Book Briefs: Jacqueline Houtman

Book Briefs: an interview series where authors talk about...what else?  Books! Jacqueline Houtman is a fellow Tenner.  Her debut middle-grade novel, The Reinvention of Edison Thomas, will be published by Front Street, an imprint of Boyds Mills Press, Inc. on March 15.      

What book are you reading right now?  When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead.

Your favorite children’s book:  The Way Things Work by David Macaulay (and The New Way Things Work, and The Way We Work).

 Your favorite non-fiction book: The New York Public Library Desk Reference.

 Your favorite classic (read: book they made you read in school) book:  The World Book Encyclopedia

The last book that made you laugh: Whales On Stilts by MT Anderson 

The last book that made you cry: The Lucky Place by Zu Vincent. 

The last book you recommended to a friend: Operation Redwood by S. Terrell French

A novel you’ve re-read (and re-read): Harry Potter (in English and French).

One sentence that gives the gist of your book best: For Eddy Thomas, science is easy, but friendship is hard.

Avoiding spoilers, a 1-2 sentence passage from your book that you really like:

Of course, the fight-or-flight response wasn't very useful in a library, unless there were woolly mammoths in the biography section, which Eddy doubted.

You can learn more about Jacqueline and The Reinvention of Edison Thomas at her website www.edisonthomas.com.

Thanks, Jacqueline!