Announcing A New Deal!

A new book deal for me! Here's the deal announcement from PW Children's Weekly: "Kendra Levin at Viking has signed Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle author Janet Fox's second middle-grade novel, The Last True Knight. Edwina, living in Elizabethan England, sets out to find her kidnapped older brother and avenge her father's murder while disguised as a boy, accompanied by an aging knight … [Read more...]

Get Organized For Teachers!

This week, in a continuation of my focus on getting organized for the new year, I have some tips for teachers to share with you. And please do enter the grand giveaway for a classroom set of GET ORGANIZED WITHOUT LOSING IT, and more! Here again is what the giveaway contains: a complete classroom set of copies (25 copies total) of GET ORGANIZED WITHOUT LOSING IT a hard copy print-out set … [Read more...]

Get Organized For Parents!

Continuing with the giveaway I posted about last week (a classroom set of GET ORGANIZED WITHOUT LOSING IT, plus so much more...), this week some tips for parents who want to help their kids. And parents, if you would like to enter the contest on behalf of your child's teacher or librarian, feel free. (I do want this giveaway to go to a school classroom.) As a parent, I can sympathize if you … [Read more...]

Get Organized!

January is the month to Get Organized! My first book, in print since 2006 from Free Spirit Publishing, with over 60,000 copies sold and available in eight languages, is still helping middle grade kids get organized. With downloadable worksheets, helpful suggestions, various strategies, and humorous anecdotes, GET ORGANIZED WITHOUT LOSING IT has garnered praise from kids, teachers, and … [Read more...]

Pearl

Lately I've been giving a lot of thought to what motivates a protagonist to action. Lisa Cron, in her terrific craft book STORY GENIUS, describes what she calls the character's "misbelief" - a belief that has been the source of much agony for the character. Others refer to this characteristic as a "back-story wound", or a "fatal flaw", but I love the idea of a misbelief that results from perhaps a … [Read more...]

Be Kind

When my son was younger I told him that he should keep two words in mind as he went out in the world: be nice. Now I would change those words to be kind. There's nothing wrong with nice. My mother would have used the word correct. (Which is one reason I've come to dislike the term politically correct, since there should be nothing political about correct/nice/appropriate behavior.) But … [Read more...]

“November 8th”: The Dance of Ordinary and Extraordinary

Anne Nesbet's historical novel, CLOUD AND WALLFISH, about the Berlin Wall is receiving wide acclaim, including a Horn Book starred review. "In an intricately plotted novel full of espionage and intrigue, friendship and family, Anne Nesbet cracks history wide open and gets right to the heart of what it feels like to be an outsider in a world that’s impossible to understand." Anne wrote this post … [Read more...]

Texas Book Festival & NCTE

Hi all! I have a couple of big events coming up this November. I hope to see you at one or the other! But first, the winner of my Rafflecopter giveaway (drumroll, please......): a Rafflecopter giveaway If you plan to attend the Texas Book Festival (in Austin, Texas), here's my schedule: On Saturday, November 5, my panel is SUPERNATURAL STORYTELLERS. Location: Capitol Extension Room E1.026 … [Read more...]

Things That Go Bump In The Night

" 'Hainted, it is, with grindings and screeches...' page 23, THE CHARMED CHILDREN OF ROOKSKILL CASTLE. Ghost. Phantom, apparition, spook. Commonly thought to be the spirit of a dead person appearing in lifelike form. The Scots, it turns out, are very into ghosts. The word wraith first appears in 18th century Scottish romantic literature; the word bogey first appears in Scottish poet John … [Read more...]

Creepy Cryptids!

This week I have a special treat for all you tricksters - and a special guest. Christine Hayes, author of MOTHMAN'S CURSE, has written us a tantalizing guest post - and she's attached a great giveaway of her own! Here's Christine: There’s something irresistible about a mystery, and cryptids may be one of the most tantalizing mysteries of all. Cryptozoology is the study of creatures that haven’t … [Read more...]