Stitch Says Book Review: I Don’t See Heaven #childrensbook

Today Stitch Says is reviewing a picture book by Jennifer Adan – I Don’t See Heaven

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This is a delightful picture book that deals with children and grief. It is well written and sensitive, but also written in a way young children will understand. The pages are colourful and engaging. This book would be a wonderful way of having a difficult discussion with your children.
Stitch Says gives it 5 woofs

I recommend this book to any children dealing with loss. You can check it out at: http://www.amazon.com/Dont-See-Heaven-Jennifer-Adan/dp/1480803073/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1395712150&sr=1-1&keywords=jennifer+adan

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The Never Ending Story: Editing #amwriting #ChaBooCha

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So my girls… They want my books done now! So do I, but I know there is a lot of work to do. Right now my editing list is bigger than the baskets of unfolded clothes. Here goes:
1. Y/A manuscript – over 50 000 words (written in 2012 NaNoWriMo) been working on it for a while and hope to submit it for professional editing during April.
2. Last years Chapter book Challenge story – about 12000 words, sequel to Obi the Super Puppy and the Mystery of the Red Mist. Again hoping to have it edited over Easter some time.
3. Five different anthology pieces – one pirate story, one mermaid story, two Halloween stories and one luck draw (all need to be submitted by the middle of the year!)
4. Books 1 and 2 from this year’s ChaBooCha – both should be about 7000 words, no deadline although as book two is a Christmas theme I would love it out by then, which means book 1 before that!

That may be it. Doesn’t look that long when you put it like that… Probably should spend less time looking at the list and more time editing. Still I need to finish ChaBooCha number three first. Then its editing challenge month for me!

What are your goals for April???? Have Fun!

Stitch Says Author Interview: Sharon Norris #australianauthorsrock

Today Stitch Says has an Australian Children’s Author to meet. Welcome Sharon Norris!
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When did you decide to become an author and what impact has this had on your life?
I don’t know that I ever ‘decided’ to become an author – I just did. My first recollections of writing stories are that I started at about 9 years of age when my primary teacher asked the class for ‘compositions’ during English. One day the Principal of Ashgrove State School in Brisbane, Mr McCormick, called me to the office. I was frightened, thinking I’d done something wrong. I arrived only to have him congratulate me on my story writing and he handed me 40 cents – a princely sum back in 1978 – as an incentive to keep writing. So I did.
Over the years I’ve had a love-hate relationship with writing. I knew as an adult that I wanted to write but it took quite some time experimenting across different genres before I found my true calling – children’s stories. I’ve been writing for children since 1996 and in 2013 this branched out to include young adult stories. Along the way I’ve had four children’s books published by companies in Australia and New Zealand.
I feel that writing has had a very positive impact on my life. It is a skill that I have developed both creatively as a storyteller but also technically as a professional writer across government and the tertiary education sector. I have also given countless hours to writing critique groups to help develop my skills as well as those of other writers. The principle of ‘lifelong learning’ is something I believe in. I want to continue to develop as a writer producing the best work I can.

It’s important to keep improving, also what makes writing so much fun!

Tell us about your latest work and what motivated you to write it:
My current work-in-progress is a young adult novel within the futuristic-dystopian sub-genre of YA writing. I was motivated to write in this sub-genre after reading Suzanne Collins’ ‘Hunger Games’ triology, and a book shortlisted for the 2011 Text Prize, ‘The Brothers of Turoc’ by Brisbane author RJ Timmis. Titled ‘The Land of the Free’, my novel is set four hundred years in the future when life is very different from now, and very restrictive of young people in a number of ways that affect their future lives significantly. The young protagonists resist the restrictions and the resulting conflict attempts to change their world.
The themes within the book reflect my views on a lot of things happening in the world currently – absolute power corrupting political leaders, social and cultural policies that can have devastating consequences for people (particularly women and girls), how overpopulation is affecting our planet, and the insidious obsession with fame that plagues our global society.

The first three chapters of this story were shortlisted in the 2013 CYA Conference writing competition (published author category), and the judges’ positive comments have inspired me to finish this book. So I will.

Well done, can’t wait to hear more!

