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1. Time and Circumstance with Theresa Milstein

Please help me welcome Theresa Milstein, to The Storyteller's Scroll. We're revealing the cover of her new poetry and prose collection, Time and Circumstance. Publication date: March, 2017 Genre: Single Author Poetry & Prose Collection Paperback: ISBN-13: 978-1-925417-30-2 ePub: ISBN-13: 978-1-925417-31-9 Kindle ASIN: to come “The trunk of this family is lost to history / Photo

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2. Cover Reveal for STARR FALL by Kim Briggs, a YA Romance

Today I’m super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for : Book I of the Young Adult Romance Series by Kim Briggs  Starr Fall Release date: November 4, 2016 Publisher: Inkspell Publishing ISBN: 978-1-939590-94-7 Pre-Order Buy Links: Amazon Kobo Look for Book II next year! And now. . . a bit of Starr Fall for your reading pleasure! About the

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3. Review of Endangered by Lamar Giles and Winner of the Giveaway

WINNER OF TWO LIES AND A TRUTH with LAMAR GILES. Two are lies and one is the truth:    A world-renowned wildlife photographer consulted on Endangered.  TRUE      Lamar explored an unfinished skyscraper with a real Urban Explorer as part of his research. FALSE All of the Virginia locations in the book are fictionalized to allow greater flexibility in plotting.   FALSE

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4. Seeing Red by Kathryn Erskine

Can one person make a difference in this world? Can one kid? If you are twelve-year-old Red Porter, you can. It may take you a while to understand that in 1970’s Virginia all it takes is one person to make a stand. Soon others will stand with you and change can be enacted. From grieving his father’s death, to defending the girl that just might be capturing his heart, to finding himself in a

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5. Two Lies and A Truth with LAMAR GILES

I’d like to welcome Lamar Giles to The Storyteller’s Blog. I met Lamar last month at the Highlights Foundation Summer Camp, where he was my mentor for my new YA thriller.  I couldn’t have asked for a better mentor. He is a two-time Edgar nominee for Fake ID – 2015 and Endangered – 2016. That being said, Lamar— 1. Do you see yourself in any of your characters? Somewhat. No

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6. Faithful Cover Reveal and Giveaway - Michelle Hauck

FAITHFUL COVER REVEAL  Today, Michelle Hauck and Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the cover for FAITHFUL, book two in the Birth of Saints series which releases November 15, 2016!  Check out the gorgeous cover and enter to win a SIGNED copy of book 1 GRUDGING! On to the reveal!  Title: FAITHFUL (Birth of Saints #2) Author: Michelle Hauck Pub. Date: November 15, 2016 Publisher: 

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7. Review of RAT by Jan Cheripko

RAT by Jan Cheripko Are you a basketball fan? If not, you will be after you read RAT. If you are, you’ll be calling plays right alongside Coach and Jeremy Chandler, aka RAT, a nicknaname given to him by Simpson, the team bully. This nickname is two-fold— One, fifteen-year-old Jeremy loves basketball and spends most of his time in the gym, thus the “Gym Rat” connotation. And two, because

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8. Review of Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins

It’s hard enough being a teenage boy, but to be living in a war-torn country, where your mortal enemies destroy your village and the lives of your people and you are expected to make the decision of your life and the life of one of your enemies. . . all bets are off. Chiko, a peace-loving Burmese boy, who worries about his mother at home, and his father in prison, is kidnapped by his own

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9. Book Review - ECHO - by Pam Munoz Ryan

Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan I was so moved by this book, I knew I had to review it. I highly recommend this book for middle-graders, high school students, and adults. Everyone will enjoy it. They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, Newberry Honor Book, Echo, by Pam Munoz Ryan, is the exception. The graphic of three children— the main characters from three diverse stories silhouetted

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10. Elegant Country Barn - an Inspirational Place

Summer Camp at the Highlights Foundation. Chandelier in the Barn at Fox Hill Farm

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11. Local Children's Authors Help Celebrate Zane Grey!

Yesterday, some of the KIDLIT, Ink children's authors signed books at the Zane Grey House and Museum in Lackawaxen, PA. Clara Gillow Clark, Jan Cheripko, Gayle C. Krause The scenic Delaware River, bald eagles, Smokey the Bear, and children's authors, and children. What could be more fun? We met new people and connected with some old friends. As I conversed with one lady we

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12. WONDERFUL WEEKEND AT NJSCBWI CONFERENCE

Had a great time at the NJSCBWI Conference this past weekend. Connected with old friends and critique buddies from The Poets' Garage. POETS' GARAGE CRITIQUE BUDDIES Left....Laura Sassi, author of Goodnight Ark and GoodNight Manger. Middle...Diana Murray, author of City Shapes, Ned the Knitting Pirate, and Griselda the Very Messy Witch.                                             

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13. Winner of Signed Copy of Pat Thomas' Green Beans! Green Beans!

