Tag Archives: Gae Polisner

July 14

Coping with Grief and Gaining Empathy Through Story and the Lens of History

            Almost unfathomably, this September 11th marks a staggering 20 years since many of us watched in horror as the iconic twin towers fell, and our nation was under attack.              As many adults still work to process the shock and trauma of that day, students not yet born in 2001, grow ever more removed […]

June 09

Joy and Lukas from Seven Clues to Home Interview with Patrick Andrus

Last year, 12-year-old Joy Fonseca and her best friend, Lukas Brunetti of Port Bennington, Long Island sat down with Mr. Patrick Andrus in his 4th grade classroom in Independent School District 272 Eden Prairie, Minnesota to answer a few questions about the new middle grade novel, Seven Clues to Home.       What Mr. […]

March 16


It’s always odd when it is claimed a book has come out at a certain — or even a “perfect” — time, because those of us who write, those of us who weather the long and often slow journey of being an author, know that there is often little control over when a manuscript is […]

June 02

Cover Reveal of In Sight of Stars by Gae Polisner

“Daubigny’s Garden.” I say this aloud to Dr. Alvarez — Daubigny’s Garden – for no other reason than it’s there. Or maybe I say it because it’s art, and sometimes that’s all there is. Dr. Alvarez turns to where its blue-roofed house rises into yellow and blue clouds. “So that’s what it’s called?” “Yes. But […]

September 11

THE MEMORY OF THINGS: On a Stark Anniversary, Connecting Students to their History through Story by Gae Polisner

It is eleven o’clock at night and I’m sitting on the bathroom floor pulling a nit comb through my older son’s conditioner-soaked hair. He has just started the first grade, and at six years old, has a thick mop of brown curls we somehow miraculously cut short just a few days before. I’ve been doing […]

March 16

THE MEMORY OF THINGS Cover Reveal by Gae Polisner

THE MEMORY OF THINGS is a powerful story of two teenagers finding friendship, comfort, and first love in the days following 9/11 as their fractured city tries to put itself back together.   On the morning of September 11, 2001, sixteen-year-old Kyle Donohue watches the first twin tower come down from the window of Stuyvesant High […]

April 14

What is it About Books of Summer? by Gae Polisner

Dear Mother Nature, is SUMMER ever coming?   I don’t mean to whine, but at least here in New York you sure are taking your own sweet time about all things sunshine, flowers, water and sand. Forget the beach. Even your sweet spring buds are barely in sight.   Lucky for all of us, fictional […]

How to Inspire Students (with a little help from my friends…) by Cindy Minnich & Gae Polisner

Once upon a time, I read the tweets and Facebook statuses posted by Paul W. Hankins about his students being able to interact with authors online as well as in person and I kept thinking, “Wow. I wish I could do that.” All I could think was that this must be such an incredible experience […]

Teachers Write!

Hi! My name is Jen, I’m a teacher, and I want to publish a book. Here at Nerdy Book Club we rave and gush over our favorite books, our reading memories, our dreams for how readers can achieve world domination…but have you ever thought about writing a book yourself? Can you imagine what it might […]

Books That Stayed With Me

Me, upside down last winter.I’m an upside down person. Always have been. So it’s funny that I just truly realized this as I sat down to type these words. Whether it was as a young kid, doing gymnastics (you could find me in a headstand in any corner of our house when I was 8), […]