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Hope you're having a lovely summer. I just returned from hubby's family reunion in Arizona where it poured rain, but we had canopies up and just kept on going, eating, talking, and having our very own mini Family Olympics, complete with medals and cheers in celebration of the Summer 2012 world-wide Olympics.

The day before I left town I received my first editorial letter from my brand new editor at my brand new publisher, Harpercollins. Exciting stuff! It's really happening! My book of eight years of research and writing and revising, of selling and then not selling (long story I won't go into here) is scheduled for Fall 2013. And I've recently learned that it will be a LEAD TITLE!!! Wow. It's hard to take that in. My little ole book is important to a major publisher like Harpercollins. I'm blown away, thrilled to pieces, grateful and humbled.

The pressure is on to make it rise even higher in story/plot and suspense and writing and characterization. I want it to sparkle, shimmer and shine. I want readers to enjoy it. Actually I want readers to LOVE it and talk about it to everyone they know like crazy! Ha! I want them to fall in love right along with Jayden and Kadesh. I want them to feel the sweat and danger and hardships of desert life in 1750 BC. I want them to belly dance and shimmy their hips right along with Jayden in the fragile and emotional world of the women and the goddess temples.

So I'm reading my 8 page, single-spaced letter, digesting the pencil-edited manuscript, and am going to begin my own personal compilation of notes for the changes I need to make. About several pages worth. Even though I refer to the editorial letter often, I usually like to do one of my own. As I accomplish each task or goal, I can cross it off and feel that I'm making progress.

I also take the number of pages - 325 - and divide them by the number of days I have been given to do the work - 20 Days Total, Mondays thru Saturdays (I never work Sundays) - and then I know how much I need to do each day. For this project this means I need to revise 16.25 pages per day. Which doesn't sound like much, but there are some big questions to answer, dozens of them, and I will be focusing on plot, character, setting and timeline for each and every scene. So the pages will be painstaking to cut and line-edit as well as enlarging and honing.

The work usually begins slowly, tentatively, because I haven't worked on this book for over a year, and that was just a light edit before my agent submitted the project to editors (the trilogy sold in a significant deal in 2.5 weeks!). The last time I did any sort of bigger changes to this book was about 15-16 months ago. During these past many months I've written another book, gone through editorial production with it as well as written two new proposals for my editor at Scholastic so my head has been elsewhere for a long time.

So, as I begin, I cling to the first paragraph of my editorial letter and my new and brilliant editor's generous words:


"When I first read this, it was unlike anything I had read in a long time. It thoroughly captivated me—the setting, the culture, the romance . . . You have a wonderfully complex, deep story here . . . a sweeping epic romance!

Smiling and chewing my fingernails at the same time!

~Kimberley
Hi Everyone! Long, LONG time no see over here at Live Journal! Yes, I've been blogging over at Blogspot. Please come find me there and "Follow Me"!!! : http://www.kimberleygriffithslittle.blogspot.com

I got permission last week to do a *Cover Reveal* for my Spring, 2013 book with Scholastic I thought I'd post it here because I'm doing a MAJORLY AWESOME Giveaway of NINE books!!! You read that right! NINE BOOKS.

Please enter and tell me what you think of my new cover for WHEN THE BUTTERFLIES CAME!!! I love it so much. Erin McGuire, the artist, is fabulous.


*COVER REVEAL** TIME!!! And a TON of Easy Giveaways!

My hands are actually shaking a little as I begin this blog post and my heart is fluttering like a swarm of butterflies . . . I've got the go ahead from my wonderful publisher, Scholastic, to do a cover reveal today for my Spring, 2013 book, WHEN THE BUTTERFLIES CAME. 
So what DO you call a group of butterflies? 
*raises hand*
Answer: A Flutter. Or a Rabble. Or a Kaleidoscope. 
Neat, huh?
Now Imagine a Dramatic Hollywood Drum Roll right about now . . .  TA DA!!! 
Isn't it simply STUNNING?!? I love the bright pastel colors! 
I love the Flutter/Rabble/Swarm/Kaleidoscope of all those butterflies just as they're described in my story. I'm so thrilled with this cover!  
Erin Maguire, artist extraordinaire has done it again! She is da bomb! 
                                            The first butterfly comes the day after the funeral. . . .
Praise for Circle of Secrets:
*** “Little’s rich, vivid prose and characterization create an intriguing universe in which realism and mysticism intertwine as the story’s secrets unravel.” — School Library Journal, starred review
“Readers will revel in the literary journey through a rare and unusual way of life.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Praise for The Healing Spell:
“An incantational tale of Cajun magic and gators in the bayou and of the love and silence between mother and daughter.” Richard Peck, Newbery Award–winning author of A Year Down Yonder

( ISBN 978-0-545-42513-1) $17.99 US / $19.99 CAN

Synopsis Cover Copy:
Everybody thinks Tara Doucet has the perfect life. But in reality, Tara’s life is anything but perfect: Her dear Grammy Claire has just passed away, her mother is depressed and distant, and she and her sister Riley can’t seem to agree on anything. But when mysterious and dazzling butterflies begin to follow her around after Grammy Claire’s funeral, Tara just knows in her heart that her grandmother has left her one final mystery to solve.
A strange butler shows up to take Tara and Riley to Grammy Claire’s house, where Tara finds a stack of keys and detailed letters from Grammy Claire herself. Note by note, Tara learns unexpected truths about her grandmother’s life. As the letters grow more ominous and the keys more difficult to decipher, Tara realizes that the secrets she must uncover could lead to mortal danger. And when Tara and Riley are swept away to the beautiful island of Chuuk to hear their grandmother’s will, Tara discovers the most shocking truth of all — one that will change her life forever.
From Kimberley Griffiths Little comes a magical, breathtaking mystery full of loss and love, family and faith.
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March 5, 2012

Nonfiction Books Rock with Guest Dr. Fred Bortz!

PLUS Enter to WIN Fred's New Book MELTDOWN! Info to Enter Below (Scroll down)!
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Tell us about your career(s) and what led you to write children's non-fiction? 

