Guest Post: Jane Kurtz on Bringing Books Into the World

By Jane Kurtz

Giving birth to a book is hard. I know. I know. Whine whine whine. Anyway, labor pains are almost over. The new middle grade novel is almost out in the world.

On the verge of my book’s birthday, I returned to the Portland school where my brother and fellow author, Chris Kurtz, was teaching third grade the year I was revising Planet Jupiter (Greenwillow,

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Ethiopia Reads

From author Jane Kurtz:

“Pennies promise poetry.
Dollars deliver dreams.
A buck can buy a book and books change lives.

“Instead of asking ‘a penny for your thoughts,’ we’re asking you to put your two cents in by donating a dollar to Ethiopia Reads during the month of May help in celebration of our fourth anniversary.

“Ethiopia Reads was founded in May 2003 by Yohannes Gebregiorgis after he realized how much even one book changed his life.

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