CONGRATULATIONS! Melissa Estes. You've won a signed copy of Pat Thomas's new picture book, Green Beans! Green Beans! Please send me your physical address so I can mail the autographed book to you and your children. Enjoy your green beans!

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14. Rhyming Review of Green Bean! Green Bean! and Signed Picture Book Giveaway

Ms. Thomas' rhyme has stood the test of time from STAND BACK SAID THE ELEPHANT I'M GOING TO SNEEZE, (1971) which is still in print, to her latest, GREEN BEAN! GREEN BEAN! GREEN BEAN! GREEN BEAN! By Patricia Thomas Ms. Thomas’ poetry, clever and clean, brings us the life cycle of a green bean. She starts with a seed that grows to a shoot and also discusses the valuable root. The sun

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15. Repetitive Redundancies

 Hi folks: I wrote this article for the SCBWI National Bulletin a few years back, yet I see in my critique partners' writing this very thing. I thought I'd refresh your memory.  Enjoy! Repetitive Redundancies By Gayle C. Krause What kind of title is that? It means the same thing. Exactly my point! Many new writers are absolutely certain that they have assembled together a

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16. Book Review for Kara Thomas' THE DARKEST CORNERS

I'm pleased to present you with my review for Kara Thomas' new YA thriller titled, THE DARKEST CORNERS. Kara Thomas’ The Darkest Corners is an amazing YA thriller. When Tessa Lowell left her small hometown at the age of nine she left so many secrets behind, but she didn’t know they were secrets until she returned nine years later. Memories of the Ohio River Monster, an evil murderer that

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17. Dancing with Bear and Suzanne Bloom in Florida

Today was a special day at Elsie Quirk Library in Englewood, Florida.  Fellow author, and friend Suzanne Bloom did a presentation for children. Her drawing of Goose in Cowboy hat and boots enraptured the children as she began her presentation. We danced with Bear.    We drew with Goose, and we read with Suzanne. She read A SPECIAL FRIEND, INDEED 

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18. The Heart of a Grumpy Bear - The Valen-tiny Contest

So happy Susannah has developed another fun writing contest. My entry for the first "Valentiny Writing Contest" is below. Looking forward to reading all of the great entries. The Heart of a Grumpy Bear “I don’t want chocolate candy. I do not want a kiss. This is one holiday I surely can miss.” “But Bear, I made this valentine, cause you’re my bestest friend.” “Oh, Rabbit,

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19. THESE SHALLOW GRAVES - YA Book Review

These Shallow Graves, released in October, a reader would think this is a scary Halloween story—but no—it’s much better. <!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]>

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20. Interview with NA author Kim Briggs

<!--[if !supportLists]-->1.     <!--[endif]-->When and where do you write? That’s the trick of it, isn’t it? I steal time throughout the day—first thing in the morning, a few hours midmorning to early afternoon on days I don’t work, late at night after the kids are in bed, really anytime I can squeeze writing in. I protect my writing time like a ninja warrior wielding words instead of

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21. Young Author's Day at Keystone College

The crisp leaves cinched beneath my feet and the sun shined through the trees on campus. It was a day that inspired writing and over 250 children from northeast Pennsylvania schools did just that. They attended Young Author's Day ay Keystone College, in La Plume, PA. I taught 120 third graders a fun writing activity. It was a bit hectic with that many children in one room, but with the help of

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22. Book Review of One of the Best Rhyming Picture Book of 2015 Nominees - There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Kinight!

There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight Author: Penny Parker Klostermann Publisher: Random House Publishing Date : 2015 ISBN: 978-0-385-30-80-4 There was an old dragon who needed a lesson in table manners! I mean really, he swallowed everything in sight, and much to the delight of young readers, burped them all up again. This rollicking retelling of a well-known children’s

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23. SUPER MIDDLE GRADE MONDAY

SUPER MIDDLE GRADE MONDAY FEATURING BY SAMANTHA BARGER A few weeks ago I reviewed Samantha's novel, Super Freak. Middle grade readers, and even some adults will enjoy the fast-paced story of a one-of-a kind human girl, who lives in a totally supernatural town. She's the only one who has no special magic…at least, she thinks she is. I highly recommend Super Freak.

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24. A Word About Writing Seasonal Picture Books

Keep your eyes on Eastern Penn Point blog for a word about writing seasonal picture books.  https://easternpennpoints.wordpress.com A word from ROCK STAR SANTA.   <!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE

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25. Review of Hattie on Her Way by Clara Gillow Clark

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I'm starting 2016 off with a review of a wonderful Middle Grade Historical Fiction novel titled, Hattie on Her Way by Clara Gillow Clark. Eleven-Year-Old Hattie Basket longs to return to her home on the upper Delaware River, where she, her pa and her best friend raft the rapids. But with her ma recently passed on, her pa takes her to her grandmother's house at

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