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Monday April 19, 2010

The Side of Magic     Hey Earth Day is this week.  Recycle something!  Check out my homepage for more things you can do.  Hi Nadia, Keli, and Naudia!  I'm so glad you like my books. Nadia, please tell your sisters I said hello.  Caitlyn, your mystic place sounds awesome.  Perhaps you would like to make a map of Talania like I did of the Shadow Lands for The Keyholder series.  As your drawing the map you might add towns, mountains, or lakes and think about all the adventures that could take place there.  When I drew the Dragon Keep in my map, I knew I wanted to have a dragon adventure in my series.    Clover, The Keyholders are fantasy books.  I hope you'll like them.
Werewolves Don't Run for President     Tony, I'm so glad you like Werewolves Don't Run for President.  You are exactly right about Mr. Youngblood.  Sometimes politicans do promise things just to get people to vote for them! 
     Payton, you sound like an amazing reader.  You go girl!  Makayla, I will check my snail mail fan mail today!  Makel, I do like  making books.  I can't stop thinking about stories!   Nicole, must be the same way because she sent two fabulous ideas.  Thanks Nicole! 
     Mackenzie (aka Classy Lassy!), my daughter didn't wantSea Serpents Don't Juggle Water Balloons me to do Facebook.  Do you think I should?  I thought you had to be 14 to do it, has that changed?  Tina, I'm so glad you like Sea Serpents Don't Juggle Water Balloons.  Throwing water balloons sounds like a fun thing to do today!    ttyl, Debbie  (Happy Birthday to William Shakespeare on Friday!)

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Saturday April 10, 2010

      Brittany, write your sister a nice letter telling her 3 things you like about her for a late birthday present.  I bet she'll keep if always.  (Sorry about the mishap with your paper).  Martin, there are many wMrs. Jeepers in Outer Spaceays to make a cover yourself.  You can take cardboard and cover it with special paper or cloth or simply make it out of poster board or paper.  Here's a link to how one person did it. I'm so glad you like the Bailey School Kids Super Specials.  It would be fun to make another one. 
     Kimberly, Dragons Don't Throw Snowballs is about being trapped at school with a snow dragon right outside the door!  Jacob, I will be in Chicago, Illinois at the end of this Ghouls Don't Scoop Ice Creammonth.  Unfortunately it will just be  a quick trip to speak and sign at the International Reading Association Meeting.  If you'd like to send me a letter with your address asking for an autographed bookplate, I'd be happy to send you an autograph.  You can send it to me in care of Scholastic 557 Broadway NY, NY 10012. 
     Gina (imaGINAtion) thanks for your idea, as for how to Cyclops Doesn't Roller Skateget published that's what every writer wants to know.  I just had what I thought was a really fun story rejected, so there's no one right answer.  But there are some places that have contests for kids to get their stories published.  My friend, Anastasia Suen has some great places listed on her website.  I think that's a good place to start.  I hope you'll try Ghouls Don't Scoop Ice Cream.  That ending is my favorite.   Did you know I did write a cyclops book?  It's called Cyclops Doesn't Roller Skate.
Mrs. Jeepers Scariest Halloween Ever     Caitlyn, I'm glad you like Mrs. Jeepers Scariest Halloween Ever.  Good luck with your writing.  You and Gina might like to check out my writing page.   Best of luck, Debbie

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Saturday April 3, 2010

Ogres Don't Hunt Easter Eggs Happy Easter!  Nicole, I love your ogre idea.  Have you seen my Ogre book, Ogres Don't Hunt Easter Eggs
     Brittany, what's up with middle school?  I'm glad you liked Ghosts Don't Ride Wild Horses.  Maybe you can read some good books or even write your own book over spring break.  You might like to try the ideas I've listed.  Then you say what could happen first, second, and last?   Auburn, I like to write too! 
     Auburn, your title idea was great too!  It also made me hungry.  Auburn, Cadi, and Micaelah, I'm now rewriting the skydiving book for about the millionth time.  Crockett, I do like writing.  Eddie isDragons Don't Throw Snowballs one of my favorite characters too.  Dragons Don't Throw Snowballs is where the Bailey School Kids get trapped by a blizzard inside their school.  They have to spend the night there, but there's a snow dragon waiting for them outside. 
     Gina, that's the only April fool's I had, so thanks for it!  I love your imaGINAtion!  Marcia and I usually brainstorm for titles.  That means we jot down tons of possibilities and pick the one we like the best, which sometimes means putting part of one with another one.
Gargoyles Don't Drive School Buses     Nicole, we got the idea for Gargoyles Don't Drive School Buses from a cartoon that used to be on TV and from gargoyles on buildings in Chicago.  Thanks for your fun idea!  Danielle, I'm so glad you like my books.  Hannah, I really appreciate that you like Cherokee Sister.  I worked on that book for eight years so it is quite special to me.  I look forward to your snail mail letter.  Happy Easter to you too Medaya.  It was great to hear from you again.  I loved my 6th grade year, hope you do too.  HI to Frankie. 
     I did something on Thursday I'd never done before.  I got to be an extra in a movie in New York City.  It was very interesting and exhausting.  The director would say "It was perfect, let's do it again."  We shot the same scene over and over.  Happy Easter to all and many blessings, Debbie

