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Monday February 19, 2007

Wow! An historic occasion is on the way. Marcia Thornton Jones, John Steven Gurney, and I will be together for the first time ever. We are visiting schools in Alabama on March 6, 7, and 8. Look out Alabama, here we come!

Thanks to everyone who wrote. It's awesome to hear what great readers you are. Wasim, you totally rock in the reading department. Good luck to Medaya in her story writing contest. I hope you win! Elizabeth, good luck with your writing too. I just finished a book about Easter, but I wrote one a while ago called Ogres Don't Hunt Easter Eggs that was a lot of fun. Wasim, I'm not sure how many more stories I am going to write. I like to write alot, so I hope I get to write many more. Right now, I'm working on a screenplay for a movie. It's hard work. It's very different from writing a story-at least I think so. It's a story about girls at a boarding school. A new girl comes who is VERY different.

Kavya and Kiran, the Bailey School kids characters seem real to me too. They are like good friends. Stacy, I like funny books and I write the words in the books I make. Someone else draws the pictures.

Delaney, Caleb, and NaCole, my first book came out in 1990. I was about 27 years old. I was a librarian at the time and of course, I loved to read. I thought it would be cool to write something that someone else might read. Ahmed, I think Marcia and I have written about 100 books together. I have done others on my own and some with my son Nathan (Slime Wars and Slime Time). Check out this section of my website if you have other questions that I didn't answer, http://www.debbiedadey.com/About/FAQ/

Nicole and Rachel, you might like to click on the link above too. I was born in Kentucky in 1959. My first book was Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots. I have 3 kids and I have two brothers and one very smart husband (he's a scientist).

Vanessa, the idea for Mrs. Jeepers and the Monster Class Trip book came from trips out west to Bryce National Canyon. Marcia and I have both been there. It has these neat rock formations that look like monsters!

Rebecca, did you know my daughter and my mom's names are Rebecca (my daughter spells it differently)? I'm glad you enjoyed Leprechauns Don't Play Basketball. With Saint Patrick's Day coming up, I hope it put you in the mood for leprechaun magic! You might also like to read Leprechauns Don't Play Fetch for more fun. Check it out at http://www.debbiedadey.com/Books/index.php?gid=27

My youngest son Alex wanted me to check with you. Did you have President's Day off from school today? He thought it was totally unfair that he had to go today. Happy President's Day! Debbie

 

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Friday February 9, 2007

Kari, I'm great today. I just finished a book! I just finished a book! I had fun writing a scene where the kids get crazy throwing candy. It will come out next Easter. In fact, that's the book that I planned on dedicating to you Brenton from Australia. I hope you'll like it. Brenton, I loved the idea of the Bailey Journals. I sent the idea to my editor and Marcia to see what they thought.

Yes, Yesenai I do live in Colorado now. It's a pretty place to live.

Jill, Elfa, and Frankie good luck with your writing. Isn't'writing fun? Richard, don't forget the stories I write are for fun. They're all made up! You might like to try my Barkley School for Dog series or my Swamp Monster in Third Grade series. Stephanie, I do love to write. Ahmed, I haven't counted how many books Marcia and I wrote together, but it would be in my books section. Alexis, my first book was Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots. All that and more is in my FAQ section under events. Jami-ann, Vanessa, and Victoria I bet that section would answer all your questions too. Yes, Jami-ann writing is my only job right now.

Jennifer, Kirsten, Victoria, Elizabeth, and all you guys from OLSH, I met your principal. I would love to see her in a Batman costume. Ask her to send me a picture!

Bailey, I love your name! It would be fun to visit your school. Ask your teacher or librarian to check out the events section of this site.

Louis, Eddie is my favorite character too. Ask your librarian to get more of my books. Ashley, I hope you enjoy Whistler's Hollow. You probably know it was based on something that happened to my grandmother.

Megan, sometimes it is hard to be both a mom and writer, but most of the time it's easier than having a regular job. Most of the time I'm home writing like right now. Sometimes I travel to visit schools and that takes me away for a few days. But sometimes my kids go with me. Like the one time Nathan went to Egypt with me on a school visit. It was awesome!

