Kirkus Starred Review

One Big Happy Family got a Kirkus starred review! Hooray! (I can’t wait to read the whole collection!) My essay got a call-out: Friedman, while admitting to occasional twinges of jealousy and guilt evoked by having her daughter’s birth mother integrated into their lives, trumpets openness for her daughter’s sake: “She will never have to wonder why her first mother …

Power of the Pen this year

I got to be a judge at Power of the Pen again this year, which is a nice way to spend a rainy, dreary Saturday. There were fewer judges this time around because the date was moved due to last week’s blizzard so there were two of us judging each grade. That meant that each team read around 50 pieces …