So here’s a copy of My Life as a Rhombus: And here’s a copy of My Life as a Rhombus. In Korean. This ranks pretty high on the “things I never thought would happen” list. I love how both covers show show a girl covering her mouth with her hand, though I have no idea… Read more »

Playing Catch-up

It’s been a busy month. In addition to the usual (including, among other things, writing a new book) I’m also teaching a course on children’s literature at a small liberal arts university here in Austin. So far, the class has been great—I love my students, I love talking about books, I love it all, period… Read more »

Why I love Texas Librarians

I’m happy to announce that My Life as a Rhombus made the 09-10 Texas Tayshas High School Reading List! A number of great books are on the list – my personal favorites are Liz Gallagher’s The Opposite of Invisible, Sara Zarr’s Sweethearts, John Green’s Paper Towns and E. Lockhart’s The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks… Read more »

The Newness

I hate starting a new project. Every time I start something new, the following thoughts pop into my head: 1) Why am I doing this? I don’t get paid enough to be this miserable.2) I’m such a hack. No wonder ____ said _____ about my last book.3) I could write a novel about ___, but… Read more »

More Reviews

I’m knee-deep in finishing up my work for The Brown Bookshelf’s 28 Days Later campaign (be sure to check us out starting Feb 1st), so I’ll have to make this quick. First of all, I just got back from my 10 day winter residency for the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA Program for Writing… Read more »

And now’s probably a good time to say how much I love librarians…

My Life as a Rhombus isn’t officially supposed to be out until Jan, but we’ve already gotten love from a bunch of libraries and librarians, including The Cincinnati Public Library, Readerlady, and Teen Bookity. And, as Andrew noted on the Flux Blog, Booklist (the American Library Association’s journal) also included Rhombus on its Core Collection:… Read more »

Yes, I can do the math…

…and I know it’s been a long time since I’ve posted. I’ve pretty much come to the realization that, until I finish up a Vermont College, my blogging volume is going to drastically decrease. But the semester is finally over (almost). I still have to get together a bunch of paperwork to turn in to… Read more »

Catching up and Rhombus news

I know I’ve been gone for a while, but with school / the Brown Bookshelf / work / Thanksgiving / life in general, I just haven’t had the time to blog. I’ve got a few things to announce, but first, some Public Service Announcements: 1) Thanks for all of your support for both The Brown… Read more »

Keeping it real?

I woke up this morning and found this in my blogger comments: Anonymous has left a new comment on your post “Blurb from Ellen Wittlinger“: “Without a bit of preaching…” – Why is it whenever anyone dares to take an unpopular position on a controversial moral topic in our society, their ideas are described as… Read more »

More Good Stuff

We received another blurb this week, this time from author-extraordinaire Cynthia Leitich Smith. “My Life as a Rhombus is a sensitive and powerful friendship story about two very different girls who connect over the toughest decision either of them will ever make. In his YA debut, author Varian Johnson offers a realistic, heartfelt, and thoughtful… Read more »