Friday, May 26, 2017

Reading One is Like Being in an Exciting Movie

If you'd like to get an idea of what my adventure and mystery books are like, take a look at this film, The Great Banana Pie Caper, to see an example of the films I used to make for young viewers 8 - 12. 
Kids tell me reading one of my middle grade books is like being in an exciting movie. Though The Great Banana Pie Caper was made many years ago - and it looks it - the story is still exciting. 

Covers from my middle grade adventure and mystery books

Sunday, May 21, 2017

What Cat?

Found this little newly-hatched baby robin sitting on the head of our ceramic cat out on the front porch. 
Not a care in the world, but also with a LOT to learn about that new world.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

My Feature article in Story Monsters Inc. Magazine

This is a heads up concerning my feature article, “Why I Write for Reluctant Readers," in the current issue of Story Monsters Inc. magazine. You’ll find it starting on page 16.

Story Monsters Inc. magazine has received the Golden Award from Mom’s Choice Awards, is named the “great magazines for kids and teens” by School Library Journal, and a 2016 Irwin Award winner for “Best Publisher of a Literary Magazine” and “Best Editorial Director.” 

“StoryMonsters Ink” is a free, subscription-based e-digest that gives parents and educators the latest news about award-winning and debut books, profiles on both renowned and newly published authors, upcoming book events, author presentations and more.


Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Got a Middle Grade Reader who loves surprise endings?

Got a Middle Grade Reader who loves surprise endings? Then Danger Mountain is the next read you’re looking for. 


Kurt Benson’s cousin Dillon lived at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. Dillon McDonald’s father owned an outfitter’s shop in the village there. One day Dillon hoped to work for a mountain rescue team. But for now, he and his friends Pete and Wayne were planning their first practice hike. It was only supposed to be for a short distance, and then they’d return the same day. Kurt was coming to Colorado with his father on a business trip.
Dillon’s father had often warned him to stay away from Danger Mountain. That’s because climbers would hike toward it, but never return.
Just before the boys left the outfitter shop, even before sunup on the day of their first mountain hike, a strange group of men started out ahead of them. Dillon’s father had rented the men almost everything except the mules. Kurt hoped he wasn’t about to get into another accidental adventure, but was he ever wrong!
Early into their hike, the boys left the main trail so they could get a glimpse of Danger Mountain. And that’s when they saw some of those same men chasing another man up to the edge of a cliff. A shot rang out, and the man went over the side.
When the boys screamed, the men began chasing them. The chase lasted several days. Dillon wondered if his father would remember their secret meeting place. He, Kurt, and his friends continued climbing, but would they ever be able to reach it?
Then, when the helicopter landed, it was those terrible men who stepped out first. Dillon thought he and his friends were doomed. The boys were not prepared for what happened next.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Butterflies and Granddaughters

Our park district, in Rockford, IL, presents some terrific programs. Currently they have a butterflies exhibit in which visitors can go into a screened area where they can see the insects, let them land on heads, hands, or shoulders, and feed them with a flavor stick. 

My wife and I took our Rockford grandchildren, Olivia and Abby, for this unique experience. They were also able to see several cocoons from which future butterflies will emerge. 

As you can see, we had a great time.

This link takes you to a short video from the park district about the exhibit. You might enjoy watching it.