My Latest Crush

October 21, 2015


I’ve got all the signs. I can’t stop thinking about her. I neglect duties to spend time with her. I stay up past my bedtime to hear what she has to say. Yep, I’ve got it bad: an author crush.

Happily, I’m not crushing on a “debut novelist,” left wondering if she will write another book I like as well but on the well-published Maggie Stiefvater. I’ve only just discovered and sped through “The Raven Boys.” Now I’m beginning the next book in her Raven Cycle, knowing a third is ready and waiting and a fourth will be coming out in the spring of 2016.

A legend of a Welsh king, secrets, dreams, and prophecies are all woven together in Stiefvater’s fast-paced prose. Her equally strong male and female characters—four boys from a private school and a girl from a family of psychics—make this a story that can’t be reduced to a “girl book” or a “boy book,” but simply a great read.

No Fair!

April 8, 2015

crying faceThirty-odd hands waved in the air. They were the hands of Mr. Custeau’s and Ms. Butcher’s fourth-grade class at Hall Elementary, answering my question, “how many of you have seen a toddler crying at the top of their lungs?” Everybody. Next question: “how many have seen a grown-up doing the same thing?” No hands. Because somewhere along the way, we learn not to cry in public.

I write for young readers in-between the wailing toddler and the keeping-it-together adult, for seven to eleven-year-olds who feel deeply that sometimes life just isn’t fair! Because I remember how that felt. If you’ve ever felt that way, too, my books are for you.

Hello To New Readers In China

November 29, 2014










In Memory Of Gorfman T Frog, now available in Chinese!

Free To Good Home

July 9, 2014

MSBAlogoThe Waffler was selected for this year’s Maine Student Book Award list, and I’m celebrating with a book giveaway. So contact me via email, Facebook message or pony express! The first ten people are winners.

My Writing Buddies

January 13, 2014

women_writersI left Brown University with something precious—a writing group. A quarter century later, we’re still going strong. This is our story.

Photo by Mark Ostow

Thanking All Readers

November 26, 2013

D2729A young reader liked the Thanksgiving dinner chapter in The Waffler. Here is her thank you note, reprinted verbatim.

“Dear Mrs. Donovan, My favorit part was when they all went around the table saying what they were all thankful for. I liked when big A showted that she was thankful for turky! I am thankful you read the book to us. Sincerly, Emily G.”

I am thankful for readers.

The Waffler, Compliments Of The Author

October 17, 2013

Waffles_with_maple_syrup_and_butterSorry, it’s not free waffles. But for any teacher who reads The Waffler to their class, I offer a free author visit via Skype. Let’s talk!


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