Friday, November 28, 2008

New Review for State of Wilderness

Wow - the reviews are still coming in and they are all just as wonderful as the first five star one on Stories for Children. Check out the newest one on The Book Connection. Cheryl did an interview with me last week and it was very good. You can still find the interview on the blog as well.

Hope all you readers out there are still enjoying State of Wilderness. Be on the lookout for State of Quarries coming soon. And yes, state #3 is right behind it (tentatively titled State of Reservations), so not to disappoint you all. The series is progressing. See you all in the postings - E :)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Interview with Cheryl from Book Connection

If you haven't visited the Book Connection blog yet, you should. Cheryl does interviews and reviews of books of all kinds. Yesterday, I was the feature interview on the blog. Cheryl has some tough questions but they were good. Check out the interview here. If you like books, there is something for everyone featured on The Book Connection, where readers and writers connect.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Geography Awareness Week

November 16-22 is Geography Awareness Week. I was supposed to have my virtual tour this week and it would have been a perfect week to tie in both the series to be used as a geography supplement in classes as well as learning some new information about geography. Education World has a slew of lesson plans, activities and projects, map resources and other items to use in teaching about our local world as well as the world beyond our borders.

Teacher's guides are now available (see side bar for more info on how to get a copy with special orders).

State of Wilderness is should be available again in the next couple of weeks. State of Quarries should be available either late December of early January.

Stay tuned for some geograpy fun this week - E ;)

Saturday, November 8, 2008

I'm at a loss

Some things transpired the last couple of days that have set me back a bit. I promise the situation will be rectified and I will be back in full force. For now, not much to report on the JGDS series. More when I can - E :)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Cybil who?

Who is Cybil? Or should I say what is Cybil. Cybil is an award (stands for Children's and Young adult Bloggers' Literary award). For information, click on the title of this post and you can read more about this award.

State of Wilderness is one of 132 nominated for this award in the Middle Grade Fiction category. This is one of three 4RV books that has been nominated. The other two are Trockle in the Fiction Picture Books category and a new release, Prairie Dog Cowboy in the Middle Grade Fiction category.

It wasn't intentional that two books be in the same category but it happened. State of Wilderness needs its own classification being that it is part fact (the clues are all general information that can be found anywhere about the state) and part fiction (my characters are all fictional and interact). I've heard the term "faction" given to this type of book so maybe next year they will open a new category and I won't have to worry about competing against other 4RV books. It's hard when you have so many good books out there deserving of awards and then to have to go against your own companies books. Now it is up to the panelists to read and review. Finalists will be listed in January and award winners will be announced on February 14.

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