Read Dangerously

Read Dangerously
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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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News Flash! My Vermont College of Fine Arts classmate Debbie Dunn and I sold our new book WANTED: WOMEN MATHEMATICIANS. WANTED will be published by Disney-Hyperion in 2019.

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Common wisdom suggests computers are an exclusively male domain– ironic when one considers that women invented computer programming.

WANTED: WOMEN MATHEMATICIANS tells the story of a team of nearly forgotten innovators,  Jean Jennings, Kay McNulty and Betty Snyder, young women who hacked the first electronic computers (before hacking was a thing) to win the war and change the world. Betty, Kay and Jean knew computers must be small, nimble and communicate with each other, just like they did. WANTED doesn’t just give these pioneers their due. It demonstrates how the team’s “feminine” attributes– cooperation, communication and teamwork– formed the essence of how modern computers function.

This book is a labor of love and a dream come true. We can’t wait to share Jean, Betty and Kay’s story with you!

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My next book, RADIANT MAN, a picture book biography of radiant, ground breaking artist Keith Haring will be published by fabulous Joy Peskin at Farrar Straus and Giroux Books For Young Readers in Spring 2017!

 

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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 —

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