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Saturday, April 18

Help, I Can't Find the Top of My Desk



My article, Help, I Can’t Find the Top of My Desk, will be published in the Stories for Children Newsletter for Writers July 2009 issue.

The Pizza Party



My short story, The Pizza Party, will be published in the Stories For Children Magazine September 2009 issue.

Monday, April 6

The Long Walk



The Long Walk is in the current issue of Long Story Short Ezine. You can read it here, http://www.alongstoryshort.net/thelongwalk.html

St. Fools Day & The Magical Easter Egg



St. Fools Day & The Magical Easter Egg are both in the current issue of Stories For Children Magazine.


Friday, April 3

2008 Granny Awards


I won 3rd place (fiction 7-9 category) in the 2008 Granny Awards for my short story, Full Moon, published in the Stories For Children Magazine October 2008 issue.

Wednesday, April 1

Grandma’s Homemade Cake



My short story for children, “Grandma’s Homemade Cake,” will be published in the Stories for Children Magazine Ezine June 2009 issue.

Book Review - The Haunting of Grade Three

The Haunting Of Grade Three (Lucky Star)

The Haunting of Grade Three
BY: Grace Maccarone
ILLUSTRATED BY: Kelly Oechsli
PUBLISHED BY: Scholastic Inc.
ISBN: 0-590-43868-9
Ages: 9-12
Reviewed by Billy Burgess


The Elmwood Elementary was overcrowded this year and the 3rd grade had to move into the old Blackwell mansion.

The teacher, Mr. Jenkins, announced that they would be putting together a newspaper. The students would be put into groups. Norma, Adam, Chick, Debbie, Joey and Dan were picked for the psychic investigation committee.

They would investigate the strange things that were happening in the school. Supplies were going missing, pencils were falling off desks, dark shadows were seen and strange noises were heard.

This is one of my favorite books from my childhood. I had lost the book years ago but I found a new copy at a thrift shop recently. This is a wonderful book about friendship. If you can find a copy, buy it!

Ann M. Martin: The Story of the Author of The Baby-sitters Club


 

Ann M. Martin: The Story of the Author of The Baby-sitters Club
BY: Margot Becker R. with Ann M. Martin
COVER BY: Michel Legrou
PUBLISHED BY: Scholastic Inc.
ISBN-10: 0-590-45877-9
ISBN-13: 978-0590458771
Publication: 1993
Ages: 9 -12
Reviewed by: Billy Burgess

I was lucky to find this out-of-print book at a thrift store. This is a wonderful biography that I would recommend to Ann Martin fans and to all children book writers.

From Ann Martin’s early days in diapers to her teaching days. You will learn how she became an editor at a publishing house and eventually becoming a children book writer.

After publishing her first book “Bummer Summer” and several other books, Ann leaves her editorial job and writes full time. She takes odd writing jobs, like writing books for other people’s series and novelizations of movies. Eventually she was offered to write a new series called “The Baby-sitter Club and it changed her life forever.

Every children book writer needs to read this. It’s inspirational!