RACHEL TOALSON

Author, poet, humorist, avid reader.

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Deadlines, Diaries and…Children

Work has been running away with me. This summer it’s been difficult to get anything done. I intentionally scaled back a little, said I was going to spend most of the summer working on research, which has been fun (and addictive…I don’t know if I’ll ever be done with...

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A Book About Brothers, Love, and Growing Up

What stands out most about As Brave as You, by Jason Reynolds, is that the main character, Genie, is a well-drawn adolescent—a quirky, innocent, curious boy who is stretching into himself. Genie keeps a pocket list of questions and observations that are interspersed...

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Meet Rachel

I have always had two dreams in life: to write books and to sing songs. One of the lucky ones, I get to do both. A journalist by trade, I craft my stories and essays and songs by night, after children are put to bed. My six little boys are live-in muses, as is my husband, whom I have loved madly (sometimes, literally, madly) for 12 years.
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