Barbara Gregorich

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Barbara Gregorich grew up playing baseball and reading mysteries. As a result, SHE'S ON FIRST (Contemporary, 1987) was a baseball novel and DIRTY PROOF (Pageant, 1988) a mystery. But just in case the pitcher thinks he knows what Barbara will do when she stands on base, she enjoys unsettling him by writing nonfiction as well as fiction . . children's books as well as adult books . . . poetry, too.

In addition to baseball, Barbara has long been part of movements supporting economic and political justice for all. Her first YA novel, THE F WORDS, which will be published by City of Light Publishing on September 1, 2021, centers on high school teens fighting for justice and equality.

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Barbara Gregorich Thanks for the question, Elizabeth. I discussed the pros and cons of series books on my Facebook Author Page in November, 2014. The link is: https://w…moreThanks for the question, Elizabeth. I discussed the pros and cons of series books on my Facebook Author Page in November, 2014. The link is: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Barbar...

In general, I think series, which have been around for at least 200 years, possibly 300 (nobody knows or agrees on what the first book series was), are a good thing. Readers crave knowing more about the characters they love, and writers enjoy expanding upon what they have created. These are positive things.

On the negative side, it's very difficult for a writer to keep visiting the same characters once a year, every year, with no end in sight. Creativity dries up. Routine sets in, as does predictability. Publishers pressure writers to write the same thing that sold before. Sometimes this works successfully, sometimes not. I think each series has to be judged on its own merits.(less)
Barbara Gregorich I almost never have what's termed "writer's block" — not able to think of what to write next, or having trouble with how I should proceed with the boo…moreI almost never have what's termed "writer's block" — not able to think of what to write next, or having trouble with how I should proceed with the book. For one thing, I have more book ideas than I'll ever be able to turn into books, so the problem of what to write next doesn't exist. On occasion I do have trouble figuring out how to proceed with a book. What I do then is start writing (by hand, on a tablet) possible approaches to the book. This type of thinking is usually stimulating: it allows me to see possible approaches to a book. Within a very short period of time, say one day to one week, I end up choosing one approach over all the others. And then I start to write.(less)
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The F Words: Poetry

If you’ve been reading my blogs on how I wrote The F Words, you might remember that I set out to write a YA novel about student rights, immigrant rights, and political protest. Never did it cross my mind that I would also be writing a novel about poetry. Or writing poems themselves.

But somehow, that happened. It happened in the first few pages, with the inciting incident: Cole’s English teacher, M

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Cash Blackbear is even more interesting in the sequel than she is in the first book. Plus, in this book we get to learn more about Wheaton, the sheriff. And Cash's brother, whom she thought lost forever when social service agencies ripped her family ...more
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I read mention of this book somewhere (can't remember where) so I bought a copy. This was very easy to read, and that's a high compliment. I was immediately drawn to the main character, Cash Blackbear, and to the setting, and to the fact that the cha ...more
Cleveland Rocked by Zack Meisel
"Like most of 2020, the new baseball books this year have been slim pickings at best. Not a great year for sports writing overall but I’ll take what I can get. In honor of the 25th anniversary of the 1995 Cleveland Indians team that broke through and " Read more of this review »
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Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden
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I liked this book a lot, both on an emotional level and on a plot level. I identified strongly with the characters and the setting, and I thought the plot was well done, based on real-life problems. Definitely looking forward to more books by the sam ...more
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The first chapter of this book begins with two gripping, life-and-death stories. The first is the story of Louise Little standing on the porch of her Omaha home, confronting the Klansmen who came to threaten, if not murder, her husband — who was in M ...more
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This book is the real thing: a story about three teens from Guatemala who, because it's a matter of life or death, flee their country and ride La Bestia through Mexico, hoping to cross the border into the US. The journey (difficult, painful, and trag ...more
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I liked this book from the start, and when the elevator made its first stop and I realized what was happening, I enjoyed the setup and story even more. Never did I think that the elevator would make another stop. When it did, I applauded. An elevator ...more
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