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The Best School Author Visit Ever!

I had an incredible classroom visit this week. I’ve done school and library author appearances before, from a reading for 20 to presentations with 200 all squashed together on the cafeteria floor.  They were fun and the kids got involved as we talked and created a story together. But this . . . wow. Mrs. Auten teaches a combined 4th/5th class at Brown Elementary here in Brownsburg.  Through the Shimmer of Time had been recommended as a book to tie in with a visit to Conner Prairie, so she contacted me and purchased one to read aloud to the class.  They finished it before Fall Break, visited Conner Prairie, and then invited me to the class for a Q & A session. Sounds good, right? And then I found out what an amazing teacher Mrs. Auten is. As she read each chapter, she asked the kids to listen for a particular thing … Continue reading

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Shimmer of Time Goes on the Road (and I Do Too)

Summer days are for lazing around the pool, going for evening bike rides, and generally slowing down the pace of life, right? Uh, not here. I’ve actually been extra-busy lately, not only with writing book #2, but taking Shimmer on the road. I had an unexpected opportunity to do an author visit to the Tyson Library in Versailles, which in Indiana is actually pronounced ver-sales, not vare-sigh. Sigh. Regardless of living where they didn’t know how to pronounce French a hundred years ago, I had a lot of fun. It was Tyson Library’s summer reading kickoff and I had an hour to read books to kids from 2-12, so took some favorite picture books, a chapter book, and, of course, Through the Shimmer of Time. I signed books while the kids did crafts and had snacks, and then I taught an hour-long writing workshop to teens and a few adults. We talked about the … Continue reading

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