Monday, February 27, 2012

A view into the minds of teens: The Making of the PVHS Lip-Dub

As writers for these high schoolers, you need to keep up with what teens are doing, viewing, living, thinking. I love the sarcasm and smiles on these kids, plus the pure genius!

Featured on the HUFFINGTON POST: PVHS Lip-Dub: a not to be missed youtube of what is going on in high schools today.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Long live incredibly amusing graphic novel sagas!"

Review of the Day: Fangbone! Third Grade Barbarian by Michael Rex

February 15th, 2012
Fangbone! Third Grade Barbarian
By Michael Rex
G.P. Putnam’s Sons (an imprint of Penguin)
ISBN: 978-0-399-25521-2
Ages 6-10
On shelves now

Michael Rex has made a career of sorts out of spoofing classic children’s books of yore. As such, Goodnight Moon becomesGoodnight GoonRunaway Bunny is Runaway Mummyand Curious George is the stellar Furious George Goes Bananas. Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery but parody ain’t nothing to sneeze at. Now Mr. Rex switches gears a little. You can go on spoofing picture books until the cows come home but why limit yourself? If you’re going to rework a classic go big or go home. Go for the gold. Take on a classic in the best sense of the term. You don’t need to have read Conan the Barbarian to enjoy Mr. Rex’s new graphic novel series Fangbone! Third Grade Barbarian but knowing the books won’t hurt your appreciation either. Basically, if you’ve been waiting around for a series about third graders with swords and deadpan deliveries your prayers have been duly answered.

Read School Library Journal Fuse #8's full freak'n fabulous review here! 

"Long live crazy pulp classics! Long live incredibly amusing graphic novel sagas! Long live Fangbone!"

Friday, February 10, 2012


I am excited to share the artwork that will accompany BRUCE COVILLE's poem, RIPPLE!

art by ©J Beth Jepson 2012
Pubbing Fall 2012 from Kane Miller Books, Dare to Dream … Change the World pairs biographical and inspirational poems focusing on people who invented something, stood for something, said something, who defied the naysayers and not only changed their own lives, but the lives of people all over the world.

The poets included were chosen not only for their talent, but because they too have informed, inspired and engaged young people throughout their careers with both their actions and their words.

I was thrilled to work with 30 top American children’s poets including: 

  • Alan Katz
  • Alice Schertle
  • Bruce Coville
  • Carol Tanzman
  • Curtis Crisler
  • David L. Harrison
  • Denise Lewis Patrick
  • Elaine Magliaro
  • Ellen Hopkins
  • Georgia Heard
  • Hope Anita Smith
  • Hope Vestergaard
  • J. Patrick Lewis
  • Jacqui Robbins
  • Jane Yolen
  • Janet Wong
  • Jill Corcoran
  • Joan Bransfield Graham
  • Joyce Lee Wong
  • Joyce Sidman
  • Julia Durango
  • Kelly Ramesdell Fineman
  • Laura Purdie Salas
  • Lee Bennett Hopkins
  • Lisa Wheeler
  • Marilyn Singer
  • Rebecca Kai Dotlich
  • Rose Horowitz
  • Stephanie Hemphill
  • Tracie Vaughn Zimmer

  • Wednesday, February 8, 2012


    Did you know that High School students across the country are creating lip dubs, showing off their amazing talents and school pride?

    PVHS Lip Dub Open House 2012 - Check it Out

    Above is my kids' High School, Palos Verdes High School in Palos Verdes, CA

    This video was written, organized, filmed, etc. by high school students, including the amazing camera-work.

    As writers for these high schoolers, you need to keep up with what teens are doing, viewing, living, thinking. 

    Yes, we adults all know about facebook, twitter, pininterest and blogs, but that is also where we adults are. Teens find a way to get away from us by video-chatting, face-timing, excessive texting, FML, the list goes on and on. 

    You want to write authentic teen books that are not set in the 1980's (because that is when you were a teen and you don't want to be encumbered by current teen technology/attitudes/way of life), make sure you know how today's teens are living/feeling/thinking.

    Tuesday, February 7, 2012


    Amazon’ tax for online sales wins unanimous Senate money committee support; floor vote next

    If only this was NATIONWIDE and ALL the taxes collected went straight to education, imagine how amazing our next generation would be.

    If only salaries for teachers and administrators were able to attract the best of the best to educate our children and teens, imagine how amazing our next generation would be.

    If only the above was part of the conversation, imagine how lawmakers would be forced to listen to those who want to improve our country rather than those looking to save a buck and/or look out only for their own ass.

    Washington Post Headline: ‘Amazon’ tax for online sales wins unanimous Senate money committee support; floor vote next By Associated Press, Updated: Tuesday, February 7, 9:27 AM/RICHMOND, Va. — A bill to force online retailers such as Amazon to collect the same sales taxes that mall discount stores and corner bookstores assess from their customers has won unanimous support from a key Senate committee.

    Sen. Frank Wagner’s bill would close a loophole that gigantic Internet merchants use to avoid collecting Virginia’s 5 percent tax.
    Supporters say it would boost Virginia’s treasury by hundreds of millions of dollars annually merely by collecting taxes already on the books.  Read full article here!


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