7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #164: Featuring Suzy Lee

h1 April 25th, 2010 by jules

Today’s illustrator feature will be short and sweet, as these are images from a book I’ve already raved about here at 7-Imp. And that would be Suzy Lee’s new title, Mirror. Here’s what I wrote about it back in March:

In May, a book that the ultra-talented Suzy Lee (who you may remember visited me in 2008) created in 2003 (I believe) will be published here in the States by Seven Footer Press. It’s called Mirror, and it is beautiful and sad and funny and stunning in that Suzy-Lee way. I’m hoping to secure some illustrations from it to show you, but I had to mention it today, what with this mirror theme. (Also: I got a copy of it just today, and the world stopped spinning while I read it, another reason I have to yawp about it now.) This wordless wonder, all about a young girl playing with her mirror image, also demonstrates the Best Use Ever of the Space Eaten Up by the Necessary Binding of a Book and also More Brilliant Use of Symmetry in Illustrations. More on this later. God, I love Suzy Lee.

The book is still that good. And I managed to get a few spreads from Suzy—who excels in her picture books at showing us that words can be superfluous and who, as I’ve said before, tells stories with striking color, shape, and line, not to mention the spot-on body language of her wee protagonists—to share with you today.

It’s probably a great and terrible blasphemy for a book-blogger to say this, but I’ll say it anyway: This book is difficult to describe. You. must. see. it. Please try to find a copy and come back and talk to me about it. Better yet: Read it with children and ask them what they think happens at the book’s close. This is a conversation-starter of a picture book if I ever saw one. In this book, a young, sad (or perhaps just bored) girl, pictured above, discovers her reflection in a mirror. And plays with it. And then becomes one with it. And then gets awfully surprised by it, but I’m not going to give anything away here about the ending. If you’re familiar with Suzy’s most recent U.S. title, Wave, then you know what powerful stories about transformation Suzy can tell for the youngest of children (child meets wave in that 2008 title and child meets reflection in this more intense one).

Kirkus has described this as “haunting,” as well as cleverly-planned and well-told and a “psychological mind game” that possesses a “creepy disquietude.” It’s true. Again, I don’t want to give the ending away. Here are a couple more spreads, though these don’t include the brilliant Rorschach-esque splashes of color that you see mid-way through the book. Enjoy.

MIRROR. Copyright © 2003 by Suzy Lee. English edition (U.S. and Canada) © 2010 by Seven Footer Kids. All rights reserved.

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As a reminder, 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks is a weekly meeting ground for taking some time to reflect on Seven(ish) Exceptionally Fabulous, Beautiful, Interesting, Hilarious, or Otherwise Positive Noteworthy Things from the past week, whether book-related or not, that happened to you. New folks are always welcome.

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1). I was very honored to have been asked to be a part of the programming committee for the 2010 Southern Festival of Books. That means, as I understand it, that I might be able to say, “Ooo! Ooo! You really want to bring in this author or illustrator….” And, as you know, gabbing about good books for children—and the people who write and illustrate them—makes me happy.

2). I was also honored to have been asked to speak with some of my former Knoxville colleagues this summer at The University of Tennessee’s Center For Children’s and Young Adult Literature (CCYAL), which has a special place in my heart. I think for that I get to gab (again) about good new picture books to an audience of teachers and librarians. HELLO! I pretty much do that for kicks and giggles, as they say, here at the ‘ol blawg, so that’s right up my alley.

3). Oh and the upcoming Children’s Festival of Reading in Knoxville (brought to everyone by the Knox County Library system). Look at the line-up. I’m so there!

4). I heart this song. I have for a while now. Now that it’s a video, you can hear (and heart) it, too, if you’re so inclined.

I myself am a fan of crooked lines, not to mention squeaks and rattles.

4½). Speaking of music, being introduced to Grooveshark. Where has it been all my life?

5). Peter Brown’s totally gonna buy me a drink one day.

