RAR #100: Jeanne Birdsall, The Penderwicks, and over 4 Million Downloads

05.14.2018 - By Read-Aloud Revival

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Can you believe it? It's Episode 100!  And amazingly, we just crossed over a pretty huge milestone here at The Read-Aloud Revival: over 4 million downloads of the podcast.

You know, I couldn't have picked a better guest for this week's 100th episode celebration. In today's episode, I'm chatting with Jeanne Birdsall, author of the Penderwicks series.

The final book in the series, The Penderwicks at Last is available today, so your Penderwicks fans are going to want to get their hands on that right away.

As for the podcast, we're chatting about:

what is was like for Jeanne to get her first book published
how she always imagined the Penderwicks series as one single story
which books inspired her writing (I bet you can guess a few!)

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Listener Guide
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1:49 Meet Jeanne
3:32 The first Penderwicks book gets published
8:23 Jeanne's writing process
11:53 Where the story came from
14:28 Get signed copies!
15:09 Which books inspired Jeanne
16:52 What you might not know about the characters
21:03 Ahhhh, Mr. Penderwick
22:27 Questions about the craft of writing
27:42 The hardest part of writing
29:26 Let's talk about revision
32:23 What's next from Jeanne BIrdsall...
33:53 Book 5: The Penderwicks at Last
37:58 Fan mail
39:14 Writing tips
44:06 Let the kids speak

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