The good news is that J.K. Rowling is dedicating 2006 to the writing of HP7. The AP piece quotes J.K. from her website:
- "I contemplate the task with mingled feelings of excitement and dread, because I can't wait to get started, to tell the final part of the story and, at last, to answer all the questions (Will I ever answer all of the questions? Let's aim for most of the questions); and yet it will all be over at last and I can't quite imagine life without Harry."
I have to say I can't quite imagine life without Harry as well. The books have been such an central part of my kids' lives and there are so many questions that have remained unanswered. I really want to know, for example, where's the rest of Harry's family? Why does/did Dumbledore have such a connection to Harry? Is Snape truly evil? Will Percy come back to the Weasleys?
Bob Minzesheimer talks to Jeanne Birdsall, who admits to googling herself, for USAToday. Minzesheimer writes, "Jeanne Birdsall has received scores of great reviews for her debut children's novel, The Penderwicks. But her favorite comes from a third-grader who wrote, 'This book is about being a good listener even if you are a grown-up.'"
Birdsall found the review on the Northport-East Northport (N.Y.) Public Library site, which publishes reviews by children, "who are awarding their version of the Newberry Prize." Click here for the reviews by children of the Northport-East Northport Public Library.