Response to Letters from Anderson Elementary, Bristol, TN

Published December 8, 2015

I so appreciated hearing from you, Beth Rhinehardt, librarian at Anderson, and your fifth and sixth grade students this week. What a nice surprise!

It was good to hear that some of you have read Mary Ann’s Mountain. Thank you for thinking that my book is “cool”. Hopefully, Beaver Creek Blues will be even more so. It is going through the long process of being published as I write. My illustrator has done a really neat cover of the ragtag gang of boys who learn life lessons over baseball and a special member of their gang. This story takes place in the Bristol area.

Glad that some of you found my book and those that I recommended on e-book. I’ve updated my list of favorite books. They are not necessarily in order of likes except for #1. These books all deal with one or more of the problems of growing up, the struggle to survive, the ups and downs of friendships, the surreal, and the wonder of the human spirit.

  1. The Cay by Theodore Taylor
  2. Belle Prater’s Boy by Ruth White
  3. Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool (Mrs. Rhineholt had her picture made with the author! It’s in your library.)
  4. A Dog Called Kitty by Bill Wallace
  5. Nothing Wrong with a Three-Legged Dog by Graham McNamee
  6. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
  7. Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
  8. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  9. Holes by Louis Sachar
  10. A Shingle Shard by Linda Sue Park
  11. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
  12. Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
  13. Silent to the Bone by E. L. Konigsburg
  14. Christmas Tapestry and Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco
  15. Graceful the last of the Willow Falls series by Wendy Mass
  16. Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty
  17. The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer
  18. When Jessie Came Across the Sea by Amy Hest

Please tell the tall, pretty girl who introduced me to Black Girl Dreaming that I am reading that next. Thank you again, Anderson Elementary, for being such a good audience! Maybe, I can come back with Beaver Creek Blues.