Lynne Kelly

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Lynne Kelly writes contemporary middle grade and young adult fiction. She was born in Galesburg, Illinois, grew up in Houston, lived in some much colder places, then found her way back to the Houston area, where she works as a sign language interpreter. For a few years she also taught special education, a good career for someone with excellent organizational and planning skills. Lacking those skills, she quit teaching in 2006 and thankfully has more time to write. But it was during those teaching years that she worked with some great kids and became interested in writing, so that all worked out.

Her debut novel, CHAINED, is out now from Macmillan/FSG. SONG FOR A WHALE is coming in February 2019 from Random House/Delacorte.

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Lynne Kelly Thank you, Pam! No, I do not have hearing loss but my connection with the Deaf community is through my work as a sign language interpreter. Though I'v…moreThank you, Pam! No, I do not have hearing loss but my connection with the Deaf community is through my work as a sign language interpreter. Though I've worked in the field for a long time and have known many Deaf people, I realize that's not the same as life experience, so my publisher hired two Deaf women to read the manuscript to check for cultural accuracy and authenticity. Some of my really late edits were because of their feedback. (less)
Lynne Kelly Thanks for your question, Evan! Here are some favorites: one sign for "empathy" is to sign "understand," but near the heart instead of the head.
A sig…more
Thanks for your question, Evan! Here are some favorites: one sign for "empathy" is to sign "understand," but near the heart instead of the head.
A sign for a bad memory looks like you're etching a scar on your forehead.
And of course, whale! As Iris shows her dad in Song For a Whale, we hold the hand in a letter "Y" shape, which looks like a whale's tail, and move it up and down like a swimming whale. Animal signs are some of the most fun, since they often look like a characteristic of the animal. The sign for "turtle" is adorable! Savvy ASL does some great "Marine Monday" videos-- here's one where she shows the signs for many ocean animals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmj6s...(less)
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Song for a Whale

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I'm more active lately on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram than I am here, but wanted to stop by to announce my new book news! Here's the announcement from Publishers Weekly:


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“He keeps singing this song, and everything in the ocean swims by him, as if he’s not there. He thinks no one understands him. I want to let him know he’s wrong about that.”
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Tom Blubaugh Hi Lynne,

Thank you for joining my circle of friends.

Blessings,

Tom


Sandra Thanks so much for friending me! :)


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Lynne Kelly Romy wrote: "Hey Lynne, thanks for the friend request! I just read your blog post on Snooki's book I could not stop laughing, I have to get my hands on a copy with all those literary gems just waiting for me to..."

Yes, I saw the Snooki karaoke-- brilliant! True, there are so many literary gems in that one. It was difficult to choose my favorites.
Thank you too, and glad you enjoyed the post!


message 1: by Romy (last edited Feb 08, 2011 10:51PM)

Romy Hey Lynne, thanks for the friend request! I just read your blog post on Snooki's book I could not stop laughing, I have to get my hands on a copy with all those literary gems just waiting for me to read. Jimmy Fallon did this Snooki karaoke on his show which was hilarious, he got the contestants to sing quotes from the book, priceless, I highly recommend watching it.

Romy :)


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