(the temperature here in Cleveland today is 19, and this looks sooooo good)

Just a little over a month till “Moonpenny Island” publishes! If it’s true, and I believe it is, that no one of us is an island, that goes extra for me. So many wonderful books have been set on islands–places apart, places that can foster security or danger in equal measure–and I had great fun paying tribute to some favs in my own pages.

**My main character Flor’s last name is O’Dell (for “Island of the Blue Dolphins”, by Scott O’Dell)

**Her crush is Joe Hawkins (for Jim Hawkins, in “Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson)

**Flor pretends her bike is a wild horse named Misty (of course for “Misty of Chincoteague” by Marguerite Henry)

**Her teacher assigns her  “Anne of Avonlea”, which Flor has already read and loves (the inimitable “Anne of Green Gables” books, by Lucy Maude Montgomery)

**That teacher just happens to be named Mrs. Defoe (for Daniel, author of “Robinson Crusoe”)

What are your favorite island books? January is such a good month for daydreaming…

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