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Saturday September 26, 2009

     Good bye summer!  Fall is officially here now and the trees around where I live are starting to change to crimson red, oranges, and yellow.  I love it!  It's perfect soccer weather and for driving my convertable with the top down!  All my life I wanted a red car and last Christmas I got one.  How fun is that!
Mrs. Jeepers     Bryleigh, it would be so fun to see you dressed as Mrs. Jeepers for Halloween.  It's perfect that you have red hair, now you just need a polka dotted dress or shirt and a big green brooch.  (You could probably make the brooch out of paper)  Good luck!  Brittany, it's true I kissed my first boy in fifth grade.  I still can't believe it!  It was a very innocent kiss and I think things are a bit different right now.  I hope you won't rush into anything and just be yourself.  You have to be happy and enjoy life and I think that's naturally appealing to boys.  What do you Mrs. Jeepers' Scariest Halloween Eversay guys?  (btw, that # was the store's #.)
     Kaylee, I'm so glad you like my Super Specials.  Did you know Marcia Jones and I based Mrs. Jeepers on a teacher we knew?  She had beautiful red hair and spoke with an accent. 
     Kimberly B.,  what a fun idea for a book.  I do like chinese food, Inside the Magic, Keyholders #1especially fried rice.  Thanks for your suggestion.  Mollie, your hippie idea was very funny too! I have made some harder books, including my new series called Keyholders.  You and your sister might like to try them.  Camilla, I've been writing about 20 years!  My first book came out in 1990.  I'm so glad you enjoy my stories.  You can find Kilmer's Pet Monsterout more about me in the About Debbie section.  Muhammed, thanks for your kind words.  Alex, I think Bruno was a big monster dog.  What do you think?  (I responded to you here for Internet safety reasons. I'm glad you liked Kilmer's Pet Monster.  I'm off to a soccer game, Debbie 

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Saturday September 19, 2009

 Help!  My agent told me she thought my silly book was great fun, but that it had too much action and too many characters.  What to do?  I've been trying to Ghouls Don't Scoop Ice Creamrewrite it, but I'm having trouble.  Has this ever happened to you? I'm going to keep trying though. 
     Niki, I'm glad you got your glasses so you can read.  I think glasses are very trendy right now.  I started wearing glasses in third grade.  I hope you'll like Ghouls Don't Scoop Ice Cream.  The chapter called Super Eddie is my favorite part.  Awesome to hear from you Skeletons Don't Play TubasMeckenzie.  Guess what?  Skeletons Don't Play Tubas is one of my favorites too!  Tell your mom hi!  Bailey, I'm so glad you love my books.  It's awesome that you're writing your own stories.  You go girl!  (Love your name, by the way!) Brittany, I'm so glad you like my books.  The Dominican Republic sounds really cool.  Good luck in Middle School!  Not sure when I'll be in Easton again, but I will be in nearby Princeton TODAY (Sat. 19th) from 11:15-2:00.  I'll be at the Chicket Book Festival in the Princeton Shopping Center.  Hope to see you there! ph: 609-279-2121  g2g, Debbie
    

 

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Saturday September 12, 2009

 Check out Mrs. Zork's new drawing pages.  I'm always amazed by people who can draw.  Mrs. Zork makes it Mrs. Zork's drawing pageeasy and shows you how to draw all sorts of things, including werewolves, martians, bats, and planes.  If you've read Aliens Don't Wear Braces, then you know exactly who Mrs. Zork is.  If Aliens Don't Wear Bracesyou haven't, I hope you'll try it out.  I wore braces for four years as an adult (so sometimes I felt like an alien).  My parents couldn't really afford braces for me when I was a kid, so I got them after I started teaching. 
     After you have checked out Mrs. Zork's drawing page, I hope you'll look at the Bailey School Kids magazine, Dracula Doesn't Drink LemonadeDracula. (it should be up soon, if not already.  My wonderful webmaster, Maryjo, put it up.  This summer I read the original Dracula by Bram Stoker.  It was creepy, but I must admit I like Dracula Doesn't Drink Lemonade better!
     As you're starting the new school year and looking for new friends, I hope you'll look around you and notice people who might be lonely.  Say hello.  It's a  great way to make someone feel better and maybe even make a friend.  I hope I've made friends with Phillip, Maria, Greta, Oliver, Elijah, and Emma-you guys are awesome!  ttyl, Debbie

