Cover of PLymouth Rocks! by Jane Yolen

Plymouth Rocks

Charlesbridge (September 8, 2020)
Illustrated by Sam Streed
ISBN-10: 1580896855
ISBN-13: 978- 1580896856

So the phone rings. My Charlesbridge editor said, “I have a book idea for you.” (This happens, but rarely.)
I said…”Okay.”
“In two years it’s going to be the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims landing on Plymouth Rock. Big celebrations and. . . “
“It didn’t happen, you know,” I said, figuring she knew. She was a Harvard graduate after all.
“What didn’t happen?”
“They didn’t land on a rock. They landed on one end of Cape Cod.”
There was silence. Then she said, “But the celebration… “
I said, “If I can find a way to make it work and tell the truth I will.”
Two days later I sent her an email. “Starting on it. It’s called Plymouth Rocks!”
And three weeks, later, dear Reader, she bought it. Though there were weeks and weeks of revisions after.