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Kids Talk to Debbie

Kids here is your chance to write to Debbie where Debbie and everyone else can read it!

Press the "Post Your Message" button below.  A new page will open with a form where you can post your message to Debbie. Inappropriate language will be deleted or blocked. She will answer you on "Debbie Talks."

 


"Ms Debbie- I think I have that book with the Dolphin on the cover. I am such a big fan of yours. I almost have all of the books. Love Grace "
Grace
1

"My favorite ocean animal is dolphins."
Grace V.
1

"you are my biggest fan ever!!!!!!!!!!!! "
elizabeth
3

" Have you ever thought of making a Vampires Don't Where Polka dots Part two"
Morgan
3

"wow"
nerds
7th

"I love the bailey school kids. "
nerds
7th

" I saw a mermaid at the ocean "
Layla
1

"Heyy it's been 2 years since I've written to you I know you don't remember me but I just came back on here to ask how are you holding up?"
Kazhe
7

"Mrs. Dadey, I made my first friend! My mom paid the neighbor to let her babysit her daughter for an hour. She cried the entire time but I loved it! :D"
Miranda
1

"Hi Debbie, my name is Megan and my 3 daughters and I just finished reading the first book of your mermaid tales series. We really enjoyed it and are going to move onto the second book! Kaylee wants to tell you that her favorite sea creature is a sea turtle. Natalee wants to tell you that her favorite sea creature is a jelly fish. And Hollee wants to tell you that her favorite sea creature is a shark!"
Kaylee Natalee and Hollee
Kindergarten

"If swimming is like walking for mermaids, what would running be? I love your books, I've almost read all of them!"
Ivy
2nd

"Yeah I’m sorry it’s been years. How are you and your husband doing?"
Suzy
8

"Hey! It's been 4ever"
Suzy
8

"I just finished the second book.It was epic!I am 8 years old and have been reading your books since I was 4.I have read every single one of them.They are my favorite series.PLEASE keep writing them!"
Eva
2

"I am 6 and a half. My favorite sea creature is the anemone shrimp. I like animals. I just finished your book, Mermaid Tales Trouble at Trident Academy! I loved it! "
eliza
1st

"My faavorite is when Shelly finds out sheś a princess"
Aarna D
3

"Hello! My name is Melody and I want to say thank you for writing your bailey kids series. I really enjoyed them when I was younger!"
Melody
7th

"I like mermaids, that's why I like this book (Battle of the Best Friends). I liked how Echo and Kiki liked Shelley for who she was already. :)"
Ava
1st

"I’m so happy you replied, I learned about Ruth from the Internet. Google or YouTube search Ruth Becker Blanchard and lots of interviews and articles will show up! Anyway onto our next survivor, #19 Michael Joseph Early life Michael Peter Joseph was born May 11, 1907 in Detroit, Michigan, USA to Lebanese immigrants, Peter (born 1883) and Kathryn Rizq (born 1886) Joseph. In 1909, he gained a sister, Mary. Kathryn and her two children went back to Lebanon around 1911 to visit relatives. Titanic For their return to the US, the Josephs took a train to Cherbourg, France where they boarded the Titanic as third-class passengers. Kathryn was 23, Michael was four, and Mary was 2 years old. The family was asleep at the time of the collision, but Kathryn was woken up by the impact. After hearing the commotion outside, she woke up her two children and got them dressed. She carried Mary in her arms while Michael held onto her skirt. When they got to the boat deck, Kathryn and Mary were separated from Michael amidst the chaos. Kathryn and Mary escaped in a lifeboat, and an unknown man picked up Michael and threw him in a lifeboat. All three of the Josephs were picked up by the Carpathia the next morning where they reunited. There the kids contracted measles, and upon arrival in New York they were hospitalized before leaving on a train for Detroit. Tragic Post Titanic life In Michigan, they lived in an apartment above a grocers, On March 22, 1914 Katherine, her husband Peter, and Michael went to church, leaving their four-year-old daughter Mary alone, asleep in her crib. Michael Tonie, the grocer who lived directly below the Joseph family, heard the screams of a child and rushed up to the apartment. Kicking open her bedroom door he was met with flames and spotted young Mary standing helpless in the middle of the room, her clothes alight. Mr Tonie, without regard for his own safety, beat the flames out with his bare hands and swept the child up and rushed her down to his grocery store where he telephoned for an ambulance; Mary was taken to St Mary's Hospital. Her parents, upon returning from church, were met by a policemen who informed them of events and they hastened to the hospital. Mary died from her injuries later that day with her parents by her side. She was buried in Mt Olivet Cemetery in Detroit.  In March 1915, Kathryn gave birth to another daughter, Sadie. However, Kathryn tragically died at the age of 26 in June of tuberculosis. Sadie tragically died in November when she was less than a year old. In 1926, Peter Joseph died of a heart condition. Michael was taken in by an uncle and aunt. Later life and death Michael married Catherine Rouhana, another Michigan native with Lebanese parents. They had four children. Michael became a truck driver. He lived in Detroit for the rest of his life, and because of his tragic childhood he was rather quiet and enjoyed nothing more than the company of his family. He never cared to discuss Titanic and only spoke of it to his grandchildren. Michael Joseph died on May 18, 1991, a week after his 84th birthday of a heart attack. His death left eighteen remaining survivors."
Clara
5

