The Middle Grades are the ‘sweet spot’ for Pixie and me. Author Talks for grades 3-5 are inspiring, informative, and funny. Each presentation varies a bit, but always include:
Writing Workshops, too!
Grades 3-5: Writing Fiction from Real-life Experiences
Students identify real-life experiences and practice reimagining them to begin fictional stories. (45-60 minutes)
Grades 4-5: Make ‘em Laugh
Students learn to use the tools of humor to make their writing more engaging. (45-60 minutes)
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About the Books
Now in Paperback!
The Secret Destiny of Pixie Piper is a humorous story about fifth-grader Pixie Piper who just wants to fit in with the other kids. She thinks she’s different because she lives with her unusual parents in an acorn-shaped cottage on an estate that includes a historical toilet museum--and because of her habit of rhyming. Then she learns the truth about what really makes her different. Pixie is a descendant of Mother Goose and the Goose Ladies (whoever they are) are about to come for her!
The Secret Destiny keeps readers laughing as it makes important points about the power of writing. The story emphasizes being true to yourself, your family and friends --and, if you’ve got one, your magical mission!
Pixie Piper and the Matter of the Batter continues Pixie’s story as she and her best friend, Gray spend the summer at Chuckling Goose Farm, the home of the Goose Ladies. Pixie tries her best to learn the secrets to baking the cakes that make wishes come true. But there are enemies trying to steal those secrets—and Pixie’s writing power, too. And there’s trouble in the Goose family, as well. No matter how hard Pixie tries, she can’t please Esperanza, head of the Goose Aunts. The old grouch has even threatened to keep Destiny in a cage.
As old enemies threaten the Aunts and their mission, Pixie learns to appreciate the rewards of intergenerational relationships. The exciting conclusion to the duology includes courage, magic, and understanding.
“The climax will chill readers but satisfy them, and there is a strong hint that more books will follow—here's hoping that's soon. Middle-grade readers will enjoy this book with its hints of magic, well-limned characters, and that totally appealing gosling.”
– Kirkus Reviews
– Kirkus Reviews