Meg Lippert and Allyson Valentine Schrier have launched a new blog that should be really helpful for all of us trying to figure out what makes a great book tick:
Story Sleuths Goes Online!
What happens when you mix two children's writers with the books they love to read? Story Sleuths--where Meg Lippert and Allyson Valentine Schrier dig for clues to improve their writing, through reading award winning children's literature. Join them as they read a book a month and take turns sharing with one another an insight from each chapter about elements of craft the author used to make the story shine.
Check it out at http://www.storysleuths.blogspot.com.