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Visiting the Wave Organ

When I was in San Francisco this past spring for the The Alcatraz Escape tour, I met a class at the wave organ as the last destination on their Book Scavenger-themed scavenger hunt planned for them by their teacher (how cool is that??!!) after they had read Book Scavenger and The Unbreakable Code as a class. We ate It’s-Its, I signed books, and we explored one of my favorite spots in San Francisco. My media escort, Patty Stanton, surprised me by taking this video of the students talking about why they like my books. Watch the video and you can travel vicariously to the wave organ too!… Read the rest

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