I have had two different careers, one as a scientist and one as a writer for young readers. I studied physics in college, and I enjoyed it so much that I kept studying until I had earned a Ph.D. At that point, if I wanted to keep learning, I had to go to work and learn things that my employers were willing to pay for.

 

One of those things was how to compute what happens inside a nuclear reactor core. I did that for three years. I could have continued, but I am the type of person who likes to jump from one project to another, so I left to work for another company in another industry for three more years. Then I went to a university, where I switched projects several times over fifteen years, finally ending up in science education and outreach.

 

After one more short hop to a different university, I realized I would be happiest working on my own as a writer. That was 1996, and I have been learning about as many different science subjects as I can. The best part is I can share what I learn with young readers who get as excited about them as I do.

 

    Why is non-fiction so important for kids?

 

First of all, I'll rearrange the standard librarian's categorization and include most plays and poetry under fiction, unless they are written to be specifically factual. Also it is important to distinguish nonfiction books for kids and textbooks. Textbooks cover a lot of territory but rarely go very deeply into any topic. That means they can't really satisfy young readers' natural curiosity or their imagination.

 

Fiction allows readers to exercise their imagination by exploring plausible human situations. Nonfiction exercises both imagination and curiosity by exploring factual material, real human relationships, the real world, and other real scientific and natural phenomena. That's why nonfiction takes up so much more space in libraries.

But as a writer, I also recognize the power of story, and so I make a point of using good story-telling techniques to capture and challenge my readers. That is certainly the case in Meltdown!

 

Were you a huge reader growing up and what were your favorite books?

 

Unlike most authors, I was not a "huge" reader. I enjoyed reading and literature as ways to learn, but I especially appreciated experiential learning. I lived in a city (Pittsburgh) with easy access to great museums, including a wonderful planetarium, and I was fortunate enough to go to a school that had great field trips and to be selected for programs with even better ones. You might say I was a "huge learner" who had great opportunities to discover and pursue interesting materials and questions.

We'd love to hear a couple of favorite stories/anecdotes about some of your research adventures.

 

My favorite research adventures involved spending time with notable scientists who were happy to allow me to share their work with young readers. I have a knack for asking them the kinds of questions that release their inner teenager. I love it when my question unleashes their enthusiasm for and excitement about what they do, usually in words that speak directly to middle-graders and teens.

Two of my books take readers on those research adventures with me. To the Young Scientist (Franklin Watts, 1997, http://www.fredbortz.com/YoungScientist.htm ) contains many memorable in-their-own-words interviews. It includes the late Richard Smalley, who won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in the year after my interview and before the book was published, stating, "I don't think that most people thought I would amount to anything as a high-schooler. Neither did I, frankly."

 

Also in that book, I had a chance to visit the late Eugene Shoemaker, founder of the field of astrogeology, and his wife Carolyn who has found more comets than any living person. They were so gracious and pleased about my project that Carolyn made sure I got to see the original image of "squashed" Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 that had been captured by Jupiter and broke into pieces. The Shoemakers enjoyed a bit of public fame when those fragments smashed into Jupiter and produced dramatic images.

 

Another person who gained fame from what became known as "the Great Comet Crash" was a young planetary scientist named Heidi Hammel, who had been selected to head the Hubble Space Telescope imaging team for the event. She had a way of explaining the images that endeared her to the public. The Chronicle of Higher Education called her "Astronomy's Newest Star." So you can imagine how excited I was when the National Academies Press selected me to write Heidi's biography, Beyond Jupiter, for its Women's Adventures in Science series (Joseph Henry Press/Scholastic Library Publishing, 2005,  http://www.fredbortz.com/HammelBio/ ).  

 

My research for that book included three dusk-to-dawn nights with Heidi and her team at NASA's Infrared Telescope Facility at the peak of Hawaii's Mauna Kea. I have a section on my website devoted to that book with a travelogue of my Hawaiian adventure, including both a significant setback and an unexpected discovery for Heidi and her colleagues. Fascinating! 

Why is your new book, MELTDOWN, so important?

 

 

When the Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami struck Japan, my first reaction was that the tragedy could have been so much worse. Japan was remarkably well-prepared for large earthquakes and tsunamis, and its toll of dead and missing, though large, was less than a tenth of the losses in the 2005 tsunami in Indonesia and the Haitian earthquake of 2010. But soon word came that the tsunami had washed out key backup generators at the Fukushima Dai'ichi power plant and that multiple meltdowns were possible.

 

Because I had written a chapter ("Fission with Melted Rods") about nuclear reactor meltdowns in my 1995 book Catastrophe! Great Engineering Failure--and Success (W. H. Freeman, Scientific American Books for Young Readers, http://www.fredbortz.com/Catastrophe.htm, I knew that the same political arguments that followed the Three Mile Island and Chernobyl accidents were likely to arise after Fukushima, and they would probably get much louder.

 

In Catastrophe!, I predicted that my readers would have to make difficult political choices about nuclear power as adults. I noted that as time passed, reactor technology would improve, while the need for electricity would grow. I didn't specifically mention that nuclear energy doesn't produce greenhouse gases, but I was aware that global warming was likely to become a major concern and would be an argument in favor of going nuclear. I was right on target with that analysis.

 

Now the big question from Fukushima, which is still being argued about, is what the events teach us about the necessity for and possibility of building safe nuclear power. The economic cost and societal impact on Japan are still being evaluated. So are questions of whether the meltdowns were preventable and how likely a similar event would be with new standards and technology. These questions will need time and careful analysis to be answered.

 

And even when we have answers, the political process will have to produce decisions on policy and regulation. That means we will have to evaluate alternative "green" power technologies. Meltdown! lays out the facts and policy questions about nuclear and other sources of electric power but, like Catastrophe! before it, leaves the answers to those questions open.

 

And that's another thing that nonfiction can do for readers. A novel is supposed to have a clear ending or at least send the readers in a clear direction with their thoughts. In real life (and science), we are often left with unanswered questions, which, as likely as not, will lead us to other unanswered questions. Meltdown! arms the readers with resources to follow those questions as future events and development dictate.

