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Barbara Kerley, Elizabeth Rusch, Emily Whitman, and Ellen Howard: From Critique to Publication

November 1, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Annie Bloom’s Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219 + Google Map

From Annie Bloom’s Books’s website:

Annie Bloom’s welcomes Portland children’s and YA writing group authors Barbara Kerley, Elizabeth Rusch, Emily Whitman, and Ellen Howard to present From Critique to Publication: The Secrets of One Critique Group’s Success.

In Barbara Kerley’s Following Baxter, eleven-year-old Jordie Marie Wallace has been waiting forever for someone to move in next door, so she is thrilled when Professor Reece arrives: she has a laboratory in her basement and an extraordinary dog named Baxter—who seems to understand everything Jordie says. When Professor Reece goes missing, it is up to Jordie and her younger brother T.J. to use their smarts and Baxter’s magical powers to find her. Will they be able to save Professor Reece before it’s too late?

In Kerley’s other 2018 book, Tigers and Tea with Toppy, Lovers of animals, art, natural history, and New York City will relish this vivacious and winsomely depicted true story about a girl named Rhoda and her grandpa “Toppy,” who is also the world-famous wildlife artist Charles R. Knight.

Elizabeth Rusch’s Avalanche Dog Heroes, is a nonfiction picture book illustrated with stunning, adorable photography that draws parallels between kids’ experiences in elementary school and the training days of the avalanche rescue dogs of Crystal Mountain, Washington State’s largest ski resort, located in the Cascade Range. Follow along with Piper, a friendly border collie who came to the mountain as a smart but timid shelter dog, terrified by everything, as she confidently heads off to school on a chairlift to meet her canine classmates. Over a season they romp together through the snow, learning and practicing the skills they need to be avalanche rescue dogs and earn their rescue certification.

Rusch will also be discussing The Music of Life: Bartolomeo Cristofori & the Invention of the Piano, the inspiring story of the invention of the world’s most popular instrument.

In Emily Whitman’s The Turning, Aran has never truly fit in with his selkie clan. He was born in his human form, without a pelt to transform him into a sleek, strong seal. When his mother undertakes a journey to the far north to seek help, Aran is left in the care of a reclusive human woman on remote Spindle Island. Life on land is full of more wonders—and more dangers—than Aran could have ever imagined. Soon Aran will be forced to decide: will he fight for his place on land, or return to his home in the sea?

In Murphy and Kate by Ellen Howard, Kate and Murphy are pals, even before Kate is old enough to walk. Through the years, the girl and her trusted dog grow together. When Murphy dies a quiet death under the old tree swing, despite what everyone tells her, Kate know one thing for certain–she’ll never, ever forget Murphy.

In Howard’s The Gate in the Wall, ten-year-old Emma has been locked out of the mill where she works ten hours a day at the silk-spinning machines. Her pay will be docked, and she is sure to be beaten by her brother-in-law. Through her tears, she sees a gate in a wall she has never seen before. And through that gate she finds the entrance to a whole new future.


7834 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97219
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Annie Bloom’s Books