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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Welcome to the world, BLUE BIRDS.

My friend Caroline Starr Rose's beautiful new middle-grade verse novel publishes today.

Thanks to her gracious publisher, I had a pre-publication sneak peak.

I've written about it HERE. But now you can read it everywhere!
Tell your library, your independent bookstore, your teacher friends. Such a good story.

In honor of all our books going out into the world this year, I'm borrowing Caroline's quote. I love this thought via Katherine Paterson.

Once a book is published, it no longer belongs to me. My creative task is done. The work now belongs to the creative mind of my readers. I had my turn to make of it what I could; now it is their turn. I have no more right to tell readers how they should respond to what I have written than they had to tell me how to write it. It’s a wonderful feeling when readers hear what I thought I was trying to say, but there is no law that they must. Frankly, it is even more thrilling for a reader to find something in my writing that I hadn’t until that moment known was there. But this happens because of who the reader is, not simply because of who I am or what I have done.

-Katherine Paterson, A Sense of Wonder: On Reading and Writing Books for Children

 (In honor of Caroline's new novel, I'll share bluebird art from Adolf Dehn,
"Winter Song," 
from a Christmas card I love.)


Caroline Starr Rose said...

Thank you, sweet, sweet Augusta. xoxoxo

LInda Baie said...

It should be delivered today! Beautiful post of welcome!

Rosi said...

I am really looking forward to reading this one. May B was terrific. This one looks great. Nice quote.

Carol Baldwin said...

Reading it right now and enjoying it tremendously!

Augusta Scattergood said...

Thanks for your comments. I know you'll love this book!