 

Any advice for using non-fiction in the classroom or school library?

  Dr. Fred's School Author Visits!

I think my answers to the previous questions contain the answer to this one, but I will add that my publisher and I have created a specific classroom project called "Build an Energy Campaign Policy" based on Meltdown! It can be found in the eSource links at the publisher's webpage for the book (https://www.lernerbooks.com/products/t/12465/9780761386605/meltdown ). The eSource links also include some supplemental information about the electric power industry and a list of live website links.  

 

One of those live links is the "Meltdown! Links and Updates" page at my website (http://www.fredbortz.com/Meltdown/LinksandUpdates.htm), which is particularly valuable because we are learning more about the Fukushima meltdowns, and the world is still reacting to the disaster.

What are you working on now? 

 

Now that I have dipped my toes into a technological topic with significant political connections, I am eager to tackle global warming. The scientific evidence of what to expect and why is quite well established, but the political solutions to the problems ahead are likely to be difficult.

 

Different political points of view lead to different policies, and I do not intend to recommend one political policy over another. But the politics of climate change have been beset with arguments that distort the scientific conclusions in order to support a particular political agenda.

 

I hope to counter that by returning to the genre of my favorite research projects, the story of a science as seen through the eyes of a scientist. In particular, I have a proposal for a book about how scientists develop and use climate models. It's a topic that I discussed in a chapter of my 2010 book, Seven Wonders of Exploration Technology (Twenty-First Century Books,  http://www.fredbortz.com/7WXT.htm ).

 

I also have a completed manuscript about humanity's future in space, including the possibility of settling other worlds. 

It sounds fascinating, Fred! We hope to read it in the near future! Thank you so much for being with the SPELLBINDERS today!

 

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Winner will be Announced Monday, March 19th in Kimberley's Book Buzz Column so Stay Tuned!  

 

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Meet the Spellbinders!
 
Carolee Dean

Carolee Dean has made numerous appearances as a guest poet/author at schools, libraries, poetry events, and teacher/library conferences. She holds a bachelor's degree in music therapy and a master's degree in communicative disorders, and she has spent over a decade working in the public schools as a

 

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speech-language pathologist.

 

Her first novel, Comfort,was nominated as a Best Book for Young Adults, was named the Best YA Novel of 2002 by the Texas Institute of Letters, and was on the TAYSHAS (Texas Library Association) reading list. Take Me There is a YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers.
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She conducts teacher trainings on inspiring reluctant writers including "The Secret Language of Stories" and "Random Act of Haiku."

 

 

 Follow me on Twitter

  

  

  

Caroline Starr RoseCaroline Starr Rose spent her childhood in the deserts of Saudi Arabia and New Mexico, camping at the Red Sea in one and eating red chile in the other. She's taught English and social studies to upper elementary and middle-school students in New Mexico, Florida, Virginia, and Louisiana. Back in New

Mexico, Caroline now writes middle-grade novels and picture books full time. 

 

 

 

To find teacher's guides, writing activities, and information about author visits, go to my website.

  

   

Kim Bio PhotoKimberley Griffiths Little is the recipient of the Southwest Book Award, The Whitney Award for Best Youth Novel of 2010, and the author of the highly acclaimed, The Healing Spell and Circle of Secrets, published by Scholastic Press. Look for her books at the Scholastic Book Fairs, as well Circle of Secretsas two more forthcoming novels in 2012 and 2013.

 

She lives on a dirt road in a small town by the Rio Grande with her husband, a robotics engineer and their three sons. Kimberley is a favorite speaker at schools around the country, presenting "The Creative Diary", a highly successful writing workshop and has been a speaker at many conferences.

Please visit her website to download free Teacher's Guides and Book Club Guides. 

  

Follow me on Twitter

  

Upcoming Author Events!

 

Sunday, March 11

Kimberley presents at the 

Tucson Book Festival

  

11:30 -12:30 Panel with Author Jewell Parker Rhodes: "Visions and Spells: Characters in Conflict"  

 

AND

2:30 - 3:30 "Breaking into Children's Novels through Magazine Writing"

  

Each session followed by autographing

Saturday, March 17

UNM Continuing Ed  

Young Writers Conference

 

Kimberley is presenting "The Creative Diary" - a hands-on Writing Workshop for kids and teens   

 

Sunday, April 29th 

9-5 Preconference Session  

Author's Panel at the

International Reading Association Conference

Chicago, Illinois

"Rekindling the Reading and Writing Fire"

  

Join us for this all day session

featuring 11 authors including

all 3 Spellbinders

Carolee Dean

Kimberley Griffiths Little

Caroline Starr Rose 

  

Tuesday, May 1

3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

International Reading Association Conference

Chicago, Illinois

"The Secret Language of Stories"

Carolee Dean

 

November, 2012

YALSA Literature Symposium

"Author Research Panel"

Carolee Dean

Kimberley Griffiths Little

and two other authors

St. Louis, Missouri

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Book Clubs: Planning the Meeting!

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January 23, 2012
Caroline's Classroom Connections
Book Clubs, Part Three: Running a Meeting

Once you've
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it's time to get started!

It's a good idea not to have a book discussion that first meeting. Instead, talk about ground rules and what you hope your book club will become. Here are some things to think through beforehand:

  • Will members be allowed to drop in when they feel like participating or will they be expected to attend regularly?
  • What happens if a member hasn't finished the book?
  • How can members prepare before the meeting?
  • And a key question: What's the point of a book club?
 

Here's a handout I gave my students our first week together:

Welcome to Book Club!

Here are some things you should know:

In order to attend a meeting, you need to read the book. That's it!

Sometimes we'll read a book about a boy. Sometimes we'll read about a girl. If you are a boy, you CAN read about a girl and survive. I promise. Girls, same for you.

To make Book Club as interesting as possible, it is good, though not required, to jot down things as you read. Here are some ideas:

  1. How does this book compare to others I've read?
  2. Three words to describe this book would be...
  3. If I were the main character, I would have...
  4. I was suprised/annoyed/happy etc. when __________ happened.
  5. I like this book because...
  6. I didn't like this book because...
  7. My favorite character is _________ because...
  8. If I could change a part of the story, it would be ___________ 
  9. An important sentence in this story was _________ because...
  10. Any of your own ideas!