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Saturday March 27, 2010

Spring is here! YIPPEE!  It's officially spring and I love it.  Nathan, my oldest son, is home visiting from college so we all went to an indoor water park for one night and had a blast.  I went down this toilet bowl thingee that swirls you around and around.  My husband said he was the king because he swirled around four times before he went down. 
     Kamryn, I hope you're enjoying Wizards Don't Need Wizards Don't Need ComputersComputers.  Did you know that I used to be a librarian?  Do you like the new or original cover better?  Yes, Niahti, I do like writing books with don't in the title-I like patterns!
     Sophia, Kids at Temperance St. School, and Alyssa, I'm so glad you love my books.  Do you have a favorite? Sophia, your ideas were so funny and clever!   Bryan, your magician idea was great too.  Grace, it would be neat if they made a movie of the Ghostville Elementary books.  I'll keep my fingers crossed!
     Something amazing happened at my house.  Something that's hardly ever happened in the history of the world-I cleaned my desk!  I had to take a picture Debbie Dadey's officebecause it may never happen again.  Notice the clean desk in the picture!!!  Okay, time to get to work to mess it up, but first I want to congratulate Tracy, Sarah, Lina, and Tonya for winning my books from Books on the House.  Congratulations!  Emerald, do you believe I'm five thousand years old?  Actually you can find out when I was born by Pirates Don't Wear Pink sunglasseslooking at my book report page.  Dylan and Lena, I'm happy that you enjoyed Pirates Don't Wear Sunglasses, which is fiction.  Chloe, I'm glad you loved Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots.  You sound like an amazing reader!  (Lena, that book is definitely one of my favorites because it was the first one I had published.)  tyl, Debbie

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Saturday March 20, 2010

 Dragons Don't Throw SnowballsKamryn and Ashlee, I'm glad you like Dragons Don't Throw Snowballs.  It's actually one of my favorites.  The idea came from a school I visited where the kids really did get trapped by a blizzard.  They had to spend the night at school.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO NIKKI AND KRITIKA from me, Howie, Liza, Eddie, and Melody (they are in all the Bailey School Kids books, but not The Keyholders.)  Isabel and Kamryn, I hope you'll check Skeletons don't Play Tubasout my writing page.  There's a story at the bottom you can write with me.  Tell Maggie hi!  Madeline, thanks for you fun idea.  Did you know I wrote Skeletons Don't Play Tubas with my friend Marcia?  Chris, that's one of my favorites.  Kamryn, Marcia and I have written about 100 books together.  You can see them on my books page.  Let me know your address and I'll send you an autographed bookplate you can stick in Snow Monsters Do Drink Hot Chocolate
     A big howdy to Alyssa, Lauryn, Itzel, and Adam.  Bailee, I'd love to visit your school, but I have to be invited by an adult.  Maybe your librarian, PTO parent, teacher, or principal would like to contact me.  Kali, I thinkDracula Doesn't Rock and Roll Marcia and  I got the inspiration for Dracula Doesn't Rock and Roll from our husbands, who both play the guitar (but they aren't vampires!)  I hope you'll check out my newest video and win some books!   Jake, I'm glad you like my books.  I have so much fun writing them.  Sabbir, I'm happy you like Bailey School  Kids book #28, Unicorns Don't Give Sleigh Rides.    I've been having great fun this week brainstorming and working on ideas for a new series!  g2g, Debbie

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