Nancy Paulsen Books (Penguin)

Hope to See You at #NCTE15

NCTE logo 15Hey, Book Lovers and NCTE Adventurists!

I am SO excited to be attending NCTE15 in Minneapolis this week. Here is my schedule, just in case you’d like to attend something and say hello!

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20th:

12:00 -1:00  SIGNING IN PENGUIN YOUNG READERS BOOTH – BOOTH #316

4:00 – 5:15  PANEL: “I HATE READING!: PEDAGOGY & ADAPTATIONS IN SHAME-RESILIENT CLASSROOMS” w/ Lisa Graff, Kara DiBartolo, Cheryl Mizerny, and Justin Stygles.   ROOM M100E

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21st:

8:00 – 9:15 AM  “GLOBAL READ ALOUD – MAKING CONNECTIONS AROUND THE WORLD, WITHIN COMMUNITIES, CLASSROOMS, AND OURSELVES” with SHARON DRAPER, KATHERINE APPLEGATE, KATE MESSNER, JENNI HOLM, MICHELLE KEDZIERSKI, AND PERNILLE RIPP.  ROOM 101D

10:00 – 11:00  SIGNING WITH ANDERSON’S BOOKSHOP  — BOOTH #950

4:15 – 5:30   MORE ALIKE THAN DIFFERENT: USING INCLUSIVE LITERATURE TO FOSTER UNDERSTANDING, RESPONSIBILITY AND COMPASSION FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES with Gigi McAllister, Alyson Beecher, and Cynthia Lord.  BOOTH 101E

WOW! What a wonderful time we all have in store! I m SO hoping to see you at NCTE 🙂

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Teacher Appreciation C E L E B R A T I O N #2: A Thank You Letter–Albeit Late

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Dear Mr. Christy,

This is Teacher Appreciation Day and so you are on my mind.

I wish I could stand next to your grey, steel desk just as I did as a sixth grader and tell you all about the things that have happened. I wish I could tell you that I got the most miraculous call five years ago from my editor, Nancy Paulsen, at Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin who expressed her excitement at my first book being published. I took the call in the parking lot of a grocery store and, upon hanging up, stood with my fists in the air like Rocky. The ride I have taken since with Carley Connors, the main character of that first book, One for the Murphys, has been a dream-I-never-knew-I-had come true.

I know if I actually could tell you about all that’s happened and how different things are for me these days, you wouldn’t cheer loudly. You wouldn’t exclaim and make a big deal. I think you’d take a breath and look me dead in the eye and say that you aren’t surprised. Just as you did when the eleven-year-old me pulled off something unexpected.

Remember how you gave me my first writing award for a poem? That poem now appears in my second book, Fish in a Tree. It was a terrible poem. I knew it at the time as Icover with frame know it now. It was not award worthy but you deemed it so as an excuse to celebrate me–the child. Not the poet. In Fish in a Tree, Ally Nickerson is offended by this but in real life, I took my seat and watched you go on with the day feeling grateful that you’d been so nice to me. I’ll never forget it. I’ll never forget what you did and I’ll never forget when I figured out why you did it.

I remember the kids in the class who wrote you notes and drew you pictures. How they gave them to you with fanfare. I never once did that. Even at the end of the school year, I never thanked you for all you had done. As an adult looking back, I wish I had said something but I don’t think I had the words then. I was just so…well, ironically perhaps I don’t have the words even now. But one thing was for sure. I didn’t want to leave your room. Most kids are thrilled to see summer come. I was not.

I think you knew that sometimes the kids who needed you the most were the ones who didn’t make a fuss. I assure you that I was quietly grateful and carried the things you did and said into middle school, high school, college, grad school, and right into the editorial offices at Penguin Publishing.

As an adult looking back, I wish I had written you a thank you note, though. I want you to know that I’ve finally written it. It’s 288 pages long and entitled FISH IN A TREE. It’s a love letter to you—to the teacher who first saw me. Who saved me. And all other teachers like you.

Thank you, Mr. Christy. The world—certainly my world—is far better because you were here.

