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All students at Oakview Middle School in Lake Orion, Michigan, read How to Steal a Dog.
Media specialist Alicia Pearce sent me these great photos of some of the activities and discussions surrounding the book.
|Bulletin Board Display|
|Ms. McGran's class |
|Students discussing the book|
Thank you, Oakview!!!
A few more pics from the filming of How to Steal a Dog in South Korea
|Mookie with director Kim Sung-ho|
|That face!! Love.....|
I love seeing these photos of shooting the movie version of How to Steal a Dog in South Korea.
Some photos from the filming of How to Steal a Dog in South Korea:
Every sentence must do one of two things — reveal character or advance the action.
I love Skype days.
|With students at Gwin Oaks Elementary in Gwinnett, GA|
|More Gwin Oaks students. Thank you, Ms. Amolo!|
|A teacher at Fort Worth Academy showed me her dog, Plato, posing like the cover of How to Steal a Dog. Go, Plato!|
Filming is beginning on the Korean movie of How to Steal a Dog.
Release date is December.
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!!
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]
"So, what are the steps to writing a book after the idea?" he asked me.
Ummmm, well, ummm....gee.
"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!)
Dear Barbara O'Connor:
I liked when Georgina told Toby to shut up. I liked when Carmela cried her lungs out.
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.
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.
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?)
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.
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.
....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.
(Seven paragraphs below the photo in the article, if you're skimming.)
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.
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!
Drawing to be held August 22.
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!
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.
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.
|Go, Dog, go!|
This is the fifth year in a row!
It was runner-up last year.
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Dear Barbara O'Connor:
The story you wrote, How to Steal a Dog, is amazing, but a little emotional, at least for my teacher.