Ohhhhh I am so behind with my 2020 mini-book reviews. My lofty goal of a round-up review each month entirely fell by the wayside, along with so much else in this overwhelming year. Let me partially remedy that right this minute with mini-book reviews of books I read in the last few months, written on … Continue reading Mini-book reviews
I. My new novel, What I Leave Behind, out on May 15, stars 16-year-old Will. Will is one of those charming people that everyone loves – maybe because he’s naturally cool, but probably because he’s fundamentally kind. He knows how to make lonely people feel less lonely, for example his socially-awkward boss Tom at Dollar … Continue reading “What I Leave Behind,” a novel
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
I just returned from the Red Balloon Bookshop, where I sat at a table for a couple of hours signing books and talking to any of the customers who felt like talking. One of them was an older woman wearing a big poofy winter jacket. She was in town for a few days from Kentucky, … Continue reading Poem of the Week, by Mark Strand
Free donut holes, my friends, free donut holes! Available at the Red Balloon Bookshop on Grand Avenue in St. Paul, tomorrow morning (August. 10) at 10:30, when I’ll be reading that new little book over to there to the left. “The Case of the Missing Donut.” Stop by and say hi if you’re in town. … Continue reading Free Donut Holes!