YA author maps out writing for teens, with the help of her teens

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Reporter Eliza Ridgeway, left, interviews local author Abigail Hing Wen at Linden Tree Books.

You might have already gotten a taste of local author Abigail Hing Wen’s style if you tried the “Passion Attraction” specialty drink at Teaspoon in Los Altos this winter. The drink was created in honor of Hing Wen’s young adult novel “Loveboat, Taipei” (HarperCollins, 2020).

For the love of travel: Going all around the world with young children

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Lori Gimenez of Los Altos spent two years traveling the world with her husband and two sons.

Why did we decide to travel the world with our two kids? From a young age I would lay out a world map and plan my route – plotting which countries I would explore and then daydream about my experiences in each.

The art of thank-you notes: Unleashing children’s creativity

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Using your child’s handmade art to create customized thank-you notes gives the letters a personal touch.

For as long as I can remember, I have had an encyclopedic version of Emily Post’s “Etiquette” on my bookshelf. It, along with Strunk & White and my falling-apart copy of “The World According to Garp,” is among my mainstays. The version I have of Post allows you to tab quickly through sections devoted to invitations, entertaining, condolences and weddings.

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