You can get yourself a notebook to write notes in. You can write ideas on a scrap of paper. Where you write doesn't matter.

Come to the meeting with something to say! The more you say, the more fun the discussion. If you have a copy of the book, bring it along, too.

Come as often as you like.

Invite your friends!

Challenge yourself to read a type of book you might not pick up on your own.

Have fun!

I'm looking forward to our year together.

 

Now that you're all on the same page, assign the first book, select it together, or pass out the list of books you've planned for the group to read ahead of time. Make sure to include a way to contact you. Make sure you've arranged with parents for transportation. Be prepared to be flexible. And just like I mentioned above, commit to having fun!

Next month, Book Club Pitfalls to Avoid.

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Caroline Starr Rose

Caroline Starr Rose spent her childhood in the deserts of Saudi Arabia and New Mexico, camping at the Red Sea in one and eating red chile in the other. She's taught English and social studies to upper elementary and middle-school students in New Mexico, Florida, Virginia, and Louisiana. Back in New
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Mexico, Caroline now writes middle-grade novels and picture books full time.

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CaCarolee Deanrolee Dean has made numerous appearances as a guest poet/author at schools, libraries, poetry events, and teacher/library conferences. She holds a bachelor's degree in music therapy and a master's degree in communicative disorders, and she has spent over a decade working in the public schools as a Comfort Paperback Coverspeech-language pathologist. Her first novel, Comfort,was nominated as a Best Book for Young Adults, was named the Best YA Novel of 2002 by the Texas Institute of Letters, and was on the TAYSHAS (Texas Library Association) reading list. She conducts teacher trainings on inspiring reluctant writers including "The Secret Language of Stories" and "Random Take Me There CoverActs of Haiku."

 

To find teacher's guides, writing activities, and information about author visits, go to my website.

 

 Follow me on Twitter

  

  

  

  

 

Upcoming Author Events

 

Sunday, March 11
Kimberley presents at the 
Tucson Book Festival

12:30 -1:30 Panel with Author Will Hobbs: "Opening Minds Across Borders: Characters in Conflict" 
AND
2:30 - 3:30 "Breaking into Children's Novels through Magazine Writing"

Each session followed by autographing


Saturday, March 17

UNM Continuing Ed  

Young Writers Conference

 

Kimberley is presenting "The Creative Diary" - a hands-on Writing Workshop for kids and teens   

 

 

Sunday, April 29th 
9-5 Preconference Session
Author's Panel at the
International Reading Association Conference
Chicago, Illinois
"Rekindling the Reading and Writing Fire"
Join us for this all day session
featuring 11 authors including
all 3 Spellbinders
Carolee Dean
Kimberley Griffiths Little
Caroline Starr Rose

  

Tuesday, May 1
3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
International Reading Association Conference
Chicago, Illinois
"The Secret Language of Stories: Beyond Story Grammar"
Carolee Dean 
    

  

  

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Potential Sanity-Saving Links!

If you haven't read Anne Lamott, get yourself to the library or bookstore pronto! Her books about writing are some of the very best. She'll make you laugh, cry, and buoy up your writing life.After you read Bird by Bird, you will know in the deepest places of your soul if you are meant to be a writer or not.

I love this new piece of Anne's: Time Lost and Found.

This article also resonated greatly with me: The Joy of Quiet by Pico Iyer

I'm also currently reading the Writers and Poets current January/February issue. There is a section just for writers called "Inspiration" and I'm underlining stuff! Reading bits of articles before I go to bed at night.

Frank Bures' piece "Inner Space: Clearing Some Room for Inspiration", really resonated with me. It's like he READ MY MIND.This is stuff I've been feeling for at least a year now. Here's a snippet of what I underlined:

"I would sit down to research something and found I couldn't focus (or it takes 3 times longer than originally thought or planned). I started to feel overwhelmed, less and less able to control what I thought about. Online I would get a bizarre, Internet-induced amnesia, totally forgetting whatever I'd gone online for. I even wrote about the importance of getting offline, but found I was less and less able to simply do that . . ."

"I felt fragmented inside." YES! (That's me, Kimberley, in case you're wondering, hee, hee.)

In Creativity by Csikszentmihalti, he identified four major obstacles that keep people from creative accomplishment: psychic exhaustion, easy distraction, inability to protect/channel creative energy, and not knowing what to do with that energy.

Frank Bures: "Online, I would stay in open and curious mode for far too long, and it was getting harder to transition to the ruthless single-mindedness I needed to get anything done."

" . . . the ability to control one's attention is perhaps the single most important quality of the creative mind . . . I felt I was living in a constant state of "continuous partial attention", never fully tuned in to anything, but always partially tuned in to everything."

BINGO!!!

Here's the issue if you want to find it: http://www.pw.org/content/januaryfebruary_2012

***2012 is a year I want to take my life back. I want to feel more in control each day. I know it's going to be difficult, and I have to change the way I look at each day and my actions from the moment I crawl out of bed and stagger to the computer each morning.

1. I want more time for reading, pondering, praying.

2. I want to spend more time just being with and enjoying my family instead of constantly distracted.

3. I want more time to give service. (I'm hoping to begin a weekly half day spent helping tutor kids who need help with their reading through Albuquerque Reads program.)

4. I also have more writing/work to accomplish than I ever have before in my life so I'm feeling like taking control of my life is really critical for me. I'm under contract for 5 books that need to be written and taken through the editorial revision and production process. And then two book launches per year beginning in 2013! Yikes! Whew! Scary! Exciting!

But I also want to keep up with my dear, online writer friends, too. You have all helped me, given encouragement and advice as I read your blogs, cheered me on, and made me feel connected in the writing world, and that is priceless, too.

It's the hours of Online Coma that I want to get rid of!

I'm curious what your daily schedule is like. The most problematic days for me are when I have a lot of appts and errands to be run and then there's no time left for writing and reading. I'm also thinking I may have to give up a few other things that take tons of time and I have nothing substantial to show for it afterward. Thinking on this . . .

Spellbinders - Newbery Award Buzz!

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January 16, 2012
Newbery And Caldecott Award Buzz!

Got Plans for the Weekend?  Read any great books lately?  

 

If you combine weekends and wonderful books, maybe you're headed to the American Library Association conference January 20-24 where librarians from all over the country will converge on Dallas Texas for the Midwinter meeting!


AND will your favorite book of 2011 win the coveted Newbery or Caldecott or Printz Award this weekend, too?  

 

Here at SPELLBINDERS I'm highlighting a few books today that have been discussed/argued over, read and loved and considered for the Newbery Medal for the best distinguished novel of 2011 for young people.  Last month I put out some of the best picture books of 2011 that will be up for the Caldecott Medal which you can see here: http://spellbindersbooknews.blogspot.com/2011/11/best-picture-books-of-2011.html 

 

Eighteen Children's Awards will be announced in Dallas on Monday, January 23 at 7:30 a.m. Central Time. You can watch the live broadcast here at this link: Webcast 

 

While waiting for the official announcements this week you can read some of the lively and "passionate" discussions going on about favorite picture books and novels of 2011 here on these two blogs:

 

Horn Book's "Calling Caldecott": http://www.hbook.com/category/blogs/calling-caldecott/ 

 

School Library Journal's Heavy Medal Blog on Newbery Buzz: http://blog.schoollibraryjournal.com/heavymedal

 

Here are a few titles that may win that have received excellent reviews and recommendations and that you may want to consider for your library or classroom collections.  

 

 

Note: Each book's title is a link that will take you to the author's website.  

Fun stuff - enjoy!  

 

 

 

 

 

   


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

  

 

 

 

Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai (the 2011 National Book Award Winner for Young People).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

The Trouble with May Amelia by Jennifer L. Holm

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

  

      

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Meet the Spellbinders

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Kimberley Griffiths Little is the recipient of the Southwest Book Award, The Whitney Award for Best Youth Novel of 2010, and the author of the highly acclaimed, The Healing Spell and Circle of Secrets, published by Scholastic Press. Look for her books at the Scholastic Book Fairs, as well Circle of Secrets

as two more forthcoming novels in 2012 and 2013. She lives on a dirt road in a small town by the Rio Grande with her husband, a robotics engineer and their three sons. Kimberley is a favorite speaker at schools around the country, presenting "The Creative Diary", a highly successful writing
workshop and has been a speaker at many conferences. Please
to download free Teacher's Guides and Book Club Guides. 

Follow me on Twitter

 Carolee Dean

Carolee Dean has made numerous appearances as a guest poet/author at schools, libraries, poetry events, and teacher/library conferences. She holds a bachelor's degree in music therapy and a master's degree in communicative disorders, and she has spent over a decade working in the public schools as a Comfort Paperback Coverspeech-language pathologist. Her first novel, Comfort,was nominated as a Best Book for Young Adults, was named the Best YA Novel of 2002 by the Texas Institute of Letters, and was on the TAYSHAS (Texas Library Association) reading list. She conducts teacher trainings on inspiring reluctant writers including "The Secret Language of Stories" and "Random Take Me There CoverActs of Haiku."

 

To find teacher's guides, writing activities, and information about author visits, go to www.caroleedean.com.

 

 Follow me on Twitter

  

Caroline Starr Rose

Caroline Starr Rose spent her childhood in the deserts of Saudi Arabia and New Mexico, camping at the Red Sea in one and eating red chile in the other. She's taught English and social studies to upper elementary and middle-school students in New Mexico, Florida, Virginia, and Louisiana. Back in New 
Mexico, Caroline now writes middle-grade novels and picture books full time.
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Website 

Blog   

  

UPCOMING AUTHOR EVENTS
   
        
Sunday, March 11

Kimberley presents at the
Tucson Book Festival

12:30 -1:30 Panel with Author Will Hobbs: "Opening Minds Across Borders: Characters in Conflict"
AND
2:30 - 3:30 "Breaking into Children's Novels through Magazine Writing"

Each session followed by autographing


Saturday, March 17

UNM Continuing Ed  

Young Writers Conference

 

Kimberley is presenting "The Creative Diary" - a hands-on Writing Workshop for kids and teens   



Sunday, April 29th, 2012
9-5 Preconference Session
Author's Panel at the
International Reading Association Conference
Chicago, Illinois
"Rekindling the Reading and Writing Fire"
Join us for this all day session
featuring 9 authors including
all 3 Spellbinders:
Carolee Dean
Kimberley Griffiths Little
Caroline Starr Rose    
Tuesday, May 1
3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
International Reading Association Conference
Chicago, Illinois
"The Secret Language of Stories: Beyond Story Grammar"
Carolee Dean 

      

  

  

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Books Read in 2011

Lots of folks are compiling their lists and I wasn't going to do this since I haven't kept very good track this past year, and I was embarrassed at the dearth of books I've read. Usually there are a lot more! It's been quite a year personally and professionally in so many ways: Emotional on a daily basis, full of tears, full of joy, several book deals, emergencies, lack of sleep, lots of travel, book launch, you name it! 

Caroline Starr Rose has her list here and it sort of kicked me in the pants to sit down and go through my library list of books checked out and read, as well as all the books tucked around the house that I bought and read. 

Not as much adult or non-fiction, even though I checked out several highly recommended adult titles that I haven't finished and are sitting under my bed, waiting for me. They'll be on next year's list - I hope! 

