators has complied a first-ever Official Reading List–Summer 2016. There’s a book out there for every reader!

Divided into geographical regions (based on the creator’s residence) and then by age/grade level, you’ll find ANYWHERE BUT PARADISE  in the Grades 3-5 Texas/Oklahoma section.

Click HERE to upload the PDF of the list.

Happy Reading!

With aloha,

Anne

SCBWI Austin Interview, May 2016

Aloha, friends,

Austin is so green and lush right now. And the temps are exceptionally awesome. We know that summer is coming and we’re doing our best to enjoy ever moment outside.

This month, there’s an interview with me on the Austin SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) site.

Click HERE to read my responses to How does your everyday life feed your work? and other questions.

Always,

Anne