Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Spring in NYC.

Highlight of the week: Meeting Katherine Paterson at the Children's Choice Book Awards last night.

I also got to spend a few minutes with the fabulous Philip and Erin Stead, co-creators of A SICK DAY FOR AMOS MCGEE: He wrote it, she illustrated it, and then she won the Caldecott Medal.
(We're not related, but I kind of wish we were.)

8 comments:

Kerry said...

Kathrine Patterson? Is that James Patterson's wife? I LOVE James Patterson. I love Max Ride. Rebecca what is your new book going to be about? When will it come out?

Rebecca Stead said...

Kerry, your comment made me realize that I had spelled Katherine Paterson's name incorrectly (it's one "t"). Apologies all around!! No relation to James, Katherine is the author of many incredible books for children, including JACOB HAVE I LOVED and BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA. She is also the current National Ambassador for Young People's Literature.

kerry said...

OOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHH OK! Rebecca I just wanted to tell you how much the kids in my class love your books. See in my school there are around 50 kids who have the same teachers but there not in the same class, like how if my class is in math then the other class is in reading and writing, and then we switch. So ANYWAYS all 50 of us LOVE your books. We read "When You Reach Me" as a read aloud and in book clubs there were so many kids who wanted to read first light they had to make 3 clubs for that one book!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE SPRING! And you are so lucky, Rebecca, that you get to meet and sometimes know personally so many GREAT AUTHORS!

kjstone6 said...

I just finished When You Reach Me and find that I want to sit down and simply cry (in a good way...really!). I actually shouldn't be reading this book because I'm truly not in the age bracket it is intended, but I am finding so many great stories like yours that adults really should take the time to read!! I loved this story not only because it was so touching but because I am amazed at how you wove so many things into one. I'm still trying to figuring out how you come up with one plot and then all those subplots. One day I dream of becoming a writer but I have so much to learn! It feels so difficult, so discouraging. I just happened to pull your book off the shelf at the library (along with some others) in hopes of trying to figure out again how an author does it! I started doing short chapter summaries so that it could help me see some sort of rhyme or reason (I stopped just shy of the 16th chapter when I realized just how many there were that needed need summarizing). So while I wound up getting the book to "learn" I ended up enjoying it more than I ever imagined! Thank you for writing it and for inspiring me.

kjstone6 said...

I just read When You Reach Me and so enjoyed it I just had to tell you. I got it in hopes of learning something new about this whole writing dream I have! I started summarizing the chapters as I went so I could figure out how to use subplots but I stopped just shy of the 16th chapter once I realized how many chapters you actually have in the book! You wove such a great story together and I couldn't put it down. I often wonder how much authors like yourself know of a story before you begin; how in the world did you come up all the sub plots and get them to work together? You keep writing and I'll keep reading. Much luck to you and yours!

Mr. Shaffer said...

Hi Rebecca. My Guys Read Club and our librarian's Mother/Daughter Book are joining forces this month to read and discuss When You Reach Me. Thanks for providing a book of such wonderful book club potential!

Anonymous said...

Hi Rebecca! I just finished reading When You Reach Me, and I think that it's so great! But I only ask one question. What happened to Colin and Miranda? After they kissed?