A Horse of Her Own is now out in paperback! It features a redesigned cover (nicely blue) and an interview with me in the back. (Note: I should have updated my answers to the interview questions. We don’t watch House anymore…13 is just too unbearable a character. Now we’re all about Thirty Rock and old Dr. Who.)
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The praise of a librarian is just about the highest praise of all … and since my mother used to be a children’s librarian, that adds to the warm fuzzies. Here is what the Children’s Room of the Manhattan (Kansas) Public Library had to say about Little Prince, which they’re recommending on their Bookworm Buddies blog:
It’s a gem of a horse story, laugh-out loud funny and exciting. If you’ve ever loved a horse, this book will touch you.
Thanks, lovely librarians!
It occurs to me that having my book widgets (look to your right) connect you straight to Amazon to buy my books implies–nay, insists–that Amazon is my vendor of choice. There are many marvelous things about Amazon–incredible choice, informative reviews, the lazy (emphasis on lazy) luxury of not having to leave the house to buy books (or, say, shower curtains or vitamins). There is also the fact that publishers track Amazon sales, which can be important for the life of the book and for reprints.
But there are many, many more marvelous things about your local independent bookseller, and your local library, that, to my mind outweigh the fraught gifts of Amazon: Intelligently curated recommendations that look beyond the big summer beach book, actual conversation with a (usually) nice person who loves books, often a cat who sleeps in the window.
As I scoured the web for some sort of tool that could help readers find my books at their local bookstore (and of course I shouldn’t forget Powell’s), I found a fantastic group called IndieBound, an organization of independent booksellers doing all sorts of innovative and interesting things … including creating a widget that will allow you to find your local indie bookstore! They already have an app for Iphone (which I’ve installed and love), and as soon as they have the store-finder widget up and running, I’ll put it at the top of this site’s sidebar.
In the meantime, I’ve linked to the store-finder page on their site. So if you’d like to buy my books, and are not sure where your local bookstore is, please go to the top link on my sidebar. (If you have the flu, can’t move, and just really want the postman to bring them to you, I’m keeping up my Amazon widgets, too.)
There is much to say about the wonderfulness of your local library, but already this is the longest post I’ll ever have on this site (which is not a blog, thank you). But it’s an important subject, so please forgive my long-windedness.
It’s really wrong that that’s what I titled this post. Apologies and many thanks to School Library Journal for this wonderful review of Wild Blue:
A modern-day adventure that reads like an exuberant nature journal, this novel will grip readers from start to finish. Named because of her coat, which is “the color of rain, of water over rocks,” Blue lives with her family in a remote and rugged swath of Idaho wilderness where humans seldom venture. In fact, the very existence of the herd is only a legend among locals. When two ne’er-do-well cowboys capture Blue and her gentle half sister Doe, the mustangs are taken far from their herd and the freedom they’ve always known. Missing their family and not knowing anything about human ways (not even recognizing a rope), they encounter a range of human behavior after their first terrible experience. Blue ultimately escapes captivity and connects with a Nez Perce boy and his family, whose ancestors bred Appaloosas. Deftly and tenderly, without being overly sentimental, Wedekind describes the subtleties of horse instinct and communication. Horse fans and animal lovers will embrace this book with unbridled enthusiasm. It deserves a place next to Marguerite Henry or even Jack London on young readers’ bookshelves.–Madeline J. Bryant, Los Angeles Public Library
Bless you, Madeline J. Bryant, and all who sail in you.
I am thrilled to announce (a bit late) the publication of my two new books, Wild Blue: The Story of a Mustang Appaloosa and Little Prince: The Story of a Shetland Pony, the first books in the Breyer Horse Portrait Collection, published by Feiwel and Friends. Check back for news on readings, reviews, events, etc.