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90-Second Newbery Deadline EXTENDED to January 16, 2015

December 8, 2014


Short post today! Two items.

First: why has the blog been dark oh these many weeks? Why, I’ve been busy finishing a brand-new manuscript! At long last, my second novel Bride of the Tornado is complete. I sent it off to my agent, the patient supportive superstar Tina Wexler, a few days ago.

Can’t wait until it’s published? At 7pm on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 I’ll be reading an excerpt from Bride of the Tornado at Tuesday Funk at the upstairs lounge of the Hopleaf Bar in Chicago.)

Second: I extended the deadline to submit movies to our 4th annual 90-Second Newbery Film Festival to January 16, 2015!

I can see making a 90-Second Newbery being a perfect project to fit into your Christmas vacation. Or this will give you extra time to polish those 90-Second Newberys you’ve been working on.

Wait, what is the 90-Second Newbery? It’s an annual film festival I founded in which young filmmakers crate movies that tell the entire stories of Newbery-winning books in 90 seconds or less. The best movies are screened in yearly gala events in New York City, Brooklyn, Chicago, San Francisco, Oakland, Portland, Tacoma, and Minneapolis! And this year I’m lucky to have co-hosts fellow kids’ authors Ame Dyckman, Peter Lerangis, Annie Barrows, and Kelly Barnhill. Check out our Events page for details on dates and locations of screenings, and here for complete details about the film festival.

And I’ll leave you with this—Carolina Day School’s entry for this year’s 90-Second Newbery Film Festival, of the 1984 Newbery Honor winner The Wish Giver by Bill Brittain:

So joyous and funny! Love the plummy accent of the Wish Giver—in fact all the accents were hilarious. And the mustaches! And the way glasses keep getting flung off faces throughout! And the special effect of the flood, and getting drowned—the idea of doing it with a squirtgun and a blue sheet was inspired. And I laughed out loud when the kid got turned into a tree. And of course “I got a bloody nose” was a perfect way to end.

Now go, my pretties! Make more 90-Second Newberys! MORE MORE MORE