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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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Tuesday January 16, 2007

Tomorrow, I'll start writing another Bailey School Kids Junior book for next Easter. First, Marcia and I will brainstorm and come up with a plan for our book. What will happen first? Perhaps Eddie should spill Easter egg dye all over the carpet! Maybe his fingers will turn a horrible shade of green and people will think he has something wrong with him. There's so many possibilities. What do you think should happen?

Snigdha gave me a funny suggestion with Tooth Fairies Don't Kick Soccer Balls. My daughter would like that idea. She loves soccer. We're actually going to a soccer tournament in Las Vegas this month that she'll be playing in. Haleigh likes Tooth Fairies too. She suggested another funny title, Tooth Fairies Don't Eat Doughnuts. I think Tooth Fairies sound like a great idea. What do the rest of you think?

Jami-Ann, I get ideas from everywhere-even the newspaper and especially from my kids. I never know how many books I will write in a year because it varies a lot, depending on lots of things. I like to read a lot, that's one of the things that got me writing. I wanted to write something that someone else might like to read. You can find out more about me under Events and FAQ.

Thanks for writing Alexis, Wasin, Braeden and Mark. You guys sound like awesome readers. Tell your teachers I think you are great! Mark, I hope you noticed where I answered your question. I think the Bailey School kids books could be classified as realistic fiction. Ryan, I don't know if you're reading this, but I wonder about you often and hope everything went well with your bone marrow transplant. Take care, Debbie

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Wednesday January 10, 2007

Greetings from the frozen state of Colorado! Congratulations to Anna who will have the book, Wizards Do Roast Turkeys (coming this fall) dedicated to her for guessing I had 20 Christmas trees. (I have 51, but she had the closest guess.)

Did you see the neat new bats on my home page? They sit over to the left and if you wait or click on them they will fly around the screen. Thanks to webmaster Fred and computer magician Sarah! Thanks also to Jade for suggesting FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) for the Bailey School kids. I worked on them on Saturday and I hope they'll be online soon.

Mark, the Bailey School books could be classified as realistic fiction or fantasy, depending on how you look at them. Marielle, your title idea was so funny. Erin, it's hard to choose one favorite Bailey School Kids book, but usually I say Skeletons Don't Play Tubas is my favorite.

To Kamey, I was born in Henderson, KY. Please look under About Me under Events (also FAQ) for more information and on my home page. Write to me on this page if you'd like me to respond. This is the safest way to communicate by email. The teacher's site email is for grown-ups to use.

Brenton from Australia, just wanted to let you know I mailed you a package today. I hope it gets there in time for your report. Brenton had written to me snail mail for some help with a report. I can't take your name over the Internet, but I can respond to written requests through the mail. (This is because there are lots of weirdos in this world and it's not a good idea for kids to put their names and addresses on the Internet.)

Okay, I'm off to save the world in a book. I have two stories I'm rewriting so I'd better get to it! Take care, Debbie

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Thursday December 28, 2006

Brrrrrrr! Have you ever been in a blizzard? I live in Colorado and we had one just before Christmas. 24 inches of snow blasted us. It came down so fast and furious, it was almost a total white-out, which means you could barely see anything but snow. It was blowing sideways and felt like needles in your skin. When it was all over, my whole neighborhood looked like it was sprinkled with fairy dust. Everything was a dazzling white. Unfortunately, the drifts were so high that it took hours of shoveling and snow-blowing to even get a path for our dogs to go outside to potty! Many people still cannot drive on their streets because the snow is so deep in the roads and the snowplows haven't gotten to their streets yet. The crazy news is that we may get another foot of snow tonight! We may be snowed in for the New Year.

Thanks for your notes. Laveen, you are phantasmagorical yourself!  David, did you know my younger brother's name is David?  Elmedina, what a cool name you have.  David, everytime I think about The Bride of Frankenstein Doesn't Bake Cookies I get very hungry. I may go eat the gingerbread house that we made. Elizabeth, you sound like an amazing reader. Ten books over Christmas break! That sounds like a record. Any other voracious readers out there?  Ash and Brenton, I have to tell you that Scholastic holds the copyright for the series title The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids. Marcia Jones and I hold the copyrights for the individual titles. You can have great fun writing as many Bailey books as you want, however if you try to sell them you would be in trouble with Scholastic.  Brenton, you suggested some great titles!  Rick, check with your local librarian and ask he/she to get more of my books. That's the cool thing about libraries, the books are free!  Samantha, I'm so glad you like the Barkley School for Dogs books. You can write to me in care of Scholastic, Inc. 557 Broadway New York, New York 10012-3999.  For anyone doing author or book reports, you can find out more info about me under FAQ in the events section of this site. I am in the process of adding to that, so if there's additional information you want added, let me know.

I hope your 2007 is filled with many blessings. May every hope, dream, and wish come true. Here's a quote about not giving up from basketball legend Michael Jordan that is inspirational to me and maybe it will be for you:

"I never look at the consequences of missing a big shot . . . when you think about the consequences you always think of a negative result. I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games, 26 times I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."

 Thanks Michael. Happy 2007, Debbie 

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