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Miss Chickadee Finch

True-to-Life Details Woven into a Manuscript

I recently received a couple of questions about Olivia, a character in The Secrets of Eastcliff-by-the-Sea, and the music that she sings. If you haven’t read the book yet (and you really should), this won’t give away too much. Maybe it will even entice you to read this book about two families (one human, one… Read More


P.S. Write Soon

The Lost Art of Letter Writing

In The Secrets of Eastcliff-by-the-Sea, Annabelle can figure out parts of the mystery because she reads letters written by her family members. There’s no way to do that with texts and e-mails. How will we solve our mysteries? Writing letters to family and friends is a way of saying how much you care about someone,… Read More


Throckmorton S. Monkey

Sew-Your-Own Sock Monkey

When I wrote The Secrets of Eastcliff-by-the-Sea, I often thought of my own sock monkey. There are many sock monkeys in the book, of course, so I asked my friend Millie Dosh to sew more monkeys for me. I have quite a group. Some nights I could swear they’re having a party. Are you inspired by… Read More


Sock Monkey Goes to Hollywood

A Celebrity Sock Monkey

Find yourself in need of more books starring sock monkeys? Cece Bell has a trio of books starting with Sock Monkey Goes to Hollywood: a Star is Bathed (Candlewick, 2015) that are fun. In this first, Sock Monkey, who is an actor, is nominated for an award. To attend the ceremony, he must take a… Read More


Secrets of Eastcliff-by-the-Sea

Reading Aloud and Signed Books

During this season of gift-giving, I—like so many other grandparents, parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends—turn to books as the perfect present for a special child. Nothing gives me more pleasure than knowing that a book I’ve selected might become his or her favorite, destined to be read over and over again. But… Read More


From the Mailbag No. 2

Dear Jolie, The Publicity Department at Simon & Schuster has forwarded your letter of March, 2016 to me. Thank you so much for writing. I was delighted to hear from you! I am also happy to answer your insightful questions. Regarding your first question, at the story’s end, Tango did not actually find his mother… Read More