"We could never have loved the earth so well if we had had no childhood in it . . ." George Eliot, Mill on the Floss
Bored? Need a laugh? Wishing for some adventure? How about joining me as I read my middle grade novel Evangeline Mudd and the Golden-Haired Apes of the Ikkinasti-Jungle? Illustrations by Andrea Wesson. One chapter at a time. Along the way, we'll talk about the writing life, where ideas come from, and whatever else comes to mind. Spitting spiders? Check! Reformed headhunters? Of course! Dancing apes? Why not?
Subscribe on youtube: "David Elliott Reads Evangeline"
Thanks so much for stopping by. Here you'll find info on all my books, a little bit about me, and the skinny on speaking engagements and author visits. You might also take a look at my blog to see what I have to say about writing, politics, and, well, life in general.
In the meantime, I'm so happy to share that Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc has received starred reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, and The Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books. In addition, The Wall Street Journal called the book "elegant","arresting", and my favorite, "supple and harrowing." But maybe most thrilling of all -- I'm a devoted Francophile -- Voices has been shortlisted for The American Library In Paris Book Award.
I'm so grateful for the way the book has been received, but I'm grateful, too, for what The Maid's short life has taught me. The teen we call Joan of Arc was illiterate, a peasant, and perhaps most damning of all, a girl. And yet she led an army, lifted a siege, and coronated a king.
Too often we set limits on the possibilities inherent in the human experience. What if we didn't? What if, like Joan of Arc, we went beyond what we've been told is possible? The risks of such behavior are great. But the rewards may be even greater.
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