6th grade me with frame   Love,

Lynda Mullaly

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GIVEAWAY #2:

The FANTASTICO winning TEACHER winner will receive:

  • A signed hardcover
  • An audiobook (CD set) because Mr. Christy was such a great listener (Carley in Murphys notices that “silent” and “listen” have the same letters)
  • Wooden nickels (It’s okay to take them…)
  • Two lanyards (Be someone’s hero & Great minds don’t think alike)
  • Be someone’s hero/GOT GRIT? bracelets
  • Fish in a Tree t-shirt (This is a med but I will do my best to accommodate desired shirt size)
  • A Skype visit (If our schedules don’t work together I’ll record a video just for you and your kids!)
  • Guaranteed priority mailing within 24 hours of receipt of your school mailing address 🙂
  • Also – here is access to Teacher’s Guide for Fish in a Tree  http://www.penguin.com/static/images/yr/pdf/FishInATree_lessonplans_Final_LR.pdf

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Please enter by leaving a comment below with your contact info (twitter handle or e-mail) and/or tweet/retweet with the hashtag #LMHListen . This will help me find your entry.  🙂

Winner will be chosen on Monday, May 11th. Please be able to provide a school mailing address, your grade level, and how many students you have.

THANK YOU!!!

FYI, here is yesterday’s giveaway:  https://lyndamullalyhunt.wordpress.com/2015/05/04/happy-teacher-appreciation-c-e-l-e-b-r-a-t-i-o-n-day-1/


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Welcome Back to School Giveaway

I am writing to THANK teachers for supporting One for the Murphys—but mostly I want to thank them for being who they are. For being with children every day. Affecting lives. Expanding imaginations. Bolstering self esteem. Seeing the child before the test-taker. Basically, being AWESOME.

So, I thought I’d express my appreciation with a giveaway. Giveaway includes:

August giveaway

  • Ten signed copies of Scholastic Book Club’s One for the Murphys
  • One copy of Break These Rules (I have one essay in here that I will sign. This is YA, though.)
  • Twelve  Be someone’s hero bracelets
  • A class set of signed bookmarks
  • Two Murphys pens
  • Two Be someone’s hero lanyards
  • A free 45-minute Skype visit with Lynda during the 2013-2014 school year

To enter, please make a comment below, share on FB, RT on Twitter, or post on your own Twitter acct. Please copy me there at @Lynmullalyhunt. Each share/tweet/etc. is an additional entry. Thank you!!  Winner will be chosen at 11:59 pm on Saturday, August 17th.

Also, here is the printable Teacher’s Guide with questions, graphic organizers, Writing prompts, and Common Core info for grades 5-8.

Here is the Official Book Trailer.

Again—my THANKS to teachers for all that you are doing. Many of your students may not understand your influence on their lives until years from now. But, having had some teachers that changed my life, I want to thank you on their behalf today. J

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One for the Murphys Blog Tour Schedule

I am delighted that my BLOG TOUR for ONE FOR THE MURPHYS has begun this week!

I have gotten to know so many fantastic readers and bloggers out there in setting this up. I am SO grateful to all of these wonderful and generous people who

have agreed to be a stop on the tour.  Man, there is nothing better than the kid lit community, is there?

I think not.

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Wednesday, May 2:

READING AWAY THE DAYS  http://readingawaythedays.blogspot.com/2012/05/author-interview-lynda-hunt-author-of.html?spref=tw

Monday, May 7:   

I READ BANNED BOOKS BLOG http://www.jenbigheart.com/2012/05/review-one-for-muphys-by-lynda-mullaly.html

Tuesday, May 8: 

STORY SIREN BLOG http://www.thestorysiren.com/2012/05/one-for-the-murphys-by-lynda-mullaly-hunt.html

Wednesday, May 9:  

KRAZY BOOK LADY  http://krazybooklady.blogspot.com/2012/05/one-for-murphys-by-lynda-mullaly-hunt.html

ADVENTURES IN YA AND CHILDREN’S PUBLISHING  http://childrenspublishing.blogspot.com/2012/05/wow-wednesday-lynda-mullaly-hunt-on.html

Thursday, May 10:

