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Monday August 6, 2007

Happy August!  I just got back early this morning from my vacation.  I saw some awesome sights in Athens, Greece and went swimming in the Mediterranean Sea.  The water was turquoise and so cold!  I think my favorite part of the trip was watching the beautiful sunsets over the water.  I hope to post some pictures soon.

Now, it's back to reality.  I did get some fun ideas for new stories which I jotted down in the notebook I carry with me.  (Note:  if you like to write, carry a small notebook with you at all times.  You never know when a great idea will hit you.) 

Kasey, you can contact many authors through their websites (just try googling their names).  Also, if you prefer snail mail, you can write to authors via their publishers.  Just look in one of their books on what's called the copyright page (where the date where it's made is shown) and write to them in care of the address that's on that page.  

Isabella.  I'm so glad you liked Werewolves Don't Go To Summer CampDragons Do Eat Homework is my next book, coming out soon. Check out http://debbiedadey.com/Swamp/BookReport.php to find out more about me.   

Brittany, Amanda and Mora, congrats on finishing the summer reading program!!  And additional congratulations to Amanda on her new baby brother.  How cool is that?   Brittany, your story sounds totally cool.  Was summer camp fun or did you meet up with any werewolves?  Good luck with Mrs. A. in 4th grade.  

Erica, I'm glad you like the Ghostville stories.  Ozzy is one of my favoirte characters too.   Kevin, I'm looking forward to Creepy Christmas coming out too. 

Take care and have a good week. 
Let's enjoy summer while we can, Debbie 

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Monday July 23, 2007

Best wishes to Brittany in fourth grade.  I loved fourth grade.  My teacher was Mrs. Forker and I thought she was the best teacher ever-kind of like Bridgett liked her teacher in The Worst Name in Third Grade.   Mary Anne, we hope to have part of Mrs. Jeepers Creepy Christmas up this week for you to read.  Check back. 

Kevin, I didn't know about blogspot.com.  It's cool, just be careful not to put anything that tells where you live, etc.  Congratulations to Kevin on completing the Debbie Dadey summer reading.  That is awesome.

Summer is about half over-can you believe it?  Yes, even though it rained hard here I did have a nice fourth of July.  We could see five sets of fireworks from our new house!  It was cool. 

Best wishes for a great week, Debbie 

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Thursday July 12, 2007

HELLO PHILLY!  I just moved into my new house about an hour from Philadelphia.  Is moving hard or what?  The nice thing is that our neighbors seem very nice and friendly.  I feel like I've already made new friends.  The yucky thing is that I still have many many boxes to unpack.  Has anyone else moved this summer?  Has anyone else gone to see the new Harry Potter movie?  I saw it yesterday.  I thought it was pretty good.

Greetings to Becky and Kayla.  Yes, Marcia is fine.  I know her husband helps her with her website.  I pay my wonderful webmasters, who are good friends.  By the way, they are very protective of me.  If they feel like someone writes something that would hurt my feelings or that is inappropriate they don't even show it to me. 

Hey Natalie, I love to read too.  Today I will read my advance copy of Dragons DO Eat Homework that will come out when school starts.  Ruchi, I saw a bunny yesterday too.  It was in my neighbor's yard and so cute.  I was glad it wasn't in my yard because my dogs would have chased it.  Yes, I did take a break from writing with all my moving and I am so ready to get back to it.  I'm glad you liked The Worst Name in Third Grade.  I like Bridgett so much.  It would be fun to write another book about her.  Ruchi, you might like to click on MrsZork to try the Draw with Mrs. Zork activities.  

 Hi to the big travelers Amanda, Aziywsa, and Mora.  Congratulations to Cailou from Canada.  She is the second to tell me she finished the Debbie Dadey Summer Reading Program.  That's awesome!!!!  Walden, it would be so exciting to visit Serbia.  I hope your school will invite me.

LOL Kevin!!  As for the sneak peak, my editor just got back from a trip to Australia (maybe she saw Brenton) and should have news for me soon. 

