Author Tidbits: Clare Vanderpool

For those of you who have forgotten, Clare Vanderpool is the fabulous author of the 2011 Newbery Medal book, Moon Over Manifest. Since I’ve already written a post on the award-winning book, who says I can’t write one about the award-winning author? So let’s get started.

Clare Vanderpool lives four blocks from where she grew up, and within walking distance of several VERY important places (relatives, bookstores, etc.). When she was younger, she found herself reading in many odd places: The bathroom, dressing rooms, school (don’t tell!). She claims she did get her degree in English, but also learned tons from looking out the window during car trips, listening to family stories, and playing pretend. Don’t we all? Clare has a happy family with a husband and four kids. If you go to her website, you will find they are all greatly talented. Aside from writing, Clare likes to spend time with friends and family, browse bookstores (I share that joy), and watch re-runs of Monk.

A Warning (But a Good One)

I just wanted to give you a little heads-up. Be on the lookout for an author interview! The subject is Deborah Wiles, creator of Countdown (see review). I’m very excited to be given the chance to actually talk on the phone with her, and I’m also very excited to be able to share it with you. So, anyway, just be checking for the interview! I’ll try to find out a date, and get it out in public as soon as possible.

Author Tidbits: Jacqueline Kelly

In case you forgot, Jacqueline Kelly is the talented author behind The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate. But before that she was a physician and a lawyer. She was born in New Zealand, but that didn’t last very long. Soon she moved to Canada with her family, and then to the desert and heat of Texas. You can imagine what a shock she must have gotten, going from forests on Vancouver Island to the environment of El Paso. That’s where she attended university, and then she went to Galveston to study to be a physician. But she soon turned her back on that and went to law school.

Finally, after all those years, Jacqueline finally decided writing was for her. Her first short story was written in 2001, and the novel that was her debut came out in 2009. This was The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate. She based the setting on what she saw as a child, and the dog Ajax is based on her own beloved dog Elvis. Aren’t you surprised what an interesting life this author has led?

Forest Born

This is the fourth and possibly last book in The Books of Bayern. I’m not sure yet. To those who have taken my advice and have read the first three books in the series, do you remember Razo’s little sister, Rin? I hope you do, because this book is all about her. After a hurtful discovery, Rin feels she has to accompany Razo and his friend Dasha to on a trip. But she gets more than she bargained for. When a last hope turns into a fight for her friends’ and Rin’s lives, it’s up to her to face herself and save them from an old nemesis. I liked this book because it is the most unpredictable of all, and sometimes I just couldn’t believe what I was reading! That’s how good it is! I am serious, you are going to love this book, and to all those who don’t believe me, you are missing out! So, please, ask your parents to take you to the library right now.