Interview with Candida Labrecque, New book recommendations and even great web sites to explore!
What will 2009 bring
for you? We would love to hear how you are doing
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and put "New Year - Babes to Teens" in the subject
line, and please do mention what your favorite
book is. I will send a free book to everyone
who responds, and print your letters in March.
How is your book terminology? Clique Lit was
a new term for me to investigate...and there
is lots of new Clique Lit being published now.
Teens seem to love these fast moving stories
of teens being teens. Here is one of the latest....
A brand new clique-lit
novel for teens:
Poseur #2: The Good, the Fab and the Ugly
(Poseur Novel) by Rachel Maude
Fashion isn't everything.
It's the only thing.
The Good, the Fab, and the Ugly is the
second stylish and hilarious new novel in the
series from the publisher of bestselling Gossip
It Girl, and The
A-List. Includes 5 do-it-yourself
patterns by real-life fashion label Compai and
fashion sketches throughout by the author!
Halloween comes to Winston Prep and the newly
named teen fashion label POSEUR introduces this
season's must-have accessory: a red-hot handbag
called the Trick-or-Treater. But whose design
is sweetest? Janie, Petra, Melissa, and Charlotte
all insist that it is theirs. You see the problem?
Good thing, then, for the sweetness of revenge.
Time to dust off that costume and put your best
mask forward. in this season for candy, conflict,
A Happy Heart (Always Trouble Somewhere Series,
Book 5) by Wanda E. Brunstetter
Welcome back to Lancaster County, and join
lovable and outrageously rambunctious eleven-year-old
Rachel Yoder, as she learns an important lesson
about happiness. Ages 9-12
History in the making
for younger kids. Current affairs doesn't get
President Barack Obama - A Coloring & Activity
Book by N. Wayne Bell All Ages.
Here is a new Fancy
Nancy early reader...this time she's an expert
on plants. Ages 4-8
Fancy Nancy: Poison Ivy Expert (I Can Read
Book 1) by Jane O'Connor, with illustrators
Robin Preiss Glasser and Ted Enik
No book list would
be complete without the latest from J. K. Rowling:
The Tales of Beedle the Bard is new
in the stores as I write this. Here Ms. Rowling
expolores mythology with here usual wit and
wisdom in a much smaller volume that we have
come to expect from here. It is a joy to read.
I had the opportunity
to visit, via e-mail with Candida Labrecque
about her children's book
A Riverside Walk With Grandma. I
liked the personalizing features of this little
rhyming book. Candi is a retired teacher, musician,
mother and grandmother. Here is what she had
to say about writing...
Bev: Please tell
us a bit about yourself...your journey through
life and as a writer
As a child, reading was the door that opened,
to meet fascinating people and travel to far
away lands...Sitting on the "stoop"—the
front steps of our house— "Lands and Peoples"
volumes and National Geographic magazines
provided the magic carpet to travel.
Bev: Who were your favorite authors, and
CANDI: I met the "Children of Dickens"
in Samuel Crother's volume from Houghton Mifflin
Publishers."Stories for Little Children" brought
children from around the world to my home. "Mother
Goose" and Robert Louis Stevenson's "A Child's
Garden of Verses" taught me the rhythm and beauty
of rhyme. Then Johanna Spyri's "Heidi", Louisa
May Alcott's "Little Women", Mickie Davidson's
"Annie Sullivan & Helen Keller" and later Joane
Peart's "Orphan Train West" Trilogy became my
Bev: What kind of books do you read now?
CANDI: Now my preferences include music
and personal development as in Ernest Hutcheson's
"The Literature of the Piano" and Lawrence Richard's
"The Bible Reader's Companion".
Bev: I realize that your grandchildren were
your inspiration for "A Riverside Walk With
did it take you to write and illustrate that
CANDI: As a mother and grandmother,
writing a children's book was a "natural" thing
to do. One morning (at 3:30 am) I awoke and
went to my desk and wrote and illustrated "A
Riverside Walk With Grandma." The pictures,
words and rhyme came as fast as i could write
them down. It was, I suppose, what we might
call a true inspiration.
Bev: Tell me about your decision to self-publish
CANDI: Searching the internet, I found
LifeVest Publishing located in Centennial, Colorado.
I knew nothing about the publishing industry,
but found Lifevest very eay to work with.
Bev: What did you do as a teacher to promote
CANDI: As a parent and teacher, to promote
the love of reading, I set a special time aside
for reading. At home, sitting on the couch together,
reading aloud to my own children and at the
dinner table, passing a book around to be read
by those who were finished eating (and could
read), while waiting for everyone to finish
eating and say the "thank-you" grace together.
In the classroom it was when the children came
into the classroom after lunch, I read to them
as they sat at their desks relaxing and listening
and enjoying a good book I chose to read to
Bev: Are you currently working on another
book? I'm sure that you have lots of new ideas.
Tell us about that.
CANDI: A book is "milling around" in
my head these days, waiting for me to write
it down. It will reflect years of living, loving
people and loving music. I'll know the right
time to pick up a pen...(or type it) and write
and even illustrate it. I look forward to that
day when the words and ideas just flow together
naturally—what fun that will be!
Bev: Do you have any advice for kids who
would like to be writers?
CANDI: Read, haunt your public library,
take time to dream: What makes you happy? What
if....?Who? What?Where?How? When? Why?
Bev: What other thoughts wou ld you like
to share with us?
CANDI: What makes us human is not our
mind but our heart, not our ability to think,
but our ability to love.
Bev: Thank you so much for taking the time
to share your ideas with us. I hope the writing
inspiration for that new book comes very soon.
to read Bev's review of A Riverside Walk With
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