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text 2017-05-07 15:56
High Standards

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text 2017-04-08 00:44
A Bad Case of Stripes
A Bad Case of Stripes - David Shannon


Pre k - 2

A Bad Case of Stripes is about a little girl who is not like the rest of the students in her class.  She loves lima beans but does not eat them because the rest of her friends do not like them.  Camilla wants to blend in with the rest of the students, but she can't because she begins to change colors.  Camilla eventually realizes that she does not have to be like the rest of the kids in her class.  She only needs to be herself.   I would use this in my classroom to teach cause and effect.  Because Camilla wanted to fit in and did not eat her lima beans, she got sick and turned colors.  It could also be used to teach respect and acceptance of the differences of others.

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review 2017-04-01 01:05
Miss Nelson is Missing
Miss Nelson Is Missing! - Harry Allard,James Marshall

Lexile Level: 340L


So this is book would be good to read to grades 2nd-4th. It starts off with room 207's teacher being out, so they have to have a substitute, Miss Viola Swamp who is not like their teacher at all. She is strict, moody, and she wears all black. When she comes in the room, the kids can tell that she means business, she gives them tons of homework and no story hour. As days passed, the students started to miss Miss Nelson. The students tried to find her, even going to the police, but it was no use, Miss Nelson was no where to  be found. But then one day, instead of hearing Miss Swamp's voice, they heard the sweet teacher they remember coming into the room, Miss Nelson. When she came in she was surprised that not only that they missed her, but they were well behaved. 

I would use this book to show that everyone should be respected the same way and reinforced manner and the respect to teachers and elders. 


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text 2016-11-29 09:02
Authors.me "match" manuscript to non-existent pages, vanity press

Back on November 16, 2016 I had an email from David O'Brien, the founder of Authors.me https://www.authors.me


Authors.me call their site, "The platform that connects writers, agents and publishers to find manuscripts, manage submissions and get books published."


I imagine anyone who has uploaded work unto their site got the same email. Here's what it said:


"We have a lot of major publishers and media companies looking at doing business with us. Every one of them has asked us, "What do your writers say about the service?" Well, I am writing to ask you to put together some honest writer quotes for a presentation I am making.


Here are the categories in my presentation under which I will need a quote. Please feel free to fill in one or more of the categories with your personal quotes (not someone else's). Just type your quote into the space provided below and reply back to me. Be creative and succinct. I will be grateful.


INSPIRE (How AUTHORS.me inspires  you)


ENGAGE  (Your experience working the platform, i.e., easy, hard, comprehensive, etc.)


LIBERATE  (Frees you up to be yourself)


EMPOWER  (How it makes you feel more like a professional writer)


LOVE  (Why you love using AUTHORS.me)



I would also like to hear your thoughts on the new layout. Please note we are not done polishing it, but would still love to hear from you.


Thanks again for being a part of the AUTHORS.me family.



David O'Brien

Founder, AUTHORS.me




I have four of my novels uploaded to this site.


Initially, my understanding was agents and publishers would log on and be able to quickly see if anything caught their interest. Evidently, none of my novels did. I've had no action whatsoever.


After I received this email I checked my work on the site again and I see that Authors.me have found "matches" - a publisher or agent who is looking for a novel similar to mine.


Well, that's encouraging.


A quick check and it becomes apparent this is not quite the case. Take for example, my novel Loving the Terrorist - a contemporary romance with subplot that addresses an important environmental issue (eco-fi).


Fifteen matches yield the following:

- 2 sites where "the page does not exist", ebooks2go, Library Tales

- 2 sites that are without a doubt pay for play - called hybrid but are nothing more than vanity press. BookLogix and Lift Bridge Publishing

- 2 sites that are duplicated equaling four sites. Grand Central/Forever Yours and Skyhorse - and by the way, Skyhorse is not accepting romantic fiction.

- which also goes for Lamar University Press - not accepting genre fiction

- Bound , is a company that claims "we deliver stories in an easy-to-engage format that combines prose fiction, stunning visuals, and dramatic audio." Huh?


Sixty percent actually don't match, don't even exist or want me to pay to publish my book. Of the others, they’re accepting “adult romantic fiction”, not specifically my novel.


 I sent these findings to David because he said said he'd love to hear from me and it would be rude not to respond to someone who considers me "part of the family".


Just for the hell of it I hit the submit button on five "matches" that seemed legitimate. According to the tracking window of the site my work has been declined by one agent.


Only one publisher has sent me an email to acknowledge that they received my submission.


So there you have it – no inspiration, no liberation, no empowerment, no love - and no response.


But then isn't that just like family.


Stay calm, be brave, watch for the signs





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review 2016-11-11 21:35
Where The Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak

In the story Max is looking to have fun, but his mother is tired of his behavior and sends him to bed without any supper. Unexpectedly a forest grows inside his bedroom and Max is taken away to the land of the wild things. Fortunately the wild things do not eat Max and instead make him their king. In the end Max returns home to his mother and father and finally eats his dinner. I would use this story in my classroom to teach students that an imagination can transport you far away from whatever problems you may be facing. Although students need to know an imagination can help your problems, it is still most important to listen and respect the adults around you even when you do not agree with what they have to say. Tantrums are never a good way to handle a person or situation.

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