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Happy Three Year Anniversary Book Scavenger!

Book Scavenger was published 3 years ago. Somehow it feels like it was only yesterday, and also much, much longer at the same time. I worked on Book Scavenger for 12 years before it was published and wrote 8 different drafts with lots and lots of revising within each draft. Over those years there were 5 critique groups that helped me hone my ideas and writing, 2 paid critiques at SCBWI conferences that were influential, writing workshops with Lighthouse Writers, and so many friends and family who encouraged and supported me along the way. Now there are three Book Scavenger books in the world, soon to be published in twelve languages.… Read the rest
 

Pre-Order The Alcatraz Escape and Receive a Gift!

On May 1, 2018, the third book in the Book Scavenger series, The Alcatraz Escape, will be available in bookstores and libraries near you in the United States. To celebrate, I’m partnering with the talented folks at Curious City DPW to create a super cool Book Scavenger map that will highlight some of my favorite locations featured in Book Scavenger, The Unbreakable Code, and The Alcatraz Escape. If you pre-order a copy of The Alcatraz Escape and email your proof of purchase and mailing address to fromthemixedupfiles@gmail.com by April 30, I will send you a signed map as a thank you!… Read the rest
 

Back-to-School Giveaway!

And the winner is . . . SHANNON CULP!   So many teachers and librarians have shared with me how much they enjoy using Book Scavenger in their classroom and with students, and now my publisher has created a fantastic Common-Core aligned Teachers Guide for both Book Scavenger and The Unbreakable Code, available as a free PDF download on my author website, the Book Scavenger website, or my publisher’s website. To celebrate, I’m giving away a class set of signed Book Scavenger paperbacks (exact amount TBD based on winning classroom size) along with a hardback of Book Scavenger and The Unbreakable Code for your school library or teacher’s classroom.… Read the rest
 

Looking Back #25: Thank you, Readers!

Today is the day! I can’t believe The Unbreakable Code is now officially out there in the world. I started writing this book in earnest a couple months before Book Scavenger was published. My writing process for the two books was about as different as you can get. There were times I was so far outside my writing comfort zone, I didn’t know if I’d be able to pull it off, and then I’d meet Book Scavenger readers in person or via Skype, and it always left me reinvigorated, eager to return to the page, and determined to tell another good story for you.… Read the rest
 

Looking Back #24: A Book Scavenger-themed library sleepover!

I’m counting down to the publication of The Unbreakable Code with highlights from the past two years since Book Scavenger was published. So much has happened in such a short time, and I’ve been so busy trying to keep up, that I’ve neglected to share many of the big and small moments. So here we go, in no particular order . . . *  *  * Earlier this year I received an email from a librarian who coordinates an annual “Bring on the Books” event for five schools in her area. The fifth graders in this program are challenged to read as many books as they would like from a list of 30 titles, and this year Book Scavenger was one of those titles.… Read the rest
 

Looking Back #23: Betabrain

I’m counting down to the publication of The Unbreakable Code with highlights from the past two years since Book Scavenger was published. So much has happened in such a short time, and I’ve been so busy trying to keep up, that I’ve neglected to share many of the big and small moments. So here we go, in no particular order . . . *  *  * I love hearing from teachers and librarians when Book Scavenger has inspired their curriculum or class projects, so when an educator wrote to tell me Book Scavenger was incorporated into their school district’s annual betabrain S.T.E.M.… Read the rest
 

Looking Back #22: Mrs. Petersen!

I’m counting down to the publication of The Unbreakable Code with highlights from the past two years since Book Scavenger was published. So much has happened in such a short time, and I’ve been so busy trying to keep up, that I’ve neglected to share many of the big and small moments. So here we go, in no particular order . . . *  *  *   Today’s flashback is a shoutout and thank you to all the wonderful teachers who work hard every day to grow readers and thinkers and daydreaming achievers in their classrooms. This is one of my teachers who did that for me.… Read the rest
 

Looking Back #21: Paperback Tour

I’m counting down to the publication of The Unbreakable Code with highlights from the past two years since Book Scavenger was published. So much has happened in such a short time, and I’ve been so busy trying to keep up, that I’ve neglected to share many of the big and small moments. So here we go, in no particular order . . . *  *  * Last spring my publisher sent me on a tour for the publication of the Book Scavenger paperback. I was so excited they were doing this for my book, but I was a little anxious about all the travel and public speaking too. … Read the rest
 

Looking Back #20: A Dream-Come-True Day

I’m counting down to the publication of The Unbreakable Code with highlights from the past two years since Book Scavenger was published. So much has happened in such a short time, and I’ve been so busy trying to keep up, that I’ve neglected to share many of the big and small moments. So here we go, in no particular order . . . *  *  * I was going to post this memory tomorrow, but then Facebook reminded me this happened exactly one year ago today, so I hope you’ll enjoy this little walk down memory lane with me. I was in Southern Pines, NC, for the last day of my paperback tour.… Read the rest
 

Looking Back #19: Musical Cryptogram!

I’m counting down to the publication of The Unbreakable Code with highlights from the past two years since Book Scavenger was published. So much has happened in such a short time, and I’ve been so busy trying to keep up, that I’ve neglected to share many of the big and small moments. So here we go, in no particular order . . . *  *  *   Did you know your name could be put to music? At the Youth One Book One Denver launch party different organizations shared fun activities related to Book Scavenger. From the Colorado Symphony I learned that famous composers like Bach “sign” their musical themes by encoding their name with musical notes.… Read the rest
 
 
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