What are your future aspirations as an author?
My first aim is to finish my work-in-progress. Unfortunately I don’t have the luxury of writing full-time so all my writing is done at night and on weekends. This makes novel-writing a slow, laborious process but I firmly believe in taking the time to write a good story.
Other aims include exploring picture book writing in more detail, and looking at doing more technical writing on a private basis for paying clients. This will also be done around my full-time job and family commitments, so it will not happen overnight.
I would also like to find more time to read for pleasure.

Writing for a hobby is difficult, but worth it in the end!

Where do your ideas come from? What experiences or aspects of your life influence your writing?
My ideas come to me in many ways. Often I will see or read something in the news and it will spark an idea that evolves through playing the ‘what if?’ game. My novel ‘Finders Keepers’ (Writers-Exchange) developed from hearing a news item about children finding a dinosaur egg on a windswept beach in Australia, and playing the ‘what if?’ game with the concept.

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Other times, a word will stick in my brain and start the creative juices flowing. My novel ‘The Balloonatic!’ (Macmillan Education) developed solely from the term ‘balloonatic’ which is used in the hot air ballooning industry to describe dedicated followers of ballooning. Hours of research helped me to develop a concept that I could apply to a children’s story, and the rest is history.

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Ideas also come to me from other books. I read a Little Golden Book on cats to one of my children and learned a quirky fact that inspired my story for early readers ‘The Blink-off’ (Learning Media Limited).

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I am also inspired by anecdotes from other people and sometimes draw on that where appropriate. I have just written a short story for adults called ‘Crocspotting’ (appropriate considering I live in croc country in the NT!) which features an embellished anecdote about a real life crocodile encounter told to me by a colleague.
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Wow lots of wonderful inspirations.

What do you do to improve yourself and a writer?
I am a great believe in critique groups as a means of helping to develop skill. I first joined a crit group for romance writing in 1992 (it’s still going but I’m no longer a member), and I’ve been a member of an off-shoot of that group since 1999. From 2000 to 2005 I ran a face-to-face group for children’s writers in Logan City, QLD, and in 2012 I joined a group of young adult writers in the same city. Now that I live in the remote NT, I use Facebook’s video facility to dial in to the crit groups and participate from afar using that technology. My writing has improved immeasurably through my involvement in these groups over the years. I trust these writers implicitly to tell me what they truly think of my writing, what the strengths are as well as the weaknesses, and how I can improve my writing. Writers need honest opinions from other people who understand writing if they are to develop as writers.

Facebook is wonderful for connecting across the globe.

Did you publish with a traditional publishing house or did you go the indie route?
All of my works have been traditionally published. I grew up writing and in the old pre-internet days it could take weeks and months to get publishing guidelines from local, interstate and international publishers – if they responded at all. Submissions were snail-mailed and sometimes you’d never hear back. Now information and submission guidelines are, thankfully, available online in most cases. I also regard the many years I spent writing before I was published as ‘my apprenticeship’, as I took the time to develop my craft, learn about editing, learn about the industry, and learn from the writing/submitting/rejection/rewriting process to become a better writer.

Sometimes people forget how long it takes to actually become and writer.

What works best for you when writing? Meaning do you outline or write freely when you feel inspired to do so?
I start with a concept and do a basic outline. Once I start writing things come to me and the characters have a way of taking the story in a direction I may not want it to go. But at the end of the day I work chapter by chapter and won’t go any further until a chapter is where I want it to be. I don’t believe in planning a story to the nth degree as it stifles creativity, in my view. However, I know other writers who do that and it seems to work well for them. Each to their own!

I think writers need to take the time and work out what works for them.

For other authors who may be struggling what advice can you on handling rejection?
I would say ‘don’t give up’, and use the information in the rejection to help further develop their skills. One of the reasons why self-publishing is so prevalent now is that people get one or two rejections and think, stuff this, my work’s great and I can publish it myself. Often, the work is not great but people don’t want to hear that their work needs work. When the quality of the rejection letter improves, it’s a sign that the person’s writing has improved. When an editor sends a detailed response pointing out elements that didn’t appeal to them and why, this feedback is like gold. Accepting rejection is part of the apprenticeship we undertake as writers learning our craft.

I agree feedback is very important, although it doesn’t always have to come in the form of a rejection. However a writer should always look at how to improve their story.

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Back to the Drawing Board #ChaBooCha #planning

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Imagination is a wonderful thing if you can control it. Now when you are young it’s fine to live in a fantasy world, my girls do most of the time. In fact both their teachers say they are very social and creative… funny how those two go together! Still that’s great, but every now and then you have to visit the real world. Not however when you are planning a story. No this is the perfect time to sit in your fantasy land and write.

