Slowpoke: Great Review from Kirkus!

Great news! Kirkus likes Slowpoke. The review isn’t posted on their site yet, so I’ll be good and wait to link to the complete version next week. But here’s an abbreviated preview:

“This entertaining early reader features Fiona, a girl who really, really likes to stop and smell the roses. …A clever early reader with challenging vocabulary and some food for thought to boot.”


So excited. Hope to share more interesting things soon. We’ve been busy with back-to-school madness and visiting family.

The Books Are In!

After a detour to NC, my author copies arrived in Germany this week. Yay!  The best part was having my kids insist that they each had to have their own copy, then demanding that I read it to them twice.

For more information about Slowpoke, click my newly updated website (thanks to the talented Cheryl Nathan).

I’m taking a bit of a blog break for the rest of the month. See you in August.

Simple Bean Salad

I’ve been busy busy with guests and travels. So much I’d like to share, but for now, a recipe.

I had something kind of like this at a Greek restaurant here and was craving more. I couldn’t find a recipe anywhere, and it was really so simple, so I just put together a few things and was really happy with the results. It’s really just beans marinated in a vinaigrette, plus some garnishes.

The amounts in the vinaigrette are approximate—-I rarely measure when making salad dressings. If you want to make sure it’s just right, find a vinaigrette recipe you like and use it.

Here you go:

 2 cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed (you could use another kind of bean instead)

a half-cup to 3/4 cup or so of vinaigrette dressing, enough to give the beans a good bath

My vinaigrette consisted of maybe a 1/2 cup or so of olive oil, a few tablespoons red wine vinegar, a teaspoon of honey, and some onion powder

1 small onion, diced

handful of parsley, chopped fine

Mix and let marinate in the fridge, covered. Add salt and pepper to taste (remembering that the beans are usually already salted).

Slowpoke Available for Pre-Order!

Hi everyone

You can now pre-order my easy reader, Slowpoke, through amazon. Please do! It’s the story of a slow-moving girl whose fast-paced family gets fed up with her. Click here or on the picture above to get to the appropriate page.  The picture of the cover is not on amazon yet, but don’t let that deter you. I appreciate your support.

Two Book Signings Friday, November 6 at AASL Conference


So I now have two signings on Friday. The first is from 9-10a.m. at the Boyds Mills Press booth at the exhibit hall. The second is from 12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. at table 9, the Author Pit Stop. Please come say hi, and don’t forget to sign up for my concurrent session on Saturday at 10:15 a.m.