I’ve just returned from an exciting and productive trip to San Francisco to research the third book in The Rachel Trilogy–Rachel’s Hope. I’m grateful to the Canada Council for the Arts for awarding me with a grant that made this trip possible. I was able to walk the streets my character will walk, visit places like The Sutro Baths, a fascinating spot for San Francisco residents in the early 1900′s, and travel to the University of California at Berkeley which plays a big role in the third book.

The highlight of my trip was the chance to speak to students at Sherith Israel Synagogue, which Rachel will attend. It’s almost exactly the same today as it was in 1905! I was also fortunate to have the jweekly, which has been in print in California since the 1800′s, write a feature story on me and Rachel’s Promise.

Now, I’m immersed in revisions and will be speaking at various places in the next few months, including Oakville, Ontario and Rolling Meadows, Illinois.

If you’re a teacher, be sure to look at my Literature Guides for the books in the Rachel Trilogy which are written to Common Core and the National Council of the Teachers of English Standards, and they’re free! I’ve also included writing tips and exercises which can be accessed by clicking the “On Writing” tab.

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