Sue’s debut novel, 12 Again (Dutton, 2002) is the story of mother Bernadette and son Patrick, who are separated when Bernadette becomes 12 again, leaving Patrick to help manage a bustling household. Via email exchanges and mutual efforts, they must work to bring her (the 40-year-old her) home. Infused with Irish lore and magic, 12 Again is the rare hip, funny, suspenseful, affecting, perfect middle grade novel. Ages 8-up. Highly recommended.
Things Sue and I have in common: Irish heritage; passion for great books; reporting; novel-writing; a dislike of people who drive too fast on residential streets; a desire to be Lois Lane. Plus, her favorite quote is attributed to one of my heroes. Learn more about her.
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Author Coleen Murtagh Paratore: new official site features biography, bibliography, photo gallery, and speaking events. Her titles include: How Prudence Proovit Proved The Truth About Fairy Tales and The Wedding Planner’s Daughter. Note: I was struck by Coleen’s mention that she went to the public library on Saturday mornings with her mama because I did, too.
The Imagination Library from the Dollywood Foundation. Note: I have loved Dolly since I heard her sing at the American Royal Rodeo in Kansas City on an elementary school field trip. I thought she looked like a fairy princess and sounded like an angel. In fact, “Rhinestone,” co-starring Sylvester Stallone (1984) is one of my favorite movies. Yes, really!
Twisted Tales & Windy Writings: Author Kathryn Lay’s Web site: official site from the author of Crown Me (Holiday House, 2004) and The Organized Writer Is A Selling Writer. She teaches an online class on writing for magazines and is the regional advisor for the NE/NC Texas Chapter of SCBWI.