CLASS OF 2k12–DUBUT AUTHORS   http://classof2k12.com/?page_id=15

KISSING THE EARTH (Trees as Metaphors)  http://smithwright.blogspot.com/2012/05/lynda-mullaly-hunts-debut-one-for.html

GREAT KIDS BOOKS (Book Review)  http://greatkidbooks.blogspot.com/2012/05/one-for-murphys-by-lynda-mullaly-hunt.html

I AM A READER NOT A WRITER   http://iamareadernotawriter.blogspot.com/2012/05/author-interview-book-giveaway-one-for.html

Friday, May 11:

GREAT KIDS BOOKS (Post re: Encouraging Kids to Read)  http://greatkidbooks.blogspot.com/2012/05/reading-with-our-children-guest-post-by.html

SHELF ELF: READ, WRITE, RAVE    http://shelfelf.wordpress.com/

Monday, May 14:

EMUSDEBUTS (5 day launch party)  http://emusdebuts.wordpress.com/2012/05/14/one-for-the-murphys-launch-week-is-here/   (interviews with Nancy Paulsen and Erin Murphy)

WICKED AWESOME BOOKS (3 Words Post) http://www.wickedawesomebooks.com/2012/05/author-interview-giveaway-lynda-mullaly.html

A GOOD ADDICTION  http://agoodaddiction.blogspot.com/2012/05/author-interview-lynda-mullaly-hunt.html

Tuesday, May 15: 

THERE’S A BOOK  http://www.theresabook.com/2012/05/book-review-and-giveaway-one-for-the-murphys-by-lynda-mullaly-hunt/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=tumblr&utm_campaign=book-review-and-giveaway-one-for-the-murphys-by-lynda-mullaly-hunt

EMUSDEBUTS (5 day launch party)  http://emusdebuts.wordpress.com/2012/05/15/wicked-wonderful-and-flying-high/  (Broadway’s WICKED connection!)

Wednesday, May 16: 

THE MOD PODGE BOOKSHELF  http://themodpodgebookshelf.blogspot.com/2012/05/character-of-names-with-lynda-mullaly.html

KIDLITERATE  http://www.kidliterate.com/

EMUSDEBUTS (Social worker’s take on The Murphys)  http://emusdebuts.wordpress.com/2012/05/16/she-doesnt-need-it-but-theres-help-for-kids-like-carley/

Thursday, May 17:

CARI’S BOOK  BLOG   http://cariblogs.blogspot.com/2012/05/interview-with-lynda-mullaly-hunt.html

EMUSDEBUTS (Real life kid-heroes & “Famous Murphys” VLOG) http://emusdebuts.wordpress.com/2012/05/17/finding-the-hero-in-you/

OUT TO PLAY (The Universe  Speaks) http://nancytandon.blogspot.com/2012/05/book-bravo-one-for-murphys.html

Friday, May 18:

WICKED AWESOME BOOKS (Review)  http://www.wickedawesomebooks.com/2012/05/book-review-one-for-murphys-by-lynda.html

THE ELLIOTT REVIEW    http://elliottreview.blogspot.com/2012/05/review-one-for-murphys-by-lynda-mullaly.html

EMUSDEBUTS (Library/teacher connections)   http://emusdebuts.wordpress.com/2012/05/18/an-a-for-one-for-the-murphys-and-a-skype-author-visit-give-away/

Monday, May 21:

WICKED GOOD BOOKS   http://wickedgoodbooks.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, May 22:

MY FIVE MONKEYS  http://wickedgoodbooks.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, May 23:

MOONLIGHT GLEAM    http://www.moonlightgleam.com/2012/05/one-for-murphys-by-lynda-mullaly-hunt.html?showComment=1337782900486#c3174526370973635761

Thursday, May 24:

WILLA’S RAMBLINGS   http://willasramblings.wordpress.com/2012/05/24/one-for-the-murphys-blog-tour/

GALLEY SMITH  http://www.galleysmith.com/2012/04/24/lynda-mallaly-hunt-one-for-the-murphys/

Friday, May 25:

MINT TEA & A GOOD BOOK   http://mintteaandagoodbook.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, May 29: 

