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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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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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