6). Hittin’ a beautiful creek at a trailhead in middle Tennessee this week with some friends — and seeing a heron or two stroll by in the water.

7). My kindergartener in a spring musical at her school this week. She was running her own show in her head, I think, during the performance and seemed altogether uninterested in being a sheep. HYSTERICAL (but only to family, I know).

And here’s a big kick I inadvertently left out of last week’s post: Many of you already know this, but congratulations to Jen Robinson, who often comes to kick with us, on the birth of her baby girl! She came early, because she knows how many great books Jen has to read to her. Can’t wait to see pics. Here’s her official announcement about it from last week.

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Two book-related notes:

** For information on Project Play’s “Great Moments in Backyard Play” writing contest for kids, visit their website here.

** Peter, the fellow who runs Flashlight Worthy Book Recommendations, is making a concerted effort to increase the number of book lists in his Book Club Books category. If you’re interested in writing a book list and think you know a number of books that would make a good addition to his collection of book club recommendations, you can get in touch with Peter at info@flashlightworthy.com and he’ll fill you in on the details.

33 comments to “7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #164: Featuring Suzy Lee”

  1. One kick this week – one AMAZING kick:

    We sold out the wish lists for Ojo Encino and Alchesay High!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    772 books bought off the lists for two schools that needed them ever so badly. They will each be holding school wide parties in early May in celebration of all the wonderfulness that has been coming their way.

    We got 772 books from Powells for these kids. Isn’t that awesome? I’m so happy. So so so happy.

  2. SUZY LEE!!!!!!! * screams with delight *

    Jules, your kicks 1, 2, 3, and 5 are awesomecakes topped with awesomesauce. =D

    Colleen, YAY!!!

    My kicks:

    1. I just found out that my brother Brian got the second highest score on the landscape architecture board exam.

    2. In two weeks I will be in Singapore for the first Asian Festival of Children’s Content. I am so excited!!!!!!!

    3. The future: I’ve resigned from my job. My last day is May 31. This means that I can be a full-time graduate student and finally finish earning that MA. I just need to write my thesis – which is on Asian American middle grade novels. * exults *

  3. Suzy Lee is just amazing.

    Jules! I want to be there for 1-3! Sometimes the fact that our country is huge is kind of annoying.

    Tarie, Oh my gosh–what a big step! Go, you with that thesis!!! It sounds like something I’d like to read.

    My kicks:
    1. April Break week was very successful at the library.
    2. As part of #1, we had one of the best storytimes Jason and I have ever done together on Thursday. All the elements were right–nice sized audience, both of us on the ball, good material, no one’s cell phone ringing in the middle of things (which SHOULD NOT happen, but does).
    3. I figured out that this grant paperwork that I thought was going to be REALLY HARD is not really going to be that bad, especially because a few of my coworkers are helping me with it.
    4. I had Friday off, which was this beautiful sunny day.
    5. Tam, the boys, and I took advantage of Friday by visiting the Jell-O museum, one of our many local attractions. It was a hoot.
    6. On Friday night, we took Lucas to see his first musical, Wicked. I marched him up front so he could get a good look at the stage and peek into the orchestra pit. The pit was the best–he had no idea it was there or what might be in it, and when he looked over and saw all the musicians, he was like, “Woah. Are they going to… why are they there?” He loved the experience and has been listening to the soundtrack ever since.
    7. The kid who’s been mowing my lawn over the last several years is expanding his business. He’s 16 and a total entrepreneur–he has a partner and a staff, and he’s starting a website. Teenagers can just be so awesome.

  4. How fun, Suzy Lee.

    Jules, congrats on the speaking engagements.
    Colleen, WOOT so exciting to sell out., Glad to be a part.
    Tarie, congrats on getting to work full time on your thesis!
    Adrienne, glad your spring break week went well and Wicked I must get around to seeing it.
    My week:
    Saw blue herons flying over on my was to work this week.
    School play is going well.
    The kindergarten fibonacci poems are sooo stinking cute…they will be features all week at Check It Out.
    Fifth Friday Kidlit Dring Night in Portland this Fri. I can’t wait!
    Librarians are rallying and we have praent support. Board meeting Tuesday.
    Have a great week.

