So I’m really excited to be appearing as part of Litquake in a special, snazzy East Bay event, Lit on the Lake. Come see me October 16 at 6 pm at the Lake Chalet on Lakeside Drive in Oakland. Have you been to the Lake Chalet? It is a beautiful venue on Lake Merritt. Have you been to Litquake? It is full of writer power and fun. Come see me, please.
I’m so looking forward to talking about Dreamwood, books, writing process, my incorrigible chocolate habit, and MORE with a bunch of cool librarians at the EarlyWord site. The live chat is Sept 11 at 5 pm Eastern/2 pm Pacific. But chats are archived, so you can view my terribly inspiring answers and embarrassing typos whenever you want.
Seriously, they are fun, so check out their site. And look, they gave me a beautiful widget for signups!
Common Sense Media has named Dreamwood as the best book of 2014 (so far) for older kids. If you don’t already know Common Sense Media, check them out. They provide parents and educators with trustworthy information about media offerings so they can make informed decisions. I have consulted them SO many times when I’m deciding whether a book or movie is something I think is appropriate for my kids. So needless to say, HUGE honor. Love you, Common Sense Media!
I’ve been a bit behind collecting this stuff. In the last week or so some absolutely wonderful reviews have come in. Thank you reviewers, librarians, book people!
“A stunning debut with equal parts originality and heart.” â€”Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
“As the story races from one fantastic or frightening adventure to the next, it skillfully combines reality with fantasy. … pure fun.” â€”VOYA
“Vivid desciptions … capture the imagination at every turn. Dialogue and perilous situations nudge the story along at a steady clip, with the second half a breathless page turner.” â€”School Library Journal
â€œMackeyâ€™s descriptions of the creatures and hazards of the dreamwood are gorgeous and lush, a fantastic setting for a fantastic tale.â€ â€“Booklist
Dreamwood was also included in this year’s Summer Reading Preview from the LA Times. Thank you, LA Times!
I’m celebrating Dreamwood’s publication with a launch party at Mrs. Dalloway’s bookstore, 2904 College Avenue in Berkeley, on June 14 at 4 pm. If you’re around, please come on by. More info here.
If you like sly, Borgesian stories that are absolutely a blast to read, check out Severina by Rodrigo Rey Rosa. I reviewed it for Your Impossible Voice here.