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MIDDLE GRADE DREAMS: Where Is Your Heart Compass?

MIDDLE GRADE DREAMS: Where Is Your Heart Compass? You middle grade dreams begin with something I like to call the heart compass.  The heart compass is that still, small voice that speaks to us during the quiet moments of our … Continue reading

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MIDDLE GRADE FICTION: Thought-Watching, Not Clock-Watching

MIDDLE GRADE FICTION: Thought-watching, not Clock-watching Middle Grade Fiction is one of my favorite posting headlines because sometimes, your thoughts as middle school students are simply fictional fantasies.  By fiction, I mean when you think about what you CAN’T do … Continue reading

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MIDDLE GRADE FICTION: ‘I Got a New Pair of Shoes’

MIDDLE GRADE FICTION: “I Got a New Pair of Shoes” This middle grade fiction post is about that new pair of shoes you just bought.  I mean, what is it about a new pair of shoes that can make us … Continue reading

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MIDDLE GRADE FICTION: Bang, Bang, YOU’RE DEAD

MIDDLE GRADE FICTION: Bang, Bang, YOU’RE DEAD Middle grade fiction, middle grade students, and middle grade literacy is the reason I became a children’s book author in the first place.  The problem I have is all the violence we are … Continue reading

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MIDDLE GRADE READING: You Are Not Alone

MIDDLE GRADE READING: You Are Not Alone Middle grade reading is perhaps the most important thing a middle school student can do.  This post on the Saltwater Taffy website was written to remind middle school children this very important lesson: … Continue reading

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MIDDLE SCHOOL PLAYGROUNDS: Where Tween Dreams Die

MIDDLE SCHOOL PLAYGROUNDS: Where Tween Dreams Die   Tween dreams are important, but right now, somewhere in the country, a child’s dream is beginning to die right there on the playground at school.  This is one of the many reasons … Continue reading

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WRITING FOR CHILDREN: Know The Number One Ingredient

WRITING FOR CHILDREN: Know the Number One Ingredient When writing for children, we must remember the number one thing is to LOVE WHAT WE ARE WRITING. Trust me when I say that if you don’t love the story you are … Continue reading

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CREATIVE CHILDREN: 7 Steps To Finding What You Love

CREATIVE CHILDREN: 7 Steps To Finding What You Love Creative children aren’t born, they are nurtured.  Sure, you have the occasional child prodigy, but most of us need to develop our craft to become creative children.  It takes practice and … Continue reading

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CREATIVE CHILDREN: Something They Can Learn?

CREATIVE CHILDREN: Something They Can Learn? Creative children are creative because they are willing to practice being creative.  Some middle school readers have asked me the question, ‘Can I learn how to be creative?’  As the author of Saltwater Taffy, … Continue reading

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MIDDLE SCHOOL DREAMS: I Want To Be Famous!!!

Most middle school dreams are filled with a common thing…a desire to be famous.  Is that what this life has come to?  A simple desire to be famous for the sake of being famous?  Really? Well, I had the joy … Continue reading

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