McGhee’s tender tale of the search for home, belonging, and identity smoothly incorporates elements of magical realism and powerful allusions to the refugee experience. Publisher’s Weekly, starred review. A quiet, memorable, fantastical tale beautifully complemented by Juan’s illustrations. Kirkus, starred review. Friends and future friends, please welcome Pablo and Birdy, my brand-new novel for children and anyone who … Continue reading Pablo and Birdy
Friends, my new novel for children, Pablo and Birdy, will be out in August. Publishers Weekly just gave it a starred review, calling it “a tender tale of the search for home, belonging, and identity (that) smoothly incorporates elements of magical realism and powerful allusions to the refugee experience.” That reference to the refugee experience … Continue reading Please send me your immigrant or refugee stories
My lovely friend Kathi Appelt and I wrote a novel together, Maybe a Fox, here on Indiebound and here on Amazon, which was published last week. It began as a lark (I’ve always wanted to use that phrase, so thank you for letting me do so here), sparked by our friendship and a poem we both loved, but … Continue reading “Maybe a Fox”
Greetings, anyone and everyone who lives within driving distance of the below bookshops! My lovely, funny, talented friend and novel-writing collaborator Kathi Appelt and I are embarking on a whirlwind tour next week, visiting bookstores to read from Maybe a Fox and chitchat with y’all (I’m channeling Kathi’s Texas drawl, can you tell?) about books and reading and … Continue reading Bookstore visits, March 7-10
My new novel for children, Firefly Hollow, with its enchanting illustrations by Christopher Denise, has been in the world for one week as of today. Except not really, seeing as it took a good six years to conjure itself. (This book is evidence that someone born fast, impatient and jumpy can, over many years, learn … Continue reading The Conjuring of "Firefly Hollow"
She was tall, especially when you were a child. She was a big woman of girth and substance, with heavy legs of which she was ashamed all her long life. In her closet hung a neat row of size 22 flowered polyester dresses. Below them, a row of size 12 lace-up shoes. It took her … Continue reading The story behind the picture book
Greetings, friends, neighbors and farflung fellow citizens of this enormous world, I’m giving away three copies of my just-about-to-be-published picture book, “Making a Friend.” Yes, it’s that pretty blue snowman book right over there. Written by me, illustrated by the wondrous Marc Rosenthal. In order to have your name added to the hat, first click … Continue reading Add your name to the hat!
A while ago, years probably, the way things are blurring together, someone gave you an idea for a picture book. “Doorways,” was the idea, which was passed along to you in a three-degrees-of-separation kind of way. That’s the kind of idea you like. A better word for it would probably be “challenge.” One word, nothing … Continue reading So Many Days