Clare Vanderpool
 Children's Book Author
 




                    


         "You have to write the book that wants to be written.  And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children."

                                               Madeleine L'Engle
Navigating Early
has been named a
2014 Printz Honor Book!

One boy from Kansas

+ one boy from Maine

+ one boat on the  

     AppalachianTrail

+ a search for a great bear

+ 3.14 (pi)_________________

= The journey of a lifetime

After his mother's death at the end of World War II, Jack Baker is suddenly uprooted from his home in Kansas and placed in a boys' boarding school in Maine.

       Feeling lost and adrift, Jack can't help being drawn to Early, who refuses to believe what everyone accepts to be the truth about the great Appalachian bear, timber rattlesnakes, and the legendary school hero known as the Fish, who was lost in the war.

       When Jack and Early find themselves alone at school, they set out for the Appalachian Trail on a quest for the great black bear.  Along the way they meet some truly strange characters, several of them dangerous, all lost in some way, and each a part of the pi story Early continues to reveal.  Jack's ability to be a steadfast friend to Early will be tested as the boys discover things they never knew about themselves and others.

       Navigating Early is a story that will challenge and astound readers as they navigate mysterious and uncharted lands.

(From the book jacket)

    






January 10, 2012

One year ago today...

I received amazing news.  It's not the only time I've received wonderful and life changing news.  Other times:


18 years ago, the doctor said, "It's a boy!" 

16 years ago, "It's another boy!"

14 years ago, "It's a girl!"

11 years ago, "It's another girl!"

9 years ago, "It's a dog!"

7 years ago... well, that must have been a slow year in the world

                       of amazing news, but you get the gist.

Still, January 10th, 2011 will forever be a day I will remember and celebrate.  A day that will give me lots of opportunities to say to my kids, "See, amazing things happen... and they can happen to you!"

This past year has been filled with many wonderful experiences.  Of course, one of the most special was the ALA conference in New Orleans where I received the Newbery Award.  My family came out in full force, i.e. my husband and four kids, my sister, her husband and their four kids, and my mom and dad.  I joked that we were like the Clampitt's riding into New Orleans.  No, we did not strap Grandma to the top of the 15 passenger van, but we certainly felt like we had struck it rich and really enjoyed the cement pond at the hotel.

I've met many wonderful people, spoken at lots of schools and conferences, gotten some great fan mail.  One of my favorites was from a 4th grader who told me he was glad that Kansas was now known for something other than basketball and weather!  That's big noise, especially since Kansas is pretty much the birthplace of basketball. 

So 2011 was a wonderful year but not only because of a special award.  Other big events:  Lucy got her braces off.  Paul got his braces on.  Luke crammed 80 high school kids in our garage for a dance and everyone survived.  Grace's singing has not broken any windows... yet.  (Lucy made me put that.)

And I finished my next book!  It is called Navigating Early and will come out next spring.  More on that soon.

So, life goes on and life is good.

Clare



April 2011


Okay.  I’ve procrastinated long enough.  Actually, I wouldn’t call it procrastination.  I just haven’t wrapped my brain around the fact that people I’m not related to are actually reading my website. 

 

I had a fun time creating this website last summer in preparation for the book coming out and part of that was because I approached it as if I was just talking to my sister, my kids, or my friend across the street.

 

Then January 10th rolled around and the Newbery seal went on my book, and all of the sudden people were e-mailing me, telling me something they had read on my website.  I think that’s when I froze up a bit and I gave myself the excuse of not updating it because I had to write my Newbery acceptance speech.  Or I needed to prepare for upcoming speaking engagements.  And those were valid excuses.  But then, they became a little less valid – like I need to fold some laundry.  Or I need to let the dogs out.  Or I really need to change out that roll of toilet paper. 

 

That’s when I realized I had a bit of writer’s block regarding my website.  So I decided to go to go back to what worked the first time.  I’m just going to write as if I’m talking to my sister, my kids, or my neighbor across the street - and just tell you what’s been going on in my world lately.

 

In a nutshell, life has been wonderful, crazy, and very busy.  I’ve had many invitations to speak at schools, conferences, book festivals.  What a thrill to get to talk to so many people who are very excited about my book!

 

In fact, I would have to say that one of the most unexpected and most wonderful results of winning the Newbery has been the way my local community in Wichita and people across Kansas have embraced the book and celebrated this wonderful honor with me.  It’s like there’s this big Newbery train and everyone feels free to jump on.  And I love that!

 

I also love the fact that I’ve had some great help.  While I was in New York immediately following the Newbery announcement, my sister and our good friend CY (C.Y. not sigh) came up with a To-Do list to help me in those busy days.  Things like #4 – Make new business cards.  #7 - Start a scrapbook.  And my favorite one, #13 – get pre-loaded credit cards for CY and Annmarie.

