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Tue
Mar
25

Down at Dutch Lane


 
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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!
 
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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!
 
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Mon
Mar
24

Short Trip to Long Island


 
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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.
 
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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!
 
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Fri
Mar
21

Author of the Month!


 
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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.
 
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As you can see, Shelly, the library turtle, could hardly stand the excitement!
 
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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!
 
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Thu
Mar
20

Reading & Writing Night!


 
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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!
 
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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.
 
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Fri
Mar
7

Morning at Sagamore Hill


 
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Today I visited two Fort Worth schools on their last day before spring break. First stop was Sagamore Hill Elementary where I performed two shows for the 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. After each show, I met some diehard Wishbone fans, avid readers, and creative writers. Keep reading, you guys! Mrs. Nelson is very proud of all the young readers at your school. Sounds great to me, too!
 
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Thanks to Mrs. Nelson for inviting me and for the gift bag of goodies. Thanks to Mr. Ornelas, Mrs. Parada, and Mrs. Segreti for taking pictures. Thanks to Mr. Porter for helping me set up (and for being a big Night at the Museum fan). And a big thanks to all the Sagamore Hill Elementary students. Have a happy spring break!
 
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Fri
Mar
7

Afternoon at JT Stevens


 
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After my fun morning at Sagamore Hill, I zipped over to JT Stevens Elementary for lunch—cheeseburger day, yay! Before my two shows, I was greeted by several welcome banners including one made by the students themselves. However, I received a one-of-a-kind welcome when I was flash-mobbed in the library during lunch. The G&T students surprised me with an original welcome song! That’s a first for me—very cool!
 
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Thanks to Mrs. Maples for inviting me. I hope you enjoyed your first author visit—you did a great job! Thanks to the flash mob members: Mae, Gracie, Michelle, Grant, Jackie, and Sarah. And a big thanks to the rest of the JT Steven Cardinals. Keep your wings spread and soar for the sky!
 
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Sun
Mar
2

2 New … Live 2 Skate Books!


 
This month has the release of two more of my contributions to the Tony Hawk: Live 2 Skate series. I wrote four in total and all were great fun — considering that I haven’t been atop a skateboard since I was the age of the books’ main characters. Luckily, I received some expert advice from some sick skaters!
 
Thanks to Ezra, Lucas, and Ian in Kalispel, Montana and thanks to former skater Hugo, in Austin, Texas (look for your namesake in Revive, Hugo).
 
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Pencils and Colors: Fernando Cano
 
Inks: Laura Rivera
 
Cover Copy: Another move to another city. No friends, nowhere to skate. Then…an empty amusement park. I’m Jason Hart, and I Live 2 Skate. How do you live?
 
 
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Pencils and Colors: Fernando Cano
 
Inks: Nancy Andrews
 
Cover Copy: An Extra in a movie. Forced to skate with a punk. Racing for the featured role. I’m Russel Chen, an I Live 2 Skate. How do you live?
 
 

Thu
Feb
27

Big Day Before a Big Night!


 
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Today I enjoyed a fun morning with the Fort Elementary Bulldogs in Royse City, TX! I was lucky enough to be their guest as they geared up for their Family Reading Night where there will be mystery readers, prizes, and the Half Price Books Bookworm! Be sure to attend, if not for the five Kindles they’re giving away but for the many literary characters you might bump into. I saw four of them today and just had to get a pic with them!
 
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Thanks to Mrs. Moore for inviting me and thanks to Mrs. Gill for the great introductions! Thanks to Mrs. O’Conner and Mrs. Seay for the technical expertise. And a big thanks to all the Fort Elementary Bulldogs. Best of luck at your Family Reading Night. For those of you who win those Kindles, be sure to download plenty of great books!
 
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Fri
Feb
21

Today at Tanglewood…


 
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Another welcome sign greeted me today when I drove up to Tanglewood Elementary in Fort Worth, TX–home of the Tigers! Today I got to meet the Kindergarden, 1st, and 2nd Graders. Don’t worry, the rest of the school wasn’t left out. I heard they had a great time with visiting author, Melissa Williams!
 
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I thoroughly enjoyed my day and we had a great time singing, posing for pictures, and learning that we can be anything we want when we remember those four powerful words! You guys remember them, don’t you? I signed bunches of books and answered many insightful questions. Except … even though I’ve written many LEGO books, no, I didn’t write the LEGO movie (I’ve been getting that one quite often lately).
 
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Thanks to Mr. Williams for helping me set up. Thanks to Mrs. Catalano and the Tanglewood PTA for having me out. Thanks to Mrs. Catalano and Mrs. Cook for the lunch company (sorry neither Mrs. Smith nor Mrs. McKenzie could make it). And a big thanks to the Kinder, 1st, and 2nd Grade Tanglewood Tigers. I hope those of you who got some of my books enjoy reading them and I hope the rest of you write some stories of your own!
 
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Me and Mrs. Wellman’s 2nd grade class!
 
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Wed
Feb
19

Big Day at Bell Manor Elementary


 
Today I was greeted with a warm welcome on the sign at Bell Manor Elementary in Bedford, TX! I had a fun time meeting all the Bell Manor Bobcats and gave two jam-packed shows in the school gym. After each show, I signed a bunch of books and special bookmarks for many of the Bobcats and got to answer more questions; these kids were overflowing with great questions!
 
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Mrs. Fisher’s 3rd grade class won the prize of having a lunch-with-the-author pizza party and I got to attend, too because … I was the author. I enjoyed spending time with everyone and I hope each of you enjoy your signed bookmarks. Great to meet you: Cabrina, Chas, Hamnah, Yousu, Silao, Lauren, Jeremiah, Demetrius, Ja’vaya, Destiny, Laela, Ayden, Oman, Geniveve, Daylin, Jessica, Junior, Aymann, Kyla, Lamya, Kevin, Taylor, and Dakota.
 
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After lunch I gave a writing workshop to the entire 4th grade. More great questions all around! And afterward, Mrs. Boyd’s class stuck around to sneak a group picture.
 
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Here’s a welcome sign made by every one of the 1st graders. Thanks, guys!
 
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Thanks to Mr. Huber for all the technical help setting up. Thanks to Mrs. George for the use of her library for the writing workshop. Thanks to Mrs. Rush, Mrs. Skjolsvik, Mrs. Love, and the rest of the Bell Manor PTA for inviting me and for the great gift bag. And a big thanks to all the Bell Manor Bobcats. As you can see, when I got home, I wasn’t about to let Norman the donkey wear my new Bobcats T-shirt.
 
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