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Winding Oak's Bookology Magazine

Skinny Dip with Karen Cushman

 

Will Sparrow's Road coverWhat’s your favorite holiday tradition?

Phil is Jewish so we celebrate Hanukkah. I light the house with candles—one hundred or so white candles of all sizes and shapes. It looks beautiful but makes the house very, very warm.

Were you a teacher’s pet or teacher’s challenge?

Oh, teacher’s pet, without a doubt. I was too nervous to misbehave, smart enough to learn quickly, and quiet enough not to show off (see question #5).

 Do you like to gift wrap presents?

Love it. I decorate packages with greenery, rosemary springs, red berries, whatever is growing outside that I can gather and tie to a package. My career goal as a young teen was to be a package wrapper at Walgreens at Christmas time. Haven’t made it yet but I have hope.

What do you wish you could tell your 10-year old self?

Not to be so nervous and quiet. I don’t know what I was afraid would happen if I ever spoke up but I was too fearful to test it.

What 3 children’s book authors or illustrators or editors would you like to invite to dinner?

Kirby Larson, Lee Bennett Hopkins, and Sherman Alexie when he’s in a good mood.

Where’s your favorite place to read?

In bed. No contest.

 

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