I thought of Norma Fox Mazer who lost her battle with cancer last week. I had been following her final time on Care Pages. It was more and more difficult to write short notes to Anne and the rest of Norma's family. I knew what was coming having kept the same watch myself 7 years ago. Brilliant Norma, what a loss.
Norma Fox Mazer came to our conference in Huntsville years ago. Ever the caring person, Norma wrote a lovely thank you to me (I still have it) with cartoon characters talking about their conference experience. So, I remember Norma Fox Mazer as someone with a sly sense of humor, someone who always seemed surprised that others found her work so important in their lives, someone who spoke passionately about books and kids.
Fall is a time for changes. The leaves change colors splendidly. Norma's departure is a difficult, not splendid, change. But her books remain; they will awaken new generations of readers.