 

We set up weekly meetings to help keep me organized.  They consist of Annmarie and CY showing up at my house asking, “Is the coffee on?”  Or  “Can I fix myself an egg?”  Then Annmarie’s kids eat their breakfast at the counter and CY’s son tells us how the Wichita State Shockers are doing.  As soon as everyone’s fed, the kids go off to play or watch a show and I clean up the kitchen.  Then we start to discuss something, like updating my website, and then Annmarie’s littlest one has to go to the bathroom.  Then we start to talk about up upcoming event just in time for CY’s phone to ring.  Then I start to pull out my calendar to go over a few odds and ends as CY packs up to take Jake to school and Annmarie gathers up her kids.  Then I go in the family room to pick up the monopoly game that has been “played with” and is now on the floor. 

I get a lot done at those meetings.

 

But my daughter Grace did start a wonderful scrapbook full of Moon Over Manifest pictures and memorabilia, Annmarie did design some great new business cards, along with some for herself and CY giving them each the job title of “Assistant to the Assistant.”  They are still waiting for their fully loaded credit cards but I do make sure they get coffee and an egg once a week.

 

We’re all chipping in and we’re all having a great time.

 

Hopefully, I’ll get another update in before long.  I need to go change a roll of toilet paper.





oakley oakley minute machine diamond dial edition

Cheap luxurious oakley oakley minute machine diamond dial edition Get More Green Back oakley oakley minute machine diamond dial edition in my store

beautiful world lyrics oakley oakley minute machine diamond dial edition Jim was born on 4 March 1936 at Wester Kilmany Farm in the oakley sunglasses reviews village oakley sunglasses for big heads of Kilmany Fife where his father James moved to in 1931 taking over the tenancy of the farm on the Anstruther Gra. Read More mens burberry scarf 0:31min Watch £300,000 Lamborghini CRASH and. Opening up learning (SEN articles). ASTON MARTIN DB4GT Less is more Peter Collins on the ultimate Aston Martin. Read More 1:21min Yowie allegedy caught on infrared tree. alternate communication (AAC) is a communication method used to supplement speech or writing for users with impairments in these the hermes scarf areas. Click on gallery top right to view images.

Shop oakley oakley minute machine diamond dial edition Get off to good start with quality The words alone are enough to send shivers up the spine …. Karen oakley jupiter lx polarized Woodham: Good grief oakley juliet polarized fire iridium 4 years on and this article is still on louis vuitton scarf outlet ». PORSCHE CLUB GB : Ken Davies PCGB South Wales Concours d&rsquo. Karen Woodham: Thank you @slappybear:disqus, I'm a little nervous ». Sensory issues and autism: an insider’s guide (SEN articles). uk Compare Games, DVD and Blu ray chanel scarf outlet ·. Read the rest of this entry &rarr.

Read oakley luggage clearance sale oakley photochromic lenses More 2:25min Prince Charles and where to buy burberry scarf Camilla continue. This menu is designed to be taken by the whole table. 51 999 products remaining for this promotion. FORTY YEARS OF THE CLAN CRUSADER 2011 sees Clan owners celebrating forty years of their favourite marque. Rock Breakers, Hydraulic &bull. She has one huge boob escaping louis vuitton silk scarves outside of her top and one hand pushed into the woman's panties. A discretionary service charge of 12. Find best value and selection for your Luxury Items outlet discount oakley oakley minute machine diamond dial edition in online store

uk reserve the oakley sunglasses polarized oakley nanowire 3.0 sunglasses right, in its sole discretion, to cancel or suspend the email portion of this contest should a virus or bug or other cause beyond the reasonable control of hive. 2008 Inspired by a Broad Perspective E Heathcote Financial Times House and Home, p11 10. This was originally set up to help schools to provide uniforms for families in need, and now also helps schools to ensure scarf gucci pupils do not miss out on trips or activities. Brands SEARCH BY A Z Brands DKNY DKNY Feel chic and stay cosy in this seasons DKNY loungewear collection. MSA approved roll cage with removable roof bars &bull. From fairisle prints to keep warm robes, this range has everything you need for a stylish night in. Carbon fibre instrument panel with VDO gauges louis vuitton hat and scarf set for men &bull. oakley oakley minute machine diamond dial edition

Luxury Items Outlet On Sale Offer You Discount oakley oakley minute machine diamond dial edition sale in Luxury Items store He just shrugged his shoulders and pointed to the steady drip of water entering the Ferrari 275 GTB via the bulkhead: oakley discounts &ldquo. These three oakley hdo lenses captures show a chunky mature lady hermes scarf getting it from a younger, tattooed guy. If he'd only just let go and trust his original instinct, which is 9 times out of 10 spot on. The principle of gucci scarf outlet operation is the same for other engine applications. She is fingered, has her pussy eaten up and then gets fucked real hard from behind. Women of all ages usually are caged and also humiliated as physical objects. LikeaBurningMan 05 12 2014, 07:00 PM Reply Originally Posted by should_be_working if he's so unsure of what he's done that he has to continuously keep tweaking.