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Archive for October, 2010

The Legend of the Adirondack Shark

Friday, October 29th, 2010 Posted in Family, Uncategorized | 1 Comment »


Here's some mindless fun -- and I do mean mindless! At the end summer, we joined three other families for a weekend camping trip at Forked Lake in the Adirondacks. Nine kids, seventeen folks in all. It's become a tradition for one ...

Stand UP!

Thursday, October 28th, 2010 Posted in Before You Go, Bystander, bullying | No Comments »


I'm back from visiting some schools down in Westchester, NY. Great time, loved it. When my kids were younger, I didn't like leaving the house -- and overnight trips just weren't feasible, so I stayed local. But now I find ...

Ends & Odds & All Sorts of Crazy Good Times

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010 Posted in Around the Web, Justin Fisher Declares War!, the writing process | 2 Comments »


I'm headed off across the wild tundra for three days of school visits in the vast, icy wasteland of Westchester, NY. You'll have to find somewhere else to kill your valuable time. And to that end, I thought I'd offer ...

100 Things About Me as a Reader

Thursday, October 21st, 2010 Posted in Readings | 2 Comments »


I stole this idea from Franki Sibberson, who blogged about it here. Like Franki, I'm not going to reach "100" until later, or maybe later in this case means never. But it's been an entertaining, thoughtful exercise to ruminate about ...

FATHERS READ: A Call for Photos

Monday, October 18th, 2010 Posted in Around the Web, The Gender Gap in Reading | 9 Comments »


There are many contributing factors that help explain why boys don't read as much as girls. The structure of the school day, the chemical differences between the sexes, the books themselves, the lack of male role models, the overwhelming majority ...

“It Gets Better”

Friday, October 15th, 2010 Posted in Around the Web, bullying | No Comments »


This amazing speech, given by Texas Councilman Joel Burns, has been making the rounds on Facebook and other places. I believe it was first featured here, on The Huffington Post. Maybe you've already seen it, and if so I know you'll ...

Fan Mail Wednesday #95 (Friday Edition!)

Thursday, October 14th, 2010 Posted in Fan Mail, Six Innings | No Comments »


Do you remember that classic scene in the original "Miracle on 34th Street," when a line of uniformed postal workers comes into the courtroom to dump sacks of letters on the judge's desk? That's the way it is around here every ...

Forget the Book — Watch the Trailer!

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010 Posted in A Pirates Guide (Series) | 1 Comment »


Here's the hot new trailer for A Pirate's Guide to First Grade -- just flown in from Hollywood on a big ol' jet airliner! My friends made this as a personal favor to me, at cost. I was surprised to learn ...

The Undying Appeal of a Double-Breasted Blue Blazer with Brass Buttons!

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010 Posted in Family | No Comments »


Here I am, checking my Twitter account, updating my Facebook status, networking with strangers on  "Linked-In" . . . and live-blogging "Autumn 2010: You Had to Be There!" for my Nation of Readers here at Jamespreller.com. This shot was taken yesterday ...

“One of my go-to funny books for boys.”

Sunday, October 10th, 2010 Posted in Along Came Spider, Justin Fisher Declares War! | No Comments »


Thought I'd share a few reviews for my middle grade novel (grades 3-5), Justin Fisher Declares War! Thanks to anyone who picks up this book and gives it a try. When I first wrote it, I thought of Justin as a ...