Monday, March 19, 2012

MELTDOWN Winner! And Giving Away 3 MORE books!!!

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March 19, 2012
    March Book Buzz and WINNER of MELTDOWN!

PLUS another Giveaway! More Books by Dr. Fred! Nonfiction rocks the house!
On March 5th of this month we featured children's nonfiction writer, Dr. Fred Bortz, author of outstanding books in the fields of science and technology.
If you missed it, go here to read: Dr. Fred Bortz SPELLBINDER Interview 
Lerner Publishing generously donated copies of his books as prizes.  
The WINNER of Dr. Fred Bortz's new book MELTDOWN is . . .  
Janet Schoentrup, a great librarian in Kansas!!! 
Please email Kimberley at to claim your prize!  
***AND because your SPELLBINDERS are so excited about non-fiction we are giving away MORE of Dr. Fred's books!!!***
One lucky person will win
these THREE BOOKS below!!! 

Please email Kimberley at to enter.  
Or go to the SPELLBINDER blog to enter by leaving a comment.  


Next Month we've got some fascinating pieces about Historical Fiction coming up and how to get your students and kids excited about it! Plus Historical Fiction Book Buzz! Don't miss it! 
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Meet the Spellbinders

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Kimberley Griffiths Little is the recipient of the Southwest Book Award, The Whitney Award for Best Youth Novel of 2010, and the author of the highly acclaimed, The Healing Spell and Circle of Secrets, published by Scholastic Press. Look for her books at the Scholastic Book Fairs, as well Circle of Secrets
as two more forthcoming novels in 2012 and 2013. She lives on a dirt road in a small town by the Rio Grande with her husband, a robotics engineer and their three sons. Kimberley is a favorite speaker at schools around the country, presenting "The Creative Diary", a highly successful writing
workshop and has been a speaker at many conferences. Please
to download free Teacher's Guides and Book Club Guides. 

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 Carolee Dean
Carolee Dean has made numerous appearances as a guest poet/author at schools, libraries, poetry events, and teacher/library conferences. She holds a bachelor's degree in music therapy and a master's degree in communicative disorders, and she has spent over a decade working in the public schools as a Comfort Paperback Coverspeech-language pathologist. Her first novel, Comfort,was nominated as a Best Book for Young Adults, was named the Best YA Novel of 2002 by the Texas Institute of Letters, and was on the TAYSHAS (Texas Library Association) reading list. She conducts teacher trainings on inspiring reluctant writers including "The Secret Language of Stories" and "Random Take Me There CoverActs of Haiku."

To find teacher's guides, writing activities, and information about author visits, go to

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Caroline Starr Rose
Caroline Starr Rose spent her childhood in the deserts of Saudi Arabia and New Mexico, camping at the Red Sea in one and eating red chile in the other. She's taught English and social studies to upper elementary and middle-school students in New Mexico, Florida, Virginia, and Louisiana. Back in New 
Mexico, Caroline now writes middle-grade novels and picture books full time.
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Sunday, April 29th, 2012
9-5 Pre-conference Session
Author's Panel at the
International Reading Association Conference
Chicago, Illinois
"Rekindling the Reading and Writing Fire"
Join us for this all day session
featuring 9 authors including
all 3 Spellbinders:
Carolee Dean
Kimberley Griffiths Little
Caroline Starr Rose   

*Kimberley will be signing at the
Scholastic Booth in the IRA Exhibit Hall
Monday, April 30 from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.*
Tuesday, May 1
3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
International Reading Association Conference
Chicago, Illinois
"The Secret Language of Stories: Beyond Story Grammar"
Carolee Dean 


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