Currently my brain is on holiday – it’s back in Sea World which is the inspiration for the third book in The Lighting Lilly and Princess Seea Adventures. It sort of has a name, but that will change. It doesn’t quite have the right punch yet. This will come as the story evolves. Of course this story also begins the training of Champion Chewie! Which means more character dynamics. I also have a new villain to introduce: Miss Por Poise!

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I know corny…. I’m enjoying that though, it comes straight from my girls. It also gives the villains less evil personalities if that makes sense. After all this is for young children to read. It’s meant to be fun!

Champion Chewie will be lots of fun that’s for sure. So many story lines. Right back to it… Have Fun!

Chewie’s News Book Blast: Grimmtastic Girls no 2 #amreading

Chewie here with another fantastic book blast for you;
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About the Books: The Grimmtastic Girls

Book #1

Title: Grimmtastic Girls #1: Cinderella Stays Late | Authors: Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams | Publication Date: March 25, 2014 | Publisher: Scholastic Inc. | Pages: 192 | Recommended Ages: 8 to 12

Grimmtastic Girls: Cinderella Stays LateSummary: The authors of the hit Goddess Girls series put a fun and girly twist on another super-popular theme: fairy tales!

Once upon a time, in faraway Grimmlandia…

A Grimmtastic girl named Cinderella is starting her first week at Grimm Academy on the wrong foot. Cinda’s totally evil stepsisters are out to make her life miserable. The Steps tease Cinda, give her terrible advice about life at the academy, and even make her look bad in front of her new friends, Red, Snow, and Rapunzel! But when Cinda overhears the Steps plotting a villainous deed that could ruin Prince Awesome’s ball, Cinda, her new friends, and a pair of magical glass slippers have to stop them–before the last stroke of midnight!
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Book #2

Title: Grimmtastic Girls #2: Red Riding Hood Gets Lost | Authors: Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams | Publication Date: March 25, 2014 | Publisher: Scholastic Inc. | Pages: 192 | Recommended Ages: 8 to 12

Red Riding Hood Gets LostSummary: Red Riding Hood might have a terrible sense of direction, but her grimmtastic friends are always there to help!

Once upon a time, in faraway Grimmlandia…

Red Riding Hood is thrilled to try out for the school play. Acting is her dream, and she’s great at it–too bad she has stage fright! After a grimmiserable audition, Red decides to focus on helping her friends Cinda, Snow, and Rapunzel save Grimm Academy from the E.V.I.L. Society. But when Red gets lost in Neverwood forest and runs into Wolfgang, who might be part of E.V.I.L., she needs her magic basket and a grimmazingly dramatic performance to figure out what’s going on!
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About the Authors: Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams

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Joan Holub has authored and/or illustrated more than 130 children’s books, including Little Red Writing (illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Melissa Sweet) and Zero the Hero. She lives in NC and is online at www.joanholub.com

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Suzanne Williams is the author of nearly 50 books for children, including the award-winning picture book Library Lil (illustrated by Steven Kellogg). She lives near Seattle, WA and is online at www.suzanne-williams.com

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Co-authors Joan and Suzanne have written the Goddess Girls, Heroes in Training, and Grimmtastic Girls series. Though they live in different states and hardly ever get to see each other, they spend lots of time together in Grimmlandia.

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Stitch Says Author Interview: Radhika Meganathan #author

Today we get to chat with Radhika Meganathan part time QC manager and full time 12×12 challenge host @ http://www.radhikameganathan.in
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When did you decide to become an author and what impact has this had on your life?

Hi! I am Radhika Meganathan, children’s/YA writer based in Chennai, India. I have been writing picture books and stories ever since I won a fellowship by Highlights magazine in 2004 but I was not an author then – just a writer who wrote stories for pay. So when did I decide to become an author?

It happened when I was working as the online editor of a national children’s magazine. I was feeling drained and unhappy because there I was, editing other people’s work and dodging office political bullets every day, while my own stories were untold and festering inside me. The moment I quit my job so that I could fly to London to take writing classes at Birkbeck, was when I decided to be an author 🙂

Impact – largely positive, but not without minuses. I lost my lucrative income, lost contacts with the steady freelance work from local magazines (in Chennai), and I had to work as an au pair to support myself in UK. So yeah, if you’re the kind who looks at the glass as half full, then it may have been the worst decision in my life!

Luckily, I was still in my mid-20s and this experience taught me many life lessons, from cleaning my own toilets (you’ll be surprised how many educated Indians refuse to do it, it’s the “maid’s” job, you see) to standing in freezing weather selling satay sauce, to couch surfing with kind strangers to working two jobs while trying to pass a kidney stone.

Best of all was the I got an education in writing, with caring mentors and teachers (not everyone is that lucky) – I attended three different writing courses, each one lasting a semester, and underwent the metamorphoses from editor to writer. I also had lots of time to write, but I have to confess I used the time to live more. Real life, the kind that is fodder for great literature, is out there, and certainly not inside a cubicle in an MNC!

It certainly is important to get out there and actually live!

Tell us about your latest work and what motivated you to write it:
I recently completed a short story compilation. The entire project was born thanks to the reliable idea churner, WHAT IF? scenario. I first saw When Harry Met Sally in 2004, and when I watched it again in 2008, I thought, what if their temperaments changed gender and age? Sally Junior will be the crass tomboy and Harry Junior will be the sensitive, cherubic middle grader.

That became the first Chintu-Sheelu story (“The Day of the Donkey”), though it would take me another five years to complete six more stories featuring the same frenemies. When I was in danger of losing CBC 12×12 in the first month itself, I decided to develop a compilation with several adventures of Chintu and Sheelu. Thanks to beta readers’ encouragement, I am now developing a chapter book series based on the same premise.

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What are your future aspirations as an author?
Be known as the best children’s writer in India and win the Noble Prize (really).

On specific and scalable goals, I have several – I want to keep working on One Big Project every year, and publish at least one novel every year. I am 33 now so I hope I can go on writing for another 33 years ;).

I want to establish a children’s writers’ institute in my home town and create a community of writers with whom I can relate and connect – it’s bloody lonely to just sit at home and write. I already use meetup.com to promote my writing workshops, and I am planning a couple of writers’ retreats this year, which I hope to do in a larger scale in the near future, under the banner Smara Creative Escapes.

Now that I am hosting Short Story 12×12 (a dozen of us are workshopping a story a month and already some of them have sold their exercises to magazines!) and successfully progressing in Chapter Book Challenge 12×12, as an author, I am planning to push myself a little harder every year. Next year, I am going to do Short Story a Week!

What a challenge!

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Where do your ideas come from? What experiences or aspects of your life influence your writing?

I always struggle to answer this question. Perhaps I can put it like this – whenever I see/hear/experience something even slightly interesting or out of the ordinary, I lodge it in a tiny space in my memory and it grows seed and gives me an idea on a later date.

A close friend once confided in me that she had read the messages in her teenaged brother’s phone; one of them from his girlfriend, lamenting how terrible it was not to touch him every single minute of the day (the conversation was in my mother tongue and I am sure something is lost in translation, but that’s the gist of it). I know, my friend had NO business going through her brother’s phone, but let’s not lose track of the question here – what I got out of my conversation, 10 years later, was the story idea for CHRYSALIS.

Most of the times, the editor decides the theme (for commissioned work). For Friends Forever, I remembered a fight I had with my best friend when were in secondary school and how we didn’t talk with each other for a week. That and only that became the dramatic scene of the story… the characters, the situations that made them fight, and the resolution in the completed story all were fictional and different from what really happened :).

So, my MO (and the most common one I’d guess) is to take a fact stick and pad it with fictional candy and sell it as a lollypop 😉

Sounds good!

Tell us a little bit about your next WIP
I am working on several projects at the same time, but the nearest to my heart is what I call as the project of a decade – an 8-part graphic novel series based on the history of Indian independence. I have been working on it since 2011 and finished two books. Writing the script was a challenge, but not as difficult as the illustration process, which has stumped many interested collaborators (the research on clothing alone in 16th century India would take much time and resource!).

This project won a partial residency from Can Serrat (Spain), which I was unfortunately not able to attend due to family obligations. The first book took 2 years to complete, the second only a year… I plan to finish the pending 6 books’ scripts by 2015 and hire illustrators (instead of relying on the same one for each book) thereafter, so that I can get the series done by the time I’m 40!

