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Teen Writer’s Cafe

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Dowagiac Library
Thursday, October 13 at 3:30
Teens are invited to come learn about NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), participate in an activity to help generate future writing topics called The Public Writer’s Interview, decorate and personalize their own writer’s journal, join in a discussion on planning and pacing for a novel, and finally have time to start writing! Any interested teens just show up!

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School Visits

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Teacher friends: I’m scheduling classroom/school visits for 3rd-6th grades. I would love to visit your school or classroom to do a book talk/reading,or writer’s workshop. Message me for more info or questions.
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Young Writer’s Workshop

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Anyone with teenagers interested in a writer’s workshop, check out the Dowagiac Library on Oct. 12. I will be co-leading another workshop with Kara, the Youth Services Coordinator. This event will be similar to the writer’s workshop I led there over the summer. We will also discuss planning for writing a novel. I will have signed copies of my book, “Teacher Confessions Winter In My Hood” available for purchase. Please email me or message me for more information.

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Midwest Book Review

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I am so excited to have received notice that Teacher Confessions Winter In My Hood was reviewed by the Midwest Book Review and will appear in their August magazine!!! I am excited for the next book in this series to come out soon as well as another line of children’s books I have been working on. Please go to my site to read the review. Thanks for all the support!!!

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MBR Bookwatch: August 2016
James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Midwest Book Review
278 Orchard Drive, Oregon, WI 53575

Lorraine’s Bookshelf

Teacher Confessions: Winter In My “Hood”
Deanna Scelzo, author
Dan Smith, illustrator
Mirror Publishing
4062 Plains Ave S.W. Fort Payne, AL 35967
9781612253275, $10.99, http://www.pagesofwonder.com/

“Teacher Confessions: Winter In My ‘Hood'” is the first installment in a teacher confessions series of stories shared by a talented 6th grade math teacher with her multi-cultural, diverse, inner city classroom of students in South Bend, Indiana. To gain trust and establish important connections, the author told her classroom this true story of her childhood experience growing up in a small Michigan farm town before cell phones, the internet, or social media. This factual but entertaining tale explains how Ms. Scelzo and her brother made up an experiment involving following a horse pulling a sled through the snow, with unforeseen adventures and risks of both fun and natural unpredictability. Making the story very funny indeed, the horse, named Jupiter, pulled the loaded sled as directed, but he also deposited a pile of horse manure in the process, making the sled rider experience dangerously dirty indeed! This turned out to be a serendipitous outcome for the author, who had wanted to be the first person to ride on the sled while her brother rode the horse. Naturally her brother insisted on the reverse of this plan, which kind of backfired! The upshot of the whole incident was a warning to beware unforeseen natural outcomes when planning experiments involving live variables! Another outcome was a deposit of a motherlode of humor in the author’s life experiences, which she willingly used or mined to help teach her students how to think about mathematics. Charming colorful illustrations accentuate the humor of this fun winter sled ride from so long ago. “Teacher Confessions….” is promised to be a beginning title of a series by the author, which should be much enjoyed and anticipated by middle grade readers.

Nancy Lorraine
Senior Reviewer

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Writer’s Workshop

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“Chillin” In The Barn

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Second meeting to collaborate on my next book in the Teacher Confessions series, “Chillin In The Barn”. I am so excited to work with the talented Dan Smith again and have him bring it to life. Thank you to all who have supported me in this endeavor. More to come soon!!!

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Dowagiac Library Young Writer’s Workshop

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Making Connections With Kids!

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Anabelle, Mathewe, DavidI love connecting with kids though my stories! I can’t wait to share the next book in the series.

Taylor and Riley

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Mayson and Elaina

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Everyone Has A Story To Tell

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This lady, Frannie Stites, has been a long time friend! She gave me the fitness and health bug and taught me to be a group fitness instructor years ago. I think she can and has done it all. She is beyond talented in so many ways. She sings, writes her own songs and music, plays the flute and guitar (and probably others), can ride a unicycle, motorcycle, horse, roller blades, sailboat, makes her own greeting cards, has a knack for remembering people’s birthdays and special days, is incredibly organized and precise, and these are just a few off the top of my head! Oh, yeah, and she just beat cancer! She has been a great influence, inspiration and friend to many. I can’t wait till she writes her story.

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Thanks for the support!!

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I had two events so far this April. The Local Author’s Event at the Niles District Library and an Author’s Visit at the Cass District Library.   Both were great experiences allowing me to talk about my book, the inspiration behind  it, and the process of getting it published.  I enjoyed meeting other local authors and hearing the stories behind their work.  I especially loved talking to kids about where I got my ideas and letting them know this is something they can do too. Thank you to all who came out to support me!Cass district Library

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