PickyKidPix just turned 11-years-old recently. Part of her birthday celebration was to meet one of her favorite authors who happens to live one town over. PickyKidPix became a fan of her mystery chapter books in 3rd grade but continues to read them — insisting on buying her own copy — even though the books are now a quick read for her.
After her soccer game, we brought a friend of hers, Abby, who claims to hate reading to meet the author as well. What’s interesting is that Abby loved The Lemonade War series and is a strong reader. She just doesn’t like reading. Ah, I think I can change that!!
PickyKidPix was similar to Abby; a strong reader who only read for school assignments. Abby says she doesn’t even do that. It just took a small fix to get PickyKidPix reading:
1) Meeting authors makes her want to read their books.
2) Peer recommendations and teacher recommendations persuade her. Mine barely count, by the way.
3) Identify genre and area of interest. My daughter likes award-winning chapter books and realistic fiction. Special needs characters are a big draw. Historical fiction works too. She likes strong characters, drama from the get-go, and a happy ending.
Abby really liked The Lemonade War series so this event was a good match. We got her a signed copy; always more enticing I think! And the result? PickyKidPix said that she finished it the very same day! A victory for reading!
Now, onto the mysteries!
Mystery #1: Who is This Woman?
Clue … notice where we are.
Was that too easy? Yes, it’s author Jacqueline Davies. She lives one town over from me in Needham, MA. You guys are good. My next mystery has to be tougher …
Mystery #2: Why Are There Candy Hearts?
Just to let you know, we went to this book event in Mid-March not February, so the candy hearts are not because it’s Valentine’s Day. Good guess though!
Here’s a clue …
Did you guess correctly? Yes, Jacqueline Davies has a new book out and it has to do with candy. She talks about her latest book in the video here. I have more of her author event on my YouTube Channel including how she got the idea for The Lemonade War.
With four books in this series, the final mystery is …
Mystery #3: Will There Be More?
Clue: How many Percy Jackson book and the Olympians are there? How many books in the second Heroes of Olympian series? Jeanne Birdsall’s Penderwicks series will have how many books?
Did you guess five? I think that is correct or at least that is what Jacqueline Davies thinks at the moment. You never know though, her editor says, “Never say never!”
This is the book trailer for The Candy Smash, the 4th book in The Lemonade War series.
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