Author Archives: Tara Sullivan

About Tara Sullivan

Author of GOLDEN BOY (2013), THE BITTER SIDE OF SWEET (2016), and TREASURE OF THE WORLD (2021). Published by Penguin Books for Young Readers Find out more at Or, follow me on Twitter: @SullivanStories

Thursday Travel: Needham Public Library

It was like a dream. There I stood, in front of the book signing table, TWO Newbury Medal winning authors facing me: Clare Vanderpool (Moon over Manifest, 2010) and Jerry Spinelli (Maniac Magee, 1990). I had just attended an event … Continue reading

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Wednesday Writing: Junior Library Guild

I have some very exciting news for this week’s Wednesday Writing: GOLDEN BOY has been chosen by the Junior Library Guild as one of it’s “Spring Selections” for 2013. For those of you who have never heard of the JLG … Continue reading

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HAPPY 2013!!

Hello, everyone, and HAPPY NEW YEAR! It’s finally here, 2013: the year that GOLDEN BOY will get published, along with some other great debut authors. Check out the Lucky 13s and the Class of 2k13 (see below!) and start bookmarking. … Continue reading

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Wednesday Writing: Reblog: STACKED: Visual Inspiration

For this Wednesday Writing feature, I’d like to point you over to the STACKED blog, where I answer questions about the visuals that accompanied the writing of GOLDEN BOY: Hope everyone’s holidays continue to be happy! Roll on 2013!

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Friday Feature: Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Today’s Friday Feature is Lynda Mullaly Hunt, debut author of ONE FOR THE MURPHYS and founder of Book Train. Lynda, welcome to the blog! What’s it like being a debut author? Well, I have to admit that it’s pretty over-the-top … Continue reading

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Tuesday Teaching: No More Novels?

Earlier this month, The Washington Post published an article titled “Common core sparks war over words,” in which it worries that the adoption of the Common Core State Standards in English (by 46 states & DC, to date) will lead … Continue reading

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Originally posted on Class of 2k13:
GOLDEN BOY Marginalized due to his albinism, thirteen-year-old Habo discovers it’s more dangerous to be seen as priceless than worthless when his family moves to Mwanza, Tanzania, and he must flee for his life…

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Monday Media: NYT Besteller Lists

Thanks to the PW Children’s Bookshelf mailing (a fantastic mailing if you’re at all interested in books for children & teens or want to know more about the market & it’s related news!) for another fascinating article: Laura Hazard Owen … Continue reading

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Friday Feature: Arthur Kalala Katalayi

Today’s Friday Feature is Arthur Kalala Katalayi. Hi Arthur, and welcome to the blog! Tell us a little bit about yourself. First of all, thank you for inviting me ! Well, I am a Consultant within the financial industry. In … Continue reading

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Wednesday Writing: GALLEYS!

Today I must spend some time squealing with delight: my galleys arrived yesterday! Galleys (also known as ARCs, Advanced Reader Copies) are essentially paperback books created from an as-yet-unfinalized text. They have a cover image (often the final cover image … Continue reading

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Monday Media: Portraits of Albinism

    Just a quick post to point you to a beautiful photojournalism piece by Jacquelyn Martin: “Portraits of Albinism: Letting an inner light shine.” It’s accompanied by an article (and radio broadcast, if you happened to tune into to WBUR in … Continue reading

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Wednesday Writing: Waiting

Short post tonight since I spent most of my blog-writing time drafting a comparable titles post for the class of 2k13 blog. It’s basically a “If you liked X, then you’ll like GOLDEN BOY comparison & it’ll be up tomorrow, … Continue reading

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Monday Media: CyberMonday vs Paper Books

On my way home from work on this cyber-Monday evening I heard an interesting segment on my local NPR station discussing the steps that brick-and mortar bookstores are taking to convince shoppers not only to come in (rather than shop … Continue reading

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Friday Feature: Lisa Palin

This week’s Friday Feature is the final fabulous member of my writing group: Lisa Palin. So, Lisa, what are you doing these days? (Special emphasis for you on the “these days”… but we’ll get to that in a moment!) I’m … Continue reading

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Monday Media: Merger!

As some of you may know, I’m being published by G.P. Putnam’s Books for Young Readers. Putnam is an imprint of Penguin. On October 29th, Penguin agreed to merge with Random House. The move is being touted as an “essential” … Continue reading

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