Category Archives: Fiction for Young Readers

Great novels for young, independent, and young adult readers

The Artist and Ganymede

There was an old artist with his cat named Ganymede. They sat before a window high in a tower. Below was the market, above was the sky, and a circus on rooftops where all animals could fly. In the morning … Continue reading

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Friendship at VCFA, where the magic is real

During this summer’s residency in Writing for Children and Young Adults at the Vermont College of Fine Art, I was one of six student lecturers sharing critical insights regarding picture book authorship. My presentation focused on the textual reference to … Continue reading

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Creating Inspiration

A picture I’ve sketched to gather inspiration for a picture book. Poor lonely faerie.

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The Vermont Adventure – day six

Today consisted mainly of graduate lectures and readings as well as our third workshop. Tonight the students will learn who their advisors are for the next six months, so there is a lot of anticipation. The second-semester students also threw … Continue reading

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The Forest Girl – finale

In the last installment Lisa and Lance sought refuge at Lance’s house after fleeing from Cerridwen’s violent transformation. Then Lisa returned home. What will the two discover when they meet up the following day and return to Cerridwen’s home? _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ … Continue reading

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Charlie, Charlie

A little tongue-in-cheek story. ______________________________________ Foyer of a dark abandoned house at night. Wind howls outside. A sheet of notebook paper lies in the middle of the dusty floor encircled by candles. Two pencils lie across one another, the one … Continue reading

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The Forest Girl – part three

In part two we left Lisa Browning fleeing from Cerridwen, who was revealing more of her bizarre character. Lance Carpenter, who has been interested in Cerridwen, also began to make connections with the Ash family and the disappearances of children … Continue reading

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