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Did you publish with a traditional publishing house or did you go the indie route?
I’m a hybrid author. E-publishing has given the tools and control that authors have lacked for centuries, which is GREAT news, but why should that mean a writer has to choose one or the other? I’d love to be published by the Big 6 (already have with one of them!) and I will keep querying them, but if it reaches a stage where I have to admit defeat, then I will always have a back up – Kindle!

To be honest with you, I am a really bothered by some authors who have declared open war again traditional publishers and claim them as the devil’s spawn (even if they change their opinion later, their online tracks won’t!). Don’t burn your bridges yet, is my advice for them.

I have published a few books with reputed local publishers who are receptive to my proposals and I find it a pleasure to work with them – they don’t stress on the exclusivity clause, so that gives me the freedom to try my hand at Kindle Publishing too and I intend to make full use of it 🙂

I think it’s great either way, just do what works for you!

What works best for you when writing? Meaning do you outline or write freely when you feel inspired to do so?
Writing every day is pretty much the best thing a writer can do to go from good to great. I am a recovering procrastinator (is that a real condition? If not, it should be.) so I make sure I start writing as soon as I wake up. It was horrible in the beginning, I just couldn’t find the motivation or inspiration to write every day but as soon as I set goals for myself and pledged to achieve them all, suddenly my muse started singing – she must have realized I was serious this time, so she didn’t play the diva any more.

I am a pantster while writing short stories and an outliner for longer works like chapter books and novels. I have outlined all the 12 books that I planned to write this year, which I think was the only way I can even hope to win the CBC 12×12 challenge. For short stories, I don’t plan anything, I just show up and the story comes to me.

Short stories teach you so much more (than other forms). They can be completed in a few hours, don’t need any outlines and I learn something new every time I write a short story. For March’s story in the Short Story 12×12 challenge, we had decided on a blind review process so I wanted to write something different, so I started writing a fantasy based on an Indian epic but by the time I finished the story, it was about an IT employee whose wife could predict death. I have no idea why or how that happened, but it sure is exciting. That’s why I will always prefer writing short stories – they pack a lot in such a small dose!

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What do you do to improve yourself and a writer?
I have a big shelf full of books about writing and creativity, and I pick and read excerpts whenever I feel depressed or have no idea how to progress ahead in a WIP. I am not saying they are a must, but they certainly are inspirational and could offer valuable guidance (if you promise not to substitute reading about writing for writing).

What I do think is a must for every writer is to be online and be aware of what’s happening now in the writing and publishing field. I have only recently, a year ago, started actively participating in online forums and critique groups, and the amount of knowledge I have gleaned from my interactions with fellow creators is phenomenal.

Helping and mentoring new writers has played a big part in defining my purpose in life and also in imparting the sensitivity and compassion needed in children’s stories. That’s the reason I started my blog www.childrenswriter.in because I realized that there is no craft source at all, online or offline, for Indian children’s writers. I write about my life as a kid lit writer in India and also post original content on the art and craft of children’s writing – please drop in when you can!

I know I have been blessed – I have a husband who supports me and I also don’t have children (yet) which I am sure is a big reason I have the time to attempt multiple writing challenges and also host community events for writers. In all probability, I will never have the time I have now again so I want to put it to good use, not only for my own progress but also to help other writers, without worrying about What ifs or the “Am I doing the right thing?” kind of doubts.

I really have to thank SavvyAuthors for giving me the push I needed to start writing again, after a gap of eight years. The plotting e-class I took there in may 2013 set the stage for everything I wrote since then. Enrolling in a class online or off-line, once in a while, is also something I plan to do, as a way to learn new stuff and get mentor feedback. Everyone needs feedback!

Wow great advice and a wonderful interview. Thanks for joining us here at Stitch Says – Keep reading, keep writing!

Feeling good #ChaBooCha

Yay last night I finished the draft of my second Chapter book for the month. So excited to have got this far in the series. Okay so they are both a little short and will need a bucket load of editing. However they are done!

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First drafts are of course the most important. Without them there is no second draft, no editing and certainly no finished product. This is why I love the Chapter book challenge so much. It’s early in the year, so it sets you off on the right foot.

This series is for my daughters, no questions about that. They have been involved from day one, so I can’t wait to read the drafts to them and get their feedback. I’m not ready for that yet though. Need to do some editing before that. The interesting thing about writing two books straight up is I have ideas from the second book which will improve the first. I also have ideas for the third and forth. Yep it’s getting longer! Anyway off to plan the third and see how far I can get with what’s left of the month! Wish me luck – oh and as always have fun!

