My current read: The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man’s Canyon by S. S. Taylor (Illustrated by Katherine Roy)
My current polish: OPI Goldeneye (OPI Natural Nail Base Coat; Seche Vite Top Coat) - currently at three full days of wear
That really is the perfect nail polish to go with the book …
I had so much fun with this crew tonight. They’re a book group of seventh graders from Lyme, New Hampshire, and they’ve been reading and talking about books together since they were in first grade. This month they chose The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man’s Canyon as their read and invited me to come and answer questions and join in their discussion. It made me so happy to see such avid, active readers thinking about theme and plot and character development, and sharing their favorite books with me and each other. They were also really, really nice to my son, whose year was made hanging out with the big kids. Thanks, all. I loved visiting your book group!
Thanks so, so much to everyone who came out for The Expeditioners’ launch on Saturday. My favorite part of the day was getting to put the book in the hands of actual kids, kids who told me all about what books they were reading and why they liked or didn’t like them. When I’m writing, I have this kid in mind, a kid a lot like the kid I was, and I try to write for that kid, always thinking about whether that kid is going to find something exciting or funny or interesting. And then, on Saturday, I got to look that (those) kid (s) in the eye and say, “Here you go. I hope you like it.”
Sweet provisions for brave expeditioners! Explorer cookies for The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man’s Canyon launch party today. 2-4 p.m. at The Norwich Bookstore.
Look at these great Expeditioners character bookmarks, designed by Katherine Roy! Who will it be? Kit, Zander, M.K., or Sukey? Pick your favorite at the Norwich Bookstore book launch tomorrow!
I’m honored to be the featured author this month over at The Book Jam. I always struggle with listing a few books that have inspired me, but I managed to come up with three!
Look at these great Explorer’s Vest worksheets, designed by Katherine Roy. I’ll be debuting them at a kids’ writing workshop I’m teaching tomorrow. This one was customized for adventure by a member of the Expeditioners’ household! Come design your own Explorer’s Vest (or newly discovered map of the world) at one of our signings.
Here’s a nice review from Publishers Weekly!
“In this series kickoff, Taylor (Amelia Earhart: This Broad Ocean) introduces a fascinating world where history took a different turn. The invention of computers in 1880—and their failure a century later—has led to the discovery of strange lands not on any map as well as the rise of steampunk technology in place of gasoline and electricity. Siblings Zander, Kit, and M.K.—14, 13, and 10, respectively—are forced to go on the run after they discover a map created by their deceased father, a renowned explorer, which points the way to a massive hidden treasure, one coveted by the corrupt Bureau of Newly Discovered Lands. As their journey takes them into the depths of a long-hidden region, they encounter all manner of dangers. The author’s evident love of maps and exploration strengthens this Indiana Jones–style adventure, which is filled with nifty gadgets, moments of moderate terror, and high stakes. The retro-futuristic technology, never-before-seen sights, and danger provide plenty of fodder for Roy’s playful illustrations, which have an adventurous, Jonny Quest flair. Ages 10–up. Agent: Esmond Harmsworth, Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Literary Agency. (Dec.)”
— Publishers Weekly
I’m getting ready to head up to Montpelier to teach a workshop at the Young Writers Project Celebration of Writing Day at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. The Young Writers Project is a great organization that gets kids across Vermont and New Hampshire writing and sharing their work. I’m very honored to be a part of the celebration of YWP’s new anthology (with a preface by Katherine Paterson!)