Author Archives: Lizzie Ross

About Lizzie Ross

in no particular order: author, teacher, cyclist, world traveler, single parent. oh, and i read. a lot.

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Bad Girls

E. Lockhart: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks (2008), We Were Liars (2014), Genuine Fraud (2017) When Jane Austen created Emma Woodhouse, she noted that here was a character “whom no one but myself will much like”. Austen must have enjoyed making … Continue reading

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Still here

It’s been more than two months since my last post — an unintended break due to nothing but sheer laziness, concomitant with retirement: no deadlines! But, actually, I do have a deadline. Nothing looming precipitously, but I have a biggie … Continue reading

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The universe sends me a message

And I try not to ignore it. This was yesterday’s Astronomy Picture of the Day. Beautiful, yes. Historically fascinating, indeed. Appealing, without a doubt. And meaningful to me because this object makes an appearance in my current work-in-progress, on which … Continue reading

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Invention

I’ll take my own turn at expressing appreciation for Ursula K LeGuin’s books simply by quoting a few passages. Her intelligence and craft are clear, but what astounds me now as I race through her books (again) is her prescience. … Continue reading

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Avid reader

I had to share this photo, which came from a friend. The reader is her granddaughter, caught up in Kenning Magic‘s story of Noni’s search for the Book of Spells. The sequel, Kenning Stars, is progressing through its first revision, … Continue reading

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Welcome the story-tellers

A new year, a new chance to tell you about books you might love. Today, a set of three books that weave folktales and myths into the journeys of three children and their fellow travelers. Grace Lin, Where the Mountain Meets … Continue reading

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