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By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: February 24, 2010

Dr. Molly Barrow holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and is the author of  Malia and Teacup Awesome African Adventure and Malia and Teacup Out on a Limb—an adventure series for ages 9 and up.

Bianca Schulze: You have a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and have worked in a private practice for over 20 years as a licensed mental health counselor and educator, at what point did you decide to add “writer” to your resume?

Dr. Molly Barrow: I have always enjoyed writing poetry and keeping a journal, but it was working on my doctoral dissertation that gave me the discipline to become a serious storyteller. I began by writing screenplays because I have the ability to see a film plot unfold in my mind. I wrote the Malia & Teacup books in screenplay form initially. As I am writing, I am laughing aloud and delighting in the awkward situations that I place my characters. Sometimes as I am writing, the plot shifts because the characters seem to take me in a new direction, a phenomenon that I do not completely understand, but enjoy immensely when it happens.

By Luisa LaFleur, The Children’s Book Review Published: February 17, 2010 Frankie Pickle and the Pine Run 3000 by Eric Wight (author and illustrator) Reading level: Ages 7-10 Paperback: 86 pages Publisher: Simon and Schuster (forthcoming) Source of book: author What to expect: Overcoming adversity, importance of teamwork Remember when you were a kid

By Luisa LaFleur, The Children’s Book Review
Published: February 15, 2010

I’ve written before about the spate of new books that are bilingual and aim to tell a story as well as teach another language. For the most part, these have been in Spanish. Recently, I received a few new books that tell fables from a Native American perspective. These have been interesting for me to read as they open up a whole new world of literature and they’ve been interesting for my kids as well because of their vivid and fantastic stories. Here’s a brief rundown of three of them: