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|FRAN SPEAKS OUT!
Children's Book Author Fran Lewis
|Writing Tips for Robins Falls Kids
There are times when you are in school and you find it hard dealing with other kids that
are mean or try to bully you. There are other times when they pick on you because of
what you are wearing or the fact that you might be overweight. I know. I lived with being
overweight as a child, teenager and as an adult. I managed to use my sense of humor
and intelligence to handle the remarks, but that does not mean that I was not hurt and
felt really bad.
The character in all three of my children’s books is Bertha. Bertha is really I and
everything that happens to her in all three books really happened to me. I would love for
you to share in a letter to Bertha what you did or would do if someone made you feel
bad because you were overweight or like me a total klutz. What would you do to handle
a bully without using your hands to fight back?
Write a friendly letter or email to Bertha telling her ....
ask your own questions of Fran at Writing and Promoting
Interview with Mayra Calvani
Multi-genre author, reviewer and animal advocate, Mayra Calvani, enjoys writing
for children and adults. A regular contributor to BLOGCRITICS MAGAZINE and
AMERICAN CHRONICLE, she's a member of SCBWI, CWCC and Broad Universe.
She keeps two blogs, Mayra's Secret Bookcase and The Dark Phantom Review.
Additionally, she's the co-author of the ForeWord Best of the Year Award winner,
THE SLIPPERY ART OF BOOK REVIEWING.
Visit her newest, fun blog, Pets and Their Authors, where her golden retriever
interviews authors' pets.
Mayra does Spanish translations of children's picture books, is co-editor of Voice
in the Dark newsletter, and the National Latino Books Examiner for Examiner.com.
Check out her children's books at Mayra's Secret Bookcase.
When working on a story, what steps or process do you use?
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FRIENDS & WRITERS
Writing can become, ah, a bit of an obsession. Quiz yourself to see if you have a
balance or if you are socially-impaired like me.Where did the myth of lonely
writers come from? Real life. Probably mine. The weird hours, concentration and
total submersion into our craft, take a heavy toll on our social lives. Friends are
very annoying when they interrupt a creative roll, so we tend to brush them aside.
It's hard for them to understand why we rarely return their calls, why we decide
not to attend that new movie we've been waiting to open, or why we forget to
come over when promised. "But I'm writing," we plea. "You can write later," they
reply. It's especially difficult to sustain friendships with nonwriters, let alone
nurture those friendships. Here's a quiz to see what kind of a friend a writer
makes....Click to Read More of this Article
TITLE: Emerald Ace
AUTHOR: David Falash
PUBLISHER: Black Leaf Publishing http://www.blackleafpublishing.com
COPYRIGHT: 2009 The Black Leaf Publishing Group
PRICE: $15.56 (US), £12.50 (UK)
Fifteen-year-old Mick Gallagher has a dream. All he wants is to become a fighter
pilot and help free Ireland. Little does Mick know his dream of flying will come
true sooner than he thinks! But how long will it be before Mick can help free
Mick is in awe when he witnesses a dogfight in the sky above Aunt Patti’s farm.
The fight between a British pilot and a German pilot is a harrowing one. With
guns blazing the German pilot shoots the British pilot down. However, the
German soldier is injured and crash lands almost hitting Aunt Patti’s house!
Before he realizes it, Mick travels to ...Read more at Book Reviews
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Excerpt from Just Breeze
The halls of Whispering Springs Middle School rang with laughter,
joking, and teasing. High-pitched chatter and friendly shouts of greeting
ricocheted off the walls. Locker doors clanged open, clattered shut. A
banner reading GO COYOTES fluttered from the ceiling. The smell of
freshly waxed floors stung my nostrils.
I sighed. My first day in eighth grade started out the same as seventh
grade, sixth grade, fifth grade, and all the way back to kindergarten.
Unless a new student had enrolled, I was still the tallest person, boy or
girl, in my whole school.
And my feet ... I yanked open the locker door and ...
There’s a Beetle in My Bed
Book Review by Dixie Phillips
If you want a fun, yet educational, read for the little ones in your life, you've got to
get Bill Kirk's newest book There's a Beetle in my Bed. Mr. Kirk has delivered a
grand slam with this amusing story. Who would think a gentle nudge from an
imaginary beetle hiding in your bed could make learning so much fun? After
reading this story, you will be giggling and chanting together with your children:
"There's a beetle in my bed.
I just saw him duck his head."
The rhyming story is guaranteed to tickle the funny bones of children of all ages
and the neatest part about the book are the ...
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Keeping It Together - Dellani Oakes
|American Education: The Media Effect
by Kenneth Weene, PhD--
|The educational level of the United States is slipping. Measures such as percentage of
high school students graduating, achievement on standardized tests (especially in
math and science), and portion of population attending to college all show the slipping
of American education in comparison to the rest of the developed world. Even as we
become more and more dependent on technology, it appears that America is
becoming less able to compete in a technological world.
Of course, we continue to have many fine universities in which the highest levels of
science, math, and technology are pursued. Often, however, the best students in
those colleges are from overseas. Worse, the work done in those universities is
becoming farther and farther beyond the comprehension of our citizens.
As a grandparent I watch the decline with concern; into what kind of economy will my
great-grandchildren be born? How will my grandkids make a living? And what are they
learning in school right now?
The crisis in education has become a time bomb. How long do we have before .......
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"Zachary Goes Treasure Hunting" by April Robins.
a child of the Appalacian.....
I DREAM THAT SOMEDAY THERE WILL BE
ENOUGH FOOD FOR MOMMY AND ME.
THAT WHEN IT’S COLD WE WOULD HAVE HEAT
GLOVES FOR HANDS, AND SOCKS FOR FEET.
THAT MOMMY WON’T HAVE TO WORK NO MORE
THAT SHE’LL HAVE ENOUGH MONEY AT THE STORE.
THAT SHE CAN SOMEDAY BUY A DRESS
TO LOOK AS NICE AS ALL THE REST.
I WANT TO HAVE MY OWN LUNCH MONEY
I WANT OTHER KIDS NOT TO THINK I LOOK FUNNY.
I DREAM THAT MY TEETH ARE STRAIGHT AND WHITE
I DREAM THIS WOULD HAPPEN, IT COULD, IT MIGHT.
I DREAM OF BUYING STORE BOUGHT SHAMPOO
SO OTHER KIDS DON’T LAUGH AND SAY EWE.
I DREAM ON MY BIRTHDAY I’LL HAVE A BIG CAKE
I DREAM, I DREAM, OH, I’M AWAKE……
by Connie Hall