A Boy Named Freedom
Koalas. The Boston Tea Party. Bones. The Hudson River. I've written about lots of things. Fiction and nonfiction. Ancient history and the 21st Century. Living people and folk legends. Where do I get my ideas? I read newspapers and listen to stories on the radio. Conversations with friends spark my curiosity. On a trip to to Vieques, Puerto Rico, a magnificent iguana (see above) inspired me for a new project. Amazing people like Alice Coachman, the great Olympic high jumper, catch my writer's eye. For several years I've been searching for a boy named Freedom, whom the late Howard Zinn mentioned in his book "A People's History of the United States." I haven't been able to find enough about Freedom to write his story. If you have any leads, drop me an e-mail!
For Women's History Month...
On November 5, 1872, Susan B. Anthony cast her vote for president. At a time when only men were allowed to vote, Anthony had to break the law to stand up for her beliefs. What happened next was outrageous!
"In spare and elegant free verse, Malaspina shares a vivid act of civil disobedience....Inspiring fodder for an electoral--or any other--year."