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Happy holidays (and a gift idea)!

Are you buying any of my books to give as a gift this holiday season? If so, thank you! I’d be thrilled to send you a signed bookplate and some book swag for you to include with your gift. Just send an email to laurie@lauriethompson.com with the details (which book, to whom it should be personalized, and what mailing address you’d like

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Review: Three Stars in the Night Sky

THREE STARS IN THE NIGHT SKY by Fern Schumer Chapman Gussie Rose Press/June 6, 2018 Grades 5-8, 56 pages Here’s what the publisher says: At the age of 12, Gerda Katz fled Nazi Germany and came to America all by herself. Decades before the label gained recognition, she became what’s now known as an “unaccompanied minor.” Gerda’s story of family

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Facts First! Nonfiction Monday

Review: Votes for Women!

Votes for Women! American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot by Winifred Conkling Algonquin Young Readers, February 13, 2018 Grades 8-12, 320 pages Here’s what the publisher says about Votes for Women!: For nearly 150 years, American women did not have the right to vote. On August 18, 1920, they won that right, when the 19th Amendment to the

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Facts First! Nonfiction Monday

Review: Capsized! by Patricia Sutton

Capsized! The Forgotten Story of the SS Eastland Disaster by Patricia Sutton Chicago Review Press (July 1, 2018) Grades 5-8, 176 pages Here’s what the publisher says about Capsized!: A fascinating historical account of courage and tragedy on the Chicago River On July 24, 1915, the SS Eastland, filled to capacity with 2,500 passengers and crew, capsized in the Chicago River

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Review: EAVESDROPPING ON ELEPHANTS

EAVESDROPPING ON ELEPHANTS by Patricia Newman Millbrook Press/August 1, 2018 Grades 4-8, 56 pages Here’s what the publisher says: Can understanding how forest elephants communicate help scientists find ways to protect this vulnerable species? Researcher Katy Pane and others involved with Cornell University’s Elephant Listening Project believe it can. Patricia Newman takes readers behind the scenes to see how scientists

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2018 CYBILS Round 1 judge

2018 CYBILS, here I come! I’m excited to share that I’ll be a CYBILS judge again this year. The CYBILS Awards recognize authors and illustrators whose books for children and young adults combine both literary merit and popular appeal. In the past, I’ve always helped with judging the younger nonfiction category (Nonfiction Picture Books in 2011 and 2012, and Elementary/Middle

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The Histories and Mysteries blog tour roundup

Our latest in the Two Truths and a Lie series, Histories and Mysteries, has been out for a few weeks now, and we were lucky enough to have it hit the web for its official blog tour right around publication day. Now that the dust has started to settle a bit, I wanted to share all of the in-depth reviews, educational materials,

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Launch party recap for Two Truths and a Lie: Histories and Mysteries

I wanted to share some of my favorite photos from the Two Truths and a Lie: Histories and Mysteries launch party last Saturday at Brick and Mortar Books: This is the window display that greeted us when we arrived at Brick and Mortar Books! So nice!! They had loads of books ready for sale! The signing line starts to form.

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Happy book birthday to Histories and Mysteries!

TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE: HISTORIES AND MYSTERIES is finally here! It takes a lot of people working together to create a book, and this book had such an amazing team behind it. Many, many thanks to my co-author, Ammi-Joan Paquette; our agent, Erin Murphy; our editor, Jordan Brown; and all the wonderful folks at Walden Pond Press and HarperCollins.

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What to read on World Refugee Day

Can you imagine becoming a refugee, needing to leave your house suddenly with no plans, little idea of where to go, and the knowledge that you may never return? Every day children and their families are being forced to flee their homes, communities, and countries around the world just to stay alive. Today, June 20th, is World Refugee Day, held

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