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Friday June 19, 2009

School's out! Is your school out yet?  My kids have their last day today and they are excited.  I hope you have a great summer.  I hope you'll try writing with me or try your own Debbie Dadey rap.  Two great guys tried their own-check it out on my writing page.
The Other Side of Magic     Noah, I'm so glad you liked the new Keyholders books.  Yes, Amitav, The Other Side of Magic is out.  Barbie and Maddie, hello to you.  Brittany and Gargyoles Don't Drive School BusesGabby, I sent out your autographed book plates.  Jacob M., I hope your author project went well with Gargoyles Don't Drive School Buses.  Alexa, good luck with your story.  David, I'm glad you liked Howling at the Hauntlys.  The next book I have coming out is called Inside the Magic.  It's #3 in the Keyholder series.  The story I am writing today is a silly, silly story.  I'm having great fun with it.  Madelyn, thanks for your great ideas.  I'm glad you liked Mrs. Jeepers Batty Vacation.  Enjoy your summer vacation!  g2g, Debbie

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Saturday June 13, 2009

Summer List!

    Every summer, my youngest son and I have a tradition.  We make a summer list of all the things we want to do during the summer.  They have to be realistic things that we could really do.  It's amazing how many things we can do when we have a list, otherwise it seems like the summer zooms past and we forget to do everything we wanted.  You might like to try it.  Jot down at least 10 things you want to try this summer.  Here's part of my list:
1.  Go on a hike.
2.  Go on a bike ride.
3.  Finish a book with Marcia.
4.  Do 100 sit-ups per day.
5.  Go on a picnic.
6.  Go to the ocean (I only live an hour away).Mrs. Jeepers
7.  Go to Hershey Park.
8.  Work on Natalie's notebook.
9.  Read Catcher in the Rye.
10.  Make a Mrs. Jeepers Summer Reading Camp
     Gabby, do you have things you want to do this summer?  I'd be happy to send you and Brittany (and Johnny too) an autographed bookplate (they are just stickers that I sign and you can put in your book).  You guys just have to snail mail me your address.  Write me at 557 Broadway NY, NY 10012. 
     Allison, my first book came out in 1990.  Madelyn, your ideas were great.  My fav is your Goblins don't play Volleyball!   Johnny, your ideas were very creative and funny too.  Ashley, it's hard to get a story published, but there are places that publish kids stories.  Your story sounds fun. I just finished a time-travel story too!  Ashley, you might like to try sending your story to Highlights magazine (with your parent's permission, of course).  You guys should definitely try writing with me this summer.  And since Brenton wants to write about Robbers, that's what we're doing!  ttyl, Debbie 

     

 

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Sunday June 7, 2009

Character Cards     Wow, check out the cool new look of the Swamp Page and the new things on the Keyholders page.  I like basketball, so of course I really like Luke's game.  You might also like to print out the Keyholder character cards.  I made them myself!  Let me know what you think.
     Fatima, usually if I don't have a title for a story I reread the story and see if I can find some neat line or phrase that would make a good title.  Check your story for something that would work.  It's hard for me to Cupid Doesn't Flip Hamburgersknow without knowing more about your story.  
     Sophia, I'm glad you liked Cupid Doesn't Flip Hamburgers.  No, Eddie's recipe in that book is definitely not real.  That would be disgusting!
     Brenton from Australia, it's great to hear from you again.  You gave me a great idea.  What if we all wrote a story online this summer?  So when I write a story, I always make a plan.  We need to decide what should happen in the story.  First, we need to brainstorm.  I'll start us off on my homepage and you tell me what we should write about.  Brenton, you and Brittany, can send me a bookplate for an autograph.  It would be a lot easier Werewolves Don't Go To Summer Campthan sending a book.  Send it to me in care of Scholastic 557 Broadway NY, NY 10012.  (Of course, I still want to go to Australia some day.)  Brittany, I don't live in NY, but I'd love to see the ball drop in real life.  Chioma, I'm glad you liked Werewolves Don't Go To Summer Camp.  Stormie, there are 51 numbered Bailey School Kids books, but there are also Super Specials and  Holiday specials that are a lot of fun.  Dechymire, I'm glad you got my card and bookmark.  Kailyn, thanks for your funny idea.  Peyton, I think Mrs. Jeepers might just be a real vampire and some people think she bit Eddie in the hall, what do you think?  Stephanie, what do you Dragons Don't Cook Pizzathink of the name Roxy Wrong for your story? 
     Kathryn, you sound like a fun librarian.  And now to answer Kaylin, Sam, Kelly, Madison, Lexy, Samantha, and Noelle.  Yes, I think there was a dragon in Dragons Don't Cook Pizza.  Whew, I hope that doesn't make some of you mad.  I hope you'll visit my homepage and let's write a story together this summer.  g2g, Debbie

