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Thursday March 29, 2007

Welcome to another wonderful week.  I'm having so much fun writing a new Bailey School Kids book.  Guess what?  In this book, you find out what's REALLY in that coffin in Mrs. Jeepers' basement! 

Kevin, thanks for another fun idea!  I hope you enjoyed #51, Dragons Don't Throw Snowballs.  I like the part where the kids hear the dragon outside the school and race to safety.  Guess what?  It's snowing here in Colorado right now.  We're supposed to get three to five inches.  I guess I'd better watch out for snow dragons.  Hey Cameron, my favorite Bailey School Kids book is Skeletons Don't Play Tubas.  What's yours?

Greetings Brittany!  Gabi, I'm glad you got my postcard.  Did you know you can order books through my site (with your parents, of course)?  Or check out the library or your local bookstore.  I'm excited about The Worst Name in Third Grade.   It comes out soon.  Speaking of that crazy book, here's the outline.  Brenton requested an outline last week.  I hope your writing is going well.  (For any book, I usually make a rough outline.)  Take care, Debbie

PS:  To take a look at the NEW Book Report page, click HERE!

 WorstName       Bridgett Butt - (The Worst Name in Third Grade)

  1. Bridgett gets teased because of her last name.  Her best friend, Amanda, defends her against a bully.  They both love their teacher.
  2. Their teacher tells them bad news:  she is moving.  Bridgett is crushed.  It's the worst thing that could happen.
  3. Bridgett pours her heart out to her dog.  The bully still teases Bridgett and even her brother isn't very nice to her.  Bridgett is determined not to be nice to the new teacher.
  4. Bridgett's best friend is a traitor.   She likes the new teacher with the funny name.
  5. Bridgett is mean to the new teacher, but when the bully teases again, Bridgett yells at him.
  6. Amanda has a new best friend-Carey.  Bridgett is heartbroken
  7. Bridgett's dog is sick and Bridgett's brother is actually nice, for a minute.
  8. Bridgett fights with her brother about her dog. 
  9. Amanda and Bridgett have a fight and the bully teases her again.  This time Bridgett stands up for herself.
  10. The new teacher tries to get Bridgett to like her, but Bridgett is determined not to like anyone but her old teacher.
  11. When the bully makes fun of the new teacher and Bridgett, Bridgett has had enough.  She yells at the bully in front of his friends.  Amanda is proud of Bridgett for standing up for herself and for the new teacher.  Amanda, Bridgett, and Carey become friends.
  12. When Bridgett gets home, her dog is gone!  Bridgett is very worried.  Her brother tries to comfort her, but he's worried too.  When Mom brings their dog home from the bet, they are both relieved that he's okay.  They realize how lucky they are-even if they do have the last name of Butt.
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Sunday March 25, 2007

Greetings to Hannah, Obum, Evelyn, and Payton! I'm sorry I can't write to you from the teacher's site. Please write to me on this site and I can answer you here. Payton, it is so cool that you and your friends have a Bailey Book Club. What a great idea. Please tell your friends I said HI!

Obum, I'm glad you like Slime Wars and Slime Time. Did you know that Nathan (my oldest son) and I wrote those books together? Evelyn, it takes me from 1 week to 8 years to write a book! Kevin, I like the sneak peek idea. Thanks! The newest book I'm working on is Mrs. Jeepers Creepy Christmas.

Brooke, I like to think my writing has gotten better. I hope so! I think practice helps everything. Amanda and Janessa, congratulations on finishing your books! That's awesome.

Hello to Mogie, Chandler, and Evelyn. Andrew, I have 3 children, 3 dogs, and one husband. Sayra, I used to teach first grade. Kalina, I wanted to write because I like to read so much. Marley, I get ideas from everywhere, including letters from kids!

Collin, I like doing crafts like stenciling, but mostly I scrapbook now. Chase, I'm really really old. In fact, Kathrine my birthday is May 18, 1959. Freedom, Mrs. Jeepers scares Eddie by turning into a vampire monster in the hallway. Mikaela, my son used to play hockey, but Marcia and I never got to play.

Taylor, Elfa, and Evelyn, it would be cool to visit your schools. Get your teachers to visit my events page for more information. Taylor, I'm so sorry to hear that your teacher died last year. I've never had that happen to me. It must be very hard. You are brave. I bet you could write a story about it.

Elfa, you are right sometimes it is difficult to travel and just stay for a quick bit. Morgan and Rose, I have two picture books and a new series (the Bailey School Kids Junior Chapter book series) that are easier.

Patrick, right now I live in Colorado. Brenton, I was thinking about you since I hadn't heard from you for a while. How cool that you're writing your own story. I'll dig out an outline for you.

HA! HA! Becky you are so funny. I love you too! (That's my daughter and she just got a new computer and she's emailing me like crazy!) Leah, I told Marcia that you liked Champ. That's her book. Nick, thanks for sharing your story.

Enjoy the spring, Debbie  

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Thursday March 22, 2007

Fun news from my webmaster! The Swamp Club has undergone a fun change.
Take a look: Swamp Club


Medaya & Nereyda, sorry the URL didn't work.  It has to be exact.  Click HERE to see the Photo Album.

Ben, that's cool that you're interested in rocks. We thought about doing a Medusa book before, but our editor was concerned that maybe kids didn't know about her. Maybe we should rethink. If you're interested in rocks you might like to read Mrs. Jeepers and the Monster Class Trip.

