Happy (Buggy) Book Birthday to Rebecca Petruck!

May 8th, 2018

Grab a grasshopper and join me in congratulating Rebecca Petruck on the release today of her second middle grade novel, BOY BITES BUG. Will didn’t plan to eat a stinkbug. But when his friend Darryl called new kid Eloy Herrera a racial slur, Will did it as a diversion. Now Will is Bug Boy, and […]

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Reader Feedback on NORMAL

August 23rd, 2016
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This is just the greatest. KT Literary author Rebecca Petruck recently shared an awesome letter she received from a reader of her debut novel Steering Toward Normal, which was published in May 2014 by Abrams/Amulet. Rebecca gave me permission to share it here for your enjoyment. In case you’re wondering why I love middle grade […]

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Congrats to Rebecca Petruck!

July 29th, 2015
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I’m delighted to share the news of a new sale for Rebecca Petruck, which was announced in PW’s Children’s Bookshelf yesterday! In case that’s too small to read, here’s the lovely pertinent details: Howard Reeves at Abrams/Amulet has bought Rebecca Petruck’s Will Nolan Eats Bugs, in which a class clown tries not to worry about […]

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Six Geese a-Laying (or various barnyard animals)

December 8th, 2014

Day Six of of our 15 Days of Christmas Giveaways, and we’re hitting the barnyard! At this point in the song, I figure everyone’s about done with birds, so let’s hang out with some cows, shall we? And not just cows, but steer. In Rebecca Petruck’s Steering Toward Normal, we meet Joker and Diggy together […]

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STEER-ing a story

October 1st, 2014

Love this interview with Rebecca Petruck, author of STEERING TOWARD NORMAL, on the research that went into her debut, and having to literally kill her darlings, as the common writing advice goes: “The big thing for me was acknowledging that the steers are beef cattle – they have no other purpose – they’re going to […]

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