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Author:  Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (July 1, 2012)
Source: Copy for Review
Audience:  Ages 8 and up

Description from the publisher:
It’s time for Moorepark Middle School’s annual Speak Out Challenge, and Billy Broccoli thinks he’s got it made. With his best friend Hoover Porterhouse—the ghost with the most—by his side, Billy’s got the competition in the bag. Who wouldn’t vote for a demonstration on mind reading?

But when Billy lands a spot on the sixth grade team, he starts spending more time with his new teammates than he does with Hoover. And the Hoove plays second fiddle to no one! If Billy’s not careful, his secret weapon might just vanish into thin air, leaving Billy to pick up the pieces of a demonstration day disaster!

Book Thoughts:

The writing team of Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver (Hank Zipzer Books) have teamed up again to create a great new series. What do you get when you pair a super cool confident ghost with a socially awkward boy? You get an unlikely friendship and the premise for Ghost Buddy. This series is filled with fun dialogue, interesting situations and valuable lessons that are inserted so masterfully that they don’t hit you over the head but slip in and sit beside you as you are reading.

This book would be a great addition to a classroom or school library. This story would also be a great read-aloud in a classroom setting. Classroom topics that could be discussed from reading this book include:  the importance on not giving up, the value of friendships, blended families, bullies, peer pressure, honesty and facing up to situations even when they are difficult. There is even a little mention of the importance of dental floss!

Ghost Buddy 2 is a  thoroughly enjoyable read with fun and inviting characters any child would enjoy.

Happy Reading,
Suzanne Santillan
Writing on the Sidewalk

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Yikes! The book festival is only three days away.

I mentioned in a previous post that I am on the planning committee for the Children’s Book Festival in La Mesa here in San Diego. Time is closing in on us and the festival is only three days away.

Are we ready?

Only time will tell. We’ve ordered stages, arranged for tables chairs, a DocuCam for the illustrators, and yes… PortaPotties. We’ve contacted vendors, authors and illustrators for booths, delivered hundreds of thousands of bookmarks, and made countless telephone calls. Time is closing in on us and the festival is only three days away.

What’s left to do? 

There are a million and two last minute details that need to be completed before Sunday. Double check the space for the green room, print programs, pick up the t-shirts, contact the authors with last minute schedule changes and plan the author meet and greet dinner. Time is closing in on us and the festival is only three days away.

What’s happening at the event?

Along with the author/vendor booths, we will have face painting, hands on illustration demonstrations from Samantha Cerney, Terry Naughton, Billy Martinez, Steve Gray, Rich Arons, and Mark Ludy. The Bilingual Village features; crafts, bilingual story tellers and authors Mara Price, James Luna, and Rene Colato.  Our Storyteller stage will feature professional storytellers, a dance troop, local dignitaries sharing their favorite children’s book and authors Kathryn Cloward, Henry, Josh and Harrison Herz, Donald Samson, Kevin Gerard and Eleanore Garner.  The Main Stage will feature; Ned Vizzini, Lin Oliver and Theo Baker, Tom Kirkbride, DJ MacHale, PJ Haarsma, James Burks, Kelly Bennett, a drama group doing Doctor Seuss songs and me. Add a little PGA Neighborhood Golf, and Reading to Rover and you have what we hope is a full day of fun and entertainment. Time is closing in on us and the festival is only three days away.

So I’m off…

It’s time for some last minute emails, shopping, Facebook and Twitter posts.

Time is closing in on us and the festival is only three days away.

Suzanne Santillan

Writing on the Sidewalk

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As an author, one of the writing tips I hear quite often is “Read, Read, Read.”  We are encouraged as writers to read recent releases to keep abreast of what’s happening in the industry and keep up with current trends.

Last month when Lin Oliver spoke to our local SCBWI chapter, she took that advice and expanded it even further. Lin suggested that we should develop a personal canon of books. This canon would include books that we love and inspire us.

This was a new concept to me, and I am still working on my personal canon, but here are a few books on my list:

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Mrs. Twiggley’s Tree by Dorothea Warren Fox

SarahPlain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

Falling for Rapunzel by Leah Wilcox

Slob by Ellen Potter

Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Do you have a canon of books? I’d love to hear what they are.

Happy Reading,

Suzanne Santillan

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On Saturday our local SCBWI chapter had a very special guest speaker, Lin Oliver, co-founder of SCBWI. Lin took time from her very busy schedule to share with our members some writing tips she has gleaned from her 40 plus years of working with the best children’s authors of our time.

In addition to co-founding SCBWI, Lin is also a children’s book author and writer-producer of family films, television series and movies for children.  Her New York Times best-selling book series HANK ZIPZER, co-authored by Henry Winkler, has sold over three million copies.

Here is a book trailer for Lin’s newest series with Henry Winkler.

Lin was witty and charming as she described her experience as a writer and shared her “12 Things for Writing for Children.” Here are a few of the tips that Lin shared with us:

From author Bruce Coville: “Follow your wierdness.”

 Use your creativity, kids will love it.

From author Richard Peck: “Be emotional, but not sentimental. Just because it happened to you, doesn’t make it interesting.”

Use the emotions from previous experiences to add richness to your writing, not necessarily the situations.

From author Jane Yolen: “It’s not a children’s book if a child doesn’t solve the story problem.”

If the adult solves the problem, write adult fiction.

From author Sid Fleischman: “In writing, nothing is wasted, but the paper.”

Don’t be afraid to cut. That scene may be used in another story or set up an even better idea.

It was an inspirational afternoon and I was very happy I attended. Now I’m going to go and follow my weirdness.

Happy Writing,

Suzanne Santillan

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