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Archive for November, 2010

So You Want to Write a Novel

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 Posted in Fun Clips | 4 Comments »


I'm running out the door for a local school visit, but wanted to pass along a pretty great video. It is frighteningly true: I've had similar conversations many times. I even mentioned the phenomenon in a recent interview, the shocking amount ...

Fan Mail Wednesday #100! (Monday Night Edition)

Monday, November 29th, 2010 Posted in Fan Mail | No Comments »


Letters are great, but I especially love it when they include photographs. Check out Bianca and Thomas from the wilds of New Jersey! Their letters included a stamped, self-addressed return envelope, and I replied this way: Dear Thomas & Bianca: Thank you for the ...

Art for Sale: Sylvie Kantorovitz Wickstrom

Sunday, November 28th, 2010 Posted in Around the Web, Interviews & Appreciations | 1 Comment »


My friend, the lovely and talented and confusingly-named Sylvie Kantorovitz Wickstrom . . . . . . who was born in Casablanca, raised in France, and ended up in Albany, NY . . . . . . where she has not only illustrated ...

My Interview in Bangkok (sort of)

Saturday, November 27th, 2010 Posted in Interviews & Appreciations, Jigsaw Jones | No Comments »


It's never a good sign when a reviewer confesses that he's "not into children's books that much." Basically, I get to read them out of necessity, mostly with my students. Such is the case with The Case of the Vanishing Painting ...

Thanks, and so on and so forth

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010 Posted in A Pirates Guide (Series), Fun Clips, Readings | 1 Comment »


I came across this quote on a school visit during some down time. I loved it immediately and copied it down: "IF OUR LIVES DON'T FEEL SIGNIFICANT, SOMETIMES IT'S NOT OUR LIVES, BUT OUR RESPONSE TO OUR LIVES, WHICH NEEDS TO BE ...

One Book, One School: Some Photos & Reflections

Monday, November 22nd, 2010 Posted in Bystander, School Visits, bullying | No Comments »


I love this photo, somehow it says everything. This is why you write for children, those faces up there. A while back I posted about how Bystander was being featured in some special "One Book, One School" reading programs. Lately I've ...

Fan Mail Wednesday #99 (Friday Edition)

Friday, November 19th, 2010 Posted in Fan Mail, Jigsaw Jones, Uncategorized | 3 Comments »


Wow, I am so busy I can't believe it. I am still revising my new YA, going on school visits, brainstorming-slash-scribbling a first draft for a new MG novel (so excited about this one!), planning Skype visits, and, yes, reading ...

School Library Journal Reviews “Justin Fisher Declares War!”

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »


My Scholastic editor, Shannon Penney, just passed along the upcoming SLJ review for Justin Fisher Declares War! After so much time went by since the August 1 publication, I just assumed that they had either: 1) ignored it; or 2) ...

Fan Mail Wednesday #98 (The Video Edition!)

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010 Posted in Fan Mail, Jigsaw Jones | 5 Comments »


Here at Jamespreller.com, we're all about the latest in breakthrough technology. Actually, it was first suggested at least a year ago by my friend Paul, and I replied, "I'll get right on it!" So I overcame my fears and, with ...

Photo Dump: Scarecrow Edition

Monday, November 15th, 2010 Posted in Family | 2 Comments »


Just a quick share: a couple of years back I posted about the Preller Halloween tradition of building a scarecrow out on the front lawn. My father did it, now I do it. I have a photo from the late ...