"I love your Mermaid Tales books"
Lucy G
3rd grade

"I love your Mermaid Tales books"
Aarna D
3rd

"Why do you choose to write about mythical beings?? My mom is a little skeptical of your books"
lily
4th

"hello, debbie!! I think the ending should be that her grandmother was a vampire and gave her the broche and that she simply told Eddie that.I think you could've written different endings so that the readers could guess which one happened and then you could write the answer on the bottom of the page upside down"
Lily
4th

"who is your illistrater? "
lily
4th

"I do not know what kind of vampires don't wear polka dots i read.Can you please tell me what happened in the hallway???PLEASSSSSEE!!!!!!!Also have you written any books about soccer?(reading and soccer are my favorite things to do!!!)Do yo like reading too?? Is Bridgett Butt a real person?(if so i think she is kinda bratty) Love, Your Friend, Lily"
lily
4th

"That sounds neat!"
Ella L
4th

"It was great! :D"
Ella L
4th

"Your books are amazing I got them from the libary"
Hanna
2nd

"Oh that’s great! It’s wonderful to celebrate diversity, and in your books, there is ton! Kiki is asian, Echo looks african-american, etc, etc. Speaking on which, I read the Vampires Don’t Wear Polka Dots gn! (Graphic novel)"
Ella L
4th

"From what I think is that my friend is a ice mermaid and I am a fire mermaid "
Hanna
2nd

"Thanks debbie. Adobe Flash doesn't exist or get used anymore so that is why the video won't play. can the Bookends interview be put up again but on youtube maybe please? Or do you have the script of the interview? Really love to see it"
Luc
7

" I noticed there is a cover for book 22! Oh, I shorely can’t wait!"
Ella L
4th

"Books vs looks’s my fave!"
Ella L
4th

"I have gills to prove im a mermaid "
Hanna
2nd

"My friend is a mermaid too but I don’t know what kind okay back to me I am a fire mermaid because I like hot water "
Hanna
2nd

"Guess what I figured out?lm a fire mermaid "
Hanna
2nd

"Sorry for the late reply! I think Shelly and Kiki are my personal faves."
Ella L
4th

"Thanks Debbie, I hope your webmaster can help. i checked and adobe flash is not being used anymore either since last year by Adobe. I hope the Bookends video can be fixed to be seen another way maybe"
Luc
7

"I really want to see the Books Alone and the Bookends video interview but it says Adobe flash player doesn't support the video anymore and they can't be played. Can your webmaster fix this please? It's the website for sure as I've tried on a few computers"
Luc
7

"do you think you and marcia jones will write more books together one day? are you still friends and how does writing together work?"
Niamh
6

"Hello! I’m wondering, who is your favorite Mermaid Tales character? I think I favor Kiki, or Shelly. They’re both amazing! "
Ella L
4th

"Have you been a millionaire before because your books sold millions of copies? Thanks !"
Rhys
7

"Hi Ms. Dadey! I read Mermaid Tales a lot when I was younger, and seeing my younger sis start reading it brought back memories. I remembered that I started loving the ocean when I started reading your books. Thank you Debbie Dadey!"
Nivis
7

"Oh, it definitely will be. 2021 has been etched into my brain."
Ella L
4th

"Hi!Ever since I got the 4 in 1 Mermaid Tales book,I’ve always enjoyed reading them.They also help me to get away from life and dive inside a book for awhile.Mermaid Tales rocks!!"
Emma
3rd

"Bertram Dean Early life Bertram Vere Dean was born May 21, 1910 in London, England. His parents were Bertram Frank Dean (1887-1912) and Eva Georgette “Ettie” Light Dean (1879-1975). He gained a sister in 1912, Milvina. Titanic Bertram, his parents and sister boarded the Titanic on April 10, 1912 as third class passengers. They were immigrating to Wichita, Kansas, in the United States where his father hoped to open a tobacco shop. Bertram was 1 year and 11 months and his sister was two months (she was the youngest passenger). On the night of the collision, Bertram’s father felt the collision. He woke and went up on deck, to see what was the matter. He came back and woke his family and told them to get up and dress warmly. They headed to the top deck. They lost Bertram among the chaos, however Ettie and Milvina escaped in lifeboat 13. Bertram was put in another boat. His father died in the sinking Ettie and her daughter were picked up by the Carpathia the next morning. There they found Bertram there. Ettie decided to return to England, and sailed home within the next week. In his later years Bertram was educated at King Edward's school in Southampton, paid for by compensation from the various Titanic relief funds. He went on to work at Husband's Shipyard in Southampton where he met George Beauchamp who, he learned, may have been in the same lifeboat as he. The two became good friends. Bert Dean was married to Dorothy Sinclair, who had her own Titanic-credentials: her father had purchased the music shop in Southampton previously owned by Titanic victim Henry Price Hodges. Bert was very fervent about Titanic-related activities: he granted many interviews guested at several conventions, was a frequent visitor to the Southampton City Heritage's offices during the 1980s; he was secretary for 25 years for the Anchor Darts Club at the Royal Oak pub in Woodlands. Bertram Vere Dean died 14 April 1992, aged 81.  He was cremated at Southampton Crematorium on 22nd April 1992 and his ashes were scattered in St Mary's churchyard, Eling, Totton, Southampton, England. "
Clara
5

