A Boy Who Loves Math and Books

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This is Jonathan, a boy who loves math. His grandmother drove almost two hours to bring him to the Gaithersburg Book Festival so he could buy him his own signed copy of the book. His grandma sent me this picture and told me that she had been taking the book out of her Pennsylvania library, and bringing it down to Maryland for weekend visits. Jonathan related to it so much, she knew she had to buy him his own copy! When she saw I’d be in his own town, she made it happen.

These moments with him made my day.… Read more

Infinitely Happy and Grateful

I remember when my brother taught me about infinity. It was a concept that had me upset for some reason. And I couldn’t grok it. How could something go on forever and ever? In true big-brother fashion, Phil said: “Imagine that you ride your tricycle around the block and never stop.” I stared at him: “NEVER STOP?” This made me so sad. I’d never be able to sit at the kitchen table again? Never be able to hug my mommy and daddy? How could this be a good thing?

“That’s right, NEVER,” he said, possibly laughing menacingly, looking at my scared little face.… Read more

Two Nice things to Share

I should be packing for Las Vegas (a sentence I never thought I’d write). But before I do, I just want to share two things. First, Intentions made this very cool list: Booklist’s Top Ten Books for Youth on Religion and Spirituality. I am so happy about this!

And yesterday I got a few copies of the Advanced Reader’s Edition of THE BOY WHO LOVED MATH. It’s breathtakingly beautiful. In my completely unbiased opinion. Here’s the shot I took in the lobby of the Flatiron building:

If you’re going to ALAN, please find me! I’ll be talking with Francisco Stork about Religion in YA on Tuesday at 2:40.… Read more