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Angela Cerrito

THE END OF THE LINE, Holiday House, Spring 2011

 Synopsis

Robbie is convinced his life is over. He is sent to Great Oaks, a school for troubled youth that is run like a prison. To get home he must follow the rules, face the past, and tell the truth. Otherwise, Great Oaks School will really be the end of the line.

Website: www.angelacerrito.com &  http://www.SeriousSubjects.com
Blog: http://www.angelacerrito.blogspot.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/angelacerrito

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/angelacerrito

 

What made you decide to be a writer?

I wrote my first poem when I was seven and never stopped writing.

 

Favorite books/authors?

Markus Zusak came to Munich and did a one-day writers’ workshop for the SCBWI chapter there. In addition to being an amazing writer, he is a talented speaker and a gifted teacher. I learned a lot about writing that day!!

I have so many favorite authors! I hesitate to make a list because I’m afraid I’ll leave someone off.

I think KIRA-KIRA by Cynthia Kadohata is a perfect book for so many reasons – voice, story, truth, the way every character in the family has changed by the end of the book and most of all because I want to jump into the pages and play with Katie and Lynn during happy times and comfort them during sad times.

The last book of Pullman’s HIS DARK MATERIALS trilogy always  makes me cry when Will and Lyra have to part.

My girls and I are totally into THE HUNGER GAMES right now and can’t wait for book 3. I think I’ve lost a little clout with them. They know I’ll be at the Bologna Book Fair and seem to think I will be able to return with MOCKINGJAY. I’ve told them there’s no way. I even read them the PW article that bookstores and reviewers aren’t even getting ARCs. If that’s the case, I know I won’t rate an early copy!

 

Morning person or a night owl?

I’m writing this at 4:07 in the morning and haven’t been to bed yet! I’m a night owl. But I do wake early in the morning when needed and I tell myself “It’s still night” or “this is the other side of night” just to trick myself. (It works!)

 

PC or mac? PC

What did you have for dinner today?  Pizza

Quick! Share 11 random things about yourself.

1.       I work with kids every day as a physical therapist – I see children under 3 in their homes and travel to schools in the area to work with older students, age 3 to 21. I love it!

2.       I was born in Dearborn Michigan and lived there until I graduated high school. Since then I’ve lived in Oregon, Wisconsin and Georgia in the US. Outside of the US, I’ve lived in China, Germany and Italy.

3.       When I first started writing for children I sent more than 20 entries into the Highlights Fiction Contest. (I didn’t win!)

4.       In graduate school, I dissected a human cadaver.

5.       On a dare, I once spent the night in a haunted house with some friends (there was no paranormal activity that night.)

6.       I still remember the first time I visited Powell’s Book Store in Portland, Oregon. I didn’t want to leave!!

7.       I wish I were able to sing in tune.

8.       I am able to burp very loudly – really, I mean win-a-trophy-for-your-belch kind of loud –but not on command.

9.       My middle school English teacher required us to memorize the Prologue to The Canterbury Tales

10.   I can stand on my head for an extended period of time.

11.   Is it number 11 already? Some of my favorite things: music, driving fast, visiting new places, reconnecting with friends I haven’t seen in a long time, the view from the top of a tall building, taking photos, making my kids laugh, dancing, trying new foods and just being silly!


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juliakarr
Mar. 14th, 2010 03:38 am (UTC)
Welcome, Angela! Your book sounds amazing!

And... I can do #8 - yep - on command. ;^)
angelacerrito
Mar. 14th, 2010 09:11 pm (UTC)
Oh, a better burper!
Thanks for the welcome. I have a lot of posts to catch up on!
tesshilmo
Mar. 14th, 2010 03:47 am (UTC)
Welcome! You're novel sounds fun and a little spooky (a perfect combo)

and, love the belching confession. I used to be able to belch the alphabet, but it's been a while since I have tried.

wait..give me a minute.....

