Today, I’m finishing up my interview with Jacqueline Houtman and announcing the winner of a copy of her book The Reinvention of Edison Thomas.
Great Review for EDDY:
A middle grader with a high-function spectrum disorder finds some real friends in this wry debut…The author has a particularly engaging way of tracking Eddie’s thought processes as he struggles to wrest order from a seemingly chaotic world…By the end readers will understand why Justin and Terry find Eddie worth knowing, but the way the central characters talk and think about science creates another theme that’s just as strong and satisfying. —Kirkus Reviews
Authors seldom get to see sales data, but my impression is that the e-book is selling, although not as well as the print book. It’s a growing market, but less so I think with middle grade, since younger kids don’t tend to have e-readers. Yet.
Me: Yet, is definitely the key word there. I think the time is coming, and fast! I love your bio, where you say you enjoy writing “sciency fiction” for kids. You have a Ph.D. in Medical Microbiology and Immunology (science doctors unite!) and write for medical journals (my favorite is the one with the nude mice, but this is a PG blog, so we’ll leave that for the reader to explore). How different is science writing from fiction writing? Do you find yourself slipping active verbs into your science journal articles?
Thanks to everyone who participated in the giveaway!