  5. Colleen, that’s the best news I’ve heard all year. So wonderful.

    Tarie, congrats to your brother, have fun in two weeks (that is simply gonna rock), and congrats on full-time student-hood. I did that once: Resigned from my job to do full-time grad school, and it felt SO RIGHT to have that backpack on my back. You just *know* when it’s time.

    Adrienne, what good kicks. Congrats on an extra-good story time in which your groove was really, really on. And I gotta see Wicked one day. ….I wish you could come to all these events, too, Adrienne. I actually cannot BE at this year’s Southern Festival of Books, but I still get to help out on the committees, which is super exciting to me.

    Jone, I’m very happy to read that the librarians are rallying and that you have parent support. Good luck on Tuesday….Looks like we both had heron-filled weeks.

  6. I’m enjoying the breathing sounds of sleeping dogs and scent of viburnum, but otherwise am just going with everyone’s good kicks this week. Jules, those festivals and book-talking sound great. And thanks for more good music and girl stories.

    Colleen: wonderful re the generosity and hope!

    Tarie: congratulations on the courage step. I’m sure your creativity will love being so honored and step up for that interesting thesis.

    Adrienne, your Friday and Wicked sound lovely. If Lucas is like my daughter, my bet is you’ll have the soundtrack memorized soon: Popular, I know about popular. And with an assist from me, to be who you’ll be, instead of dreary who you were… Well, are. … la la, la la!

    Jone! Just hearing from you is great. I’ve been kind of worried. Herons are good. Hope parents are heard on Tuesday.

  7. Hello all,

    Jules, WOOT! to your bad self! The people at the Southern Festival of Books and UT obviously have superior taste. Big kudos to you! And you know how much I love Sam’s new video (see kick 3 for a very small tie-in with that).

    Colleen, what a great accomplishment and such a positive kick!
    Tarie, congrats to Brian and a big WOOT! to you for focusing on your dreams!
    Adrienne, “Wicked” is wickedly good, and it sounds like Lucas had a magical time.
    Jone, glad you are getting parent support, and good luck on Tues.
    Jeannine, I had to look up “viburnum” — lots of different species, but all very lovely. Such a beautiful time of year.

    My kicks:
    1) Getting to celebrate my Mom’s birthday with her on Friday.
    2) The Peter Brown post here at 7-imp — while I didn’t leave a comment, I LOVED his interview and sense of humor, and the hilarious video.
    3) Getting another guitar lesson — my friend wrote out the chords to Sam’s “Magic For Everybody” and I’m trying (verrrrrry slooooowly) to learn it as my first song.
    4) Learning to have patience with myself (especially necessary for kick 3).
    5) De-cluttering my office so I can see the floor.
    6) Shrimp scampi (yum!)
    7) Peter Brown mentioned saxophone master Lester Young (aka “The President”), and I found this great video (it does cut off abruptly at the end, but it’s still very cool — note the cigarette smoke which appears to be coming out of his sax): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmXxpCTpK3E

    Hope everyone has a great week!

  8. Suzy Lee’s Mirror: very cool. (Especially as a Sunday follow-up to DB Johnson and his Palazzo Inverso, from last week.)

    (Btw, there’s a slide show of Mirror at Suzy Lee’s site, which Jules linked to. It doesn’t show ALL spreads but it does show a couple more, giving a bit more of that Rorschach feel and hinting at the what the creepy-disquietude ending might turn out to be.)

    Jules, I’d forgotten all about Grooveshark — thank you for reminding me about it. It appears to be a LOT better now than when I last looked at it (which may have been a couple days ago, the way my memory seems to be misfiring these days). (Other similar services I’ve used recently: Pandora and Lala, at the obvious Web addresses (note deft sidestepping of blawg link threshold 🙂.)

