Monthly Archives: May 2019

Mid-Week Notes

Three quick things: I am slowly navigating academic writing—and am finding creative writing so much easier. The academic peer review process is unnerving. Conversation Starter: What narrative would you most like to see as a picture book? Middle grade? YA? … Continue reading

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Mid-Week Notes

Three quick things: I thought I had an academic journal article due by June 1. Turns out it’s due late September. After reading three articles by Eliyana Adler, I am so glad I have more time. While I focused on … Continue reading

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Author’s Notebook | The Brave Cyclist: The True Story of a Holocaust Hero by Amalia Hoffman

The Brave Cyclist: The True Story of a Holocaust Hero, written by Amalia Hoffman and illustrated by Chiara Fedele, 40 pp., $17.95 (Capstone, June 2019) The Whole Megillah (TWM): What inspired you to write this story? Amalia Hoffman (AH): My … Continue reading

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Mid-Week Notes

Three quick things:   I met up with a writer pal and fellow adjunct English professor this week to exchange and critique our writing. She read my 25 pages of a new contemporary YA novel in verse–and liked it! She … Continue reading

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Editor’s Notebook | Honeycake Magazine: An Interview with Founder and Editor in Chief Anna Caplan

The Whole Megillah (TWM): What prompted you to begin a magazine for Jewish kids? Anna Caplan (AC): Honeycake was an idea I dreamed up for my own children. One day as I was renewing my four-year-old’s subscription to Ladybug magazine, … Continue reading

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Mid-Week Notes

Three quick things: My publisher and I have begun to discuss the cover for my YA historical, Matchless. I can’t wait to see the design! I’ve sent her my photos of my grandfather’s shtetl from my 2008 visit for inspiration. … Continue reading

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Why We Write and Publish Holocaust Books for Young Readers

To commemorate Yom HaShoah, The Whole Megillah sponsored a survey of writers and publishers/editors of Holocaust books for young readers. The writers include Jane Yolen, Janet Wees, Susan Lynn Meyer, Andria Rosenbaum, Nancy Churnin, Susan L. Ross, and Kathy Kacer. … Continue reading

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