Friday, September 30, 2011

BTW...I also got...

... my author copies of IN SEARCH OF SASQUATCH, but it won't be for sale until October 25, 2011. Just a little more time for me to sweat bullets wondering if people -- librarians and kids -- will like it. Man, I hope so. I love it.

THANK YOU, BooksForKidsBlog!

I am so pleased the brilliant mind behind BooksForKidsBlog decided to write about my new book, IN SEARCH OF SASQUATCH. The review is so thoughtful and so well written, I could not be happier -- or luckier. Thank you, librarian GTC. You are the best!


Friday, September 23, 2011

Thanks Deborah and I.N.K.

How lucky can a gal get? Deborah Heiligman interviewed me for I.N.K. -- Interesting Nonfiction for Kids this week. She let me go on and on about IN SEARCH OF SASQUATCH and the reason I write for kids.

Thank you, Deborah and I.N.K. I am honored.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Kirkus Review -- SASQUATCH

I've been holding my breath, waiting for the first reviews for IN SEARCH OF SASQUATCH (October 25, 2011, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). I can finally breathe easy. Kirkus loved it! It begins:

"A true believer presents the evidence. Expanding on a partial chapter in her outstanding Tales of the Cryptids (2006), Halls makes her case by tallying Native American legends, the many footprints and reported sightings (a map of the latter claims hundreds from every state except Hawaii), the famous Patterson-Gimlin film, the recorded 'Sierra Sounds' and other circumstantial evidence."

It gets better from there and closes with this sassy line, which I LOVE:

"...this is about as convincing as it gets—considering the continuing absence of any incontrovertible physical proof—and should give young cryptid hunters a good hairy leg up on investigations of their own."

Thank you, unknown Kirkus reviewer. You are my new best friend. Hoping the others are just as enthusiastic.