    Colleen, that’s a BIG kick. Yay for both schools (and yay for Powell’s, too)!

    That’s such great, scary-exciting news, Tarie about putting work on hold to grab onto a dream. What a WONDERFUL thesis topic area, too. What’s the specific focus of the thesis?

    Adrienne: what is it with some types of paperwork, like grant applications? Sometimes it seems they’re used not just as ways to sort out all the applicants from one another, but also to discourage the faint-hearted from applying at all.

    I love the image of someone discovering an orchestra pit for the first time!

    Jone, it always dazzles me that people can see birds flying overhead and say things like, “Blue herons!” instead of (my standard) “Birds!”

    And I’m so with you on the sleeping-dog breathing sounds, Jeannine. Don’t know about yours, but ours (especially considering her four-pound size) seems to be able to do a whole symphony in a single snooze… and never repeat a note. (It makes me feel like Adrienne’s Lucas, staring down at the orchestra.)

    Some quick kicks, no particular order:

    1. Blogging anniversaries
    2. Bill Maher, when he’s really “on”
    3. Time (the kind that passes quickly, and the kind that dallies)
    4. The way the word “iamb” says “I am,” accent 2nd syllable, which is coincidentally an iamb (just like a heartbeat, in fact — another way of saying “I am”)
    5. The continuation of spring, rather than launching directly into summer
    6. The Missus
    7. Last week, Jules kicked about Natalie Merchant’s latest project — working up old poems into new music. (It’s an amazingly good CD, y’all.) This week, while looking around the TED talks site for something else, I stumbled across a recent half-hour(ish) performance by Ms. Merchant of songs from the album.

  9. Jill, passed you in the 7-Imp drive-in lanes.

    I should’ve mentioned the Peter Brown interview, too, for the same reason(s).

    And that is one smokin’ Lester Young video!

  10. Hi JES!

    Love your contemplation of the word “iamb”– you always come up with such interesting observations. Have a great week!

  11. Congrats on all the invites, Jules! It’s good others know how much you know about picture books.

    And congrats on taking a bold step, Tarie! Your thesis sounds interesting.

    I like the sound of your entrepreneurial lawn mower, Adrienne! Very cool.

    I like all the herons in the kicks today – they’re gorgeous birds. Even when they nick small fish out of the pond at work.

    As I type my sister is having her baby! It has been a long weekend, with lots of ups and downs so we’re all hanging in there for the safe arrival of this little trouble maker. I have found it more difficult than I had imagined to sit around while I know my sister is working so hard but I know it wouldn’t be any different if I was in Brisbane. Anyway, sorry for the sidetrack, here is a list of nice things that have happened this week:

    1. First cuckoo of the year!
    2. So many flowers out at the moment – this week I saw my first blubells, wisteria and buttercups for the year.
    3. Card from a friend – unexpected real mail is the nicest thing
    4. Drinks after work in a sunny beer garden with friends
    5. A cycle ride to a café next to the river. It’s a nice length ride, mostly offroad, yet we don’t do it often enough.
    6. I got to wear a t-shirt while cycling! My arms saw sunlight!

  12. Mirror. Very cool. I felt pulled into the wordless experience by just the few spreads here. (And the little girl has my haircut–so even eerier.) Ha!

    Kicks. Kicks have become my favorite Sunday coffee companion (okay, I’m hooked). Jules, congrats on your festival & council gigs (they’re lucky to have you.) Lots of baby arrival news and heron sightings this week (coincidence, I think not.) Book wish lists fulfilled (yea!), graduate studies ahead (envy), first musicals and soundtracks (reminded me of my younger son’s love for Phantom of the Opera), kindergarten fibonacci (!), letting sleeping dogs lie (and listening in), Jitterbug Jam, the “iamb” observation (which I know will stick with me) and sunny beer gardens (we don’t have those where I live. I wish we did.) Great kicks; I toast to you all with my skinny vanilla latte.

