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Opinions, please!

In the mood for some school-based, middle-grade fantasy? Do you like relatable characters who get themselves in heaps of trouble? Action and adventure? Suspense and surprises?

My third novel, How I Broke My School, is now available and I’d love to know what you think of it.

After all, I’m writing for you.

For Amazon’s book description and Amazon customer reviews, select this link.

If you’re interested, contact me at dianeowens@allwritewithme.com to receive the free ebook for reviewers. I’m looking for and would welcome reviews and opinions from teachers, parents, and kids of all ages. If you’re under 13, please ask your parents to contact me.


We’re Starting a Book Club!

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book stackMikaela asked if she could start a book club here on All Write with Me and I think it’s an excellent idea. Writing inspiration often comes from reading great books. Also, there’s no better way to find out what works (or doesn’t work) than by discussing what you like (or don’t like) about a book and why you liked it (or didn’t) with others.

So, if you’d like to discuss books with other site visitors, go to the new Book Club section. You’ll find it listed over there on the right, below the Group Projects section.

Mikaela would like to start off the club with The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis. Click on this link to read the book on your computer (it’s free).

If you’d like to discuss a different book, just let me know and I’ll add it to the list under the Book Club section.

Book Review

Read Allen C.’s review of the Angel Park All Stars Series here.

Thanks for sharing, Allen. It sounds like a great series.

oh my gosh it happened AGAIN

There is something – actually lots of somethings – that make me cry every single time I read Mick Harte was Here. This was my fourth time. I really thought I’d get through it without a sniffle. But I didn’t. Not even close. Still, I have to say this is one of my all-time favorite books. It was written by Barbara Park – yep, the same Barbara Park who writes the Junie B. Jones books. The main character, Phoebe Harte, is older than Junie but still has that Junie B attitude that’ll make you smile and probably even laugh, even though the story is oh, so sad. Actually, that’s kind of what the book does – makes you smile through your tears. So, if you’re looking for a great example of how to make readers feel things with your stories, I highly recommend reading this book. Also, it’s a great example of a title doing everything it should. Because the title says it all. You’ll see what I mean if you read the book.

Cool off!

If the summer’s heat is beating you up, read Allen’s latest post, “Blizzard of 1880.” This review of The Long Winter will help you remember that yes, summer is the best season, no matter how hot it gets!

I love to hear from you

love to hear from you

Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Leave me a message by selecting “Comments” at the bottom of this box.

Get inspired!

Need some writing inspiration? Head to the library and grab an armload of books. You’ll be more eager to write your own story after you’ve read a great book. Not only that, but you’ll become a better writer just by reading.

(Don’t you wish everything could be that simple? Wouldn’t it be great if you could learn how to dive, or skate, or fly a plane just by watching someone else?)

If you find a book you’d like to recommend to the rest of us, write a review and post it under Share your work. Read Faith’s review of Little House on the Prairie here and Allen’s review of On the Banks of Plum Creek here. Both books were written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Thanks for the reviews, Allen and Faith.

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