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Table of Contents
2. Sponsor’s Spot: Easy Way to Create Online Games
3. Weekly Topic: Paula Danziger
4. Note from a Subscriber
5. Related Games
6. Coupon of the Week
7. Quote of the Week
8. Classified Ads
9. Subscription Management
#1. August 4, 2004
I never met Paula Danziger face to face, but she touched my daughter and me with her books.
I am especially grateful for “P.S. Longer Letter Later”
and “Snail Mail No More” because they turned my daughter on to young adult fiction at a time when most everything else that was recommended was beneath her reading level. So imagine my glee when I received an email from Ms. Danziger, and learned that she was a subscriber to my newsletter and a fan! When I didn’t get a response to my reply, I thought perhaps I said something rude, but then I learned she suffered a heart attack just days after our correspondence. See the opening paragraph of today’s column for more.
Your comments welcome at:
See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"
#2. Sponsor’s Spot: Easy Way to Create Online Games
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#3. Paula Danziger
by Barbara J. Feldman
Paula Danziger Printable (** for premium members only)
Paula Danziger (1945 – 2004), author of thirty children’s books, passed away on July 8. She wrote me a lovely note in June, just one week before suffering the massive heart attack that killed her one month later. As a subscriber to my e-mail newsletter ( http://www.surfnetkids.com/emailedition.htm ) Danziger had read about our upcoming London vacation, and offered oodles of site seeing recommendations. Being a huge fan, I was thrilled to learn she found my work helpful. Although Danziger is gone, her characters, such as the spunky Amber Brown and the exuberant Tara*Starr, will live on.
All About Paula Danziger
The publisher of Danziger’s second Amber Brown series (the one for early readers) brings us a fun Q&A. Her advice to young writers? “If you want to be a writer, read as much as you can … write and rewrite … Don’t eat tuna fish salad with mayo if it’s been out in the sun too long.” Also visit Fun Stuff, which has four printable coloring pages and two Amber Brown bookmarks.
NPR: Writer Paula Danziger: An Appreciation
In this excellent three minute RealPlayer audio clip from All Things Considered, National Public Radio’s Susan Stone chronicles Danziger’s career, starting with her first book “The Cat Ate My Gym Suit.” You can listen for free (with the RealPlayer plugin from http://www.real.com ) but if you want a written transcript, there is a small fee.
Paula Danziger and Ann Martin Interview
Danziger co-wrote two books for young teens with her friend Ann Martin: “P.S. Longer Letter Later” and “Snail Mail No More.” Although they shared a literary agent, Danziger and Martin were introduced by a mutual fan. They met over dinner and became good friends but it was another friend who dreamed up the collaboration. Martin explains, “She suggested telling the story in an exchange of letters, each writing as a different character – so both of our voices would be present in the book. We were able to write on our own and yet work together.”
#4. Note from a Subscriber
Thank you for all of the great stuff that you are doing!!! I find a lot of the stuff useful in my classroom, with my five year old son, and for my personal growth.
And thank you, Duff, for the encouraging words. They certainly help keep me going day after day.
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#5. Related Games
Amber Brown Scramble
Printable Authors Word Search
http://www.surfnetkids.com/printables/Word_Searches/readinglists-ws.pdf (** for premium members only)
Authors Word Search
(Learn how to make games just like these with my step-by-step manual. )
#6. Quote of the Week
A Minute of Inspiration: Light a Fire Movie
Daily Education Quote via Email
“When you go in search of honey, you must expect to be stung by bees.” ~~ Joseph Joubert (1754 – 1824) French philosopher
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#8. Subscription Management
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