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‘I don’t know if I could have written this novel five years ago’ Cynthia Leitich Smith on Hearts Unbroken

Cynthia L. Smith

Travis: It was a pleasure to talk with writer (and Cynsations mastermind) Cynthia Leitich Smith about her latest book, Hearts Unbroken:

Hearts Unbroken

In the episode, Cynthia talks about the real-life experience that inspired the story, her typical writing day, and the benefits and challenges of having your mom as your superfan. We hope you enjoy the episode:

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About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


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