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DIANE OWENS manages the Orion Middle School Library where she gets to hang out with two of her favorite things: middle grade books and the people who read them. She also helps young writers at the school through her participation in the Writers’ Workshop class.
You can visit Diane online at allwritewithme.com. The author created this online writing community to assist and encourage young writers. The site includes tips, techniques, activities and group projects. Drop in to share your own writing and see what other kids are working on.
Teachers and parents can find educational companion materials for No Ordinary Lizard and Swept Up at allwritewithme.com. These reading and writing guides reinforce Common Core ELA Standards for grade levels 3-6. Teachers and parents can also connect with Diane and other users of the All Write with Me website at facebook.com/allwritewithme.
Diane lives in Orion, IL with her wonderful husband and son and misses living with her wonderful daughter who’s grown up and moved on.
How I Broke My School
For Anna, who's overly anxious, and Levi, who's overly cautious, sixth grade is a welcome relief. It's their last year at a school everyone believes is haunted. But it's also the year the school bully calls them both cowards. Wanting to prove him wrong, Anna and Levi sneak into the school to confront the ghost. Instead, they discover two irresistible mice.
Taking them home transforms everyone. Anna no longer worries about anything. Levi becomes dangerously daring. The teachers don't feel like teaching and the school becomes a playground.
It also makes the Chinese storm gods, who were supposed to be guarding the mice, really, really angry.
Now it's up to Anna to outsmart these bumbling deities before the gods destroy the world.
Frequently funny and sometimes scary, this suspenseful fantasy calls upon the Chinese philosophy of yin and yang to explore the true meaning of courage.
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