....yep. can still do it :)
angelacerrito
Mar. 14th, 2010 09:11 pm (UTC)
So the alphabet -- you've got me beat!!
sheela_chari
Mar. 14th, 2010 02:15 pm (UTC)
Hi Angela - welcome to the 11sies! The subject of your book sounds very important.

Incidentally, my family and I are going for the first time to Munich next month for a small vacation (5 days). We are so excited!

Good luck at Bologna and hope you share some of your experiences later with us!
angelacerrito
Mar. 14th, 2010 09:12 pm (UTC)
Yes, I can't stop talking about Bologna and I'm sure that won't change when I get home!

I don't live near Munich but we've been there a few times. It's beautiful. You'll have a great time!
sbennettwealer
Mar. 14th, 2010 02:17 pm (UTC)
Welcome, welcome!!
angelacerrito
Mar. 14th, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
soniag
Mar. 14th, 2010 03:08 pm (UTC)
My middle school English teacher required us to memorize the Prologue to The Canterbury Tales

Wow, I didn't have to do that until college! But it was in Middle English. I can still recite a portion of it. "Whan that Aprille with his shoures soote . . ."

Welcome to the Elevensies! I'm intrigued by "reform school" stories.
angelacerrito
Mar. 14th, 2010 09:14 pm (UTC)
Yes, no modernized version for us either.
It was fun!
dawn_metcalf
Mar. 14th, 2010 04:55 pm (UTC)
Now THERE'S a bunch of new talents to add to the Elevensies pool! Welcome!

And your book sounds gripping -- can't wait to hear more. O.O
angelacerrito
Mar. 14th, 2010 09:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Dawn!
kimharrington
Mar. 14th, 2010 10:18 pm (UTC)
welcome!!!
angelacerrito
Apr. 4th, 2010 02:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Kim
carrharr
Mar. 14th, 2010 10:32 pm (UTC)
Hey, stranger! Welcome welcome welcome!

I had to memorize the prologue too. Maybe that's something we can do at Elevensie events. Come see the Elevensies recite Chaucer! That'll draw attention, right?

:)
angelacerrito
Apr. 4th, 2010 02:48 pm (UTC)
hey, great to see you in this group too!
Yes...we should put the words to music!
kerimikulski
Mar. 14th, 2010 10:32 pm (UTC)
Hey, Angela!!

Welcome and congratulations!! So great to see you hear. :)

I'm wondering.. What was is graduate degree in?? :)
angelacerrito
Apr. 4th, 2010 02:48 pm (UTC)
Masters of Science in physical therapy. Undergrad was social work.
rutasepetys
Mar. 14th, 2010 10:34 pm (UTC)
Welcome Angela!!

I'm originally from Michigan, too. :)

I am SO jealous that you've lived in so many incredible places and that you're going to Bologna. You'll have to fill us in. Both your job and your book sound amazing.

So happy to have you here with the 11z'!
angelacerrito
Apr. 4th, 2010 02:49 pm (UTC)
just posted links to better bloggers on my blog ... .they covered bolonga really well!

thanks for the warm welcome!
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angelacerrito
Apr. 4th, 2010 02:50 pm (UTC)
yes, having a quiet house makes everything better.
randyrussell
Mar. 15th, 2010 11:54 am (UTC)
Hi, Atlanta!

Angela, congrats on THE END OF THE LINE (which I'm sure will be the beginning of the line for you) !!!

angelacerrito
Apr. 4th, 2010 02:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Randy!
kierastewart
Mar. 15th, 2010 07:09 pm (UTC)
Welcome, Angela - Your book sounds interesting! Have fun in Bologna!
angelacerrito
Apr. 4th, 2010 02:51 pm (UTC)
thank you!
amyholder
Mar. 17th, 2010 06:50 pm (UTC)
Welcome to the group, Angela! Your book sounds great!
angelacerrito
Apr. 4th, 2010 02:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Amy
myramcentire
Mar. 24th, 2010 12:09 am (UTC)
Welcome! You will find many dancers here - think it must be part of many a writer's creative process!
angelacerrito
Apr. 4th, 2010 02:51 pm (UTC)
wonderful!
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