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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!!!


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,

“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!!!

Dan and me

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Dowagiac Library Young Writer’s Workshop

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Brochure final 1

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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


Hannah B.

Mayson and Elaina

Gianni and Guilio

Cass District Library 2

Brown Intermediate 3

Anabelle, Mathewe, David


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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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Upcoming Events

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I will be at the Niles District Library on Saturday, April 2 for their Local Author Event. It starts at 1:00, and I will be speaking at 3:00.  Also in April, I will be visiting the Cass District Library on April 5, at 1:00.  Please come see me, I will have signed books available for purchase!

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Local Author Fair

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Please attend the Local Author Fair a the Niles District Library on April 2, at 1:00.

South bend tribune

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