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Beautiful Beginnings: Bethany Hegedus’ Between Us Baxters

Editors and agents talk a lot about "voice," that seemingly elusive quality that every good book possesses. As soon as I started reading Between Us Baxters by Bethany Hegedus, I was immediately struck with one thought: "Wow, what a voice!" Between Us Baxters is a middle-grade novel set in the fall of 1959, a time… Continue reading Beautiful Beginnings: Bethany Hegedus’ Between Us Baxters

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Brilliant Beginnings: Jessica Lee Anderson’s Calli

The beginning of a book is oh so important. The first page can mean the difference between someone buying the book and leaving it on the shelf. And as much as writers write because they love it, they equal love when people buy their books and read them. Brilliant beginnings aren't easy. They have to… Continue reading Brilliant Beginnings: Jessica Lee Anderson’s Calli