Thursday, June 16, 2016

Mira Forecasts the Future Guest Post by Kell Andrews

Telling Fortunes 
Guest Post for Reviews Coming at YA
By Kell Andrews

When I was a kid I loved making paper fortune tellers. I wrote the fortunes. I folded and colored the paper myself. I tried to use a paper device I made myself to predict the future. 

My children do the same thing now. They know, as I did, that the fortunes you write yourself aren’t real clairvoyance. But the fortunes you write do give hints about what is possible -- what you wish and fear.

That’s one of the reasons I wrote Mira Forecasts the Future. To make a dream come true, you have to think about it and work toward it. You have to make it happen. 

But first you have to dream it. You have to believe it -- and you have to know it’s possible for you. 

Mira’s mom, Madame Mirabella is a famous fortune teller who amazes vacationers and townspeople all along the boardwalk. Mira believes in her mother’s magic, but she doesn’t have magic of her own. When Mira gets a pinwheel and a windsock, she learns that she can use them to help make predications about the weather -- a valuable trade at the beach, where the weather is local and changeable. So Mira studies, builds, observes, and records. She gets her forecasts wrong sometimes, but by working hard at meteorology, she learns to get them right more often than not. 

I hope kids read about Mira and get interested in how they can use science right now to make observations and predictions. I hope they decide science, technology, engineering, and math are subjects they want to study. I hope they see themselves in those careers someday. 

Most of all, I hope they learn that the fortunes they write for themselves are the ones that come true. 

About Kell Andrews
(From Kell's website),  Kell Andrews writes novels and picture books for children and nonfiction for adults. A little bit of magic helps with both. Growing up, she spent a lot of time reading, writing, drawing, and looking for treasure in the woods and on the beach. Kell holds a humanities degree from Johns Hopkins University and a master of liberal arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Her first novel,Deadwood (Spencer Hill Press), was published in 2014, and her debut picture book Mira Forecasts the Future (Sterling) will be out in 2016. A member of SCBWI, Kell holds a humanities degree from Johns Hopkins University and a master of liberal arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania. A lifelong Philadelphian, she lives with her husband and two daughters in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, near a park that looks a lot like the one in Deadwood. Contact Kell here. Follow her on TwitterFacebookTumblr, orGoodreads.

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