Yalini, click on  http://www.debbiedadey.com/Teachers/?sid=158 

to read Gnomes Don't Slurp Spaghetti.  You could even perform it with some of your friends for a backyard play. 
Best wishes for lots of summer fun, Debbie

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Sunday June 24, 2007

Wow!  I'm writing this at a hotel because all my stuff is in a moving van going to Furlong, Pennsylvania.  It doesn't seem real that I'm moving, but I guess when I'm sitting in my new house I'll believe it.  I hope my kids will like their new neighborhood and schools.  It's a bit scary.

Good luck to Reagan and Brittany in fourth grade and to Kevin!! in third grade (Hey, hyper Kevin,thanks for the fun idea!  I hope you're having a great summer.) 

Isabella, you can write to me in care of Scholastic 557 Broadway NY, NY 10019.  Congratulations to Vanessa for being the first to tell me she's completed the Debbie Dadey Summer Reading Challenge.  That's awesome!  You are amazing.  I hope you enjoyed my stories.

A big Colorado howdy (I haven't left yet) to Julie, Brittany, Lana, Danielle, Sanny from Korea, Pooja, Shrimp, Amanda (and Mora?).  Bannie, do you really live in a treehouse?  How cool is that?

Meg, something about me that I bet you didn't know is that I can ballroom dance!  Maybe I'll be on the next Dancing With the Stars.  Ha!  Brian, I was born in Kentucky and lived there until after college.

Brenton, it's tricky getting a script in the correct format.  There are books that show how to do it in the library and I'm still learning.  You can also get the format off the Internet.  This moving to a different state has slowed down my writing so much though that it's slow going.  I'll be so glad to get settled.  I already have plans for how I want my new office to look.

Travis, I think I wanted to be a writer because I like to read so much.  Nichole, I'm sorry your school is dull and boring.  Hopefully it will be more exciting next year.  Hopefully I can visit.  Best wishes.  Next time I write I should be in my new house. 

Take care and read something funny,
Debbie
 

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Sunday June 3, 2007

 School's out for summer!  At least it is for my kids.  How about you?  Greetings to Mpali from Thailand.  My husband's brother used to live in Thailand.  Is it summer in Thailand or is it always warm there?  Do you go to school all year long?  Brittany, in the summer I like to hike, write, go to the pool, and play outdoors with my kids.  This summer I will be busy moving and going to Greece on a vacation.  I am excited about that because I have never been there.  Hello to Zoe from Bosnia, Holly, Amanda, Mora, Ruchi, Mariyam, Kevin, and Ying Shing.  Good luck Kevin-take care of yourself. 

            Kevin!!  I write the words and the publisher hires people to put the book together.  The artist is actually working on the pictures for Mrs. Jeepers Creepy Christmas right now.  I do have some sketches that my editor sent me that John Steven Gurney had given her.  I'll see if I'm allowed to put them on the site.  Michaela, it's supposed to be out in November.

            Melanie and Kevin, thanks for your birthday wishes.  Now, I'm really old!!  Happy birthday to Dora.

            Medaya, please look in the Swamp Club for lots of information about me for your report.  There's even a cool form to print off.  Also, there's more info in the Events section in About Us.  Ashley, look in my Events section too for information about having me visit your school, but I do have to be invited by an adult.  It'd be great to visit Florida-especially during the winter!  Emma, the first thing I do before writing is to brainstorm different things I could put in my story.  I just say what about this, what about that and I write it all down.  Then I pick the things that I think would be the most fun to put into my story.

            Grace, yes I do include some fairy tale creatures in some of my stories.  I do it just for fun.  You can try it yourself.  Pick a fairytale creature and write a whole new story for that character.  (Kind of like Shrek 3.)

            Katelyn, I do have three dogs.  They like to snooze on the floor of my office when I'm writing stories.  You may have noticed I like to put dogs in my stories.  My newest book, The Worst Name in Third Grade, has a dog named Bobo in it.  Have a great week, Debbie

           

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