Hanna, good luck on your book report. I didn't use to like pumpkin pie, but now I do! Good luck also to Julia and NID on your reports. You might like to click on this link to take you to answers to my frequently asked questions: http://www.debbiedadey.com/About/FAQ/

In fact, that gave me an idea. I'm going to work on having a section of this site to help with book reports. What do you think? Of course, I'm writing a new book right now so it might take me a while.

srjsgr, that's a good idea about reviews. I'll add that to my huge list of things I'd love on the site.

Freedom, that's a cool name. Occasionally, Eddie is nice like in Reindeer DO Wear Striped Underwear.

Brittany and Kevin, it would be awesome to come to your schools. Unfortunately, I can't do any more school visits this school year, but maybe you could ask your teacher for next year.

Kevin, good luck with your writing and thanks for the super fun ideas! Brenda, thank you for letting me know about the dedication. I hope it went well. Brianna, Kayley, Evelyn, Wasim, and Lauren thanks so much for writing.

I hope you'll like the new Swamp Club!
Let me know what you think, Debbie

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Monday March 5, 2007

The great state of Alabama here I come!  While I won't be close to that area this week, I was so sorry to hear about the tornado in the southern part of the state. 

I've been in three tornados and they were no fun.  The first one happened when I was a baby, the second  one when I lived in Kentucky, and the third time I lived in Texas.  The third time was the worst. We heard a roar like a train in the middle of the night and then a loud bang.  Our six-foot tall privacy fence was turned into toothpicks. People drove around our neighborhood to see all the destruction, but it was nothing like the terrible storm that destroyed the high school in Enterprise, Alabama.  My heart goes out to the families there.

Kevin, thanks for more fun ideas.  I particularly liked Ninjas Don't Chop Down Christmas Trees. 

Samantha, I was sorry you were sick when I visited your school.  I loved the classes who dressed up as Bailey school kids characters.  How fun was that!  To answer your questions, I was about 27 when I started writing and sold my first book about a year and a half later.  You can find out more about me at http://www.debbiedadey.com/About/FAQ/ .


Hannah, my next book will be Pirates DO Ride Scooters.  Brand new is Red, White, and Boo!  (a Ghostville Elementary book). 

Coming soon is The Worst Name in Third Grade.  This was already out in the book orders, but it will be in bookstores soon.  I would tell you what the worst name is, but it's really bad!


Fred, I like both bananas and pie.  Kenna, I can't think of a secret right now, except that I'm moving from Colorado to New Jersey (or Pennslyvania) this summer.  Oops, I guess that's not a secret anymore.

Hello back to you Will, Kirby and your cousin.  Thanks for your kind words Lane and Jesse. 

Medaya, check my last posting for the address you can write to me.  I don't usually talk on the phone much. 

Elfa and Carlos, when Marcia and I wrote Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots, we thought Mrs. Jeepers was a vampire.  Do  you?  My husband's name is Eric. Have a great week.  You are a great person.  Everyone is unique and you are the only you there is! 

Take care, Debbie
 

P.S.  Check out the new pictures at http://www.debbiedadey.com/About/PhotoAlbum/ .  And to Wasim and Chantelle, don't forget that I can't answer student's emails from my the teacher's site.  Please write to me on this page and you will get a much faster response.  Wasim, the next Bailey School Kids book will be a Christmas special this winter.  Chantelle, my youngest son named Shadow after the dog in the book Homeward Bound. 

Hi to Mrs. Sillers.  No, I'm not a teacher anymore, but I do visit schools to talk about my books and writing.  Most Bailey books have 13 chapters. 

I'm so glad you like my books, Debbie
 

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Monday February 26, 2007

Welcome to the last week of February. I am very sore right now. I went skiing yesterday in Wyoming and my legs are telling me they are tired. Today, I'm going to get to work though. I have quite a few projects on my desk. This morning I need to work on two articles and a screenplay. I also have a contract to go over and I have a critique meeting at my house at 1:00. I also get to brainstorm for a new Bailey School Kids Christmas special. What shall we call it? Any ideas? This afternoon when I pick up my kids from school, we're going shopping for birthday party stuff. My daughter, Becky, will turn 14 pretty soon. She can hardly wait.

Welcome back Kevin and Kelsey! Kevin (and anyone else) you can write to me at:
Debbie Dadey
Scholastic, Inc.
557 Broadway
New York, NY 10012

Kevin, thanks for the funny ideas. No, I haven't met Mary Pope Osborne, but it would be neat.

Grace, Lynn, and Nicky thanks for writing. Thanks also, to whoever needed information about me, but forgot to leave their name (you only wrote 6). Please check out http://www.debbiedadey.com/About/FAQ/ . Hopefully that has all the answers you need.

Blake and Skyler, you sound like awesome readers! Grace, I'm glad you like my ghost stories. Is that Ghostville Elementary that you're talking about? Yes, Haley I like books alot. Zach, I think you rock too! Elfa, I planned on being a teacher when I was in Elementary School and I did become one! I was also a librarian and now a writer. Hope you guys have a great week. I'm traveling to West Virginia this week, talking to two schools and two teacher's organizations. Maybe I'll be at your school! Take care, Debbie 

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