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Rebecca Upjohn

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When Rebecca was small, her family's television blew up and her parents decided not to replace it. Instead they filled the house with books...so it's not entirely surprising that Rebecca developed a love of reading and writing her own stories.


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Lily and the Paper Man was inspired by my son at the age of 4 and our encounter with a homeless man asleep on the sidewalk of Toronto. Once he understood why someone might be sleeping on the sidewalk my son wanted to help. I thought about what a young child could do that would make a difference, while recognizing that a four-year-old couldn't solve every challenge faced by someone on the street. I also heard a story about a blanket that had been a wedding gift and was later donated to the homeless. The family who had owned the blanket would see it around town passed from person to person with whomever needed it at the time. Those two ideas came together in the book.

The Secret of the Village Fool is a story about courage and facing impossible odds in a real life situation that is a terrible part of our history. Anton was an extraordinary man and his actions made me wonder what I might do in his situation. Would I have his courage? Heroes come in so many surprising forms. I wanted to write about that.(less)
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Horses, Wyoming and realizing a Childhood Dream

When I was a kid about ten or so, my dad gave me his boxed edition of My Friend Flicka/Thunderhead by Mary O'Hara--something he'd read as a kid of about the same age. I loved the story of Ken, his deep bond with his horse and the trials of family life during the 40s on their ranch near Laramie, Wyoming. I went on to devour Green Grass of Wyoming, the third book in this series. From that time onwar Read more of this blog post »
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Terry Pratchett
“Some humans would do anything to see if it was possible to do it. If you put a large switch in some cave somewhere, with a sign on it saying 'End-of-the-World Switch. PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH', the paint wouldn't even have time to dry.”
Terry Pratchett, Thief of Time

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“First Thoughts are the everyday thoughts. Everyone has those. Second Thoughts are the thoughts you think about the way you think. People who enjoy thinking have those. Third Thoughts are thoughts that watch the world and think all by themselves. They’re rare, and often troublesome. Listening to them is part of witchcraft.”
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“It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.”
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