KID LIT FRENZY  http://www.kidlitfrenzy.com/

GREEN BEAN TEEN QUEEN  http://www.greenbeanteenqueen.com/2012/05/tween-tuesday-one-for-murphys-by-lynda.html

Wednesday, May 30:

PRAGMATIC MOM  http://www.pragmaticmom.com/2012/05/blog-tour-murphys/

YA AUTHOR KIMBERLY SABATINI’S BLOG   http://kimberlysabatini.com/blog/2012/05/class-of-2k12-in-the-spotlight-one-for-the-murphys-by-lynda-mullaly-hunt/

Thursday, May 31 

MILK AND COOKIES ~ COMFORT READING   http://janasbooklist.blogspot.com/2012/04/tween-tuesday-one-for-murphys-by-lynda.html

Sunday, June 3

WORD SPELUNKING   http://wordspelunking.blogspot.com/2012/06/arc-review-one-for-murphys-by-lynda.html

Thursday, June 7

CYNSATIONS   http://cynthialeitichsmith.blogspot.com/2012/06/new-voice-linda-mullaly-hunt-on-one-for.html

Monday, June 18

LITERARY RAMBLES   http://www.literaryrambles.com/

Tuesday, July 17

NERDY BOOKS CLUB BLOG:  http://nerdybookclub.wordpress.com/?s=Lynda+Mullaly+Hunt&submit=Search

Date TBD:

CYNSATIONS   http://cynthialeitichsmith.blogspot.com/2012/06/new-voice-linda-mullaly-hunt-on-one-for.html

WORD SPELUNKING   http://wordspelunking.blogspot.com/2012/06/arc-review-one-for-murphys-by-lynda.html

LUPINE SEEDS  http://lcbrennan.blogspot.com/

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First Author Interview! YEAH!

Hey!

Check out my first author interview (and the crowds cheered! Well, I did anyway…) done by the wildly talented, Jame Richards:

http://jamerichards.blogspot.com/2010/05/interview-with-nancy-paulsen-author.html

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Tassy Walden Awards–Shoreline Arts Alliance

I find myself saying the same thing a lot lately. “I am ONE lucky woman!”I’m lucky in many respects, actually—in the wonderful family that I have been blessed with for none of my other successes could ever mean as much as they do without my husband and kids.I am also lucky in that I have a large, rich network of writing friends. We toast each other in good times and bolster each other in not-so-good times. I love them dearly. Really.Last Wednesday, I was honored to accept the Tassy Walden Award for New Voices in Children’s Literature for a Young Adult Novel entitle ONE FOR THE MURPHYS. The contest is run by the Shoreline Arts Alliance, which is a fabulous organization here in Connecticut for writers (and all creative types!) Being nestled in between the children’s writing hubs of Boston and New York like we are, I’m so grateful for Shoreline Arts—they are the best Connecticut has to offer for bolstering the creative arts in Connecticut!
The Tassy Walden Award celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. In that time, it has become a rather well respected writing contest for Connecticut Children’s Writers. It is designed to mimic the submission process to publishing houses and has a panel of nationally recognized agents and children’s book editors as the judges. This year, there were 260 entries (PB, MG, YA) with about 10% being named finalists or winners. Pretty high percentage, I think—speaks to the quality that the Tassy Awards attract!
Since I’ve been asked about the judging process a couple of times, I’ll address it here. I think the most interesting facet of the judging process is that there is no set number of winners/finalists. The first round of judging is done by agents in New York. Then the whittled down group goes to editors for final judging. However, sometimes, a category has no winner and/or finalists. A finalist means that the judges deem it “publishable” so sometimes there are two or three or four or none—depending on the submissions.

I had a terrific night! I was nervous to read aloud in front of a group, but once I got started, was fine. I was able to connect with people from other writing conferences, most of my writers’ group (The Writer’s Bloc), writers from classes, and family. Also, a dear friend from Cape Cod did the round trip drive in one night to hear me read for ten minutes—that was extra special, as the foster mother in my novel is semi- based on her. It felt right to have her there.

My thanks, especially, to Donita Aruny and Doe Boyle (along with many others!) who do a TON of work on the Tassy Walden Awards. The contest wouldn’t be what it is without the both of them! 😉


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