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Introducing Champion Chewie #ChaBooCha

You may have worked out by now that my girls and I love our dogs. So much so that Obi still appears in their stories. Which always makes me smile because its their way (and mine) of remembering him. He may no longer be with us, but his stories continue to make us all smile. The issue came though when we got Chewie. Now we have a new character, who has to appear alongside Stich and be imbedded into the plot. So I decided for The Lightning Lilly and Princess Seea Adventures not to bring him in right away. He is introduced at the end of the second book and from there will have a part in the Super Team.

Stitch is going to have to train him… At least in this version he will have the assistance of Captain Obi. In real life Stitch is on his own (hahahaha I think that is called pay back). Any way Champion Chewie is still developing as a character – he is currently giving me lots of material. Drum roll please….

Introducing Champion Chewie!
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Will update his profile as we go. So now you have met all the major players. It’s time to get cracking with the writing!

Until next time – have fun!

Chewie’s New: Book Blast Maisy and the Missing Mice #amreading

Chewie has never met a mouse and is in no way responsible for the missing ones… Let’s hope Maisy and her dog Reesie can fine them!!!

About the Book

Maisy and the Missing MiceTitle: Maisy and the Missing Mice (The Maisy Files) | Author: Elizabeth Woodrum | Publication Date: September 24, 2013 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 75 | Recommended Ages: 6 to 10

Summary: Maisy Sawyer is not your average fourth grade student. She is a detective with a special skill for solving mysteries. She loves black and white mystery movies, cherry lollipops, and her dog, Reesie. When a thief known as The Black Boot steals the school’s mascots and her lollipops, Maisy sets out to solve the case. Can she help return the mice to their home in the science lab? Will she ever see her beloved lollipops again? Find out in the first book in The Maisy Files series.

 

 

 

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“Woodrum certainly knows her target audience and does a very nice job with the character development of Maisy. This is an incredibly kid-friendly story that makes a great introduction to the genre of mystery for newly independent readers. It’s a quick page turning read that encourages kids to think outside of the box.” ~ The Children’s Book Review

“My name is Kat. I am 9 years old. I would rate this a five because I like everything about it, the mystery the most. It was fun to read. My favorite part was the mystery and the end. I love this book so much. I think other kids would love it too because it has mystery and most kids would like mystery books. Most mystery books have a good mystery. I would love to read the whole series.” ~ 5 Star Review, Heather A., Amazon

“I knew I would love this book simply because I knew it would remind me of the mystery books I read in my childhood. I really love how much trust the teachers and community as a whole put in Maisy. She is well deserving of their admiration as the way she finds clues and finds the mascot for the school is well thought out. This is a story any child would love to read. I hope Maisy continues to solve mysteries…” ~ 5 Star Review, Josh, Amazon

 

About the Author: Elizabeth Woodrum

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Elizabeth Woodrum is an elementary teacher in Ohio. She came to love writing when she was in elementary school, but more recently began writing material for use in her classroom. From that writing, grew the desire to write books for the general population of children and adults alike. The Maisy Files, a children’s series, is the first series that she has published. The series currently has one book, Maisy and the Missing Mice. Elizabeth plans to add more books to the series, and would also like to publish books for adults in the future.

As a reader, Elizabeth prefers the fantasy genre, but she enjoys realistic fiction as well. Some of her favorite authors include JK Rowling, Stephenie Meyer, Rick Riordan, Veronica Roth, Suzanne Collins, and Nicholas Sparks. Originally from Indiana, Elizabeth currently resides near Dayton, Ohio with her two pets: a cat named Butterscotch and a dog named Reese Cup.

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The Villain Team #creatingcharacters #ChaBooCha

All Villains need sidekicks. Dr Ani Mal is no different. The cool thing about sidekicks is they can be expendable. Which means if one character isn’t giving you enough you can move them on. My series is for kids so I won’t say kill them off, but you know what I mean.

My villains currently have some silly names, but this comes from my girls. They love to make up names based on certain things. The conversations between Lightning Lilly and Princess Seea surrounding these villains has actually happened in my house. So for now the names will stick!

Villain team

Update on Chaboocha progress: I am heavily into book two of three. It is my hope to be finished by the end of the weekend. Fingers crossed. Also because that will bring me to the next character. You can meet him next week. Until then have fun!