The Power of One Writer
Back Yards, Ethiopia and Children's Books
author • speaker • teacher • volunteer

Reflecting the great mosaic of humankind

I was amazed and delighted that editors in the 1990s were looking for the kinds of stories that allowed me to start offering glimpses into Ethiopia, the land of my childhood.  (Although I was born in Portland, Oregon, my parents moved to Ethiopia when I was two, and when I paid my first visit to

Read More »

From Trouble to American Girl

Hmmm…it seems information about the new doll (and…ahem…my books) is leaking pretty fast, now.  Maybe even officially.  Once the blank covers went up on amazon with my name attached, speculation bubbled that the doll of the year would be African American.  Okay, well, I did grow up in Ethiopia.  I’ve been tickled pink–as my grandmother

Read More »

Days away from American Girl doll of the year 2010

What a whirl!  I was doing an author visit at some international schools in Indonesia when I got an email from the editor who brought SABA: UNDER THE HYENA’S FOOT into the world as part of the “Girls of Many Lands” series that American Girl was trying.  Those dolls–dressed to their fingernails in historically correct

Read More »

Reflecting the great mosaic of humankind

I was amazed and delighted that editors in the 1990s were looking for the kinds of stories that allowed me to start offering glimpses into Ethiopia, the land of my childhood.  (Although I was born in Portland, Oregon, my parents

Read More »

From Trouble to American Girl

Hmmm…it seems information about the new doll (and…ahem…my books) is leaking pretty fast, now.  Maybe even officially.  Once the blank covers went up on amazon with my name attached, speculation bubbled that the doll of the year would be African

Read More »