Selected Works

A Young Adult Novel, 2014
A Young Adult novel, 2012
Adults and Young Adults
A 2010 Green Earth Book Awards Honor Book
Younger Readers
A new twist to a very old story. Beautifully illustrated by Heather Solomon.
A tall tale from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Winner of the 2002 Charlotte Zolotow Award for best writing in a picture book. Available in hardcover and paperback.
Works in Progress
A new YA novel
A collection of essays about Fairy Tales

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Transformations in Writing

My Essay in The Horn Book about Madeline L'Engle's Early Novel CAMILLA

November 12, 2014

Tags: writing life

Reissue of Madeline L'Engle's Camilla
From the Horn Book, Fall 2014, an essay about CAMILLA and the long view of writing for teenagers. Read it here


"CAMILLA is narrated by a princess, one who lives with her parents in a New York City penthouse. The novel was published long before there was a young adult genre as we know it today, but it contains all the elements of the classic YAs of the late twentieth century a journey out of childhood, a hypersensitive girl, a pace providing ample time for deep reflection. The reader participates in a clean, well-documented metamorphosis, wisely told by a girl who embodies the most cherished aspects of twentieth-century female adolescence at least in literature: hope, compassion, and a fearless, unflinching honesty."

Comments

  1. March 31, 2015 1:51 PM EDT
    I listened to this dreamy book in my car as I drove out of a big city into the countryside. It was the perfect way to experience Camilla who, as is her gift, Madeline L'Engle beautifully brought to life. I can't imagine anyone not loving this tale.
    - Margaret Winchell Miller