Debbie Dadey, Children's Author

Issue # 92 - May 2016 

Not sure how it happened, but summer is rapidly approaching as is the release of Twist and Shout, Mermaid Tales #14.  This book features Echo on crutches.  Will she ever be able to swim again? Here's a complete teaching unit. I'll be celebrating the release of this look at handicapped diversity at Spellbound Children's Bookshop in Asheville, NC on May 21st at 3:00 with a mermaid party and at the Chesapeake Children's Book Festival from 10-3:00 on June 11th. Hope you'll swim by!

Tuck Everlasting
is now a musical!  And lots of fabulous books will be movies this year, including The Great Gilly Hopkins, The BFG, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (from J.K. Rowling)  Click here to find out about more.  Also new is the opening of the only official Harry Potter play, The Cursed Child.  It officially opens in July in London.
Cereal Box parade-I moved and the kids stayed in place.
I was lucky enough to spend a week in my home state of Kentucky in April, visiting schools to celebrate Earth Day and to meet fellow writers and readers at the Southern Kentucky Book Festival.  I had forgotten about the vast fields of goldenrod and how beautiful they are this time of year. 
Jefferson School tickled me with their cereal box book report parade and their Donuts with Debbie.  Fun times!
     I also got to eat some of my brother's fabulous barbecue and beans.  If you ever go to Henderson, KY make sure to visit Frank's place, Thomason's Barbecue.  It's the best!
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Books are magical creatures that can take you to strange and wonderful places.  Even the research I do can take me to strange places.  Sometimes I am shocked at the variety of things I research for a forty-two page manuscript.  But I always learn something new with each book-for Twist and Shout I learned to play chess for the first time.  Writing books have also literally taken me places as well.  When a school in Cairo, Egypt wanted me to visit I thought it was a joke, but it wasn't!  My son, Nathan, went along for a trip we will never forget.  Have an amazing month, Debbie