    My kicks this week are rolled into one BIG one:

    1. – 7. “Once Upon a Twice” made the short list of the ‘E.B. White Read Aloud Awards’. And with such wonderful, wonderful company (in the Picture Book category: “14 Cows for American”, “Princess Hyacinth – the Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated AND Peter Brown’s “Curious Garden”.) See what I mean? I am so pleased and honored. I conceived of “Once Upon a Twice” as a recitation poem, a story to be acted out with squeaky voices and a dramatic flair, so this is just the perfect nod (sigh, smile.) Sometimes, somehow, dreams find their way.

    Have a great week everyone.

  13. Hi, Jeannine. Like Jill, I had to look up viburnum. I agree it’s lovely.

    Jill, so glad you liked Peter’s interview. I heard from other authors and illustrators that they enjoyed—and connected with—-his refreshing honesty. You GO with your guitar lessons! And thanks for the video link….

    John, thanks for pointing out the slideshow. I meant to link to that again, as I had in the previous post. It’s good stuff. Also: Nice spam-sidestepping, and I’ll have to look into Lala. Thanks for the tip. And I love the idea of a symphony in your dog’s snoozing. ….What lovely, evocative kicks you have. Thanks for the Natalie link, too.

    Oh Emmaco, keep us updated on your sister, please! We will all send good vibes your way. I likes kicks #3 and #4 the most. Snail mail is the best, as well as drinks after work. I like how you and Denise call them “sunny beer gardens.”

    Denise, aw. Thanks. Kicks are my favorite Sunday coffee companion, too. I keep waiting for, like, no one to show up one day, but so far I’ve not been alone. Everyone’s so classy, too. I don’t deserve it.

    And big congrats on the short list score, Denise! Woot! WIN! So well-deserved.

  14. Everyone always has great kicks!

    Jules, I can’t imagine anything better than getting to talk about your favorite authors, illustrators, and stories! Sounds like a sensational summer.

    This week’s kicks:
    1. Seeing my younger brother’s band play live for the first time and realizing that (sisterly pride aside) they are truly AMAZING.

    2. Applying for editorial assistant positions. The application process itself isn’t fun (I won’t lie: cover letters scare the jeebers out of me), but I’m excited about the possibilities.

    3. Overhearing someone assert that “Nobody messes with Ronald McDonald,” to which the other person replied, “So you’re saying Ronald McDonald is God?”

    4. New episodes of Glee!

    5. Finally getting over the fear of wearing high heels. There’s nothing scary about a 6’1″ woman clomping about, flailing, right?

    6. Finding an oversized copy of Eric Carle’s Pancakes, Pancakes! (the kind used in elementary school classrooms, I suppose) at a used bookstore. Picture books and pancakes — the perfect combination.

    7. Final week of graduate school. With plenty of sweet tea I think I’ll survive, and I’m so grateful for the experience…but ready for the next thing.

    Thanks for providing a weekly space to share the little (and big!) joys.

  15. Hey hey. I just returned from a Mother’s Day dinner… that’s Mother’s Day of 2009. My husband gave me a gift certificate for “one guilt-free recession-proof dinner out” and I just redeemed it tonight. That’s kick #1. Here are the others:

    2. A Brief History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson.
    3. After years of reading to my bunny, yesterday my bunny finally read to me (Let’s Say Hi to Friends That Fly, by Mo Willems).
    4.Today I went to the book reading for How To be a Sister: A Love Story with a Twist of Autism, by Eileen Garvin. I’m glad I went.
    5. Winnowing.
    6. Exercise (though I prefer having exercised to getting geared up for exercise).
    7. I have a new desk lamp with a natural-light spectrum that’s good for close-up work. Maybe I can now embroider once the sun goes down without getting twitchy eyes!

