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.
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 outlet stores in north carolina
Prices Slashed oakley outlet stores in north carolina Get off to good start with quality oakley outlet stores in north carolina Shop with confidence.
leed certified oakley outlet stores in north carolina 4) oakley mp3 sunglasses eyewear oakley nanowire 4.0 lenses hermes mens scarf We are now registered with Empties Please, a recycling scheme for used (small) printer cartridges.
Concrete Breakers, Pneumatic &bull.
Collection bins will be made available in school and further, detailed information will follow.
A range of traditionally prepared, handmade baked goods using local gucci blue scarf free range meat and eggs.
Tomato And Basil Sandwiches&bull.
If in doubt, please check splease.
Concrete Handling Equipment &bull.
Prime Picks oakley outlet stores in north carolina Save in Every Aisle Products UKIP on oakley photochromic sunglasses review oakley minute 2.0 sunglasses polarized course to crush chanel scarf outlet Conservatives in Rochester and Strood by election after taking 15 point lead, poll.
European banks Stress relief Europe's banks are in decent shape but that is not enough to repair its economy 5 More in Business & finance ».
The building rises above burberry scarf the gently sloping parkland, twisting its massing to the contours of the ground.
From time to time this kinky swinger will be dressed up to be a slutty little nurse, wanting to complete loads of erectile healing.
Each floor has a strong and distinct architectural character.
A history of Mecca Sacred and profane The virtues and vices of Islam's holiest city 9 More in Culture ».
Generally in most of this amateurs images plus films this slut is definitely dressed up in a uniform or even stockings.
The photo below sure looks oakley radar path sale incriminating.
There was this website, Israeli Defense Force Spokeperson website.
Lisa Ann, who starred in such films as "MILFs Illustrated &hellip.
Now, this oakley optical hermes scarf is a very new website.
It hasn't been a website that has been around for the burberry scarves for men purpose telling people what the IDF does.
Just because someone is a celebrity doesn't mean they're loved by millions.
Some of the most talked about people today are those who make themselves hard to get along &hellip. The brand new oakley outlet stores in north carolina the lowest price when shopping online!
Personal room oakley riddle replacement lens oakley rx glasses frames types provide distinctive accommodation, whilst each student has a private balcony looking out onto burberry gauze scarf the surrounding open fields.
However, should you need to complain we will do everything possible to ensure that your complaint is dealt with quickly and fairly.
The project can transform at a moment&rsquo.
00 and above (4) Home Christmas Festive Wreaths Shop Festive Wreaths Celebrate Christmas with traditional wreaths.
s notice, from retail space, displaying both new and classic K Swiss products to an open, unbranded space for music, film burberry silk scarves or events.
Ten library archive units are adapted to combine display and storage.
Choose from beautiful wooden, foam or scratch art wreaths to hang with pride this Christmas perfect for festive decoration and window displays. oakley outlet stores in north carolina
The Cheap Luxury Items Us online shop oakley outlet stores in north carolina Sale Website Free Shipping 'Intelligence oakley ice pick nose piece oakley lanyard black authentic gucci scarf insulting' response for the head huncho of the BBC, Mark Thompson.
Posted on October 26, 2014 by admin In the game of Survivor, the sins of another can often seal your fate.
He is imply that we are not smart enough, that the charities are not smart enough to make sure that the monies go to those who need it, Now, Just fuck off Mark.
Unfortunately for marketing manager Kelley Wentworth, it wasn't just the sins of another that ended her game it was the sins of her father.
#huddersfield #outdoorworld #outdoor 2 days ago Hello new followers.
The 34 year old admitted that she has chanel scarf black hung out with "a lot" of athletes, yet &hellip.
waaaayyyyy ,,,, you make me wanna shout, Yep it was T mobile flash mobing the station with a bunch of dancers and some goodish music.