Writing

Highlights for Children

From A to Z
What happens after the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog? Lizard helps settle the dispute. (Fiction)

Silly Stickers Stories: Farm Tales
A sampling of Mad-Libs-style  stories,  created for fill-in-the-blank Hidden Pictures® with stickers.

In Tune
An harmonious poem published in High Five magazine.

The Right Tools
A read-along rhyme featured in Highlights Press‘ All About Construction.

Woman’s Day
Explore easy ways to keep your kids sick-proof during the school year.
The facts—and fiction—about raising happy kids.
Even the most tech-savvy among us get frustrated with our computers from time to time. Try these tips to minimize your technology related stress.
Want to make a difference while holiday shopping on the Web? Here are some gift ideas that will really boost your holiday spirit!
Give your house a “green sweep” with this quick checklist from Alexandra Kennaugh of the Natural Resources Defense Council.
See what essential medical checkups to schedule before the school year, plus other great back-to-school health tips.
Family Circle
Working Mother

Young, Gifted and Leaving
Not willing to sacrifice family life for the firm, some female lawyers are ditching their legal careers, despite the outrageous salaries. But others are tracking down innovative law firms that make work/life balance apriority. Here, a look at the intriguing policies that could benefit any industry.

Health Monitor

Could You Have PTSD Post Breast Cancer?

What I Learned From My Chemo Team

“Because of Osteoporosis…”

Mystery Scene Profiles

Still Life With Murder: A Chat With Louise Penny
It takes a village—and award-winning author Louise Penny—to give this Canadian cozy series its edge.

Playing Hardball: Sara Paretsky
The 2011 MWA Grand Master discusses what it takes to be a female shamus—and writer—in a man’s world.

A Suspense Star is Born: Tana French
A chat with Tana French, whose Faithful Place is nominated for a 2011 Best Novel Edgar Award.

Echoes From a Great War: A Conversation With Jacqueline Winspear
An interview with author of the bestselling Maisie Dobbs series.

George Dawes Green: Like a Moth to a Flame
As a novelist and the founder of The Moth story project, Green draws in audiences with great storytelling.

 Mystery Scene Reviews

Sherlock’s Smarter Sister
Investigate Nancy Springer’s delightful Enola Holmes mystery series for young adults.

Broken Harbor
A bracing gulp of sea air—a contemporary police procedural/ psychological thriller by Tana French that builds with all the humor and pathos of classic Irish storytelling.

The Directive
Those who worry about what really goes on behind the scenes in our nation’s capital will not reassured by the dastardly DC string-pullers revealed in Matthew Quirk’s blockbuster thriller .

Once Upon a Crime
In P. J. Brackston’s fairy-tale crime fiction, Gretel must earn her bread and butter and weisswurst as a private investigator for hire in her home hamlet of Gesternstadt, circa 1776.

The President’s Shadow
Geek-hero/ citizen-spy/National Archivist Beecher White returns again in the third of this Dan Brown-meets-Doris Kearns Goodwin political thriller series by Brad Meltzer.

Girl Waits With Gun
Don’t mess with the Misses Kopp! Independent and irrepressible, Constance, Norma, and Fleurette Kopp are Jersey girls (circa 1914) who tangle with a local bad boy and more than hold their own in this debut novel by Amy Stewart.

The Twenty-Year Death
Three interlinked visceral, tough, and satisfying, stand-alone noir novels, set in three different times, by Ariel S. Winter.

Stay Close
How fragile are the guards we put up to protect ourselves from hard-edged reality? Harlan Coben tackles that question from three viewpoints.

Think Twice
Lisa Scottoline fans, do yourselves a favor: Do NOT read the book jacket, flap copy or any reviews (except this one) of Think Twice.

Sizzling Sixteen
Summer brings a new Stephanie Plum to slip into your beach bag with Sizzling Sixteen, by Janet Evanovich.

Wicked Appetite
Elizabeth “Lizzy” Tucker seems to be the anti-Stephanie Plum. For one thing, she is blonde versus brunette. For another, she was raised in homogenous northern Virginia and now lives in quaint coastal Massachusetts.

Fadeaway Girl
Twelve-year-old Emma Graham, star reporter, waitress, and sleuth, is on the trail of an old unsolved case in Martha Grimes’ latest.

Heads You Lose
A therapeutic thriller—couples counseling disguised as hilarious crime fiction by Lisa Lutz.

The Bad Always Die Twice
All signs point to hard-boiled. Start with the classic pulp cover—black sheers and slit skirt, leather and velvet. Then note the author, Cheryl Crane: The daughter of much-married movie legend Lana Turner.

Dexter’s Final Cut
Art imitates art in the seventh of Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter novels, as Showtime TV’s version calls its final “Cut!” in its eighth and last season.

Allstate Good Hands News

Why Do Pipes Freeze and Burst?
You can prevent the worst of this winter water hazard with a few precautions and home fix-its.

5 Steps to Zen When Working From HomeTo make the most of a home office, center your time and energy.

Home Splurges That Are Totally Worth ItSpruce up your home (and increase your property value) with one of these easy updates.

Quiz — Do You Smell That?
Weird odors can be unpleasant — or even dangerous. Test how  smart your nose is.

Plants With Secret Identities
These garden gems do double-duty around the house.

The Winter-Ready ChecklistMake sure your home’s set for the season with this at-a-glance list.

Simple (and Green!) Pest Control Tips
Give these time-tested remedies a try.

Hate Winter Driving?
Frost. Snow. Black ice. Slush. Tips for cruising through it all.

4 Things Car Thieves Hate
Prevent theft with smart tech.
Tips to Keep the Tow Truck AwayLower the chance that you’ll get stuck on the side of the road with these 5 tips.