  16. I need time to read everyone’s kicks since I am so late and still stuff to be done today! A dislocated fingr from today’s soccer game has put me behind.

    Kick 1 – Finger only dislocated, NOT broken. Yay!
    2. Read How to be Bad by Lockhart, Mylnowski and Myracle this week.
    3. Also, The Heart and the Bottle, and How Robin Saved Spring. AWESOME.
    4. Reading Leviathan by Westerfeld now.
    5. Watched The Fall again, liked it even better second go round.
    6. Hair appt where I got to bring my dog, and a cocktail – how relaxing is that?
    7. Lengthy late-night long-distance conversations = love love love.

    Have a great week everyone!

  17. Hello, Suzy Lee! Best wishes with Mirror. I’m glad that it’s finally available here. I found Wave thanks to 7-Imp, and I adored it.

    Jules: Congratulation on the invites and upcoming events! Keep us posted, as I know you will. Grooveshark keeps my store filled with music all day long. Tell the munchkin that I say break a leg belatedly! I hope she had an absolute blast. (Or should I say baaaa-last?)

    Big hugs to Jen’s entire family!

    Colleen: WOO HOO! I am so excited and encouraged by the success of the booklists. Thank you a million times over for creating and overseeing the lists, and thanks to every person who contributed to, donated, and supported the wishlists and Operation TBD.

    Tarie: Kudos to you. I wish you the very best of luck with the next chapter of your life. With that determination, I know you’ll do well. Congratulations to your brother. Have a safe and fun trip!

    Adrienne: Sounds like storytime rocked the biblioteca. I’m glad that the difficult task now seems manageable. Hello to Lucas, and his new appreciation for musicals. Thank you so much for exposing him to live theatre! Send me the link to your neighbor’s website, will ya? Sounds very GLW-worthy!

    Jone: Say hello to the actors (and the birds!) for me. Please post the link to the fibonacci poems next Sunday in case I miss them during the week. Good luck at the board meeting.

    Jeannine: That sounds so nice.

    Jill: Happy birthday to your mother. I’ve found that patience is key to so many things. (Coupling that with anxiety is way fun, let me tell you!) Rock the guitar.

    JES: Happy blogiversary! Now I’m singing Wonder by Natalie Merchant.

    emmaco: I hope that your sister’s baby has now arrived, and that your sister has an easy, safe delivery. Congratulations to the family. Pretty flowers.

    Denise: How wonderful! Congratulations!

    Julie: Rock on to your brother’s band, and to your final week of grad school. Enjoy the sassy shoes! Own them and walk tall. I am 5 feet tall, but I love being the height that I am. I never wear heels unless a show requires it. The only heels I personally own are my tap shoes.

    Farida: BUNNY! Glad that the reading was enjoyable. Hope the lamp serves you well.

    Rachel (rm): Ouch! Glad that your finger isn’t broken. Hope it heals soon. Let me know what you think of Levithan by scott Westerfeld. We featured that book at readergirlz last month. We have Deb Caletti’s The Secret Life of Prince Charming this month, and Absolutely Maybe by Lisa Yee in May.

    Kicks from the past week:
    1) The continued success of Operation Teen Book Drop
    2) Rehearsals for MPH musical
    3) First music rehearsal for H musical
    4) Making videos, both chronicling personal experiences and getting footage for readergirlz
    5) Staying up to watch Fringe (totally worth it)
    6) Dealing with it when plans fall through (or: When the going gets tough, the tough get going)
    7) Today – Meeting and interviewing authors whose books I enjoy, meeting friends of friends, being professional, being remembered, being considered, and so forth.

  18. P.S. It’s a Short History of Nearly Everything. I keep blending the title with A Brief History of Time, by Hawking. And no, I’ve never gotten through Hawking’s book. All I remember from that one is, “…If you meet your antiself, don’t shake hands! You would both vanish in a great flash of light.”

