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Skinny Dip with Augusta Scattergood

What is your proudest career moment?

bk_Destiny_5x8_300My proudest career moment? Being invited to the American Library Association’s mid-winter conference to introduce my new book. As a career librarian turned middle-grade novelist, it doesn’t get much better than that.

I was also honored to have my first novel, Glory Be, which takes place during Freedom Summer, chosen by several groups highlighting the fiftieth anniversary of that event. Como, Mississippi and Oxford, Ohio were both important to the Civil Rights movement, and both places invited me to their commemorative events.

What’s the first book you remember reading?

A green, oversized Better Homes and Gardens Storybook collection. Classic children’s books, poetry, a few original stories. I can still quote almost the entire poem that begins “The Goops they lick their fingers. The Goops they lick their knives…”

What TV show can’t you turn off?

bk_BetterHomesWay too many to confess to. Breaking Bad would be at the top of that list.

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

Kirby Larson, Barbara O’Connor, and Susan Hill Long. Because I’ve had a couple of dinners with them and the fun never ended.

Were you most likely to visit the school office to deliver attendance/get supplies, visit the nurse, or meet with the principal?

Deliver attendance and get supplies while chatting with the principal.



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.



Farm livin’ is the life for me

If you recognize that quote,* you might have a somewhat warped idea of what living on a farm is all about. It’s the first day of the Minnesota State Fair, which lasts for 12 days, and began 147 years ago as an homage to farming and all the ways we depend on The Land. In […]