To say that the Baddenfield family had a checkered past is to insult innocent board games everywhere. It is also inaccurate. The lives of the Baddenfields were not checkered. If their family tree were a chessboard, the squares would all be black.
I can’t resist a story that takes place deep undersea. The strange creatures and surreal settings that exist beneath the waves range from magical and majestic to horrifying and haunting, so there’s plenty of opportunity for surprises!
Question of the Day: Where would you like to have an adventure?
He took great pleasure in teasing her; he’d decided that Bee was no name for a person, and that it must just be the first letter of her real name. So every time he came in, he addressed her by a new and awful name that started with B.
–Baker’s Magic by Diane Zahler
Ali loved words, and she especially loved that words and names, like shoes, could fit.
–One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street by Joanne Rocklin
I’d exaggerated a little when I talked to Nash. Mom and Dad haven’t exactly engaged in a cloak-and-dagger adoption conspiracy. Mom loved to tell my story, and Dad always hung around listening.
-Kimchi & Calamari by Rose Kent
Do you like retellings? Every once in a while I like to see a new take on an old favorite. My favorites are usually taken from fairy tales. There’s something magical about taking pieces of an oldie-but-goodie and seeing them reworked into something new.
What’s your favorite fairy tale?
That was one of the secrets to success: caring about the big things and the small things. Or in Pattie’s case, you cared about everything.