• A Whale in Paris
    A Whale in Paris,  News

    A Whale in Paris

    A Whale in Paris is a novel for younger readers by Claire Polders & Daniel Presley (Atheneum Books for Young Readers / Simon & Schuster, 2018) A hopeful and heroic girl befriends a lost whale during the German occupation of Paris in…

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    School Visit: St. John’s

    On September 13th, I was invited to talk to some fifty 4th and 5th graders at the St. John's International School in Brussels. We discussed how difficult it can be to distinguish facts from fiction in a world with so…

  • A Whale in Paris,  Events,  News

    Author Talk—Cape Cod

    Fact, Fiction, Fantasy On the challenge of writing a historical novel with a touch of the surreal. My co-author Daniel Presley and I are invited by Gabrielle Griffis to come to the Wellfleet Library, one of a handful of American libraries…

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    Reader’s Questions (I)

    Daniel and I were delighted to receive a kind and interesting letter last week. It was sent by a young reader who liked "A Whale in Paris" enough to thank us for having written the book. She also asked a…

  • A Whale in Paris
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    A Whale in Paris — Review

    The Historical Novel Society has reviewed “A Whale in Paris” — thank you so much! — and here’s what they say: “This story … delves into the workings of human nature, and teaches young readers valuable life lessons, such as…