Yesterday I was honored to moderate a discussion with this year’s and last year’s Newbery winners Clare Vanderpool and Rebecca Stead for a whole auditorium full of Random House folk. Clare and Rebecca were fantastic, of course. Among other things they talked about THE CALL (the early morning phone call informing each that they’d won the award), school visits, writing, setting, genre, family, and a whole lot more. Clare and Rebecca’s responses to my questions made me realize how much Moon Over Manifest and When You Reach Me have in common — a strong sense of place based on each author’s own experiences, intriguing and unconventional threads of plot, a setting back in time, and more. Thank you so much, Random House, for inviting me to do this.
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