Laurel Snyder

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Laurel Snyder is the author of six children's novels, "Orphan Island," "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 many picture books, including "Charlie & Mouse," "The Forever Garden," "Swan, the life and dance of Anna Pavlova," and "Baxter, the Pig Who Wanted to Be Kosher."

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 editor of an antho
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Laurel Snyder This seems to be the big question!

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I'm working on a companion, that may or may not be published. It's not a sequel, but an origin story, a d prequel.…more
This seems to be the big question!

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I'm working on a companion, that may or may not be published. It's not a sequel, but an origin story, a d prequel. Abbie's tale. The beginnings of the island, and if I can pull it off, it will explain a lot of things.

There are two reasons I'm not writing a sequel. One is logistical, and that's simply that Jinny isn't a kid anymore, when she gets out of the boat. She's a young woman, in a sense, and so the sequel would be more YA and less middle grade.

The other, and more important reason, is this: I wanted the end of the book to be a question. I wanted you to think about it, and puzzle your own answers. I wanted to leave readers with that sense of longing that Jinny lives with. I understand that not everyone loves this, that some people want the answers. But different books do different things, and it was important to me that this one be a book people fought with a little, worked at, and pondered after they closed it. I hope that makes sense...

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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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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.


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“Problems don't always get fixed. Lots of the time things are boring or dumb for no good reason. Or even terrible. And you can't do anything about it. That's life.”
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“But sometimes it doesn't matter whether someone is right or wrong. Sometimes you just have to love them when they need you.”
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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 Aug 25, 2016 12:37PM)

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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