I've just signed a contract with Wendy Pye Publishing in New Zealand for two new first grade readers concerning the instruments of the orchestra and horses' hooves.
Schoolwide Press has just released a new on-line literacy series called "ZING" that will include 2 of my writing projects. Please check out this wonderful new teaching aid at resources.schoolwide.com. [Requires registration.]
The series includes "The Border"
This short story is set in a little German town called Modlareuth in 1956.
It concerns two boys who are best friends and live on opposite sides of a creek that runs through the village. They are completely separated when the Iron Curtain goes up over night. I visited this town in 1996 with some friends who lived on the Russian-controlled side of this wall for many years.
Also there is a nonfiction piece called "Nellie Bly: A Girl With Guts."
Nellie Bly was the pen name Elizabeth Cochran, stunt reporter for several newspapers back in the 1890s. In those days no one would hire a woman to report serious news, so she earned her spot by going undercover in many dangerous places. She also caused a national sensation by going around the world in only 72 days shortly after the book "Around the World in 80 Days" came out.
PICKLES, PICKLES, PICKLES!
HOT FUDGE PICKLES, THE MUSICAL made its debut on December 13, 2014 at the Little Theatre of Bedford and was an unqualified hit thanks to Penny May director, her staff, and about 35 very talented young people. I was particularly thrilled that people loved my original songs.
My partner Jen Garett and I have made improvments and have submitted the play to several publishers.
You can watch the entire performance below: