Kerlan Collection

December 1, 2009By justinaUncategorized 4 Comments

To my utter astonishment, the Curator for the distinguished Kerlan Collection of Children’s Literature in the University of Minnesota contacted me. She asked for my manuscripts and notes. To be added to the collection along with the likes of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys! So I sent one of my early drafts of GIRL … Read More

Hanging with 30,000 Librarians!

July 13, 2009By justinaUncategorized No Comments

Sweet room looking out over the Chicago skyline and the water. Thank you, Little, Brown! My head is still reeling over last night’s wonderful catch-up with Beth Yoke, executive director of YALSA, and Stevie–her PR person of much wonderosity. We’re rolling out another very cool teen literacy project together…more soon.Then, why oh why, have I … Read More


July 6, 2009By justinaUncategorized 2 Comments

Two weeks ago, my friends, the DeVaans, surprised me with a full week’s worth of meals when I started a new project. So when my writer-buddy Martha told me that her 79-year-old adventurer of a dad jumped off his ATV before it launched into a ravine in Tahiti (yes, you read that right) and critically … Read More

Find Beauty Challenge: Last Day!

March 31, 2009By justinaUncategorized 4 Comments

So today is the last day for the North of Beautiful Find Beauty Challenge. Get your 90-second video essay in! Tell the world what’s Truly Beautiful to you. You’ll be helping children in the third world since I’m donating $10 (up to $1000) for every uploaded video to fund reconstructive surgery for kids with cleft … Read More