Thursday, January 14, 2016

A great North Carolina school day

I recently had the great pleasure of visiting Parkton Elementary School in Parkton, North Carolina, thanks to the wonderful Angie Tally of The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, NC. 

I also want to give a great big shout-out to Aberdeen Elementary School in Aberdeen, NC. They were great! (Just no time for pics)

Me with the amazing media specialist, Janice Gardner

Janice and I showing off the AMAZING cake made by Tara Bishop

These students made awesome projects for How to Steal a Dog (notebooks with the rules, like Georgina's). Thank you all for those!

And because a picture's worth a thousand words, I'll let the following pictures tell you about my great day.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Cover Reveal for The Magic Mirror

I'm beyond excited to be the first to reveal the cover of an amazing middle grade novel coming your way in May.

The author is my friend and brilliant writer Susan Hill Long.

The book? 

The Magic Mirror:
Concerning a Lonely Princess, a Foundling Girl, a Scheming King and a Pickpocket Squirrel

Don't you just love that title?

Okay, drum roll, please.....

Ta da!!

 From the jacket flap:

Maggie is a girl of no account. The good folk of Lesser Dorste all look away, for she’s a foundling cursed with a crutch. She doesn’t even want to look at herself—till the day she’s given a magic mirror. And what she sees in the mirror sends her straightaway on a journey to the royal city.

Others, too, are making their way: A monk with a tragic history and a boy with an uncertain future. A princess with a dark secret and a lord with wicked ambitions. A mad- woman with a checkered past and a beggar with a air for the dramatic.

In this twisty-turny tale of mistaken identities, missed connections, and loves lost and found, these wanderers and more will meet Maggie on her journey to heal herself . . . and her kingdom.
Add this one to your list, y'all.
Trust me.