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Meet the Tom Angleberger the talented author of “The Strange Case of The Origami Yoda.”

Here is a brief bio:

Tom is a hillbilly nerd, living in the Appalachians, calling square dances, watching kung-fu movies, juggling, reading Victorian novels, tubing, folding origami, writing and drawing.

WOTS: What was your road to publication?

TA: It ran straight through Hell. Twice. I’m still waiting to get some of those SASEs back from 2004!
But now, I’ve reached Heaven … also known as Amulet Books.

WOTS: Can you tell me a bit about your writing process? Do you plot or not?

TA: I like to let things stew. I’ll get an idea and just let it simmer for awhile. Maybe a month, maybe more. If I keep thinking about it and adding to it, it will eventually be ready.
My first book, Qwikpick, was the result of me realizing that two such stews could be combined into one.

WOTS: Are you working on any new projects that you can tell us about?

TA: Nobody knows this yet except my wife … I’ve written an semi-outline for Origami Yoda 3. It’s been stewing for a long time and I was ready to write down the basics. And I’ve got a ton of MSs at various places in the pipeline.
WOTS: Describe your studio or usual work space for us.

TA: I have a gigantic pile of junk in a room upstairs. A desk and chair can be found within. I am surrounded by Star Wars stuff and origami paper and old drawings, toys, books, robot parts, etc…

WOTS: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

TA: Sometimes I really wish I’d gone into advertising. It’s been a lifelong fascination of mine.

WOTS: What’s one thing that most people don’t know about you?

TA: I was on the college newspaper with Patton Oswalt, Dave Lasky and Cece Bell. Patton is now a Hollywood star. Dave is about to blow everyone away with his Carter Family graphic novel. Cece is a Candlewick author with 7 books out and more to come.

I married one of those 3.

WOTS: What was your inspiration for your book The Strange Case of the Origami Yoda?

TA: I was reading BoingBoing, one of the best Websites around, when I saw a picture of Fukiami Kawahata’s origami Yoda. It’s a masterpiece. I knew I could never fold it. So I tried to fold my own, super-simple one. When I was done, it fit on my finger like a puppet. From there the book wrote itself.

WOTS: Was it difficult coming up with a follow-up for Origami Yoda?

TA: No! The kids have made it very, very clear who they wanted to star in the book. And I wanted it too. And my editor helped inspire the plot.

WOTS: We here at Writing on the Sidewalk tend to procrastinate with our writing, where do you fit in Procrastinator or Proactive?

TA: In bewtween, I guess. When I know I’m ready to write, it’s just a matter of finding time to sit down and let it pour out. And when it’s revision time, I like to get it done as soon as possible.

“The Strange Case of the Origami Yoda” has been selected as a CYBILS finalist and an ALA Notable Read nominee, we wish you all the best. I will be sharing my book thoughts on this very fun book during my next turn to blog.

Tom’s latest book “Horton Halfpott” will be released in May. To find out more about Tom and his books or to learn how to fold an origami yoga be sure to check out   http://www.origamiyoda.com or http://riddleburger.wordpress.com.

Suzanne Santillan

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This year the American Library Association has chosen San Diego for it’s midwinter meeting. From January 7-11th nearly 10,000 leaders in the library and information media industry will gather for meetings, events and exhibits. My blog buddy Sarah and I are planning to check out the exhibits some time this weekend (I’ll be the one with the comfy shoes).

One of the special features of the midwinter meeting is the announcement of the Youth Media Awards. Each year the ALA honors books, videos and other outstanding materials for children and teens. The 2011 award winners will be announced at 7:45 a.m. PST, Monday, Jan. 10, at the San Diego Convention Center. A live Webcast of the award announcements will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Award press release will be posted online by 10 a.m. PST at www.ala.org.

I was happy to note that “The Kneebone Boy” by Ellen Potter was on the nominee list for Notable Books. Ellen has done an author spotlight feature and we have reviewed several of her books as well. Yay Ellen! I was also happy to see “The Strange Case of the Origami Yoda” by Tom Angelberger there as well. We will be featuring Tom on our next author spotlight this Friday.

I wish them both well and look forward to hearing the results on Monday.

Suzanne Santillan

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Alyson Beecher loves books. Alyson is an educator, writing mentor and blogger and I love her taste in books. She recently posted her list of favorite books for 2010 on her Kid Lit Frenzy blog.

Here are Alyson’s picks for Best Mid Grade Novels:


by Judith Viorst, illustrated by Lane Smith



by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, illustrated by Tony Fucile



by James Burks



by Kazu Kibuishi



by Tom Angleberger



by Adam Gidwitz



by Jennifer Cervantes



by Sharon M. Draper



by Rita Williams-Garcia



by Ellen Potter



by Lisa Schroeder



by Anne Mazer & Ellen Potter


I have read several on this list and even featured them here on the blog, I agree with Alyson that they are great books. I have made it my goal to read all of the books on this list that I haven’t had a chance to read yet.

Alyson has also compiled a list of the best Picture Books and YA for 2010 as well, be sure to check those out as well.

I will have an opportunity to meet Alyson next month  when I visit her school for an author visit to share my book “Grandma’s Pear Tree.”  I hope during the visit we will have time to discuss books, she really knows her stuff.

Happy reading,

Suzanne Santillan

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