I am amazed that the total is still 68 books!!! I thought for sure it would be a measly 30 or 40. :-) 

Books Read in 2011:

MIDDLE-GRADE AND YOUNG ADULT:
DRIZZLE by Kathleen Van Cleve
SHIPBREAKER by Paolo Bacigalupi
FALLING IN by Frances O’Roark Dowell
THE TAIL OF EMILY WINDSNAP by Liz Kessler
KEYS TO THE DEMON PRISON by Brandon Mull
GHOSTGIRL by Tonya Hurley
THE GIRL WHO COULD FLY by Victoria Forester
THE REPLACEMENT by Brenna Yovanoff
GOSSIP FROM THE GIRLS’ ROOM: A Blogtastic! Novel by Rose Cooper 
AS SIMPLE AS IT SEEMS by Sarah Weeks
PIE by Sarah Weeks
TURTLE IN PARADISE by Jennifer L. Holm
THE NIGHT FAIRY by Laura Amy Schlitz  
BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY by Ruta Sepetys
HOURGLASS by Myra McEntire
INCARCERON by Catherine Fisher
SAPPHIQUE by Catherine Fisher
SMALL PERSONS WITH WINGS by Ellen Booraem
STOLEN by Lucy Christopher
CLARITY by Kim Harrington
THE HIDDEN GALLERY by Maryrose Wood
THE MYSTERIOUS HOWLING by Maryrose Wood
THE GREAT WALL OF LUCY WU by Wendy Wan-Long Shang
MY INVENTED LIFE by Lauren Bjorkman
OUT OF MY MIND by Sharon M. Draper
THEODOSIA AND THE EYES OF HORUS by R. L. LaFevers
THEODOSIA AND THE LAST PHARAOH by R. L. LaFevers   
THEODOSIA AND THE STAFF OF OSIRIS by R. L. LaFevers 
THEODOSIA AND THE SERPENTS OF CHAOS by R. L. LaFevers
DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth
13 TREASURES by Michelle Harrison
THE SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Steivfater
THE JUMBEE Pamela Keyes
CLEOPATRA by Carolyn Meyer
WOLVES, BOYS AND OTHER THINGS THAT MIGHT KILL ME, Kristin Chandler
THROAT by R.A. Nelson
TYGER, TYGER by Kersten Hamilton
PARANORMALCY by Kiersten White
EXPOSED by Kimberly Marcus
THE LIAR SOCIETY by Lisa and Laura Roecker
FORBIDDEN SEA by Sheila Neilson
MOON OVER MANIFEST by Clare Vanderpool
MARCELLO IN THE REAL WORLD by Francisco X Stork
LADY MACBETH’S DAUGHTER by Lisa Klein
THE GRAND PLAN TO FIX EVERYTHING by Uma Krishnaswami
GLIMPSE by Carol Lynch Williams
PALACE BEAUTIFUL by Sarah DeFord Williams
HOUND DOG TRUE by Linda Urban
MATCHED by Allie Condie
ABANDON by Meg Cabot
THE FOURTH NEPHITE by Jeffrey Savage
THE CLOCKWORK THREE by Matthew Kirby
CROSS MY HEART by Julie Wright
MY DOUBLE LIFE by Janette Rallison
MISSING IN ACTION by Dean Hughes
THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins, (for the second time with hubby while driving across 950 miles of Texas.)
An assortment of Picture Books, probably about 20-30
ADULT: 
THE MADONNA’S OF LENINGRAD by Debra Dean
MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL by John Berendt
SARAH’S KEY by Tatiana de Rosnay
SOME GIRLS, MY LIFE IN A HAREM by Jillian Lauren
NON-FICTION: 
THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL by Anne Frank (for a book club and for the 3rd time)
BAD NEWS FOR OUTLAWS: the remarkable life of Bass Reeves, by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson 
SAVE THE CAT! GOES TO THE MOVIES: THE SCREENWRITER'S GUIDE TO EVERY STORY EVER TOLD by Blake Snyder 
THE COURAGE TO WRITE: how writers transcend fear by Ralph Keyes 
WORD AFTER WORD AFTER WORD by Patricia MacLachlan, 
THE BOOK OF MORMON written and compiled by several prophets, between 600 BC and 400 AD
JESUS THE CHRIST by James E. Talmadge

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January 2, 2012
FEATURE ISSUE: Food for Thought

 HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

 

To wrap up our holiday food theme and ring in the new year, for this issue each of the Spellbinders will discuss simple recipes from their books that may be shared with a classroom or book club.

 

Comfort (Houghton Mifflin) by Carolee Dean

Grades 6-12

 

Comfort Paperback CoverKenny Willson wants nothing more than to get out of Comfort, Texas, away from his alcoholic, ex-convict father and his controlling mother. In order to promote her husband as a country and western star and keep him out of bars, Kenny's mother opens the Comfort Cafe where her husband can sing without risk of violating his parole. The problem is that Kenny's father has no desire to be a country and western star and his wife hates cooking. Kenny's mother serves a variety of frozen, processed, and ready-made foods such as frozen pizza, corn dogs, honey buns, and frito pie and forces her son to quit football and band to work night and day in the cafe. Kenny finds his voice through mentorship of his journalism teacher and a pretty senior girl who encourages him to get involved in poetry competitions. Unfortunatley, she has a muscle-head boyfriend she can't seem to get rid of.  This novel explores the idea that the things we find "comfortable" are often the things that keep us stuck.

 

Activities: Before reading the book, have students explore the theme of the book by making posters of things that bring them comfort. During the reading of the novel, explore how some of things that feel comfortable to us are actually harmful. Afterward have a "Comfort Foods Potluck" having students bring items from the Comfort Cafe or other comfort foods.

 

Recipe for Frito Pie

 

Heat 5-6 cans of chile in a crock pot

  

For each serving:

Place 1 cup of fritoes in a styrofoam bowl

cover with: 

1/2 cup of chile

1/2 cup cheese

 

optional toppings may include:

chopped onions

green chile

sour cream

olives

shredded lettuce

 

(Grades 3-8)

  

From ALA Booklist Review: 

Eleven-year-old Livie is terrified when her father insists that they bring her comatose mother home from the hospital. How can she look at, much less touch and care for, Mamma when she alone knows that she caused her illness? As Mamma continues to languish in bed, Livie grows more and more estranged from her family, a chasm that begins to close only after she gathers her courage to visit the local traiteur, who gives her the formula for a healing spell. As Livie collects the spell's necessary ingredients, she begins to open up to the knowledge that she is loved and cherished by her family. Little explores the extremes of childhood guilt and its consequences in this harsh yet well-crafted story about fully drawn people. The bayou, with its rich culture, is an atmospheric character that overlays the story with mystery and dread. A special offering for readers seeking a challenge of the heart as well as the mind. Grades 5-8. --Frances Bradburn  

 

Go to this website and read the article "Cajun Wedding Traditions" by Jane Vidrine. 

