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Justin Fisher . . . Illustrated

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011 Posted in Justin Fisher Declares War!, School Visits | 3 Comments »


The huge success of The Wimpy Kid series was soon followed by a spate of copycat publishing. This kind of "borrowed idea" publishing happens after every bestseller and it's pointless to complain. But with Wimpy Kid, some publishers seem to ...

Fan Mail Wednesday #111 (Re: Book Titles)

Thursday, March 31st, 2011 Posted in Bystander, Fan Mail, Justin Fisher Declares War!, bullying, the writing process | 2 Comments »


- Don't you love the icon that I use for every Fan Mail Wednesday? A word of explanation for younger readers: It's an illustration of something we used to call "a letter." You see, long ago, we used to -- and ...

Congratulations, Jackson Murphy: Kid Movie Critic Is Set to Appear on “The Tonight Show”

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011 Posted in Around the Web, Justin Fisher Declares War!, the writing process | No Comments »


In the Acknowledgements section of my 2010 book for middle-grade readers, Justin Fisher Declares War!, I credited an inspiring young man for, well, inspiring me: - - The boy's name was Jackson Murphy. Maybe you've seen him on television. Long story short: I first spied ...

Fan Mail Wednesday #96

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010 Posted in Along Came Spider, Fan Mail, Justin Fisher Declares War!, bullying | No Comments »


Dear Mr. Preller, My son bought your Along Came Spider book at the school bookfair. At first I thought he chose it for the cover art, but he assured me he had read the back and the story sounded appealing. As ...

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 ...

“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 ...

This Week’s Greatest Thing Ever: XTRANORMAL Turns Text Into Movies!

Sunday, August 29th, 2010 Posted in In the Classroom, Justin Fisher Declares War! | 1 Comment »


I just discovered xtranormal, a wildly fun, easy-to-use, possibly addictive website that allows you to create animated movies on your computer. As they put it, "You type. The 3D actors speak. It's that easy." Intrigued, I checked it out. Without putting ...

JUSTIN FISHER: Recommended for the Read-Aloud Classroom

Thursday, August 26th, 2010 Posted in Justin Fisher Declares War! | 2 Comments »


Though I published my first book in 1986, it wasn't until recently that I experienced book reviews. Despite a crazy assortment of books, plus forty titles in the Jigsaw Jones series, the books were never, to my knowledge, reviewed. That's the ...

Fan Mail Wednesday #93 (blog post #500!)

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010 Posted in Fan Mail, Justin Fisher Declares War! | 1 Comment »


There are days when I question this blog -- why I do it, if it's worth the time and energy -- and, with less frequency but much more sting, I question if what I do for a living has been ...

Literate Lives Reviews “Justin Fisher Declares War!”

Thursday, July 29th, 2010 Posted in In the Classroom, Justin Fisher Declares War! | 1 Comment »


My friend Bill Prosser over at the outstanding Literate Lives blog just read and reviewed my new book, Justin Fisher Declares War! You can read that review in full by clicking here. My favorite part of the review: "It's short!" Ha! Actually, Bill ...