"Hi Debbie! This is Emma, I love the book "Worst Name In Third Grade." The second I finished it I knew I had to write to you. That book is now one of my favorite books! Happy New Year! "
Emma
2

"Hi Debbie! Happy new years, and happy belated holidays! I hope you’re doing well, and having a great time. Have a great day!"
Ella L
4th

"Another titanic story George Thomas Early life George Thomas was born February 9, 1904 in Tibnin, Lebanon. His parents were Darwish Thomas (1870) and Hannah Joseph Thomas (1885). He had an older sister, Miriam, born in 1902. Darwish left Lebanon in 1905 and settled in Spring Creek, Michigan. He eventually saved enough for his wife and kids to join him. Titanic George, his mother and sister took camels to the capital of Lebanon on the coast in February 1912. From there, they boarded a ship and sailed to Marseilles, France. From there, they took a train to Cherbourg, France where they boarded the Titanic as third-class passengers. Hannah was 27, Miriam was 9 and a half, and George was eight. Throughout the voyage, George recalled he and his sister would run around the ship and explore the vacant cabins. On the night of the sinking, Hannah put George to bed, but Miriam had not returned from exploring. Several men informed Hannah that the ship was in danger but that they had been instructed to stay in their cabins and pray. George’s mother hurriedly dressed him and they headed to the upper decks where she stood him near a lifeboat and told him not to move whilst she retreated back to her cabin in search of his missing sister who, thankfully, was located. Returning, Hannah found him in the same spot but very anxious as several people had tried to get him into a lifeboat without her. The family later left the ship, possibly in Lifeboat Collapsible C and whilst in the lifeboat George later related that the ship, in her final throes, stood out of the water before settling back and finally sinking which was followed by the grim sound of the cries of those struggling in the water. Upon reaching New York Jirjis, his mother and sister were taken to St Vincent's Hospital for recuperation following which they headed to Dowagiac, Michigan. Although his father was aware that his family were coming to the USA, he had no idea that they were journeying on Titanic and was surprised when he received a telegram from his wife. George and his family settled in Dowagiac and he gained a further three siblings: Sam (1913-1997), Francis (1914-1965) and Joseph (1916-1995). He was married to a woman named Rose (b. circa 1910 in Indiana; d. 1997) in 1926 and the couple had three children: Emily (b. 1927, later Mrs Howard Stites), Joseph (1928-2008) and Beatrice (1933-2003, later Furqueron). The family continued to live with George's parents for a number of years in Flint, Michigan. What became of his marriage to Rose is not clear and it seems they were later separated and divorced. George was remarried on 22 March 1936 to Dorothy Lucille Lane, née Pickett (b. 3 August 1916 in Terre Haute, Indiana) and they had a son, George (1936-2007), later in the year. Dorothy had previously been married to an English man, Roy Stanley Lane (b. 1913). George later ran a grocery store that he had purchased from his uncle Ilyās Rāzī and his father and brothers assisted him in the business which later expanded into a supermarket. He sold the store to his brothers in the 1940s and he purchased another smaller store before retiring from the grocery trade in 1948 and entering the real estate investment business from which he retired in 1970. In later years he was called upon frequently by local media to give his account of the sinking and he did so up until the end of his life. He recalled his awe of the ship and its splendour and how he and his sister would pass their days playing in vacant cabins and stairwells and how the sight of the sinking ship and the terrible cries that followed it never left him. In 1982, and despite being wheelchair-bound, he joined several other Titanic survivors at a convention of the Titanic Historical Society, of which he was a member, in Philadelphia. George Thomas continued to live in Burton, Flint, Michigan and was a member of the Davison Lodge #236, The Bay City Consistory and the Elf Khurafeh Shriners. His son George was Burton's first mayor from 1972 to 1976. George was widowed when his wife Dorothy died on 31 October 1991. He himself did not live long past the death of his wife and he passed away on 9 December 1991 aged 87. He was buried in Crestwood Cemetery, Grand Blanc, Michigan."
Clara
5

"Thank you for emailing me back!! I was very excited to hear from you! You are a great author and I look forward to reading more of your books! Your books made my Christmas list this year! Blessings! Brooklynn"
Brooklynn
2nd

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