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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

I begin in Three Oaks

September 9, 2010.

This is an amazing and touching start to a book tour -- I'm spoiled forever.  While I was researching The Danger Box, I had some wonderful visits with the Three Oaks kids.  I promised I'd be back to launch the book with them.  Here I am.

You could have knocked me over with a feather when they pulled out this banner, the coded message, and... my very own Danger Box!  Painted and labeled by the kids, it was packed with everything I could possibly need -- notebook, purple pens (essential, how did they know I hadn't found any yet?), a plaque from the kids that I'll keep forever, a gift certificate from Drier's Meat Market, a lovely painted sign from one of the art teachers, some purple post-its, a small traffic cone that says, 'You're Terrific' in case I have a wobbly day, and lots of yellow CAUTION tape.  What more could a writer want?

After meeting with kids at the Middle and Elementary Schools, having an open meeting at the library and then a delicious lunch in town, off I went, arms filled with treasure, bringing Three Oaks with me.  I'll be back to tell the kids how it all went later this fall, after visiting many schools, libraries and bookstores.  Meanwhile, Carolyn Drier, third-generation owner of the meat market, will be selling copies of The Danger Box for those who want to buy one in town.  I suggested she send me some meat-packing labels to sign, whatever she has on hand.  I love that thought:  whoever buys a copy with their ham, bratwurst or hot dogs will know just where that book has been.  And I love the thought of my books in that cozy store, near the jams and pickles and mustard.  

Garry Lange, newly retired principal of the Elementary School, gave me a beautiful old paving brick from Elm Street, which was covered over a number of years ago.  I'm honored.  Much of me is still in Three Oaks, and I can't wait to get back for another visit.  By then the pumpkins will be out.


Blogger Aud said...

Awesome Danger Box the kids at three oaks made! I'm so glad I got to talk to you, it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. (I'm Audrey, the one who ran to catch you at the end of your presentation at Upton Middle School in St. Joseph, MI. You signed cards for my friend Courtney and I because the eight graders didn't get to see you).
I didn't see where to contact you...I found your literary manager, but do you have a address or something I can mail you?

From a (hopefully!) budding young author,

November 30, 2010 at 7:44 PM  
Blogger DaleW said...


Congratulations on another real success! Hope you and Bill have a wonderful Christmas! God Bless.

Dale Walker

December 19, 2010 at 4:30 PM  

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