 

Compare Faye's wedding in the book with the description of a Cajun wedding in this article. What was the same and what was different? Write a compare/contrast essay about your findings. 

 

At Faye's wedding, there was boiled crawfish and gumbo and boudin (a type of sausage) plus lots of side dishes and desserts.  

 

Here's a recipe for gumbo that can be prepared the day before and plugged into a crockpot in the classroom for your students to try, using plastic bowls with spoons. Very yummy!  

Kimberley's Favorite Louisiana Gumbo:  

 

For Roux:

1/3 cup flour

1/3 cup cooking oil

Stir together flour and oil in a saucepan until smooth. Cook over medium-high heat for 4 minutes, stirring constantly for a few minutes longer until the roux is a dark reddish brown color. Let cool while you prepare the following:   

3 - 5 cups of chicken broth

12-16 oz smoked boudin or sausage, sliced 1/2 inch thick

2 cups chopped cooked chicken

2 cups diced cooked chicken

1-2 cups sliced okra

1 cup chopped onion

1/2 cup chopped green pepper

1/2 cup chopped celery

4 garlic cloves and salt to taste

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/4 tsp ground red pepper 

Boiled white rice

 

Add chicken to broth in a 6 quart slow cooker. Stir in roux and mix well. Add sausage, okra,onion, green pepper, celery, garlic, salt and peppers seasonings. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours. Serve with hot, cooked rice.

 

May B. (Schwartz & Wade) by Caroline Starr Rose

(grades 3-7)

  

Mavis Elizabeth Betterly, or May B. as she is known, is helping out on a neighbor's Kansas prairie homestead, "Just until Christmas," says her Pa. Twelve-year-old May wants to contribute, but it's hard to be separated from her family by fifteen long, unfamiliar miles.

Then the unthinkable happens: May is abandoned to the oncoming winter, trapped all alone in a tiny snow-covered sod house without any way to let her family know and no neighbors to turn to. In her solitude, she wavers between relishing her freedom and succumbing to utter despair, while trying to survive in the harshest conditions. Her physical struggle to first withstand and then to escape her prison is matched by tormenting memories of her failures at school. Only a very strong girl will be able to stand up to both and emerge alive and well. 

In this debut novel written in gripping verse, Caroline Starr Rose has given readers a new heroine to root for, one who never, ever gives up.

 

Activity: Four Pieces of Stringafter

20 feet, 16 feet, 20 feet, and 12.5 feet

Find a room big enough and stretch the string out, making a rectangle with a door-sized opening at one side.

Measure a bed, a dresser, a table, a stove. Mark the furnitures' dimensions on butcher paper and arrange it inside your string rectangle.

What do you have?

A furnished soddy! Imagine a family living together in this small space. 

Recipe:
Send a self-addressed stamped envelope to the address below for free sourdough starter.  
Oregon Trail Sourdough 
P. O. Box 321 
Jefferson, MD 21755 

Here's a sourdough biscuit recipe to use with your starter:
1 Tbs active dry yeast 
1 1/4 c water-lukewarm 
1/3 c sugar 
3/4 ts salt 
1 c sourdough starter 
5 c bread flour 
melted butter or margarine 

Dissolve the yeast in warm water with a little sugar till bubbly. Sourdough is a yeast but rises faster with added commercial yeast. In a large mixing bowl add sugar, salt, sourdough starter, yeast and flour. Cover; set in warm spot and let rise until double. Punch down and turn out onto floured work surface. Roll out to 3/4 inch thickness. Cut with biscuit cutter. Dip both sides in butter or oil, and place on well-greased baking sheet. Let rise 15 min. Bake at 425 - 20 min. or until golden brown.

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Meet the Spellbinders

 

Caroline Starr Rose

Caroline Starr Rose spent her childhood in the deserts of Saudi Arabia and New Mexico, camping at the Red Sea in one and eating red chile in the other. She's taught English and social studies to upper elementary and middle-school students in New Mexico, Florida, Virginia, and Louisiana. Back in New
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Mexico, Caroline now writes middle-grade novels and picture books full time.

Website

Blog

 

  

  

  

 

CaCarolee Deanrolee Dean has made numerous appearances as a guest poet/author at schools, libraries, poetry events, and teacher/library conferences. She holds a bachelor's degree in music therapy and a master's degree in communicative disorders, and she has spent over a decade working in the public schools as a Comfort Paperback Coverspeech-language pathologist. Her first novel, Comfort,was nominated as a Best Book for Young Adults, was named the Best YA Novel of 2002 by the Texas Institute of Letters, and was on the TAYSHAS (Texas Library Association) reading list. She conducts teacher trainings on inspiring reluctant writers including "The Secret Language of Stories" and "Random Take Me There CoverActs of Haiku."

 

To find teacher's guides, writing activities, and information about author visits, go to my website.

 

 Follow me on Twitter

  

  

  

  

  

Kim Bio PhotoKimberley Griffiths Little is the recipient of the Southwest Book Award, The Whitney Award for Best Youth Novel of 2010, and the author of the highly acclaimed, The Healing Spell and Circle of Secrets, published by Scholastic Press. Look for her books at the Scholastic Book Fairs, as well Circle of Secretsas two more forthcoming novels in 2012 and 2013. She lives on a dirt road in a small town by the Rio Grande with her husband, a robotics engineer and their three sons. Kimberley is a favorite speaker at schools around the country, presenting "The Creative Diary", a highly successful writing Healing Spellworkshop and has been a speaker at many conferences. Please visit her website to download free Teacher's Guides and Book Club Guides. 

