I love surprises…

I love surprises. Especially a surprise that should not have been a surprise! A couple of months ago, I responded to a request by author Bruce Hale (writes the really funny Chet Gecko mysteries…one of Jason’s favorite series).

He posted on a Children’s Literature email list (run through Rutgers University), looking for teachers to participate in an online focus group…answering questions about what we would like to see in a DVD on kids writing that he is developing. He was offering participants signed copies of 3 of his books.

When I wrote to ask if he was interested in homeschooler feedback, he responded that he most certainly was. I completed the survey and then promptly forgot about it.

I got a package in the mail yesterday and as promised, we are now the proud owners of signed copies of 3 Chet Gecko books! The boys thought that it was really cool and so did I!

The internet really is a neat thing…I know that I never had much of a concept of authors as real people growing up…now they have blogs and websites and you can see videos of talks. So cool.

But then again, I am a book geek…

~Stephanie

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I am a homeschooling mom to two sweet, energetic boys although I am probably not exactly what you would expect (definitely NOT your stereotypical homeschooler, if there is really such a thing). I support progressive political causes (yes, liberals can and do homeschool!) and I have found a spiritual home in the Unitarian Universalist Church. I have no real idea of how I want to use this blog, but will probably focus on homeschooling, things that I am learning from my boys, personal thoughts and opinions and maybe some liberal politics thrown in, who knows!
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2 Responses to I love surprises…

  1. That is so cool! My son Ben loves the Chet Gecko books as well – loves the crazy wordplay and the zany cleverness of them. How great that you got to earn three books while helping out an author you admire! Just out of curiosity, how do you find all of these author blogs/websites, etc? Do you just google authors you like? Is there a website that lists stuff like this? My kids would be very interested, I think, along with their “book geek” of a mom. :)
    Happy reading! ~ Christine

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