Shannon Bolithoe : A Writing Life

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One Part Fantasy, One Part Reality Is a Child’s Perfect Formula

Many series for fledgling readers feature mischievous girls and their grade-school exploits: Ramona Quimby, Junie B. Jones and Clementine, to name a few. Others, like the Magic Treehouse books, send children on fantasy adventures.


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A Prisoner Got a Book Deal. Now the State Wants Him to Pay for His Imprisonment.

In the summer of 2016, Curtis Dawkins, a felon who is serving a life sentence in Michigan for murdering a man during a botched robbery, got some unexpected good news.

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After Setting Her Hair on Fire, Lisa Gardner Decided to Become a Writer

GIRL ON FIRE: Lisa Gardner committed to her writing career after setting her hair on fire. She was waitressing, it was the ’80s “and there was a lot of Aqua Net involved,” she recalls. “I had to serve an appetizer involving flaming cheese.

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What Would It Be Like to Be 400 Years Old?

HOW TO STOP TIME By Matt Haig 325 pp. Viking. $26. The first thing we discover about Tom Hazard, the protagonist of Matt Haig’s new novel, “How to Stop Time,” is that he is very, very old. He is old, he tells us, “in the way that a tree, or a quahog clam, or a Renaissance painting is old.

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Great New Books for a Child Just Learning to Read

The creators of early reader books face a daunting task: They must appeal to the more sophisticated sensibilities and humor of kids old enough to start reading on their own, while still using language simple enough to be read by them.