What do these
adult and children’s book titles
have in common?
The Girl Who Drank the Moon
Serafina and the Black Cloak
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Giver of Stars
Where the Crawdads Sing
How the Light Gets In
Little Fires Everywhere
Something in the Water
The Language of Flowers
They all have a rich sense of time and place. From the Quebec village of Three Pines to Mars and North Carolina’s Biltmore Estate, the authors’ stories have you feeling as if you could jump into the pages of their book.
As a reader, I’ve always been drawn to books with strong settings. As a writer, I want to give my stories a vivid backdrop, too.
My last book for early readers, Sweet T and the Turtle Team, has a beachy, summertime vibe on the North Carolina shore near my home. My newest book for tweens co-written with Rosie Russell, Just Between Sam and Me, shifts to small-town America in Rosie’s home state of Missouri.
I have memories of this part of the world – attended college outside Kansas City; spent my first years teaching nearby – until I moved south for warmer winters.
Join me in a 6-minute, deep dive video behind the setting of Just Between Sam and Me. I'll show you how Rosie and I bring the sights and sounds, tastes and textures, of our setting alive for young readers.
Then meet my cowriter, Rosie Russell, in her Missouri home, as she reads aloud a chapter from Just Between Sam and Me.
Thanks for visiting Spring Hope with Rosie, Sam, and me. What books with strong settings do you love to read? Please share in the comment section.
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