Category: Books

Ice Cream, Anyone?

Whether it’s soft-serve, hand-dipped, home-made, or from the freezer at the gas station, ice cream means something special. Is it any wonder then, that Ronald Regan (self-proclaimed jellybean connoisseur) signed legislation in 1984 designating the entire month of July as National Ice Cream month? If you’ve read any of...

“Snow” Pretty

Flint got me a present! Isn’t it pretty? I’m very excited to be visiting with old friends and new on my second visit to Flint, Michigan. I’ll be here for three whole days! I’m talking to third graders (and giving away some books), but I’m also planning to chat...

Business AND Pleasure in the U.P.

I could never say that a visit to Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula was all business and no pleasure! However, I can say that I was on a mission during this last visit, and sure enough, I managed to visit with students in Marquette, Calumet, and Copper Harbor AND have...

Hello, Third Graders!

What’s better than a school full of third-graders who like to read mysteries? Five schools of mystery-reading third-graders! What a terrific time I had meeting the students, teachers, and administrators at Belville, Bolivia, Jessie Mae Monroe, Lincoln, and Southport Elementary Schools during my April visit to North Carolina. I...

“Can I take it home?”

“Can I put my name in it?” “Is it mine to keep?” It’s not a scientific survey by any means, but with these and some of the other questions I got while handing out copies of The Clue at Copper Harbor to third graders in Flint, Michigan, I’m going...

The Third Grade Muffin Project

Have you ever started out to do one thing only to find yourself doing something altogether different? I do that all the time. Sometimes it’s good and sometimes… Well, sometimes it’s just another way of procrastinating. But this time it turned into what I call the “Muffin Project.” The thing...

Up and Coming

So much has been going on that I’ve neglected my blog (and my readers) shamelessly. Well, that ends today…and we’ll hope that I can do better in the future. But, for right now, let me bring you up to date: ● My son graduated from Saint Mary’s College in...

A Favorite Christmas Story

When I was in kindergarten at the First Presbyterian Church in High Point, North Carolina (yep, that’s me with the pigtails), I heard a Christmas story that made a huge impression on me. The name of the story was Why the Chimes Rang by Raymond Macdonald Alden. Up in...

Did you see who I met the other day?

There I was, delivering my latest book to the library at Eisenhower Elementary School (my favorite elementary school in California!) and there she was—telling stories to the students. How lucky can you get? Who was it? Why, Patricia Polacco, of course. Author and illustrator of some of the most...

Mystery Solved!

The Secret on Bald Head Island is the last of the North Carolina Lighthouse Adventures trilogy, bringing to a close the mystery that’s been on my mind for more than four years.  It all started on an annual family beach trip to Oak Island—that’s when I first got the...
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