Slowpoke Update and Skype Author Chat

Slowpoke has gotten a couple more positive reviews, from Booklist :

“Pearce’s succinct text will amuse emerging readers with her only slightly exaggerated references to the hectic pace of modern life. Ritchie’s fluid, cartoon-style illustrations are equally adept at conveying the story’s speedy absurdities…and its more relaxing moments”

and from School Library Journal (scroll down after clicking on the link).

Also, I just found out that Slowpoke now has an Accelerated Reader test (you have to enter the title into the search feature to see it).

Last week, I did a Skype author chat with Carver Elementary School in Florence, SC. It was really fun. The students are third-graders and had all read Slowpoke ahead of time. Their teachers helped them compile questions about the writing process. I missed being able to interact in person with the kids, but it was a good experience. The learning goes both ways with these kinds of things, and it’s always great to hear from readers. I’d like to do more of them in the future. For tips on hosting a Skype author chat, check out this article. If your school wants to host me, please contact bettyasmith (at) bellsouth (dot) net and put “author visit” in the subject line.

The picture above is me on the big screen in Carver’s library. Special thanks to librarian Debra Heimbrook for working with me on this inaugural Skype chat.

Enter to Win a Free Copy of SLOWPOKE on Goodreads.com

Slowpoke’s pub date (October 1st) is fast approaching. Enter to win your very own free copy by clicking here at goodreads.com. Spread the word, and do it fast, because the giveaway ends tomorrow!

Don’t worry, I will not add you to any sort of mailing list.

Slowpoke: Great Review from Kirkus!

Great news! Kirkus likes Slowpoke. The review isn’t posted on their site yet, so I’ll be good and wait to link to the complete version next week. But here’s an abbreviated preview:

“This entertaining early reader features Fiona, a girl who really, really likes to stop and smell the roses. …A clever early reader with challenging vocabulary and some food for thought to boot.”

Kirkus

So excited. Hope to share more interesting things soon. We’ve been busy with back-to-school madness and visiting family.

The Books Are In!

After a detour to NC, my author copies arrived in Germany this week. Yay!  The best part was having my kids insist that they each had to have their own copy, then demanding that I read it to them twice.

For more information about Slowpoke, click my newly updated website (thanks to the talented Cheryl Nathan).

I’m taking a bit of a blog break for the rest of the month. See you in August.

Slowpoke Available for Pre-Order!

Hi everyone

You can now pre-order my easy reader, Slowpoke, through amazon. Please do! It’s the story of a slow-moving girl whose fast-paced family gets fed up with her. Click here or on the picture above to get to the appropriate page.  The picture of the cover is not on amazon yet, but don’t let that deter you. I appreciate your support.

Slowpoke Has a Cover!

Now that it’s official, I can finally share with you the cover of my upcoming easy reader. That’s Fiona there in the middle, taking time to smell the roses. Slowpoke is the story of a slow-moving girl and her impatient family.

I still don’t have a pub date on it, but it looks like it’ll probably be Fall 2010. My daughter is just now learning to read, so it’s exciting to think that she may be able to read it herself by the time it comes out. I’ll keep you posted.