Monday, December 03, 2012

Have a Zombie Christmas - and Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Mayberry!

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December 3 , 2012
Short and Sweet (#1 in Our Three Part Holiday Series)
Carolee and Caroline at Light Parade   
Two of the Spellbinder Authors (Carolee Dean and Caroline Starr Rose) dressed up in lights and marched in the Twinkle Light Parade on Saturday, December 1, in downtown Albuquerque to promote our upcoming SCBWI winter party and multi-author book signing. For entertainment at this notorious event, we will be singing Christmas Carol Spoofs based on young adult novels. For the next three weeks we will be sharing the spoofs along with some hints for how you may create your own unique songs. 
Rot and Ruin
Based on the Rot and Ruin series by Jonathan Maberry.
(sung to the tune of "Jingle Bells")

Dashing through the snow
with my brother Tom
I had to get a job,
so I'm out hunting Zoms.

They used to be our friends,
but watch out for their bite.
The eve the zombies rose is what
we normies call First Night.

Rot and Ruin,
Flesh and Bone,
Death and Decay,
Fire and Ash,
Lets make a dash,
We need to get away.

Rot and Ruin,
Flesh and Bone,
Death and Decay,
You can have fun
on a zombie hunt
in a one horse open sleigh.

Find the missing girl.
Defeat Charlie Pink Eye.
Your brother's not a coward.
He's really a swell guy.

Try not to lose your cool.
Hold on to your head.
Even if they're ruthless Zombies,
please respect the dead.

Rot and Ruin,
Flesh and Bone,
Death and Decay,
Fire and Ash,
Let's make a dash,
We need to get away.

Rot and Ruin,
Flesh and Bone,
Death and Decay.
You can have fun
on a zombie hunt
in a one horse open sleigh.

If you are in Albuquerque, NM on Tuesday, December 11, please stop by Alamosa Books from 6-8 at 8810 Holly Avenue NE where you can hear songs like this performed LIVE by the Spellbinders!

Classroom Teachers - Consider assigning a song spoof for your next book report, or better yet, write a collaborative song with your entire class based on a novel everyone has read. Here are some tips to help you get started:

1) Make a list of characters, locations, key phrases, etc. from the novel.
2) Explore a variety of songs and decide which one might lend itself to a spoof of that particular book.
3) Study the song you have selected, line by line, and see if any of the original lines of the song can be retained in part or whole.
4) Look back at your list of characters, locations, and phrases and see if any of them rhyme.
5) Go through the song, line by line, substituting your own lyrics.
6) Sing and Enjoy!

Watch for the following titles in our Three-Part Holiday Series:

After that we will be taking a break until January 14, 2013!


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Meet the Spellbinders
CaCarolee Deanrolee 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
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speech-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. Take Me There is a YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers.
Her upcoming paranormal verse novel, Forget Me Not, will be published by Simon Pulse in October of 2012.
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She conducts teacher trainings on inspiring reluctant writers including "The Secret Language of Stories" and "Random Act of Haiku."Forget Me Not

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Caroline Starr RoseCaroline 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. 

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


Kim Bio PhotoKimberley 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 Secretsas 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 visit her website to download free Teacher's Guides and Book Club Guides. 
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                 Upcoming Author Events

December 11, 2012
SCBWI Winter Party
and multi-author book signing
all of the Spellbinders
and several other authors

February 2, 2013
Montgomery Book Festival
Houston, TX 
Carolee Dean
Kimberley Griffiths Little

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