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Sunday September 6, 2009

Smokey Bear

   Happy Birthday Smokey The Bear!  About 65 years ago, a little bear cub was caught in a forest fire.  He survived by climbing a burnt tree, scorching his fur and burning his paws and legs.  Firefighters found him and he was nursed back to health.  Smokey Bear became a national hero and a symbol of how important This Side of Magicit is to be careful with fire.  When I taught first grade, Smokey Bear visited my classroom.  I bet he still makes school visits!
     Thanks to Ben for his fun blog about my new Keyholders series!  I'm glad you like This Side of Magic.  Jada, I'm really glad you enjoyed The The Bride of Frankenstein Doesn't Bake CookiesBride of Frankenstein Doesn't Bake Cookies.  Suddenly, I feel really hungry for a cookie.
     Sarah, you and your friend are awesome readers!  Your Ghosts Don't Garden sounds like great fun.  You can send it to me in care of Scholastic at 557 Broadway NY, NY 10012.  Sophia, I think you should write your fairy story.  Jordan, your dad is right Dracula Doesn't Rock and Rollabout Rock and Roll sounding better as rock n'roll, but publishers are sometimes particular about spelling, so that's why we went with rock and roll.  I'm so glad you liked Dracula Doesn't Rock and Roll.
Mrs. Jeepers Batty Vacation     Thanks George, you made my day.  I wish you good luck in college and I'm pleased that I'm part of happy memories, along with Mrs. Jeepers Batty Vacation.
     If you live near Princeton, New Jersey, I'll be doing a booksigning at the Chicket Book Festival on Sept. 19th at the Princeton Shopping Center.  I'll be doing a reading/talk at 11:15 and a signing from 12-2.  Hope to meet you there!   Maybe you can cheer me up-I just got a rejection for a story I've been working on.  Bummer.
     Shane, if you're reading this in Afghanistan thanks for your wonderful snail mail letter.  A big shout out to Philip, Maria, Greta, Oliver, and Elijah!  ttyl-I have to go get a cookie, go to church, and go to a soccer tournament, Debbie

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Saturday August 29, 2009

Back to School!

Swamp Monster in Third Grade It's back to school time!  New pencils and new shoes.  New teachers and new friends.  I hope this year will be the best year ever for you.  It's exciting and sometimes a bit scary-but most exciting things are a bit scary, aren't they?  You might like to check out some of my back-to-school stories.  Hopefully you won't have any swamp monsters in your class!  Of course, if you're like Fred you're in a whole other hemisphere and are looking forward to summer vacation soon.  Fred, I hope I get to visit your side of the world one day!
     Hi Sonja, the book that Marcia and I wrote before I Frankenstein Doesn't Plant Petuniasmoved to Texas was Frankenstein Doesn't Plant Petunias.  It was very sad when I moved because we didn't think we'd ever write another book, but we did!  Now we use email to write together.
     My summer was mostly about doing rewrites.  My daughter, Becky, and I rewrote a story.  I rewrote a story by myself.  Marcia and I rewrote a proposal and wrote a story.  Now, I'm rewritting my silly story.  Wouldn't I love it if I could write it once and it could be perfect?  Debbie at the Liberty BellOf course, I know the stories are always better when they are rewritten.
     Speaking of summer, here I am at the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  I just went today with my family.  Now, I only have one thing left on  my summer 'to do' list and that's to work on a story idea I have.  I think I did pretty well with  my list.  How did you make out with yours? 
     A big congratulations to my editor, Shannon.  She was married today, so I wish her and her new husband all the best.  Many blessings to you all, Debbie

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