The very special element of this book is the clever two in one story book where readers are quickly able to see the story from all the children’s perspectives – both the refugee children and their new classmates.
I hope that children will enjoy learning a number of things from my book. I believe that Kite to Freedom provides an engaging fictionalized historical perspective of how the Underground Railroad functioned. My book brings to life how Harriet Tubman used the Niagara Falls International Bridge to help slaves escape to Canada in order to live as free people…
Our author Johnny Payne is Director of Mount Saint Mary University’s MFA in Creative Writing program. We have a conversation with him about writing and teaching the art itself. Check out his novel Confessions of a Gentleman Killer to read his writing!
The week between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day is usually a nice, quiet time to clear out
one year before starting the next. Pay bills, clear off the desk, file, sort, clean out any drawers,
cupboards or closets that did not receive close attention during lockdown. For me, these tasks are
more important than resolutions. They pave the way for a fresh, new year.
I am starting the Yule Book Flood tradition this week. I have chosen a special book for each of
my family members and friends and I plan to give them on Christmas Eve, just like in Iceland.
By next year perhaps I can turn this into the exchange it is intended to be (and receive a few gift
November was NaNoWriMo–that’s National Novel Writing Month. Normally a contest devoted to the creation and completion of a single novel in one month. Ever the over-achiever, City of Light Publishing’s Johnny Payne set out instead to complete 30 novels in one month! Each one consists of a single, singular sentence!
Howard the monster from The Monster in My Basement is part of a great history of monsters in kidlit. Learn about some of his other friends and what these friendly monsters in children’s books can teach children.