  19. Jules, the baby has arrived! Emergency c section in the end – worth it to have her here safely.

  20. Julie, congrats on that final week of grad school, and good luck with the job hunt. I would love to be an editorial assistant. I’m jealous of your future job already. And oh hey, I’m listening to The Will Callers RIGHT NOW, thanks to your blog.

    Farida, those Mo books are pretty funny, aren’t they? Glad your bunny read to you. …What are you winnowing? Speaking of Hawking, by the way, I read this last night. Not a good thing for someone like me to read. I’ve got a new item for my catalog of worries, the advanced aliens ready to conquer and colonize. First, zombies. Now, this.

    RM, oh my, glad your finger’s okay. You read and watched some good stuff this week, too.

    Little Willow, I didn’t read your comment till this morning, but it’s like sunshine on my morning face to read about your life, so I’m glad I didn’t see it till now. Now my Morning Grump is gone.

    Emmaco, YAY! Congrats! Is mama okay?

  21. Just stopping by for a quick visit. Lately, I’ve been really busy working on a couple of writing projects–and making plans and arrangements for my daughter’s bridal shower and wedding.


    Thanks for the news about Jen Robinson’s baby. I haven’t been doing as much blog reading in recent weeks because I’ve been preoccupied with other things. I know I can always get the latest news from 7-Imp.

  22. Elaine, that wedding is very soon, huh? Can’t wait to see pics. I know it’ll be a special day for you.

  23. Jules,

    My daughter’s not getting married until July–but her shower is fast approaching. I’ve been busy selecting and writing poems for her shower and her wedding.

    I’ve also been making arrangements and ordering books for our reading council’s spring dinner meeting–which falls just three days after Sara’s bridal shower.

    Recently, I received an email from a poet/anthologist requesting poems for a new themed anthology he’s working on. Only problem is that I haven’t written any poems related to that specific theme. I’m really going to have to dig deep to come up with some poems to send to him.

    I’ve also been reworking and writing new poems for one of my unpublished collections. A close friend–who’s an award-winning children’s author–made some wonderful suggestions recently about how to improve my manuscript and make it more marketable. Her advice has helped me breathe new life into the collection–which is probably the strongest of all the ones I’ve written to date.

  24. Thank you so much, everyone!!!

    John, I was afraid someone was going to ask that. =P I still have to refine my thesis topic. But I will definitely focus on the Asian American middle grade novels that have won Newbery Honors and Newbery Awards. =D

  25. Jules, she was feeling a bit under the weather when I spoke to her this morning but nothing that a good sleep won’t cure. And she has heaps of local friends and family that can help out when she gets home and her husband goes back to work.

  26. emmaco: Sending more and more good thoughts to your sis and niece.

    Jules: Glad that your day brightened up! Leave the grumpiness to Walter Matthau. (Oh, how I wish I could have worked with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau!)

    Elaine: May all go smoothly for the shower and the wedding! Best wishes to them, and good luck with your poetry.

  27. Elaine, such good writing news!

    Emmaco, so glad mama and baby are okay! Can’t wait to hear more about the new wee one.

    LW, Lemmon and Matthau ROCK.

  28. Jules: Yes, yes, they do!

  29. Does anyone know how I can get my hands on Suzy’s book Black Bird??

  30. Steve, I don’t know, but I can point Suzy to your question. If it’s okay for me to give her your email address, should she have a response for you, let me know.

  31. oh man i totally thought i responded to this. I’d totally be ok with her contacting me if she would.

  32. […] If you wish to see more reviews done on Suzy Lee’s books, click here to be taken to a highly incisive blogpost by David Elzey on Mirror and Wave from The excelsior File. For Gene Luen Yang’s article written for the New York Times on Suzy Lee’s Shadow dated 04 November 2010, click here. 7 Impossible Things before Breakfast has also written an enthused review on Mirror as could be found here. […]

  33. Very good written article. It will be valuable to anybody who utilizes it, as well as myself. Keep doing what you are doing – looking forward to more posts.

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