Countdown to IDK: Blurbalicious

(Sorry about the title–I couldn’t help myself.)

The jury is still out over whether a glowing comment from a fellow author can help boost sales of your latest book.  My best-selling book ever (The Middle of Somewhere) didn’t come with any italicized quotes on the front or back cover.  But at least they don’t hurt, and they can sure give an author a shot of self-confidence just before the reviews start coming out.  So I’m very appreciative of blurbs recently received, and of the generous authors who took the time to read the book and say something nice about it.

Like Cheryl Harness, one of my favorite all-time go-to authors for history.  She’s better known as a topHarness illustrator, but underappreciated (I think) for her wordsmithing.  Cheryl Harness Histories, published by National Geographic and terminated too soon, offer young readers a look at some significant human beings in the American past by taking in the whole context of their time.  Myles Standish is one of my favorites, reviewed here.

So, what did she say about I Don’t Know How the Story Ends?  This:

J. B. Cheaney masterfully combines a family’s pathos in wartime, a vivid sense of old Hollywood (including appearances by the era’s superstars), PLUS  a suspenseful, creative adventure through an entirely new kind of storytelling: MOVING PICTURES!

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CushmanThen there’s Karen Cushman, practically a dean (in my view) of children’s historical fiction, whose Catherine, Called Birdy and The Midwife’s Apprentice wowed Newbery committees some years back.  They’re still wowing readers today (even one who wants to make a movie of Catherine, and has the clout and the ability to do so).  So it’s a real treat, as well as an honor, to get a friendly nod from her:


I Don’t Know How the Story Ends will grab you by your shirt and drop you right into the early days of Hollywood and movie making.  Peopled with delightful characters who find that real life is not just like the movies, this is a funny, insightful, and touching celebration of friendship and family, the imagination, and the power of the movies.

My humble thanks, ladies.  We share a love of history and I’m proud to be on the same page.


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