By BETTY DEBNAM Celebrate Children's Book Week from The Mini Page by Betty DebnOT O 2002 Tho Mini Page Publishing Company Inc. Meet Author Polly Horvath Polly Horvath won a Newbery Honor Book award this year for "Everything on a Waffle." It is one of her seven children's books. Her eighth, "The Canning Season," is due to come out in April. She is also working on her first adult novel. Background Polly Horvath was born in Kalamazoo, Mich. Her mother, Betty Horvath, wrote picture books. Her father, John Horvath, taught high school biology. She said: "I remember writing from the time I was about 8. It was a natural thing for me. I always wanted to be a writer." She started sending books to publishers when she was 14. Several publishers were interested but wanted her to rewrite the books. Finally, her mother wrote the publishers, telling them that this writer was only a child. When she was 18, she moved to Canada to learn to teach ballet. In "Everything on a Waffle," Primrose refuses to believe that her parents are truly lost at sea. She finds comfort with her free- spirited uncle and the owner of a very strange restaurant Her family. Polly Horvath, 45, and her husband, Arnie Keller, a writing professor, have two daughters, Emily, 15, and Rebecca, 12. They have a horse, Zayda, and a dog, Keena, a smooth collie. They live in Metchosin, British Columbia, Canada. The first book Several knee surgeries convinced her not to dance anymore, although she continued to teach it. When she was 23, she sent in "An Occasional Cow." At the publisher's request, she spent seven years rewriting it before it was finally published. By then she was working on her second book, pregnant with her first daughter and still teaching ballet. She spent three more years teaching ballet, and then quit to write full time. Her work schedule Monday through Friday she takes the dog for a run each morning, then sits down at the computer by 9:30. She writes until 2 or 2:30, when it is time to pick up the kids at school. She writes in a basement office with nice windows overlooking plum and apple orchards. Some favorites Time and place to read: "I can't fall asleep without reading in bed at least a couple of hours a night. I have done this since I learned to read. My girls are the same." Hobbies: She is trying to learn to ride the family's horse. Also, she said, "We're living in the woods now, so I take long, long walks in the woods." Color: orange In "The Trolls," three children learn amazing things about their family and themselves when their funny, wise aunt takes care of them. Advice to kids Polly Horvath said that people tie themselves up with little things that are unimportant. "You don't have to do so many things that can seem so vitally important. Just do what is important to you."
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