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Eleven Book Signing with Dylan

2020-08-28T04:42:19-07:00September 28, 2014|Categories: The Neighborhood|Tags: , , , , , , |

I recently enjoyed a fun visit from my friend (and fan of Eleven), Dylan Foyster. Dylan was in town to see his grandparents, Joanne and Rusty Muir, but he managed to squeeze in a quick hello while he was here. He'd brought his copy of my book, so we had an impromptu Eleven book signing. I managed to get Radar to leave him a ... MORE  ▶

11 Tips for a Family Trip to New York and the 9/11 Museum

2020-08-28T04:42:19-07:00August 27, 2014|Categories: The Neighborhood|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

With the 9/11 Museum now open at the World Trade Center, many families are thinking about making a visit to the museum the centerpiece of a Labor Day or early fall getaway to New York. But nobody (okay, no sane body) then wants to slog uptown and brave the crowds and chaos of Times Square in search of family fun. ... MORE  ▶

Two Great Reviews of Eleven

2020-08-28T04:42:19-07:00August 19, 2014|Categories: The Neighborhood|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Checking in with a short post today to indulge in a little humblebrag. This week saw an embarrassment of riches in my inbox.  But not so embarrassing that I won't tell you about them. DOWNTOWN Magazine NYC First was a glowing review in DOWNTOWN Magazine NYC, a news and culture magazine based in...can you guess?...downtown New York. "It helps explain the tragedy ... MORE  ▶

8 Tips on How to Talk to Your Kids about 9-11

2020-08-28T04:42:20-07:00July 31, 2014|Categories: The Neighborhood|Tags: , , , , , |

“I think 9/11 is when someone dropped a bunch of bombs on New York.” “I think it’s when we attacked Iran.” “I think it was...I don’t know.” Those are real quotes from a sixth-grade class where I taught Eleven this year. Their confusion is understandable, because many parents and teachers aren’t sure how to even start a conversation on such an ... MORE  ▶

Without Courage

2020-08-28T04:42:21-07:00June 28, 2014|Categories: For Teachers & Students, The Neighborhood|Tags: , , , , |

Speak the Speech I recently had the honor of giving the commencement speech to the eighth graders culminating from William Jefferson Clinton Middle School in South Los Angeles. Go Eagles! A few quick facts about Clinton (taken from their website): it's an inner-city middle school serving 900 students in a "predominantly commercial warehouse/industrial district that also resides in one of Los ... MORE  ▶


2020-08-28T04:42:22-07:00May 28, 2014|Categories: The Neighborhood|Tags: , |

We held a book signing last month at Chevalier's Books, a fabulous independent bookstore in LA's Larchmont Village. We had a HUGE turnout -- Radar and I signed and sold nearly 70 books that day.     Here, at last, are some pictures from the big event. Thanks to Chevalier's owner Filis Winthrop and manager Erica Luttrell and to everyone ... MORE  ▶

Who is The Man in the White Shirt?

2020-08-28T04:42:23-07:00May 2, 2014|Categories: For Teachers & Students, The Neighborhood|Tags: , |

The sixth-graders at McKinley Avenue School have been diligently working through Eleven this semester. (You can read more about them and see pictures here.) One of the central mysteries in the story revolves around a character known only as The Man in the White Shirt. Midway through the book, our amateur sleuths were asked to say who they thought The ... MORE  ▶

A certain je ne sais quoi

2020-08-28T04:42:24-07:00May 2, 2014|Categories: The Neighborhood|Tags: |

My recent post on my friend Andy Roth apparently got a bit of a tailwind and was seen by quite a few people. (If you missed it, you can read it here.) Andy's network of friends and fellow Holocaust survivors brought in readers from all over the globe. To any new fans of Eleven:  Welcome! After you read this, I hope ... MORE  ▶

Happy 69th Birthday to My 86-Year-Old Friend

2020-08-28T04:42:25-07:00April 14, 2014|Categories: The Neighborhood|Tags: |

This is my tennis pal, Andy Roth. I’ve known Andy for nearly twenty years and play tennis with him and a regular group several times a week. He has a wicked forehand, runs down every ball, and never misses a chance to humiliate me with a passing shot, after which he howls with glee. Here’s how he usually responds when ... MORE  ▶

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