July 2016
Thursday, 21 July 2016

Greetings, Poetry Friday friends. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been trying something old/something new on Fridays. No — no one’s getting married. I’ve caught a very special baking bug. A few weeks ago, I was visiting my lovely sister-in-law Lisa in Orlando. She asked if I wanted to come with her for a women’s […]

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LET’S HEAR IT FOR MIDDLE GRADE SPIRIT! Welcome to Team TLC, future Pitch Warriors. Coaches Laura Shovan and Tricia Clasen here. ROLL CALL: I’m Laura Shovan. I am an editor. And a debut author. So check me out. I’ve been training hard for PitchWars, Team. I’ve been on both sides of the editor’s desk and […]

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Thursday, 14 July 2016

Happy Poetry Friday! On Sunday,  I had a chance to observe Olympian Jordan Burroughs working with high school wrestlers on Maryland’s national team. The team of about 60 teens will be competing in Fargo, North Dakota this weekend. It’s the freestyle wrestling national championships. Although he gave it up after middle school, my son wrestled […]

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I’ve got a treat for history buffs on Laura’s Bookshelf today. Middle grade author Deborah Kalb is here to talk about her new novel, GEORGE WASHINGTON AND THE MAGIC HAT. Here is the blurb from Goodreads: Adventure, history, and the drama of school life intertwine in this engrossing tale of a fifth-grade boy struggling to […]

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Laura Shovan

Laura Shovan is the author of the award-winning middle grade novel, The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary. Her second book, Takedown, is a Junior Library Guild and PJ Our Way selection. Look for A Place at the Table, co-written with Saadia Faruqi, in 2020. Laura is a poet-in-the-schools Maryland.

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