Notes from An Alien

~ Explorations In Reading, Writing, and Publishing ~

Fictional Truth by Heidi Schulz


Excellent article by a children’s book author :-)

Nerdy Book Club

I lie about telling lies. My official author bio says, “Lies to children for fun and profit,” but I strongly believe the job of a children’s author is to tell the truth.  Ever since Dick and Jane, I have depended on books to illuminate, reveal, or to reinforce truths that I already know—but never so much as I did when I was eleven, for that is when books first saved me.

One evening in my last year of elementary school, I went with a friend to a local roller-skating rink. There, a cute boy asked me to couple skate with him. Obviously, I said yes. But, unbeknownst to me, another girl had decided that this particular boy was off limits to anyone but her. Back at school on Monday morning, I found myself in the middle of a Girl War: me vs. every other girl in my grade.

For the…

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