NCTE schedule

Hi everyone,

Sandy Asher would like for you know about an event coming up that might be of interest to you. Here’s the scoop. . I know Sandy (and who doesn’t) so we know this will be a great event or she wouldn’t be involved in it. If you have questions, contact Lindsay Bandy

On other matters, my schedule is now in place for NCTE this fall in St. Louis. On Friday, November 17, Mary Jo Fresch and I will make a one hour fifteen minute presentation about how to prepare students to research their subject before writing about it. Immediately following, we’ll sign our new Scholastic book, which will be out just in time for the conference, 7 KEYS TO RESEARCH FOR WRITING SUCCESS. Here’s a look at the cover.
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On Saturday I’ll sign copies of NOW YOU SEE THEM, NOW YOU DON’T at the Charlesbridge booth from 11:00 – 12:00 then go to the Authors’ Luncheon from 12:30 – 2:15. I’m not speaking at that event but I’ll be at a sponsored table (Thanks Charlesbridge!) with free books for ticketed guests who join me for lunch. NOW YOU SEE THEM is one of NCTE’s picks this year for Notable Books of Poetry for Children. My next title with Charlesbridge, A PLACE TO START A FAMILY, won’t be out yet but promotional pieces will be available. The pub date is January 6.


My poem for Word of the Month Poetry Challenge

Hi everyone,

To the Tree in my Front Yard

You live life,
you stretch time,
endure long
beyond your prime.

You stretch time,
you live life,
survive winter’s
icy knife.

You live life,
you stretch time,
out of tune,
out of rhyme.

One more season,
one more climb,
you live life,
you stretch time.

(c) by David L. Harrison
All rights reserved

Got it!

Hi everyone,

I received news yesterday that Holiday House is making an offer for my 100th book. It’s a book for the very young about how the body works. I wrote it a year ago tailored to the needs of an editor at a different publisher. He never responded to follow-up queries over the next eleven months.

One month ago I finally notified him that I needed to hear something by the end of that week or I would try somewhere else. No response. I went to Holiday House, where an immediate expression of interest was signaled. And first thing yesterday morning I got the glad word.

I’m happy the wait is over! Well … now of course I’m waiting for #101. (:>

The waiting game

Day 6

Hi everyone,

Today is Day 6 of my wait to place my 100th book. Maybe today.

Meanwhile, the old Bradford pear tree in our front yard is losing ground now. Here’s what its trunk looked like two years ago.

And here it is today. It’s old limbs are sagging closer to the ground as the split widens and grows deeper with the passing weeks. It might make it into winter if it can hang on long enough to shed the load of its leaves this fall. It’s a waiting game.