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This is my dog, Kerry.

This is my dog, Kerry. The character of Callie is a thinly disguised version of this little girl. She’s a pug mix—we think pug mixed with jack russell terrier. What do you think?

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A Quote from The Storm

This is what a dog’s life should be, Shep thought as he raced after the Ball for a fifth time. Nothing but sky above and the wind in your fur and grass under your paws and a boy to play with.

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A Quote from Alexandra Horowitz’s Inside of a Dog

One could say that dogs see the world faster than we do, but what they really do is see just a bit more world in every second. We marvel at dogs’ seemingly magical skill at catching a Frisbee on the fly, or following a rapidly bouncing ball… . [They can do this because] dogs actually […]

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Anatomy of a Character: Shep

Fun fact: The character of Shep was not always going to be a German shepherd. In my earliest notes, I thought my main character would be a pitt bull/boxer mix, or some other kind of young mutt. But as I thought more about my character, I knew he was a German shepherd. There’s something noble […]

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A Quote from Alexandra Horowitz’s Inside of a Dog 

Dogs are not color-blind, as is popularly believed. But color plays a much less important role for them than it does for humans…. Inside of a Dog (Scribner 2009; page 128)

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A Quote from The Storm

Below, the dogs marveled at how the Great Wolf sparkled throughout the night.

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Exegesis of my Childhood Canon: All Dogs Go to Heaven

If there was ever a banner day in the history of children’s film (at least for my generation), it was November 17, 1989: The day on which both All Dogs Go to Heaven and The Little Mermaid opened on the big screen. It might tell you something that though I saw The Little Mermaid TEN TIMES in the theater, I don’t […]

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Not Your Parents’ Novel: Monster and the New Narrative

This month I’m blogging about what I’ve called “textual anomalies,” by which I mean the crazy stuff that writers are allowed to do in middle grade and young adult novels and pretty much nowhere else. Things like changing fonts to indicate a character’sdifferent states of mind or sticking a character’s artwork into the text or simply allowing a […]

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“Climb High, Climb Far, Your Goal the Sky, Your Aim the Star.”

The title of this blog comes from the inscription on Hopkins Gate at Williams College, my alma mater. You walk through this gate and past these words after graduating—they set a pretty high bar for their graduates at Williams. The picture is of the coolest birthday present I have ever received (not to slight any […]

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Putting the “I” in First Person:

Point of View in How I Live Now I start off, as usual, with an apology—this blog was supposed to post in November.  November it is not. I promise that I have spent the intervening weeks hard at work, writingwritingwriting like a thing possessed, and have emerged spent and happy and eagerly awaiting comments on […]

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