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Showing posts from November, 2007


‘Tis the Season for Family FrictionThe holidays are almost here, bringing added stresses, misunderstandings, and teen attitudes. Shaunti Feldhahn and Lisa Rice can help families with these issues during this often difficult time, as well as the rest of the year. For Parents Onlyby Shaunti Feldhahn and Lisa A. RiceClick here to purchase the book at Amazon.comShaunti Feldhahn is known for unlocking the mysteries of relationships for men and women. Now she turns to a parent’s relationship with a child, particularly a child of the opposite sex. Drawing on the results of a nationwide survey of kids and teenagers, she explores questions such as:What do moms need to understand about the “tough and tender” boy who values respect over love? What do dads need to understand about their daughter’s need for affirmation?What are the six biggest pet peeves teens have about their parents?Understanding the answers to these and other important questions can help parents make the hol…

Carnival of Christian Writers

Gina is hosting the 14th Carnival of Christian Writers at her blog.

Carla Stewart discusses “To Plot or Not to Plot”at Carla’s Writing Cafe.
Tiffany Colter presents “Is Fear Blocking you?” posted at Writing Career Coach.
Literary Agent Rachelle Gardner exhorts writers to be encouraged, even if the news from agents or publishers isn’t what you want to hear. In A Little Encouragement she discusses the nature of encouragement and concludes that the truth, good or bad, is more important to the writer than pretty platitudes.
Camy Tang gives a list and asks for your input on“Christmas gifts for writers.
Literary Agent Chip MacGregor talks about “Writing and Marketing.
Mary Connealy confesses that the Techno-Genius Strikes Again.
Literary Agent Terry Whalin tells how to “Find Your Own Way”. Terry also shares a Thanksgiving inspiration for us in “Are Your Thankful for the Thorns?”

What makes a great Christian fiction book? How do you write one? How do you write a compelling Christian r…

Island of the Blue Dolphins

Originally posted on the Something About Me Reading Challenge blog

I chose this book from Juli's list, as well as for Nattie's Newbery Challenge (my list is here). I can't find Juli's post about this novel and why she chose it, but I imagine it's tied to the adventure and wonderful story.

This was one of my favorite books when I was growing up. I loved it, probably because I admired Karana's resourcefulness and strength. I still do. What an amazing book! I can't wait for my daughters to read and enjoy this.

I had the privilege of meeting Scott O'Dell himself in 1983 when I was in the 8th grade. Michele Andrews and I were chosen from both of Ms. Wood's 8th grade Unified Studies classes to be a part of a day where we could interview Mr. O'Dell. We had a great time, even though we were the oldest students there! (I think almost everyone else was in the 5th and 6th grades.) I remember Mr. O'Dell commenting on Michele's lovely Texas accent, an…

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