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Laurel Snyder

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Laurel Snyder is the author of five children's novels, "Seven Stories Up," "Bigger than a Bread Box," "Penny Dreadful," "Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains OR The Search for a Suitable Princess" and "Any Which Wall" (Random House) as well as six picture books, "Nosh, Schlep, Schluff," "Baxter, the Pig Who Wanted to Be Kosher," "The Longest Night," "Camp Wonderful Wild," "Good night, laila tov," and "Inside the Slidy Diner" (Tricycle).

A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a former Michener Fellow, she also writes books for grownups, and is the author of a book of poems, "The Myth of the Simple Machines" (No Tell Books) and a chapbook, "Daphne & Jim: a choose-your-own-adventure biography in verse (Burnside Review Press) and the ed
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Laurel Snyder I'm so glad you like it! Bigger than a Bread Box is very much based in my own childhood, so a lot of it is true. In a lot of ways, writing a book…moreI'm so glad you like it! Bigger than a Bread Box is very much based in my own childhood, so a lot of it is true. In a lot of ways, writing a book based in your own life is about revising your memories to make them more fun, more intense, more magical, and hopeful more interesting. So thank you!(less)
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I am reading the new biography of Roald Dahl…


and have decided I need an office!


Currently, my office is also the laundry room, and Chris' office, and the walk-thru between the kitchen and the deck, and the room we store crap in. I need a place. A space. A spot. But I cannot afford to renovate my house, obviously.


So… I want to turn my no-electricity-having, moldy, trashed, hole-in-the-roof shed i...

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Sandra Thanks for friending me Ms. Snyder! :)


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Yaz *The Reading Girl* Hey Laurel. I really liked your book Up and Down the Scratchy Mountain. How can you write a book as good as that? And why did you like my review? Just want to Know. :)
From your fan.


Laurel Hey!

I followed the brouhaha this week vaguely, and then, fiddling around Goodreads, I realized that was YOU.

I'd like to apologize on behalf of all authors (not that anyone has authorized me to do that, but hey, why not? :) It's shameful when people get defensive and lash out.

None of us like getting bad reviews, but they're a chance to LEARN things, you know? Write better. And your pull-quotes were pretty inarguably awful.

I'm a fan of honest reviewing, even when the reviews are hard to read. Keeps us all on our toes.

keep it up!


Wendy Darling Hi Laurel, thanks for the friendvite! I look forward to snooping your shelves for more middle grade recommendations. Cheers.


Kaethe Glad you liked the review - I certainly liked the book.


Mary Elizabeth I can't wait to read "Penny Dreadful" ... I received it in the mail last week! It's at the top of my 'to-read' list!!!


message 2: by Maria (last edited Aug 26, 2008 10:44AM)

Maria Hi Laurel
Congratulations on the publication of 'Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains'

best wishes!


message 1: by Daniel (last edited Sep 23, 2007 07:53PM)

Daniel Laurel, I've written some Irishy books myself. I wandered around there when I was a kid. Got a movie about Isaac Bashevis Singer. I remember when he won the Nobel Prize. I used to deliver the Forward in which he wrote articles.


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