Truthfully, ten things I am grateful for on Thanksgiving 2011, from the author of LIE (St. Martin's Press, yes, you must read it now, right after turkey dinner).
-Grateful for sixth graders who seem to grow overnight into young men
-Grateful for brothers and sister who will always be part of my past, present and future: Mark, Susan and David, always in that order, one year apart
-For my father, for his courage and strength, and my mother, may she be resting in peace, she is always in my heart. For my in-laws (yes, I have the most wonderful ones)!!
-For the friends -- who have stayed with me for so many years, and the new friends in the book club!!
-For the students who question me in class, for the ones who are quiet but listening, for the ones who show up even though they are working full-time jobs
-For my agent, Rachel, and editor, Sara, who believed in LIE, and the readers, among them the most wonderful librarians in the world, who have found my book thought-provoking
-For the time to write. I thank my husband (I thank him, once in a while for other things too:)! For the ability to write, I thank a higher spirit -- and great teachers
-For this great country of ours. How glad I am that my grandparents had the courage to leave Russia and Poland and Sicily and travel here as young people in search of a better life
-For America's poets -- Walt Whitman and Langston Hughes -- two of my favorites, who sing of America, of a land big enough and great enough for everyone.
Happy Thanksgiving Day All!! Caroline