Thursday, March 15, 2012

Amazing Student Projects

I think one of my favorite things about being an author is my weekly trip to the post office. While I may sometimes be slow in responding to the letters I receive, they never go unread, or unappreciated. Kids, parents, teachers, librarians, booksellers... you all knock my socks off and inspire me to keep working hard to write new books and make them the best they can be.

Take these recent projects that readers shared with me:

First, images from a class project in which SCUMBLE came to life--in LEGOs! Students in a classroom in my home town recreated and presented scenes from the book.

And second, just this week I got to enjoy another awesome SAVVY project--and a very elaborate one at that! Third graders from a book study group run by parent volunteers at Windsor Elementary School in Illinois mailed me a VERY fun package.

After reading SAVVY, the kids compiled a CD that included an original SAVVY song. They created the artwork for the CD case as well as the disc, and even wrote liner notes. Then they made a video of the whole group singing the song, "I've Got a Savvy and I know it!"

Needless to say, I was impressed.

And, I sort of wish I was in 3rd or 4th grade again.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Savvy and the Homeschool Literature Book Club

I was pleased as punch to learn today that Savvy is one of the first two books to be featured on the new online Homeschool Literature Book Club.

Homeschool Literature
is a site that promotes fictional children's books with homeschoolers as the main or supporting characters.

For more information about the website, go to: