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1. Movie news!


Filming is beginning on the Korean movie of How to Steal a Dog.

 Release date is December.

Yippee!



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2. Things I Love Thursday


I love getting notes from teachers like this one:

Ms. O'Connor, I'm a 3rd grade teacher at __ School in Irving, Texas. This past Thursday I finished reading How to Steal a Dog to my class. I loved it and have been inspired to make a list of my own…

“How to Know Your Students Love a Book You’ve Read to Them”

1. When they check it out of the library to read it again.
2. When they beg you to keep reading at the end of each chapter.
3. When they keep making connections to it throughout the year. (“Mrs. E, I saw a homeless man and I thought of Mookie!”…)
4. When you hear students call out, “Yes! How to Steal a Dog!” when they see you pick it up.
5. When you  look in their faces and can see their emotions as you read it aloud.
6. When you hear their laughter at the funny parts.
7. When you all feel just a little sad when you read the last words aloud because you didn’t want it to end.

Thank you for a wonderful book!!

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3. Aloha!



Go, Dog, go!
  
This is the fifth year in a row!

It was runner-up last year.

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4. Dear Barbara O'Connor

Dear Barbara O'Connor:

The story you wrote, How to Steal a Dog, is amazing, but a little emotional, at least for my teacher. 


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5. Dear Barbara O'Connor

Dear Barbara O'Connor:

I liked when Georgina told Toby to shut up. I liked when Carmela cried her lungs out.


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6. Things I Love Thursday


I love kids who love to write and earnestly seek advice from authors.

I was at a school recently and did a basic author presentation, followed by a writing workshop. 

A 4th grade boy came to the presentation with a spiral notebook to take notes. He was the only one out of 100 students that did so.

When I went to his classroom to do the workshop, he called me over during one of the writing exercises. In his notebook he had written:

The Steps to Writing a Book

Step 1: Idea [Which he added based on the information he had learned from my presentation]

Step 2:

Step 3:

Step 4: 

etc

"So, what are the steps to writing a book after the idea?" he asked me.

Ummmm, well, ummm....gee.

*thinks quickly*

"Character," I said. For me, a book starts with character.

He scribbled that down and looked up, eyebrows lifted, waiting for Step 3.

So I gave the old formula of: problem, then obstacle, then solution.

He jotted those down.

And then I remembered setting. Setting is an integral part of the story.

He jotted that down.

But then setting isn't Step 6. Setting belongs up there toward the top.

This was getting all muddied up.

It felt so unsatisfying.

And then I realized that How to Steal a Dog (the book he had read) didn't really fit that classic problem/obstacle/solution formula as clearly as other problem novels. 

That boy and I needed to talk, discuss, brainstorm.

But, alas, I had a whole classroom of kids needing my attention. So I left him with his Steps to Writing a Book, wishing I had more time.

BUT, he did give me food for thought. After I left, I thought a lot about The Steps to Writing a Book

There are times when they are clear: Step 1, Step 2, Step 3.

And times when they aren't.

I hope some day that boy has a chance to figure it out. (And me, too. Ha!)





            

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7. My little book....How to Steal a Dog...

....sometimes makes a difference. 

Received this from a 4th grade teacher:

This story touches the true lives of many of our migrant students who live the life of being transient and impoverished. 

What a wonderful story to teach them about their moral compass and challenges they face every day.

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8. How to Steal a Dog: The Movie


(Seven paragraphs below the photo in the article, if you're skimming.)


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9. How to Steal a Dog Jeopardy Game



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10. Book a Day Almanac

I'm thrilled that Anita Silvey chose How to Steal a Dog for today's Book-a-Day Almanac!

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11. Dear Barbara O'Connor

From a fan of How to Steal a Dog:

Dear Barbara O'Connor:


I like Mookie because of his three fingered hand when he waved with his three fingered hand.

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12. Audio Book Give-Away


Look what I just got in the mail!



How to Steal a Dog on Recorded Books, y'all.

But what am I going to do with so many of them?

Donate some to libraries.

Offer some for silent auctions for charities.

And give one away to YOU! 

Since I don't know how to make one of those cool entry forms like Mr. Schu, you'll just have to leave your name and email address in the comments here or email to me @ barbaraoconnor at mac dot com.

Drawing to be held August 22.

Good luck!

 

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13. How to Steal a Dog Audio Book Giveway


The drawing for the audio version of How to Steal a Dog will be held tomorrow at noon.

What have you got to lose?

You might even win!



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14. And the winner is......


Okay, so I just did the highly scientific drawing for the audio version of How to Steal a Dog.

 
I used this cool photo app to take pictures of the highly scientific process.

Two problems:

1. They came out in reverse order and I don't know how to fix it.
 
2. You can't read the name of the winner.



So here it is again...

 
KRISTEN!! (A teacher, yay!)

Congratulations to Kristen (I'll be contacting you.)

And thanks so much to everyone who entered. Don't give up. I have other things to give away.

 

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15. Some fans


Aren't they great?!

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16. I'm so proud


I recently heard from a librarian in San Diego who helps run a children's book club.

After reading How to Steal a Dog, the club was inspired to brainstorm ways to help The Monarch School, a school that provides an accredited education to homeless and at-risk kids.

I'm really proud to know my work has inspired such thoughtfulness and helped focus on this dire need.

She will be blogging about it soon on her terrific blog, Libraries Matter.

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17. Now THIS is how to review a book


From a young reader:


If you have not read this book than you are CRAZY! If you are in 3 or 4 grade then read this book NOW!

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18. I love kids


Letter from a fan of How to Steal a Dog:

I very much like your mottos also. I have mottos too. The mottos are acoonnomatata and sleep and eat. It's harder than you think. Sometimes you sleep too much you miss dinner. Sometimes you eat so much you cannot sleep. Then theres homework. Great doing business with you.


I love kids.

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19. Why I write books for kids

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20. Snow Nook


What better way to spend these snowy days than reading?

This 4th grader's mom sent me this fabulous photo of her daughter reading How to Steal a Dog in her snow nook:



This photo was so popular, lots of others have posted it: Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast, SLJ's Bowlian Blog, School Library Journal's Photo of the Week and Robin's Roundup.

Thanks to Katarina Krek for the photo.

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21. And the snow nook again!

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22. Um....

I'm not sure how to answer this letter:

You are the best author that I have ever talked to. In How to Steal a Dog I saw that you put a lot of excretion to the book.

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23. Book Club


Yesterday I was invited to attend the monthly meeting of a fantastic book club (5th grade girls and one brother). They had read How to Steal a Dog.

So much fun!

They played a trivia game based on the book (and they knew more about it than I did).

They made (and gave me) terrific bookmarks.

They asked great questions.

We had such interesting discussions. (Like, if you were suddenly homeless, what few items would you take from your bedroom to keep in your car?)

Thanks, y'all!!

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24. Sadly, whodathunk it?


I wrote How to Steal a Dog in 2003.

There were homeless families in 2003.

There were little girls in schools who lived in their cars.

But I never would have imagined that 8 years later, the situation would be so much worse. (Sorry about the darned ad at start of video.)








And I definitely never could have imagined this.

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25. Bittersweet

How to Steal a Dog was featured on NBC Nightly News last night in a piece about helping kids cope with this tough economy.

This is the preview.

And this is the piece that aired.

I'm happy to have this wonderful exposure, but, sigh....it is bittersweet. I wish the economy weren't such that such bibliotherapy is needed.

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