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Friday, September 30, 2011

Chat with Authors Anne Ursu and Laurel Snyder on Twitter! #magicisreal

This Tuesday, October 4th, at 8pm EST, Breadcrumbs author, Anne Ursu, and Bigger Than A Breadbox author, Laurel Snyder, talk about about Fantasy, Magic, and Realism in Middle Grade on Twitter using the hashtag #magicisreal. 

The chat will be hosted by ALAN board member, English teacher, and creator of RAW INK Online Paul W. Hankins. Official title: Magic is Real: Fantasy, Magic, and Realism in Middle Grade.

5 chat participants will receive free copies of Breadcrumbs and Bigger Than A Breadbox!

But it isn't a chat unless you join us! We'd love to hear your thoughts, questions, and opinions about fantasy, magic, and realism in middle grade literature today. Meet us, this Tuesday at 8pm EST on

Anne Ursu is the author of three middle-grade novels that comprise the Cronus Chronicles trilogy: The Shadow Thieves, The Siren Song, and The Immortal Fire. She is also a professor of writing for children at Hamline University and a lifelong Minnesota Twins fan. Anne lives in Minneapolis with her son and two cats. You can visit her online at

Laurel Snyder is the author of  three novels for children, “Penny Dreadful,” “Any Which Wall” and “Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains OR The Search for a Suitable Princess” (Random House) and two picture books, “Inside the Slidy Diner” and “Baxter the Kosher Pig.” (Tricycle). Visit her online at

Paul W. Hankins teaches English 11 and AP English Language and Composition at Silver Creek High School in Sellersburg, Indiana. Paul is an ALAN Board Member. The creator of RAW INK Online, Paul seeks opportunities to connect his students with young adult authors. Paul's Twitter literacy initiative, #SpeakLoudly, was selected as Edublog's Most Influential Tweet/Series of Tweets for 2010 and the chat he co-hosts with Donalyn Miller, #TitleTalk continues to grow in popularity within the Twitter community. Paul's thoughts on literacy topics like reading aloud to secondary students and literature-based multigenre projects have appeared in Education Week, Choice Literacy,, and The Courier-Journal.


  1. I love the bread theme! This sounds like a great chat, I'm going to try to be there! Laurel is one of my favorites!

  2. Thanks, Kristine! I hope you can make it :)

  3. I'm going to be there, too! Can't wait!

  4. Yay! We look forward to seeing you there, Kelly!

  5. This sounds great...found the information about this on Twitter and passed it along. ;)

  6. Awesome, K.L. - Thank you so much for helping to spread the word! I hope you can join us :)