Read Dangerously

Read Dangerously
[reed deyn-jer-uhs-ly] adverbial phrase

What’s so dangerous about reading? Books like THE MAP OF ME and SOAR, ELINOR! are full of ideas that will spark your imagination and take you to places you could never visit. Readers ask new questions and find their own answers.

Some people think kids who ask questions are dangerous.

I think dangerous readers SOAR!

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Would you cross a black cat’s path to get to a wonderful book?

Tami Lewis Brown writes daring books for dangerous readers. SOAR, ELINOR! is the true story of pioneer pilot Elinor Smith, and THE MAP OF ME is a middle-grade novel about two sisters, one stolen car, and a whole flock of chickens.

There are loads of fun, daring, and dangerous things to do on this website. Explore 365 Fabulous Feats of Female Flying… one amazing achievement for every day of the year HERE. Download a free Women’s History Month Activity Kit for your class, troop or reading group. Watch trailers for Soar, Elinor! and The Map of Me. Plus find a whole lot more, on every page.

Think… Explore… And READ DANGEROUSLY!

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surprised-tamiHow did you get the idea for SOAR, ELINOR?

I grew up in a family of pilots—my dad, my mom and even my little sister flew small planes—so it feels like I’ve always “known” pioneer aviatrix Elinor Smith. Elinor was a record breaking pilot who did some of her most amazing flying as a teenager. Early one morning, while my eyes were still closed,  the words SOAR ELINOR hit me, almost commanding me to tell Elinor’s story.
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The Shocking Truth!

Novels have plots.

I have a confession-

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For me, like a lot of other novelists, plotting used to feel IMPOSSIBLE. As unfathomable as an algebra problem. And just as bound up by some weird set of rules I thought I’d never understand. – READ MORE –

Are you a plotter or a plunger? Can I see a show of hands for each category?

I’ve always hated that question a little because I just don’t get it, at least for my own writing. Plotters plan ahead, arranging the sequence of events in their novels with the precision of a German train schedule. Plungers take a blind leap off a cliff and write whatever their heart tells them to put on the page.

I do neither. – READ MORE –

There are sound neurological reasons storyboarding works for some of us. It literally probes the deepest recesses of the creative mind. How?

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A human brain is a mysterious thing and as a writer I’m always looking for ways to push inside my unconscious, to lift the veil between what I know on the outside and what my heart and mind know about my story on the inside. I’m trying to enter “the flow”. Even though I’m no great shakes as an artist drawing a scene is a powerful tool to lead me through the curtain into “the understory”. – READ MORE –

Recently I had the chance to speak with Candlewick Press editor Kaylan Adair.

Kaylan has edited a number of outstanding middle-grade novels including Down Sand Mountain by Steve Watkins, Small As An Elephant by Jennifer Richard Jacobson and the upcoming Garden Princess by Kristin Kladstrup.  She was even the American editor of A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, a novel that straddles that tricky YA/Middle-grade line. – READ MORE –

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