I wanted to write about the magic of the ordinary. So I began with an old orange tree, like the one in my L.A.
I wanted to write about kids with secrets. I myself was once a kid with secrets.
I wanted to write about pets, birds, insects, rodents. About forgetting, and remembering again.
I wanted to write about the history of a place, how a street is like a book of stories, all different, yet bound together.
Surprise! One amazing morning, these stories became intertwined. A surprise to me, too, which is what makes writing itself so magical.
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"Fully realized characters and setting definitely make this one morning on Orange Street amazing." Kirkus Reviews, starred
"...realistic, evocative novel, which features a warm and believable community of adults and children... culminating in a confrontation that resolves several mysteries and brings out the best in everyone." Publishers Weekly
"In one marvelous chapter the tree tells its own history...This deceptively simple book reminds us how important the things we sometimes take for granted are: friendship, family, love, and the interconnectedness of our everyday world." New York Journal of Books
One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street / Joanne Rocklin / Abrams/Amulet
Price: $16.95 / ISBN: 978-0810997196 / Published: April, 2011
Ages 8-12 / middle-grade fiction