Erica, I'm so happy to hear that you like the new Bailey School Kids Junior Chapter books series. Cupids Do Eat Chocolate Covered Snails is brand new. The next one is Pirates DO Ride Scooters.

I look forward to writing you again next week. Let me know if I missed your name. If I did, it wasn't on purpose (it's because my dogs were barking at someone walking down our snow-covered street). Take care, Debbie 

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Tuesday January 30, 2007

Anybody ready to head to the beach?  It's freezing here so warm weather sounds really nice.  I got a taste of it in Las Vegas this last weekend.  My daughter had a soccer tournament there (her team had a tough time with two ties and one loss), but we enjoyed the warm weather.  We also had time to take in the M and M store.  My kids bought four pounds of chocolate M and Ms!

I started a new book yesterday about a vampire and candy, so the M and M store put me in the right mood.  Brett, the last time I counted I had about 130 books published.  Can you tell I love to write?  Ashley, I live in Colorado and you can write to me in care of Scholastic 557 Broadway New York, NY 10012.  You can email me at the Kids talk to Debbie section, which I answer at least once a week. 

Stephanie, you rock too!  Brenton, you are amazing.  What a cool idea to make a play for your class.  You can get some ideas (or use the play) at http://www.debbiedadey.com/Teachers/Mermaids/.  It's a play about Mermaids Don't Run Track.  Let me know if you make one up. Would you like the vampire book dedicated to you?  Are you the same Brenton from Australia?

Nihal, you sound like an awesome reader.  Alexia, when I was in third grade I thought my teacher was soooooo mean!  Now, when I look back at it she was probably not so mean, she just had her hands full with me.  When I say that I liked to talk, I'm putting it mildly.  I should write it this way:  WHEN I WAS IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL I LOVED TO TALK, TALK, TALK!!!.  In fact, I got in trouble for talking ALOT!  It probably drove my teachers crazy (Just like Eddie!)  Have a fabulous day and try not to drive your teachers nuts, Debbie

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Wednesday January 24, 2007

Wow, I have a busy week coming up. Las Vegas and then Ohio. I get to visit a school with my buddy Marcia Jones. It will be fun to see her again. We just got some new covers from our editor. Can you believe they are going to put new covers on the Bailey School Kids books, starting in August? They are wild, wild, wild! As soon as I get the okay from my editor I'm going to put the new covers on for you to see. You can let me know which covers you like better, the old or the new.

I was bummed that because of all the snow I didn't get to take my picture with a reindeer, but then again there's always next year!

Thanks to Max, Brent, Peter, Elise, and all of you for writing. Andrew, I'll be sure to tell my daughter Becky that you wrote. You were an awesome fiery godfather in that play! Mackenzie, I like funny books (and movies) too. Vanessa, sometimes it is hard to concentrate, especially when my dogs are barking! I just keep trying!

Thanks to Kate and all those kids who wrote from the Colorado Academy. Wow, that seems like such a great school. Thanks to Victoria, Ed, Madeleine, Megan, and Maud for your great (and funny) ideas. I sent a bunch to my editor to see which one she wanted me to write. No word yet. Sometimes it takes a while.

Brenton, you are awesome. You have such great ideas. I'm still hoping to get more games on the site and I think you suggestion was super. I wish things could happen as fast as I wanted them too! I hope your idea will work out.

Did you know that gold was discovered today in California in 1848? Take care of yourselves (remember you're the only you there is!) Debbie 

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Friday January 19, 2007

Jade, what a great idea! Everyone send me their questions about Mrs. Jeepers and I'll make it into a FAQ (Frequently asked questions) section. I hope the FAQ about the Bailey School kids will be up soon. The FAQ about me is under the events section.

Brenton, so glad you got the package. Congratulations on your B plus. Awesome! I'm excited because in 2008 I'm coming to Australia for World Youth Day. Do you have school in July? That's when I'll be there. And now, it's time to brainstorm for my Easter book.

Best, Debbie 

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