Welcome to Gallimaufry, a new blog for a new school year!

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A gallimaufry is a confused jumble or medley of things–a perfect name for this year’s blog! On these pages you’ll find a hodgepodge of information on all sorts of topics. Click on the ear to hear a pronunciation of this very strange word!
Welcome back, everyone! I hope this will be your best school year ever!

Welcome back, everyone! I hope this will be your best school year ever!

Did you have a great summer? It was an eventful few months for me! First, in April, Crystal City Lights was released by Blue Marlin Publications. Click on the picture  of the book to find out more about it!

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In late May, a book party was held at White Oak Elementary School to celebrate the release of Crystal City Lights AND the publication of Great American Heroes, a collection of essays by Coweta County’s third, fourth, and fifth graders. What an exciting afternoon!

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Click here to order your copy!

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Newly published authors!

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Shortly after its publication date, Crystal City Lights was featured at Book Expo America in NYC! In the photo, I am about to sign copies for crowds of readers–well, maybe not crowds, but definitely dozens of readers–with Francine nearby for support. (Would this be the best place to drop the names of authors who were also in attendance like Mary Higgins Clark, RL Stine, Stephanie Evanovitch,….just to name a few!)

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Waiting to sign books at Book Expo America!

The day after BEA, I was honored to visit a school on Long Island located in a community that had been hard hit by hurricane Sandy. Here are some pictures from that wonderful visit!

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And then, another very exciting thing happened! I visited a local Barnes and Noble Bookstore, and there on the YA shelf was a copy of Crystal City Lights! I couldn’t have been more delighted–or surprised! There I was on the shelf with Judy Blume, Gary Paulsen, and Mary Downing Hahn!

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So, as you can see, it’s been a busy summer, and autumn will be even busier! I will be speaking at the Decatur Book Festival on Saturday, August 31, at 4:00. If you’re in Atlanta, you won’t want to miss this event! It’s described as “the largest independent book festival in the country!” I hope to see you there!

Also, I’ll be visiting Austin, TX on October 12 to do a presentation for the Texas Association for Literacy Education at Texas State University. Very excited to share Crystal City Lights with the teachers in Texas!

Several schools have contacted me about doing presentations for their fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students. To find out more about the programs I’m offering this year, please click on the picture below.

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I hope you (and your students) will visit my blog often. If you have suggestions for blog topics or activities, please leave a comment below. A new Gallimaufry blog will be posted on Friday!

Here’s a hint of what’s to come:

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Have a great week!

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