From the Award Winning Author of Millicent Marie is Not My Name
Ballet and baking pies – these are two of twelve year old Georgie Harris’ favorite things. When her parents decide to move closer to her grandmother’s nursing home, Georgie quickly learns the bad news: dance lessons are too expensive in this new town.
Instead, Georgie spends most of her time baking pies to bring to her grandmother at the Willow Lakes Nursing Home. There she meets Eve, who inspires Georgie with stories of having danced with a world famous Russian ballerina many years ago.
As Georgie and Eve’s friendship evolves, their tales intertwine in this feel good story showing dreams really can come true.
About the author:
Karen Pokras Toz writes middle grade and adult contemporary fiction. Her books have won several awards including two Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, First Place in the Children’s Chapter Books category and the Grand Prize overall in the 2012 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards, as well as winning first for two Global E-Book Awards for Pre-Teen Literature, and placing Finalist in the USA Best Book Awards. Her books for children include the Nate Rocks series, Millicent Marie Is Not My Name, and Pie and Other Brilliant Ideas. For adults, she recently published Chasing Invisible. A native of Connecticut, Karen now lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and three children. For more information, please visit www.karentoz.com.
I’m often asked where I get the ideas for my kids’ books. The truth is, I get a lot of my ideas from my own three children. In fact, on any given day, they are full of book worthy material. But you have to look for it, or you’ll miss it. That’s where my skills come in.
I pay attention. Okay, so maybe sometimes my kids think it’s a little too much. But when they accuse me of spying and eavesdropping, it’s simply not true. I’m just trying to master ‘tween dialogue for my books. I don’t care what my daughter says, that incident where I sat on her floor for twenty minutes while she was at school, staring at her posters, and imagining myself back as a twelve year old girl wasn’t creepy at all. Neither was the time I hid behind clothing racks at the mall to watch her with her friends. I call it research. Totally acceptable when you’re a middle grade writer, right?
To make them feel better, I also include bits of myself in my books. It’s no coincidence that all of the moms in my kids’ books are a bit “off.” In fact, in my most recent book, Pie and Other Brilliant Ideas, one of my beta readers made a comment that Georgie’s mom sounded a bit too OCD during a discussion
“Who says that?” my beta reader asked after reading through the dialogue.
“Um … I say that. Is that not normal?” I responded. Hmmm….
I wound up leaving it in there. I figure if I’m going to use material from my children’s lives, I might as well use my own material too – even if it is slightly abnormal. After all, without the quirkiness in our everyday lives to inspire my writing, my characters would be void of character. Nobody has to know they’re based on anything real – we can keep that our little secret, right?
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The author is giving away the audiobook of Millicent Marie is Not My Name and a gorgeous ballet charm bracelet to one lucky reader.