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Monday June 1, 2009

 Life is good.  I'm feeling much better and the sun is Dracula the dragonshining!  A big shout out to Morgan and Allie.  Hope you're having a great day.  Lawrence, my newest books are the first two in the Keyholder series, This Side of Magic and The Other Side of Magic.  Katie, it's about three kids who find out they are the chosen The KeyholdersKeyholders, the ones who have to keep the bad magic out of the real world.  Luckily, they get a dragon, a unicorn, and a rat to help them.  Which helper would you like? 
      Nicole, I get ideas from everywhere, even from schools I visit.  Emily, you have your librarian to thank for my visit.  Andrew, I've written about 147 books.  Sarah H., I am working on a Werewolves Don't Run For Presidentbook this summer with my friend Marcia.  Anabel, I like Howie too!  Isn't he cute?  Lillia, I'm so glad you liked Werewolves Don't Run for President.  Marina, you must be into werewolves too.  I'd be happy to send you an autograph for Werewolves Don't Go To Summer Camp.  Just sent me a bookplate and I'll autograph it.    Or if you don't have one, just send me a letter (and remind me that you want a bookplate) at Scholastic 557 Broadway NY, NY 10012 and I'll send you one you Santa Claus Doesn't Mop Floorscan stick in your book.  Or if you live in NJ or close to it, you can come to meet me at a booksigning on Saturday.  You might even win Dracula the dragon!
     Ryan, thanks for your funny idea.  Yes, Alex, I did write Santa Claus Doesn't Mop Floors.  It's one of my favorites.  Camille and Nichole, stay cool.  I'm so glad you like my books.  Tristan, I'm curious.  What's happening on June 10th, besides my son's birthday?  Allison, you might like to check out my NEW writing page.  Actually it's the same page, but it got a new link.  I do plan on adding more things to it this summer, so if you have any suggestions let me know.  Right now, it has some writing activities you 5th graders with fangs!might like to check out as well as some podcasts.  Don't forget to scroll past the podcasts. 
     Carly, the fangs were SO FUNNY!!  I loved it.  Your librarian is totally awesome.  I bet you guys have a lot of fun together.  You can check out more pictures of your school on my events page under May 29.  In case you can't tell, all the fifth graders greeted me with a mouthful of fangs!  Have a great end of the school year, Debbie

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Saturday May 23, 2009

     I hope you're having a good weekend.  I must have allergies because my throat hurts and my eyes are all itchy-it's yucky and I'm grouchy.  Do you guys have allergies? 
     Tristan and Nicole, I get ideas from everywhere.  In fact, my son is allergic to cats and that's where I got the idea for Bobby and the Great Green Booger.  Michael, the idea for My Mom the Frog came from a kid in The Other Side of MagicCalifornia.  Unfortunately, both of those books are out of print.  The idea for The Other Side of Magic came from all the bushes and trees around my new home-a magical border just like in the book!  Kailee, I've written about 147 books.  Hayley, my first one came out in 1990.  The Worst Name in third GradeAndrew, you can get them at bookstores or order them off my website (with your parent's permission, of course.)
     Breanne, I can't tell you the worst name-it's too bad, but you can read it for yourself.  Is it in your school's library?  Katherine, I like to write because anything can happen in a story.  Yes, Bob, I do like dogs-in fact I have three!  You can see them in my about Debbie section. 
     Austin, I have lots of favorites like Skeletons don't Werewolves Don't Go To Summer CampPlay Tubas and for this time of the year, I like Werewolves Don't Go To Summer Camp.  A big howdy to Jacob, Dreamie, Morgan, Kaylee, Nicole, and Camilla.  You guys are awesome!  Alexa, hope you can come to one of my upcoming booksignings.  If not, send me a bookplate in care of Scholastic 557 Broadway NY, NY 10012 and I'll be This Side of Magichappy to autograph it for you.  Andrew, I enjoyed the song.  Was it written by someone you know?
     Destiny, my youngest son loves dragons, like the one in This Side of Magic.  Do you like dragons?
     Anna Marie, it is hard to know when a book is ready to send off.  I think it's just a matter of knowing that this is the best I can do at this time.  I Snow Monsters Do drink hot Chocolateget inspiration from everywhere, even from my own children.  I was 27 when I first started writing.  Allison, most of my books cost around three to four dollars.  Sammy, I'm glad you liked Snow Monsters Do Drink Hot Chocolate.  ttyl, Debbie

 

 

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