I'll bet you're wondering what I'm talking about, huh? Well, I've been snooping around this Toz lady's website, and I noticed something... have you seen it? She's got a new kid's book coming out, and it's NOT a Nate Rocks book. It's another GIRL book. I mean boys can read it too - from what I've heard lots of boys have read my book, and I'm totally cool with that. What I meant was that it has a girl main character. I know what your thinking - you're thinking that I'm going to be upset that Toz didn't write another book about ME, but I'm not... because this book looks so RAD. From what I can tell, it's about a girl named Georgie, and I think I'm going to like her a lot. Actually, I think YOU'RE going to like her a lot! Well, I don't actually know yet, because the book doesn't come out for a few more weeks, but I'm pretty sure - plus, you know me - I try to be nice to everyone (well except Doogle - but that's his own fault. I'm even nice to Nate most of the time.) Anyway... I totally plan to invite her on to my blog when she's officially released, so stay tuned for more details! In the meantime, you can snoop around the website too to read some of the early reviews and stuff... Oh here's the cover. Cool right?
Oh yeah... here's what it's about:
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.
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.
& you can add it to your Goodreads to read list now or visit the Toz lady's Amazon author page and click on "stay up to date" to find out when it's available... or just keep checking back here.. that will work too!
Until next time
Okay - So I know this post will probably get me in trouble if my mom sees it - so do me a favor and don't tell her okay? Because we all know I'm big on the whole anti-bullying/anti-gossiping thing and I am REALLY. This isn't actually bullying or gossiping - but it is bragging - and that's not really good either - but in I JUST CAN'T HELP MYSELF.
See here's the thing. Nate Rocks is always bragging that he won this award and that award - BLAH BALH BLAH - like I really care. Big deal he has three books and that Toz lady is writing a fourth one. I happen to know for a fact that my readers keep asking that Toz lady to write another book about ME and she keeps saying NO. Yeah - that's right. She says NO. I've got the emails to prove it. Seriously - Sometimes I just don't know what's wrong with that lady. I mean - I've got a good story to tell - plus I'm cute - right?
Anyway - back to the real reason I'm here today. It's to tell Nate and you all my really BIG news. I won an AWARD!! Oh Yeah I did. Not just any award, but a GLOBAL EBOOK GOLD MEDAL AWARD - in pre-teen literature. HA! Take that Nate Rocks! What? You won the same award last year,Nate? Doesn't matter - You still can't wipe the smile off my face - I can't hear you - la-la- la-la-la-la-la.....
Until next time
Hey everyone! Guess what? Remember a few months ago when I got to do a super cool interview as part of the Character Book Club? Well ... I think I must have done a pretty good job, because they asked me if I wanted to do it again. It's true. Yup! You don't see Nate Rocks here interviewing anyone do you? Nope - it's just me, Millie. Just sayin'....
Anyway - today, I have someone pretty awesome. His name is Erik Burks and he's from this great book called A Pirate, A Blockade Runner, and A Cat, by Beverly Stowe McClure. If you haven't read it - you should. Trust me.
Welcome to the Character Book Club Erik! We're all really glad you're here. (Cue in the applause!)
So Erik - Your friend Star can read your thoughts, right? She calls them mind dreams. I'm really interested in hearing more about these mind dreams -- they sound pretty cool. Can you tell me about them?
Hey, Millie. Mind dreams, huh? Okay, here’s how they work. Star can read every thought in my head, good or bad. Sometimes it gets downright embarrassing. So, I try not to think. Have you ever tried to erase all thoughts from your brain? Impossible.
Yeah I think that would be pretty hard. Although, it would be kind of fun to know what my little brother Doogle is thinking.Especially if it involves snooping in my room. I may have to get together with your friend Star at some point and investigate this further.
Next question: When you & your mom first moved to Charleston did you think you'd be spending your summer looking for lost ships & pirates?
No way. I really wanted to stay in Texas and play baseball. Then stuff happened and I ended up in South Carolina, on a ghost ship with a pirate, a blockade runner, and a cat, sailing up the Carolina coast. Nobody would believe it if I told them.
You got that right. As soon as you said "ghost", my immediate thought would have been "oh sure you did..." but after reading your book, I'm totally convinced. You know - I thought I had a ghost in my house but it just turned out to be my brother Doogle sleep walking, but you met real life ghosts! How was that - I mean meeting James for the first time?
Ghosts, yeah. “Shudder.” Spooky, huh? The weird thing is most people can’t see a ghost. I didn’t even believe such a thing existed. So when I met James, I thought he was some guy playing a trick on us, until I tried to touch him. My hand went right through him, feeling nothing. Star finally convinced me he was a ghost and so were James’ cat and the pirate Bonnet. I figured I was going crazy.
CREEPY!! Then on top of ghosts, you had a hurricane! I experienced my first hurricane last year & we lost power for a week. It was fun at first & then it wasn't . What was it like being on a ship during a hurricane ? Did you get sea sick from all the jostling around?
