Search Results for: Kirby Larson

August 29

Two Authors, One Voice for the Voiceless by Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery

Hurricane Katrina has been called the largest and most devastating natural disaster in the history of our country. Ten years ago this week we watched in deep sadness as our fellow Americans suffered great losses.   But out of horrific experiences come opportunities for giving and receiving love. As author Tory McClure, (A Pearl In […]

May 19

Brava, Birdy! by Kirby Larson

In 1995, my daughter’s then 6th grade teacher snagged me after school and pressed a book into my hands. “We’re reading this aloud in class,” she said. “And I think you would love it.”       I took the book home and turned to the first page. There I encountered one of my top […]

February 24

A Nerdy Birdy Invitation by Kirby Larson

In May, a book that changed my life, Catherine Called Birdy, will celebrate its 20th anniversary. Birdy not only opened a new door on what historical fiction could look like, it took the hinges clean off. Though grounded in thoughtful and thorough research, this novel was all about character. And what a character! Catherine/Birdy is […]

Hattie Ever After by Kirby Larson – Reviewed by Allison Jackson

When I was in second or third grade, my parents went to California for a few days.  I was excited because it meant I got to stay with my best friend for more than just one night. I always loved spending the night at her house; it was so different from mine.  There were five […]

Teacher Tuesday by Kirby Larson

Last summer, when I took a hiatus from blogging I vowed to start up again only if I could figure out a really good reason for doing so– other than posting photos of the most adorable granddaughter in the entire universe. I perused other author’s blogs and websites for ideas. Barbara O’Connor generously shares writing […]

Beach Combing for Books by Kirby Larson

A few years back, we built a little house above a rocky beach, just south of the Canadian border, and named it Shangri-Lar. It truly is my piece of heaven on earth. The moment I turn into the drive, I feel myself unwind. Once everything’s carted into the house, and the groceries are put away, […]

Retro Review: Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson Reviewed by Donalyn Miller

In spite of reviewer accolades, awards, and friends’ recommendations, I avoided reading Hattie Big Sky for a long time because I predicted (accurately) that I would cry through most of it. Hattie is an endearing character and her hardships touched me, but I connected more deeply to Hattie’s story now than I would have last […]

The Friendship Doll by Kirby Larson

The Friendship Doll by Kirby Larson (Delacorte, 2011) Summary from publisher: I am Miss Kanagawa, Master Tatsuhiko’s finest – and final – creating.  In 1927, my fifty-seven doll-sisters and I were sent to this country as Ambassadors of Friendship.  Oh!  The parties and receptions and admirers.  But let me assure you, it wasn’t all peach […]

August 13

Happy Birthday to Donalyn Miller!

  There are many of us who have been lucky enough to be impacted by Donalyn Miller, and so we couldn’t let her birthday pass this year without a chance to celebrate what she means to us. While this entire post is a giant birthday card to her, we also hope that you, dear Nerdy […]

February 25

A Dash Headlong into History by Adam Shaffer

There are so many things to love about historical fiction. While all fiction helps us better understand ourselves and others, historical fiction adds the incredible benefit of helping us understand the events and issues that shaped our world. By reading historical fiction, we can grow our understanding of the present by expanding our understanding of […]