  

Follow me on Twitter 

 

UPCOMING AUTHOR EVENTS
 
Saturday, January 14, 2012
2:00-3:30pm
Launch Party for Caroline Starr Rose's debut novel, May B.
Alamosa Books
8810 Holly Ave.
Suite D
Albuquerque, NM 87122
 
Sunday, April 29th, 2012
9-5 Preconference Session
Author's Panel at the
International Reading Association Conference
Chicago, Illinois
"Rekindling the Reading and Writing Fire"
Join us for this all day session
featuring 11 authors including
all 3 Spellbinders
Carolee Dean
Kimberley Griffiths Little
Caroline Starr Rose

 

Tuesday, May 1
3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
International Reading Association Conference
Chicago, Illinois
"The Secret Language of Stories: Beyond Story Grammar"
Carolee Dean 
  

 

  

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Building My Writing Cottage!

I'm in the midst of building my very own writing cottage! A dream I've had for years and years! Doesn't everybody though? Oh, to have a room of your own!

I've been hinting around for a long time that I would *love* a place of my own to write, and now with 5 books under contract to write, revise, and do all the editorial/production work on over the next 2-3 years I told my husband, "It's time!" I've been desperate for some quiet space ever since I've had a whole other family living with me the past few years and babies and toddlers in the house! It's crazy, I tell you, crazy! 

My younger brother and his very cute family is here for the week doing the work (he and I designed it ourselves, just a simple room with a porch and lots of windows!) and I have pictures up on Facebook so go there to see the work progress over the rest of the week.

I also wrote captions! I love captions on FB pictures so I know who's in it and what the occasion is (hint, hint all you people who download pictures on FB!)

GO HERE TO BEGIN the Journey with Me!

And if you and I are not FB friends, then send me a request! I mean, why wouldn't we be FB friends, too!

~Kimberley



(My brother and his son and the messy work area as we near completion two days ago! He built it in only 6 days! And the interior is completely done, flooring, crown molding and painted! A 12x16 room with 6 windows and a darling porch! I am so blessed to have such an awesome brother.)
So Ladies and Gentlemen! This is what happens when you leave an adorable Kinda-sorta Personal Assistant in front of a computer with your Author Blogger up. You Get a totally Awesome Partially Biased Blog recounting the more Interesting Activities of what happens in this mad Little house! First off Let me introduce Me. My Name is Milly (Short for Milyssa). I am totally crazy, incredibly crafty and only Mostly conceited. I LOVE books, Japanese Anime and Manga, Tim Burton Movies and most recently Korean Dramas (Curse you Netflix!!). So how do I know Kimberley, you ask and how did I become her kinda-sorta assistant? Well the story we tell the public is that she found me at a slave auction in Budapest and took pity on me and bought me instead of letting me be bought by the local Baker. (We've all seen Sweeney Todd, we know what happens when you are owned by a baker :/ ) But the actual truth is "We are Family, Yeah, I got all my sisters with me." *Does a little dance*


But Back to the point! So What happens in Kimberley's Life and most importantly what type of Author Activities does she do? Well, Let me tell you!

On November 5th 2011, Mrs. Kimberley Griffiths Little enlisted  the help of Me, Your Friendly Neighborhood Milly, to be her assistant for her Book Signing Party at Alamosa Book Store in Albuquerque, NM. I Figured, Hey no problem, I've seen The Devil Wears Prada, and she can't be as bad as Helen Mirren's Character......... Can She? :)

We arrived at the Bookstore around 1:30 after having a delicious lunch at the nearby Dion's (Pizza!!! Yumm!!) and proceeded to start hauling stuff into the store to set up. We had displays, food, A deliciously Awesome cake (Made by myself of course, With a little Help from Betty Crocker) and a fun Charm Bracelet Craft for people to either make or purchase as a gift to go with the book. After Hauling in the important stuff, like the Poster size book cover of the Circle of Secrets and the 'Gators and The Gumbo (You can never forget the gumbo!!) and making sure it was all properly set up we went out for the Crème de la crème of our event.


The Princess Castle Cake! (Made by yours truly) but as we pulled out the box that had the cake we suddenly realized that a secondary box for the cake was missing. The towers for the absolutely Gorgeous Castle cake were forgotten to be packed in the car by a certain somebody’s spouse (Probably because he had small children crawling all over him). Fortunately the cake was adorable enough to not need the towers so we put it out anyway! 



ENTER LOTS OF PEOPLE!!


TAH DAH!!!






But first we discovered a Treasure Trove of Kimberley's  Books, The Healing Spell and  Circle of Secrets!!







Anyways, People came in and started filling up all the lovely seats while I set up the Charm Bracelet Craft in the back of the store. Then The Magic Started! Kimberley got up and introduced what was happening and said a few nice words about the store and its owners. Then introduced her Adorable assistant (Me!) and explained what the craft was that we would be doing in the back after the Presentation was over! And then she pressed play and Wonderful Cajun Music filled the air as a video presentation of her adventures in Louisiana played on a screen.

I will admit that the music might have stopped half way through the presentation and it might have been the fault of the person who made the video for Kim *cough cough*milly*cough cough* but the rest of the Video went very Smoothly Including the New Book Trailer for Circle of Secrets! 

Spectacular and Spooky Book Trailer for CIRCLE OF SECRETS AT THIS VERY LINK!!! 

After the Video was done Kimberley gave a very nice talk that included a couple of very well placed jokes, a bit of "ooh"s and "aah"s and a wonderful reading of her book! (She even threw on a little Cajun accent, but Shh you didn't hear it from me). Either way her Presentation ended with wonderful Applause! And then everyone got in line for the Book signing and food!! 




The Bracelet activity went off without a hitch and many young girls walked away with fun bracelets to keep and cherish for the rest of their lives! (Or till they lose it).

Afterwards everyone was happy but exhausted and I think the event went very Well. For all those who made it We thank you from the bottom of our hearts but if you didn't make it
this time then make sure to be there Next time for Kim's future YA "Bellydance" Novel. (I hear there is going to be some really cute young ladies doing some belly dances ;D )


So This is Milly Signing off! And be prepared to hear from me more in the future!


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