Yeah, I know what you mean. Losing power sucks. You can use your cell for a while, then the battery runs down and you’ve lost touch with the world. Nothing but darkness around you, and being stuck on a ship, in the middle of the ocean, well, I don’t recommend it during a hurricane. I tried to pretend I was okay, but my stomach rolled and rolled with the ship, and I thought I’d … mmm, you get the idea.
Yup - I sure do. It seemed as if everywhere you all turned things got a bit more complicated. At what point did you realize maybe you got yourself in a little too deep?
Haha, a little too deep, yeah. When the pirate, Major Stede Bonnet, pointed a cutlass at me, sharp enough to cut off my head, I started questioning my sanity. What was I thinking? It was a little too late by then, since we were miles from land and no one had a clue where we were.
I gotta say, you handled that whole part pretty well. For me, I think I would have lost it at the webbing. Followed by the head in the backpack - Ewww - Nope - don't even want to go there. SKIP! Did any of that gross you out?
You would have to mention the head. I still have nightmares when I think about it. The eye sockets in the skull looked like they were watching me, and when the skull bounced across the deck, eyes glowing, I almost jumped overboard. It turned out okay for Blackboard. He got his head back, even if it was lopsided. Can you imagine drinking out of a skull, like people claimed they did? Double Ewww!
TMI dude T.M.I. !! So I have to say if I ran off like that with my friends, my mom would have killed me with a capital K- but you got off pretty easy. How'd you manage that? (& do you want to trade moms?)
“Snicker!” Yeah, I came out pretty good there. I could see myself grounded until I was as old as our neighbor, Mr. Casey, or older. I think Mom felt bad about moving me away from my friends and Dad so she went easy on me this time, to make it up to me. Nah! I think I’ll keep my mom, at least for now.
Smart move. I just got majorly grounded for running off for only a few hours. UGH! One more question -- the next time you & Storm & Star go off on an adventure, do you think maybe I can come along?
I don’t plan to go on any more ghost hunts with the twins. If I do, you bet you can come along. Umm, you don’t read mind dreams, do you?
Not yet - but I seriously want to learn! Hey thanks for stopping by Erik! You are way cool!
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Hey!! It's me! Millie!! So let's talk - because I've been getting some emails asking where I've been. I'M SO SORRY!! So the end of the year was just CRAZY. We actually had to take final exams this year. Can we say - NO FAIR?? Yeah - totally NO FAIR! Mom and Dad pretty much made me study 24/7 which meant no time for blogging.
Then, after school ended, Natalie (you remember - my best friend?)... Well her parents invited me to go on vacation with them. FINALLY! I was going to get to travel somewhere! I was SO excited!! Except, it was only camping, so it wasn't exactly as exotic as Paris or anything. But still, it was away from Doogle, right? Right. The thing is, I couldn't bring my laptop, so I couldn't blog about it. But it was only a ten day trip, so I figured, I'd go on the trip and then fill you in on all the details when I got back - right? WRONG! Here's what happened...
It started out kinda cool. Natalie and I got to have our own tent and stuff. We set it up all by ourselves - which took forever, but we did it. At first I had trouble sleeping. It wasn't exactly comfortable, and I have to admit, I was a little afraid of bears and other assorted creatures, even though Natalie's parents told me we were perfectly safe. Anyway, after a few nights, I got used to it all and was even starting to have fun. There were a bunch of other families in the campsite and even some other kids our ages. By the third or fourth day, we all started to get to know each other and were hanging out and stuff.
Anyway, at some point, one of the kids suggested going on a midnight hike on our last night there. I have to admit, it did kind of sound exciting in a I know I shouldn't but I sort of want to kind of way, ya know?
So on our last night there, we planned on meeting at the top of the trail after all our parents went to sleep. 1:00 a.m. was our official meeting time. We walked for about a half hour I think before the noises started - weird noises ... weird scary animal with sharp claw and teeth noises.
We all started running - in different directions. Natalie and I stayed together, but lost the rest of our group. In fact, we were completely lost all together. Yup. Lost in the woods - in the middle of the night - in the dark - with the sharp clawed toothy animals. It was not good. I'm not going to lie. I started to cry. Wail in fact. Loudly. And thank goodness, too, because thanks to my wailing cries, the park ranger found us. Well, Natalie says he probably found us because we were sitting on a rock about two feet from his door step. Oh yeah - I guess I forgot to mention that part. It's true. We sort of ran right back to our campsite without even noticing. Natalie's parents were there also. Apparently they weren't asleep yet after all. They weren't happy.
Neither were my parents. They heard the whole story the next day when Natalie's parents took me home. Of course Doogle thought it was hysterical. I wound up losing my laptop for the entire next month. I FINALLY got it back. Some summer this turned out to be. Whatever....
So what's new with you?
Hi - I'm Millie. Well, Millicent Marie really, but you can call me Millie. I'm twelve years old. This is my blog. I hope you like it. Tell all your friends, but don't gossip, because gossiping is wrong. So is bullying. I know this for a fact. If you want to know how I know, read my book. Thanks for stopping by!