These are the five “Jigsaw Jones” books that will be available in August from Macmillan. A brand-new one, plus four previously published titles that have been out of print.
This will make schools visits easier for all concerned.
I’m feeling hopeful, which, admittedly, isn’t my default position.
In 2018, four more will come out. After that, I guess it’s up to you all.
Wow, look at this . . .
This cover is not absolutely final, but it’s getting there.
After being out of print and largely unavailable for several years, four titles come roaring back — led by a brand new story, The Case from Outer Space.
Look for them this August, brought to you by the good folks at Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan.
I’m especially grateful to the classroom teachers and school librarians who have kept these books alive and in the hands of young readers for the past 20 years.
I can’t wait to visit elementary schools and talk Jigsaw, and mysteries, and the love of reading with the early chapter book crowd.
Yesterday I cleaned out one of the bags I use for school visits. It’s surprising what I find in there. Old electric bills, paper scraps with hastily jotted-down ideas, Donald Trump’s taxes, lint-covered cookies (still delicious!), plus random notes and drawings that are handed to me by students mid-flight. As I rush down the hall seeking a bathroom, usually. The shy kid — with a friend, for bravery! — comes up and silently hands a paper to me. I am grateful, I am thankful, but I gotta go, so I stuff it into the bag, shake hands, and hurry to the next thing.
Thank you, sorry, gotta go.
Here’s one I wanted to share, because it’s all any of us ever really want. To feel noticed. To feel appreciated, recognized for our worth and our work. I am fortunate to enjoy a career where I am given notes like this one. Everyone should have that experience.