I don’t usually post another author’s work, but I’d like to share this new release written by fellow Eagle Scouts, Danny & Will McNeil. Me First! A Modern Day Fable of Service, Scouting, and Self-Esteem.
I was fortunate enough to read some early proofs of this book (not to mention, my newly-arrived first edition–thanks, guys!) and I can’t recommend it enough. If you know a young Tiger Cub, Cub Scout, or any young reader for that matter, then this book will entertain as well as educate them about the reward of helping others. It’s smart, funny, and nicely illustrated by David Damby. Click the link below to get your copy today!
Way to go, Will and Danny! Keep up the great Scouting and be sure to keep writing. I can’t wait to read your next book!
Look out! I missed the July 1st release date of my fourth Tony Hawk book: Fresh. For all these books I had to learn a lot about skating, catch up on the lingo, and get some tips from some cool skaters in Montana. Thanks again, Ian, Ezra, and Lucas!
Synopsis: Jack Turner and his friends scout the best obstacles in town to pull the sickest of tricks. They upload their videos to the Internet only to find that their clips are being overshadowed by videos of the masked Sk8R 88. They aspire to half as good as this guy. Things get interesting when Sk8R 88 begins filming at familiar locations. He (or she) lives in their town! But it gets personal when Sk8R 88 films at the same locations and pulls off better tricks. Jack and his friends vow to uncover the identity of the mysterious Sk8R 88 and find out why he or she is out to get them.
Today I enjoyed one of my best library visits to date! I spent the afternoon at the Harrison Public Library in Greenville, TX. My appearance was part of the library’s summer reading program and I could tell by many of the questions that there were some fantastic readers in attendance. In fact, there were so many questions, that I couldn’t answer them all. Remember what I said, if I didn’t get to you, feel free to email me at: email@example.com.
Thanks to John Hayden for doing a great job setting everything up. And thanks to everyone in Greenville who came out to see me at the library. Enjoy the rest of the hot summer in the cool library, behind a great book!
My last author visit of the school year had me at Windermere Primary School in Pflugerville, TX. My appearance kicked off the school’s superhero week–how cool was that! Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see everyone dressed as superheroes; that happens tomorrow. I’m sure there are going to be some exciting characters flying through the halls in the days to come. I was also fortunate to be present at the beginning of the book fair. I signed a ton of books that will be sold in the fair so I hope everyone who picks one up enjoys them!
Thanks to Mrs. Gregory for inviting me and for the kind words about my Night of the Dragons book. Best of luck with the book fair! Thanks to Mrs. Bryant for all the help (and the cow jokes, which were quite mooooving). Thanks to my mom and dad for finding my cool new shirt. And a big thanks to all the young superheroes at WPS! Remember, just a few more weeks before you soar into summer!
Today, my penultimate author of the school year had me at Longfellow Elementary in Alvin, TX. I was greeted with an artistic welcome banner (thanks to Blakeli, Parris, and Rainlynn) and was fortunate enough to be a part of Longfellow’s career day. Along with my presentations, Longfellow students were treated to talks from a police officer, a librarian, a veterinarian, a graphic designer, a member of the bomb squad, and a rancher with cows and everything. Therefore, I knew the kids would make authentic cattle sounds for my silly farm song at the end—which they did!
Thanks to Mrs. Duckworth for inviting me. Thanks to her and Mrs. Maples for all the help. Thanks to Connor for the cool Longfellow pencil. Thanks to Gabe for bringing in his copy of Night of the Dragons for me to sign. And a big thanks to all the great students at Longfellow Elementary. I’m sure you had plenty of careers to think about when the day was done. I just hope you remember those four words when you decide what you want to be when you grow up. Remember, you can do that!
After a month off from Texas schools (big test in April, understand), I had the pleasure to visit Grace Hartman Elementary in Rockwall, TX. During my three performances, I met tons of young readers, aspiring writers, and actually fielded more questions about my fez monkey collection than ever before. Just sayin…there’s just something about fez monkeys.
Thanks to Mrs. Hughes for inviting me and for the fun lunch. I hope you enjoyed your first author visit as much as I did; I think you did a great job! Thanks to Mrs. Mosley and the Grace Hartman PTA for having me out. And thanks to all the students at Grace Hartman Elementary for a wonderful day. I hope you have a fun and productive rest of the school year. Cram in as much learning as you can!
Today I had a fun day at Dutch Lane Elementary, in Hicksville, NY. I was told early on that this Long Island school was chocked full of young writers. I could tell that was true by all the wonderful questions I received during every show! I performed for 2nd & 3rd and then 4th and 5th. I signed some books (thanks, Kyle, Maya, and Jennie) and, after a tasty school lunch, I had one more show with the Kinder and 1st grades. And you know what? They had the best questions out of the entire school!
Thanks to Mrs. Telesky for inviting me. Thanks to Mr. Sleeper for helping me set up. Thanks to Ms. Panono for the use of the amp. Thanks to Mrs. Borra for all the picture organizing and help throughout the day (a welcome to Thomas, by the way). And thanks to all the young writers at Dutch Lane Elementary. Keep reading and keep writing!
Today I visited the first school of my brief Long Island tour—Hobart Elementary in Shirley, NY! I gave three performances for three huge groups of kids. The library was jam-packed! Everyone was great, students and faculty alike and I hope my visit was a welcome break from prepping for the state test.
Thanks to Mr. Bretton for inviting me and for being such a great host. Thanks to Mrs. Demmers for putting up with me and the crowds in her library. Thanks to everyone in the nurse’s office for the entertaining lunch. Thanks to Mrs. Parise’s class for that cool puppet parade. And a big thanks to all the wonderful Hobart Elmentary students. Good luck on your tests and then have a happy spring break!
Back from spring break, the students at Savannah Lakes Elementary were happy to see me. I received a warm welcome and was thrilled to learn that I have been Savannah Lakes author of the month—with my own display case and everything! My author visit also coincided with the end of the book fair so it was quite a literary day.
As you can see, Shelly, the library turtle, could hardly stand the excitement!
Thanks to Mrs. Ferrari for inviting me and to Mrs. Costello for all the help. Thanks to Mrs. Derbonne’s Class for the wonderful thank you card. Thanks to Shelly the turtle for sitting in her tank, doing turtle stuff. And a big thanks to all the students at Savannah Lakes Elementary. I had a fun time meeting you and I hope you enjoy the library books I signed for all of Alvin ISD. And, Lena, I hope you enjoy your signed copy of Night at the Museum: Nick’s Tales. If you like the first half, just wait until you reach the end!
Tonight I enjoyed visiting Scanlan Oaks Elementary in Missouri City, TX. I was their guest author for their Reading & Writing Night—hey…two of my favorite things! I was one of their “Imagination Stations” with a big stage, a big screen, and two packed audience groups rotating through my shows. I had a great time presenting to students and parents alike. Everyone had wonderful questions (even some of the parents) and I could tell by many of the students’ questions that many of them took my motivational message very seriously. Way cool!
Thanks to Mr. Hejducek for helping me set up. Thanks to Mrs. Merriman, Mrs. Woolley, Mrs. Dubec, and the Scanlan Oaks PTO for inviting me. And a big thanks to all the parents and students for coming out and being such great audiences. Keep reading, writing, and like I said, write to me on Facebook, if I didn’t get to your question.