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March 14, 2008



Oh, I do love A Single Shard! LSP is such a gifted writer--as are you, may I remind you, Shannon. I am sure this is why they invited you to do the Readers Theater.


That is an awesome interview. I have seen A Single Shard every time I have passed the Newberry section in the bookstore and thought "I really should pick that up," and now I think I finally will. But I am tempted to wait for Keeping Score, but then again, maybe I should build up to it, though from your comments Shannon, it sounds like all her books are absolutely wonderful. And if Linda Sue Park can read this - that is AWESOME you want to skydive! (Most people think I am crazy when I tell them I want to). Yay to the short and not-so-short unite!


I haven't read much, Linda Sue Park, but I *love* "A Single Shard". I read it in fifth grade for a book report that had to be on a Newbery winner (but I had bought the book before I even knew that). Three of us read it and then the teacher took the drop ceiling panels out. Each group got to paint the panel with something representing the book, so of course our group painted a pot. And then the teacher put the panels back up, and now her ceiling is like the Sistine Chapel, only, you know, not as famous and not as detailed, nor as amazing. ;-)

Great interview! I loved reading it.


Very nice interview, Shannon, well done. I love "A Single Shard" but for reasons unknown to me, I've never read any other LSP books. I have enjoyed reading her website, though. I'm going to look for "Project Mulberry" when I next go to a bookstore. It sounds very interesting.
I've had a few students like Julia, they incessantly talk and ask me questions (usually not on the lesson) until I have to remind them that there are 24 other students in the room that deserve my equal attention. It usually silences them for a few moments, anyway.
Do you suppose there is a chance of someone making a video of your Readers Theater? I think it would be very interesting to hear the four of you together.

Olivia T.

Wow! Miss Park's books sound absolutely thrilling to say the least! Thank you ever so much for interviewing someone so interesting, Miss Shannon! :) By the way, you totally belong in that all-star line-up, you silly lady, you! :) You rock so hard!


Ooh, yay! New books to read, I will definitely check these out. Man, every time I read an interview with a children's author, I realize again just how cool you guys are! :D

Dr. Sallie N. Cheinsteen

Thanks for the interview!! I'm always so excited to be reading a new book. Actually, I have never read any of these books, so I think I'll be making a trip to the bookstore as soon as I get out of these grungy clothes and finish Les Miserables. Don't get me wrong, it's a really good book, but for some reason it's been taking me a long time. The Reader's Theatre also sounds completely awesome, and I think you writers are pretty much amazing.

Shanmin D.

YIPPEEEEEE! I superly loved Project Mulberry. Can't wait for Keeping Score...Funfunfun interview.

Miss Erin

I've only read Project Mulberry, but I really really liked that. And A Single Shard has been on my to-read list ever since Little Red raved about it on LRRH.

Great interview. :)

Maribeth Kayla

A Single Shard was a very good book. I remember that when I read it three years ago in sixth grade, it really inspired. It was beautifully written.

Faith #2

When Hope's old enough I'm going ot read a Single Shard to her, since it's set in Seoul where she was born.


Great interview!! I always love reading interviews because it tells you about the author AND the book. That's always a plus. (:

Laura Z M

Linda Sue Park + Baseball = Yummy

Can't wait to read it!


Shannon, wow on your intro--those are the nicest comments anyone has ever written about my work. Funny, every single thing you said is EXACTLY what I think about YOUR work!

OK, enough with the mutual love-fest. *g* THANK YOU for posting this! See you in June! xo, LS.


Yummy.(I practically swallowed this interview whole.)


Ooooh I loved A Single Shard! And what do you mean "I don't know how I fooled everyone into thinking I belong in that all-star line-up..."
Duh u belong there. You are a magnificent writer:)


Thanks for sharing this Shannon! It's very sweet. Yay for girls named Maggie- ditto.


A Single Shard was a really life-changing, heart-touching book. And i don't say that about many books. I haven't read any of her others, but now i think i better. Great interview!


I LOVE A Single Shard. I'll have to read it again now. And of course you belong at the Reader's Theater. A day does not pass without me recommending your books to at least one person. :)


Oh, Shannon-of-the-fun-blogs,

I listened to Project Mulberry on-tape a few months ago as I was painting the walls of my living room an apple leaf green, and now I'll forever think of that riveting book every time I see lamp light glaring off of the wipeable sheen (wipeable from three toddler sets of cute, grimy fingers).

I loved the intricately spun passages about the unraveling of the silk cacoons, and Julia's ideas for her needlework project.

And who'd of thought you could get a MILE of silk thread from one tiny cocoon? Not I said the fly. What research. Wow.

Five years ago I read A Single Shard the week after my son was born, and that book gave me all the motivation I needed to drag my lifeless and engorged body out of bed to read by flashlight while nursing in a rocking chair.

That instant classic kept me awake enough to not fall asleep while feeding Rees every two hours, to the point that I almost panicked at the apex of the book when our hero's character and integrity are on the line--trying to protect the vase and complete his mission to the palace. I can't wait to read these aloud to my kiddos in another five years.

So, after MP, I was so ravenous for more of LSP's work, that I picked up Archer's Quest on-tape (to listen to while doing the dishes, of course!) three months ago, which appeared utterly testosterone-packed from the cover, and found that I really got into the book. Her characters are just so believable and her details of other times are so enlightening. How do you authors weave such spells, like the mining village in Princess Academy--have you been to a place like you described, or do you just have a wildly vivid imagination that creates worlds for the rest of us to enjoy?!

On a tangent, I came in from planting carrots and peas in the garden today, with the scent of the outdoors trapped in my hair, and I thought of your blog of yore, recounting a day out working in the yard, and how catharctic it can be. Cathartic and relaxing, that is, until I realize that I have not yet made lunch for four plummeting blood sugar levels at 1:00pm, because I was running my fingers through the compost a few minutes too many.

Anyway, thanks for your entertaining entries--every now and then when the kids are in bed, and my husband's snoring in oblivion in the next room, I like to sneek to the computer and indulge in a midnight mental snack of reading the latest on squeetus. After preparing meals, cleaning up the aftermath of dishes, dodging teetering piles of laundry, and changing diapers all day long, reading your articulate enthusiasm for literature and life in general is a HUGE boost.

And I'm so glad that you revere LSP too. (And how did you like that reference in Project Mulberry to industrious early Mormon settlers in Salt Lake who spun their own silk and made their own dresses from the aforesaid products? Pretty cool, I'd say. Go, Linda on your accurate historical research! And go, Shannon on the exciting interview.)

Well, I best get to bed before Micah is saying "Det up, Mommy! Det up!" while breathing her morning baby halitosis in my face (I actually love it, weirdo that I am).

Boa noite!



Hi, just wanted Nerdyem to know that I answered her post over on my blog. :-)

Thanks again, Shannon, for posting this. xoxox, LS.

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